ATL Soul Life Music Festival

The ATL Soul Life Music Festival was hosted at Wolf Creek Amphitheater over the Memorial Day Weekend. The forecast called for rain however the weather was almost picture perfect.

Guests enjoyed two evenings of soulful live performances by a star studded lineup! Festival headliners were Lalah Hathaway and Ledisi. Will Downing, Avery Sunshine, Eric Benet, Raheem Devaughn, Eric Roberson and Anthony David also performed.

Show hosts were J.J. Williamson and MC Lightfoot. Both kept the crowd thoroughly entertained. DJ Daddy Dre held it down for both shows. His sets included soulful hits and classic hip hop tunes.

Below is a photo recap of the festival! Enjoy!

Photos: Carolyn Grady


Brian Culbertson performing on the

Brian Culbertson, Norman Brown, Najee and Josh Vietti on Colors of Love Tour

Brian Culbertson brought his Colors Of Love Tour to Atlanta's Wolf Creek Amphitheater as part of a Night Of Smooth Jazz featuring violinist Josh Vietti, flautist Najee and guitarist Norman Brown.

Josh Vietti treated the crowd to violin renditions of some of our favorite soul and hip hop tunes and capped off his set by doing "The Wobble" line dance with members of the audience while still playing the violin.

Veteran jazz flautist Najee put the smooth in a Night of Smooth Jazz by performing some of his throwback tunes like "Betcha Don't Know".  He also took time to acknowledge his friend Prince and play a song in his memory.

The audience couldn't helped but be infected by the joy and enthusiasm Norman Brown radiated during his entire performance and that energy set a ripe atmosphere for of the night, Brian Culbertson, to take the stage.

Just as he promised, Culbertson brought the colors of love to the stage through an elaborate set that included interactive video and lights. He was animated and entertaining as he narrated the show and he tickled the keys like he was sprinkling magic dust throughout the set list of songs from his 20-year career.

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Stephanie Mills performing onstage at Wolf Creek Amphitheater

Stephanie Mills Brings A "Sweet Sensation" to Atlanta with El DeBarge & Stokley Williams

Stephanie Mills performing onstage at Wolf Creek Amphitheater
© Hope West/Grown Folks Music - Stephanie Mills performing onstage at Wolf Creek Amphitheater (Sept 30th 2017)

Grown Folks Music was in the house at Wolf Creek Amphitheater on Saturday, September 30, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia for A Night of Classic R&B with El DeBarge, Stokley Williams and featuring the one and only Stephanie Mills. Atlanta celebrated the legendary singer and Broadway star the previous day by declaring it Stephanie Mills Day by proclamation.

She sang her classic hits, like "(You're Puttin') A Rush On Me", "I Feel Good", "I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love" and of course her signature song "Home". But, just to let you know she's GROWN and not OLD, she bridged the gap by turning up the energy and singing "Uptown Funk". However, this was no surprise to us. Before Saturday's performance, Grown Folks Music got to ask Ms. Mills a couple of questions and her responses let us know that although she comes from the era of classic R&B and disco, she has her "ear to the streetz" and is very much in tune with what is happening in music right now and with other genres of music. Read below and enjoy some of our photographs from the show. Photo Credit: Hope West

Grown Folks Music: What new artists would we be surprised to know you admire?

Stephanie Mills: Big Sean. Would you be surprised by that? I like Big Sean. Of course I love Jay-Z. I love Kendrick Lamar. I love Ledisi [and] Lalah Hathaway. I love Jazmine Sullivan. I listen to a lot of different types of music, but I like the rap too. I love Tupac. I think they would be surprised to know that I love Tupac, but I always said I could've been Tupac's girlfriend back in the day.

GFM: What's your definition of Grown Folks Music?

Stephanie Mills: My definition of grown folks music is Johnnie Taylor [laughs], Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, myself of course, Dionne [Warwick], Gladys [Knight] and Teddy Pendergrass. Just good ole' R&B music. Good ole' soul music. I really don't like the categories that they put music in because I really feel like music is music and they categorize it, I think, to keep us separate in a way. But, I think good ole' R&B is grown folks music [and] live bands... everything live.

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GFM Concert Pics: Keith Sweat, K-Ci & JoJo, After 7 & Al B. Sure! @ Wolf Creek Amphitheater Night of Classic R&B!

Keith Sweat performing at Wolf Creek

It was a "Night of Classic R&B" at the The Wolf Creek Amphitheater on Saturday, July 23, 2016, featuring the O.G. of R&B-- Keith Sweat, K-Ci and JoJo, After 7 and Al B. Sure!

Al B. Sure! kicked it off, After 7 broke it down old-school style with classic outfits and three-part harmony crooning, K-Ci and JoJo kept the momentum going by sharing their hits and Jodeci's and the O.G. himself treated the crowd to The Sweat Hotel live experience as a continuation of his birthday weekend celebration.

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Sheila E.

Live Event Coverage: Sheila E, ConFunkShun, Lakeside & The Mary Jane Girls @ Wolfcreek Amphitheater Funk Series, Atlanta, GA

Sheila E. at Wolf Creek Funk Series
Sheila E. at Wolf Creek Funk Series

Grown Folks Music was on the ground at The Wolf Creek Funk Series featuring Sheila E., ConFunkShun, Lakeside featuring Mark Wood Jr. and The Mary Jane Girls at Wolf Creek Amphitheater on Saturday, July 16, 2016 and funky it was.

The Mary Jane Girls kicked off the evening with classic jams like "All Night Long", "In My House" and paid homage to their mentor Rick James with "You And I". Lakeside took us on a "Fantasic Voyage" and funkmasters ConFunkShun treated us to "Ffun" and "Love's Train".

The incomparable Ms. Sheila E. shined during her moment on her day-- Sheila E. Day-- as proclaimed by the city of Atlanta. She came out killing the drums straight away, then working about the stage-- only slowing down for an emotional tribute song to Prince and later a ballad she went into the crowd to perform. She also revisited the high-energy mashup of songs she performed during the 2016 BET Awards proving she's more able and RELEVANT than ever.

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