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MJ Live and Electric Avenue brought down the house ’80s style at The Fred in Peachtree City

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By LaTria Garnigan

A few weekends ago, I was transported back to the ‘80s with the musical stylings of Electric Avenue and the MJ Live tribute band. As part of its summer concert series, The Frederick Brown Amphitheatre in Peachtree City hosted this event, with a packed crowd rocking out to the best songs of their youth. 

It’s refreshing to find good events on the south side of Atlanta. So when offered the chance to attend this concert, I jumped at the opportunity. Plus, I was hoping to hear some great songs that I haven’t belted out in quite a while. And I certainly did. Even Georgia’s summer heat didn’t keep me away from dancing to songs from George Michael, David Bowie, Tears For Fears and so many more. 

From the moment they played their first note to the last, Electric Avenue lived up to their name. The energy that exuded from the lead singer was magnetic and electrifying. He didn’t let the heat stop him. At any moment he was running from one end of the stage to the other, all while staying in perfect pitch! The crowd participation was spot on and everyone enjoyed themselves fully. What I loved most about Electric Avenue during their performance was looking around and seeing the crowd full of people of all ages singing along. 

After a little over an hour, Electric Avenue finished their set and it was time for the headlining performance of the MJ Live tribute band. This was an experience. I’ll admit that I was curious about

how much like Michael the main performer would be. But honestly, from the moment he stepped on the stage in the quintessential Michael Jackson stance, I knew this would be something to see. It was incredible. 

I never saw Michael perform in person, solely on award shows, in his music videos and clips of concerts. But they truly nailed his performance mannerisms. Hailing from Las Vegas, the MJ Live tribute band lived up to their city’s penchant for theatrics and extravagance with their showcase that night. All of MJ’s classics were sung and danced to and we were treated to several instances of the famed moonwalk and lean! Two things I was looking forward to the most. 

This night was my first being at The Fred and I can tell you I was quite impressed with the venue. It was a nice size with plenty of table options available for large parties who want to bring in their food and drinks. But also, I liked the fact that there was ample, comfortable seating available for general seats. And looking at their calendar, this venue has a great reputation for bringing in dynamic performers including actor Kevin Bacon’s band — The Bacon Brothers, Kool & the Gang, KC and the Sunshine Band and so many more. 

Whether or not you live on the south side of Atlanta, or care to take a drive, it truly was a great evening spent in Peachtree City. I’ll be sure to check out their calendar for next year’s spring and summer offerings. 

 

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LaTria Garnigan