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Piedmont Park is more than selfies, it’s hallowed music ground

If you find yourself at Music Midtown, stop for a second to take in the history.

In May 1969, a few shaggy bluesmen from Macon ran an extension cord from someone’s apartment and played an impromptu show at Piedmont Park. It shook many. The Allman Brothers Band went on to shake a lot more.

Or how about in 1982 when some college rockers from Athens played the Arts Festival of Atlanta? Many superfans of R.E.M. say this is one of the earliest recordings of a full live show from the band.

So, yes, Piedmont Park is more than a haven for selfies and skyline views. It is hallowed music ground.

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Many greats of the aural art have played there: Paul McCartney, Drake, Elton John, Eminem, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ludacris, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Lenny Kravitz, Run the Jewels, The Killers, Lil Wayne, Big Boi, Blink-182, Weezer, Mumford Sons, Bruno Mars and a bevy of artists who played the Montreux Jazz Festival.


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 Paul McCartney rocked thousands of fans at a concert in Piedmont Park on Aug. 15, 2009. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM photo
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Paul McCartney rocked thousands of fans at a concert in Piedmont Park on Aug. 15, 2009. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM

While Music Midtown is often what’s attracted the big names, sometimes Piedmont Park itself is the draw.

The 185-acre triangle is a stellar example of why we’re the “City in

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