Music Midtown-Daryl Hall and John Oates, Billy Idol, Icona Pop, and Catfish And The Bottlemen

So much music, so little time!

Check out these Saturday early evening bands playing at Music Midtown and be prepared to rock out. Who would you choose to hear?

Daryl Hall & John Oates

If you don’t know these guys, you should. I have been totally loving the web series Live from Daryl’s House which is a series of jams that take place in Daryl Hall’s house in Millerton, NY. The space is unique, and he invites guest bands to come and play music with him. Beginning in 2007, It really was the start of bringing back the local, intimate, band show that now seems to be sweeping the country. Daryl Hall is multi-talented and is a gracious host to many of the up and coming bands that pique my interest. With scores of #1 hits in the 70’s and 80’s with childhood friend and talented guitarist, John Oates, “he has worked with virtually all of the great musicians of modern popular music as well as entering into new relationships with the best of the latest generation of artists.”

It doesn’t get much better than that, right?

Listen to this fun, happy throwback sound. What’s not to love?

Billy Idol

Oh my, What do I say about this guy? Well, if you aren’t familiar with the lip quivering, angry, bad boy Billy that rose to fame through the original MTV idea that music videos were king, then here ya’ go. Yep, he pushed the edge back then, believe it or not. This video played on repeat throughout those early MTV days.

Billy Idol is still making music and the curious should go check him out. Here is “Save Me Now”. Classic Idol with a somewhat softer sound.

Icona Pop

This Swedish duo of electro-popping girls had the major jam of summer a few years ago. Everyone within earshot of a radio or a bit of life angst had the song, “I Love It” as their fave ‘scream and shout the lyrics’ tune.



What’s been happening since then?  Icona Pop have an EP out with a few new songs and if you are ready to dance and shout, then they are the ones to see on Saturday afternoon.

Emergency is the title track for the 2015 EP of the same name. It’s just pure popping fun, just as you would expect.



Catfish And The Bottlemen

The British band that began in 2010 and basically covered Beatles tunes, Catfish and the Bottlemen, has progressed to having one of the most acclaimed albums of 2014.


Their album, The Balcony, is all original and packed with a “gritty garage rock’ sound. They have mostly been touring Europe, so this is really cool that they are making an appearance in Atlanta on Saturday. You should really go listen. I will be there. Here is a good one to whet your appetite, “Kathleen”.

Have to share another favorite, “Tyrants”. This song has a steady build and ends in swirling guitars that make my head spin with appreciation. This is a real up and coming band to pay attention to….


Good golly, I love music! Go on and get your tickets before you get shut out by an over packed Piedmont Park.


“The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful!”-Jimmy Buffet






One Reply to “Music Midtown-Daryl Hall and John Oates, Billy Idol, Icona Pop, and Catfish And The Bottlemen”

  1. Hi there

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