A GoFundMe to support The Masquerade staff

Heaven at The Masquerade. Photo by Elena de Soto.

On March 16, The Masquerade announced that it was suspending operations to aid in the effort to slow the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Since then, the Downtown Atlanta music venue has canceled and postponed more than 100 shows in all three of its live music rooms — Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. Many shows are being rescheduled for the fall and winter months, but the doors remain closed indefinitely.

The Masquerade is the city’s largest independently-owned music venue. Each night, the club brings more music to Atlanta than anywhere else, ranging from hip-hop, trap music, punk, hardcore, heavy metal, and jazz to DJ nights such as Torch DNB and the LA-based Emo Nite.

This means an awful lot of bartenders, sound engineers, loaders, caterers, box office staff, security, and administrative personnel are without work for the time being.

To help its employees pay the bills, a GoFundMe page is set up with all proceeds being distributed to the club’s employees, and there are donation perks.

Contributions of $50 or more will receive a pair of tickets to an upcoming concert.
Contributions of $100 or more will receive an invitation for you and a guest to attend a welcome back party with complimentary drinks, along with a pair of tickets to an upcoming concert.

The list of available shows will be posted on The Masquerade’s website as soon as it looks like the world will start moving again.

Tuesday Night Musicians Jam feat. Rasheeda Ali and the ESP House Band

Rasheeda “Ra Flautista” Ali hosts the weekly Tuesday Night Musicians Jam Session at Elliott Street Deli & Pub. Each week, Ali leads an ever-changing cast of Atlanta’s finest players in a serpentine set that channels musical inflections from the furthest regions of the cosmos, all in the name of ecstatic communal revelry — no two nights are ever the same. Donations at the door. 9 p.m. Every Tuesday night at Elliott Street Deli & Pub. | More info.

Wire at Variety Playhouse Saturday, March 7

Photo courtesy Wire

Wire + Wire DJs (a different member of Wire DJing each night). $25-$40. 7 p.m. (doors). Sat., March 7 @ Variety Playhouse | Buy tickets

Wire is signing copies of Mind Hive across the street at Criminal Records (1154 Euclid Ave. N.E. A) between 4:30 and 5 p.m. To participate, arrive early and purchase Hive Mind on CD or LP at the shop on the day of show to get a wristband at the cash register. Criminal will have a limited quantity of alternative titles for those who have already bought the new album at the store.

Mass Destruction Metal Fest IV feat. Repulsion, Nuclear Assault, Vimur, and more November 6-7

Repulsion, Nuclear Assault, Monstrosity, Massacre, Cenotaph, Malignancy, Thornspawn, Estuary, Vimur, and more bands to be announced soon. November 6-7. | A limited number of $85 early bird tickets are on sale now
Read Chad Radford’s CL feature story, “Vimur finds truth in the abyss: ‘Triumphant Master of Fates’ takes black metal to a grand scale”









Ministry celebrates 30 years of ‘The Mind Is A Terrible Thing to Taste’ + KMFDM and Front Line Assembly at the Tabernacle April 20

Al Jourgensen of Ministry. Photo by Derick Smith.

The Industrial Strength Tour: Ministry celebrates the 30th anniversary of The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste w/ KMFDM and Front Line Assembly at the Tabernacle. Tuesday, April 20, 2021. $37-$55. 7 p.m. (doors). Tickets are on sale Friday, January 17 at 10 a.m. | Buy tickets.