“Eddie and Agnes,” a new Decatur concert series expected to be announced this week, will offer audiences the size and acoustics of Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College and the talent-booking skills of local music man Eddie Owen.
No artists or dates have been announced yet, but organizers hope to have the first show booked for February and to follow up with 10 to 15 more shows throughout the year. At 800 seats, Presser Hall is roughly the size of venues like Variety Playhouse, but expect these shows to feel more like Decatur, less like Little Five Points.
“Eddie and Agnes” director Daren Wang, who is also the AJC Decatur Book Festival co-founder, said they discovered a great model for local entertainment with the Eudora Welty-inspired show by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kate Campbell, Caroline Herring and Claire Holley during the 2009 festival. Tickets for the show were snapped up, and reviews were glowing.
For Owen, it’s a chance to book artists with audiences too large for the intimate Eddie’s Attic space.
For Agnes Scott, it’s another way to build the relationship with the community and provide affordable entertainment for students. Ticket prices will depend on the artist, but Wang said they want shows to be affordable, and that the organizers have a “good sense of the economy of the community.”
And for Decatur, it could be a win. Wang said they’d also like to find ways to partner with local businesses and encourage people to make the concerts just one stop in a night out.
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