The Grapes, one of the most influential bands on the early Southern jam band scene, will headline the first Grizz Fest, Sunday, March 31, at Terminal West, one of the top venues for live music in Atlanta.
This is a rare performance for the band, who broke up in 1997 but continue to play reunion shows from time to time. But this show is special. It’s a memorial jam for the late Kevin Meaders, better known as “Grizz” to his friends and colleagues.
Meaders played a vital role in Atlanta’s underground music scene as both a performer and behind the scenes. He was a manager and sound man for The Grapes, forming a business management company with Allman Brothers tour manager Bunky Odom. The management team’s all-star roster included Derek Trucks, Col. Bruce Hampton, The Grapes, Dr. Dan Matrazzo, and the Urban Shake Dancers, among others.“Grizz touched a whole generation of Atlanta musicians and fans by doing what he loved most – sound engineering, guiding careers, and making tons of friends along the way,” said Meaders’ old friend Bob Fortin, who also managed the Grapes and is co-owner of Grapevine Talent, who is producing Grizz Fest. Fortin’s partners in this event are Larry Hurley, Ken Davidson and Thomas Hellend..
Together they’ve put together a lineup of some of the region’s best musicians. Also performing are Deep Blue Sun with special guests Apple Peru, the Donna Hopkins Band, Dotline Projekt, Copious Jones, the Ain’t Sisters, and a jam session with surprise guests that will close out the event, which kicks off at 3pm
“This is a collaboration among people who knew and loved Grizz,” Ken Davidson said. “We want to turn a tragedy into a triumph and celebrate our friend’s life by emulating his super eclectic natural genius, bringing his family, bands, and friends together.”
Grizz Fest will raise funds for The Gracenote Foundation and Taproot Music Camp. Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased. For more information, call Terminal West at 404-876-5566 or www.terminalwestatl.com