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May 22, 2014

What to Do This Memorial Day Weekend

This holiday weekend, no matter if you're on the road or staying put, there's fun to be had. Here's what’s happening in your city and around the country.


It’s Atlanta Jazz Festival time Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 to 25.

Pile those plates high at the annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, featuring learning experiences, high-end dinners and fantastic tasting tents from May 29 to June 1.


New-school jazz pianist Jason Moran teams up with visual artist Theaster Gates for the Symphony Center’s provocative “Truth to Power” series May 30.

Broadway’s megahit, Motown the Musical, built around Berry Gordy’s iconic label, makes its first national tour stop at the Oriental Theatre at Ford Center for the Performing Arts now through July 13. So “get ready” for Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5 and company.


Memorial Day weekend is a stone blast as over 90 acts, including Miguel Migs, Marco Carola, Flosstradamus, Detroit’s own Anthony “Shake” Shakir and hip-hop’s Just Blaze turn up Hart Plaza for the Movement Electronic Music Festival, May 24 to 26. Techno pioneer Kevin Saunderson also presents “Origins,” a special celebratory showcase highlighting the genre’s originators and next school innovators.


Chanté Moore mellows out B.B. Kings May 23, followed by Capleton May 28 and the incomparable Sheila E. May 31.

OutKast, Janelle Monáe, J. Cole and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley join this year’s Governor’s Ball Music Festival June 6 to 8.

Going for laughs, Mike Epps keeps it blue when his After Dark tour stops over at the Theater at Madison Square Garden June 7.

Skipping this year’s Apollo Spring Gala is just not an option. With the hallowed institution celebrating its 80th birthday June 10, its signature fundraiser, hosted once again by multi-talented Wayne Brady, will be more starstudded than ever, making it one of the hottest tickets around and an undisputed star of the season. So don’t miss out.


John Legend croons at Atlantic City’s the Music Box at Borgata Hotel and Casino May 25.

For the 7th Annual Roots Picnic, going down May 31 at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, the almighty crew backs forever West Coast rider Snoop Dogg, in addition to stepping up on its own. But that’s not all: Janelle Monáe, Jhené Aiko, Biz Markie, Just Blaze, ASAP Ferg and more also rock this year’s party.

The legendary Sheila E. drums it out at World Café Live in Wilmington, Delaware May 30.


Patrice Rushen, Toshi Reagon and René Marie are among the featured performers at the 19th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater May 23 and 24.


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