The Great Southeast Music Hall

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 16, 2011

The Great Southeast Music Hall was an important part of life in Atlanta during the seventies. It was located in the elbow of a shopping center, Broadview Plaza. A bowling alley was downstairs, a two level K mart next door, and Atlanta’s first hispanic neighborhood across the street. Like almost everything else here, Broadview Plaza was torn down, and replaced by a more uppity set of stores.

When you went into the lobby of the Music Hall, you noticed the walls. Performers were given a magic marker, and encouraged to leave a message. John Mayall found the ladies room, and said he likes to be near the ladies. The late Phil Ochs said “Impeach Nixon and Agnew”. What happened to those boards is a good question.

The auditorium held about 500 people. The stage was only three feet or so above the floor. There was an empty space in front of the stage, and a few rows of bench backs behind that. When the place opened, there were lots of pillows on this floor, with the Music Hall logo. The carpet in this front area was fresh when the place opened, and got progressively grosser as the years went by. Beer was served in aluminum buckets, and inevitably some wound up on the carpet.

The show the Music Hall is most famous for is the US debut of the Sex Pistols. PG didn’t make it that night, but has heard from a few who did. The performance was said to be horrible. There are stories of Sid Vicious wandering through the apartments around Broadview trying to find heroin. Years later, PG was reading about that night in Please Kill Me, when the train he was riding pulled into the Lindberg Marta station. This is across the street from the Broadview Plaza,  still standing at the time.

These days, the intersection of Lindbergh Drive and Piedmont Road (about a mile north of the park) is next to Hiway 400. When the Music Hall was in it’s prime, the land for the Highway was owned by the State of Georgia, which was fighting legal battles over the highway. The land had a network of dirt roads, one of which connected Buford Hiway to Lindbergh Drive. When you went from Chamblee to the Music Hall, the most direct route was over this dirt road. This dirt road is where Sidney Marcus Boulevard is today.

Eventually, the business model for the Music Hall did not work, and the facility moved to Cherokee Plaza. This Music Hall was in a movie theater. The Cherokee Plaza Theater was the scene for the world premiere of Son of Dracula . This move did not work, for a number of reasons. The parking lot was too small, and people who wanted a loaf of bread from the A&P were blocked out during shows. Cherokee Plaza is just outside the city limits, on Peachtree Road. In the late seventies, DeKalb county was aggressively fighting drunk driving, and had roadblocks. Many of these roadblocks were outside the Music Hall, which kept many people from attending. Before long, this Music Hall closed.

Many years later, PG bought a second hand typewriter, and needed a ribbon. ( Younger readers should ask an older person about this.) He went into an office supply store in Broadview Plaza, and soon realized that he was standing on the site of the Music Hall. He asked the clerk if he could have a bucket of beer, and got a very strange look in return.

One industrious afternoon during this era, PG made a list of shows he saw at the Music Hall. The memory cells are already protesting, but we are going to try and remember as much as possible about these shows. A big thank you to Wikipedia for help with spelling and names.

New York Rock Ensemble – PG walked into the auditorium during the last part of the first show, as the band played “A whiter shade of pale”. The bass player wore lace up boots, with the pants legs tucked into them. Before long, the second show came on stage. Keyboard player Michael Kamen was the central focus, acting out the lyrics to “Anaconda”.

Silverman Deborah McColl fronted this drummerless band

Al Kooper PG has written about an unfortunate incident involving Al Kooper during this show. This would have never happened in “The Catcher in the Rye”…the kids always knew what time it was in that story. Mr. Kooper did a solo show, including “Sam Stone” by John Prine.

Ellen McIlwaine/ James Cotton Blues Band Ms. McIlwaine was pregnant, and played slide guitar. Mr. Cotton played harmonica. One of his players started to fan him with a towel, because he was hot.

Breakfast Special/ Doc and Merle Watson Breakfast Special was a local bluegrass crew, who did “The coming down song”. The Watsons did ” Deep River Blues” and “Thats All”, among other things. PG had a copy of their latest LP, and asked Merle to autograph it. He wrote his name on one side, turned it over, and signed Doc’s name on the other side.

Mason/Atlanta Rythym Section This show was the night Led Zeppelin played Atlanta Stadium.

New Riders of the Purple Sage When the Music Hall opened, a performer would typically play from Tuesday to Sunday. NRPS was a one night show. They worked well in the packed hall, and shined on “Glenville Train”. The next year, they did a tour with Commander Cody and The Lost Planet Airmen. Commander Cody opened, and raised hell. NRPS followed with a mellow rock show, and before long people were getting bored and leaving.

David Buskin / Loudon Wainwright III Chamblee 54 has written about this show before. Mr. Buskin talked about doing a show at Max’s Kansas City, the person sitting next to PG said “Gross”.

Steve Martin / Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Chamblee54 has written about the show by Mr. Martin . This was his last tour as an opening act. Nitty Gritty was a sight to behold. John McEuen played fiddle, and recited a poem about life.

Martin Mull / Melissa Manchester PG went to see Mr. Mull, who opened the show with a three piece band. ( After the show, Mr. Mull said the name of the band was the (your name) (draws a blank with his fingers) orchestra.) The headliner was Ms. Manchester, little known at the time. She was a knockout. While standup comedy has it’s place, for emotional impact there is nothing like a singer.

Texas Gary Bennett / Weather Report Mr. Bennett played acoustic guitar, and sang, as an opener for a packed house of jazz rockers. It did not go well. At one point, trying to get some rapport with the crowd, he said ” has anyone here been busted at the Omni?” ( The authorities had begun arresting people for smoking pot at the major concerts.)

Weather Report was amazing. Josef Zawinul had the loud keyboard sound, Wayne Shorter played his leads on soprano sax, and there was a drummer and percussion player. There was tons of rythym, to go with the electronic jazz sounds. When it was over, PG went up to Mr. Zawinul, shook his hand and, and said thank you. He was pouring a glass of beer from a pitcher, and looked a bit startled.

David Pomerance / Rahsaan Roland Kirk Chamblee54 has written about this show before. Mr. Kirk was a force of nature, the modern miracle of the tenor saxophone. He did not suffer from false modesty. This was the night Richard Nixon resigned, which pleased Mr. Kirk no end. The blind Rahsaan said that he did not want to see his audience, because we were too ugly. At one point, his band had been jamming for about ten minutes, when PG realized that Mr. Kirk had been holding a single note the entire time. The three saxophones at one time thing was a visual shocker, but he got sounds that way that you cannot get from a single instrument. At one point, Mr. Kirk pulled his sunglasses off, and made a face at the crowd. It was an amazing evening.

Chic Corea / Return to Forever This was a disappointment. Tickets were $4.50, which may be the most PG ever paid at the Music Hall. The band only played about an hour. It was all electric, ignoring the acoustic instruments set up on stage. RTF was a four piece, all star band. They had Chic Corea on keyboards, Stanley Clarke on bass, Al Demeola on guitar, and Lenny White on drums. That sounds like a great show, but it turned out to be four solo artists jamming. There was no cohesion, and the overall sound was less than the sum of the individual parts. Corea leaned over his keyboard, twisted knobs, and made faces, as if to say “look at how intense this is”. It wasn’t.

Mccoy Tyner The former Coltrane sideman played a very nice show. He had a percussion man, with several tables covered in exotic instruments. PG took a break after to first show to hang out at a neighborhood disco. When he got back, there was no doorman checking tickets, and anyone could walk in for free. PG took advantage of this discovery many times over the next few years.

Bill Crystal / Jean Luc Ponty Former Frank Zappa player Jean Luc Ponty played at the Music Hall, with a bass player who was a fellow Zappa alumni. The surprise of the evening was then-unknown Bill Crystal. A few weeks after this show, “Soap” would premiere, and make him a star. Mr. Crystal did a killer impersonation of a gila monster.

Between shows, Mr. Crystal had been entertained by a local musician. During the second show, he held his finger to his nose, made a snorting sound, and said thank you. PG heard this, and yelled “Locker Room”, the name of a “deooderizer” that some liked to get a buzz sniffing. Mr. Crystal said “Locker room. Jeez, I need to get the hecklers rosetta stone to know what he means”. Good times.

Keith Jarrett This is another show that might have been better than PG’s enjoyment. At one point early in the show, PG moved over to the front of the stage, to look at Mr. Jarrett’s hands. After the show, people told PG that the player had been giving him dirty looks when he did that. PG asked Mr. Jarrett about it, and he said that PG had interfered with his concentration.

This show featured a quartet, instead of a solo piano. The bass player was Charley Haden, who seemed a bit puffy faced. PG later learned that he had been addicted to heroin at the time.

Melissa Manchester Ms. Manchester came back for another week at the Music Hall, about a year after her first appearance. At one point, she asked the band if they were ready to do a new song, and then performed “I got eyes” for the first time in public. This was later the b side to “Midnight Blue”. One of the players in her band was a man named James Newton Howard. Part of the deal for touring with her was that he could play a solo number on piano, called “Newton’s Ego”. He later played with Elton John, and became wealthy writing film scores.

Flora Purim /Airto Moreira On PG’s 23rd birthday, Flora Purim played at the Music Hall. At the time, PG had a profound appreciation of her albums. The band had a nice sound, and was the equal of her records. The Chic Corea tune “Light as a Feather” was a standout. Her husband, Airto Moreira ( eye, ear, toe) fronted the band on some of the numbers, and had some funny routines. Ms. Purim held two microphones throughout the show, with one connected to some audio filters. PG found holding two microphones to be visually distracting. PG had known of the Jewish ancestry of Ms. Purim, but had not thought much about it. Then he saw her live, and realized that she does, indeed, look Jewish.

Hot Tuna Hot Tuna is a dependable, though not spectacular, band. On a previous show in Atlanta, they went on stage at 10:55, and played without a break until 2:50. This night, a fried of a friend was working at the Music Hall, and PG got in before the crowds, to get a prime spot, in the first row of benchbacks. At one point, PG was rocking back and forth against the benchback, and a neighbor asked him to quit.

Shakti This was an acoustic, Hindu oriented band fronted by guitar superman John McLaughlin. The numbers seemed to go on forever.

David Manion / Mark Almond This was a long awaited Atlanta performance by Mark Almond. (This is a jazz/blues band, totally different from the Soft Cell vocalist with a similar name.) They played two sets, which were only an hour or so long. This was disappointing to the people who could not wait for the second show. In the second show, they “took the shackles off” saxophone player Johnny Almond, and he played a wild solo during “The city”.

The incident we are about to describe may or may not have involved David Manion. What happened was, a small portable radio was playing on the edge of the stage. The spotlight was on the radio, which sounded like gibberish to most of the audience. Gradually, the chattering audience got quiet, and tried to listen to the radio. After a few minutes, a man came out, and stood in darkness behind the radio. The PA speaker announced “The new force of rock in Atlanta”. The man then dropped a large piece of granite on the radio, smashing it into bits.

Laurie Chapman / Stomu Yamashta Laurie Chapman was a singer/piano player, with some good stories. She told of a trucker, driving beside her and talking to her on a cb radio. ” You better get that drink out from between your legs before it gets too hot to handle”.

Stomu Yamashta is somewhat of a star in Japan. The show here was filmed for showing on TV there. His band, Go, was an all star collection, including Ava Cherry. She was a backup vocalist, and girlfriend, with David Bowie. After the show, PG was introduced to Spencer Davis in the lobby.

The next few shows were at Cherokee Plaza.

Martin Mull Mr. Mull was a solo star this time. He did a song about doing nothing, adding that dead people can do it too. The parking lot was packed, which was a major problem at the new location.

The week before the Super Bowl in 1994, Mr. Mull filmed a Comedy Central show in Woodruff Park. The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders were kicking field goals. After the filming PG stood a few feet away from Mr. Mull, but could not think of anything to say.

Sun Ra PG went to a wedding, and a bunch of people from there to see Sun Ra. This was an entertaining spectacle, with a big band and dancers. After the show, PG asked Sun Ra how he could afford to take a band like that on the road. He said he was doing it for beauty.

David Bromberg This was another big band production. PG showed within a few minutes of the gateman leaving his post, and saw about 45 minutes without buying a ticket.

Lester Flatt/John Hartford One boring Saturday night, PG walked up to the Music Hall, and saw the two fiddle players jamming. A few weeks later, Lester Flatt passed away.

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  1. William J Simpson said, on May 17, 2011 at 9:43 am

    You missed 2 great shows from there .I am surpised. Wet willie before they took off, Captain Beyond with Duane Allman. debut there also Capricorn records too.

    • chamblee54 said, on May 17, 2011 at 10:10 am

      Thanks for stopping by.
      This history is only about shows that I personally attended.
      I saw Wet Willie on a number of occasions. I imagine I will be forgiven.
      Duane Allman met his maker in November of 1971. The Music Hall opened in 1972.

      • Anonymous said, on February 10, 2019 at 10:16 am

        Any chance you know when Dolly Parton played at the Brookhaven concert?

      • Anonymous said, on March 19, 2019 at 8:15 pm

        Duane Allman 11 20 46 to 10 29 71

  2. William J Simpson said, on May 17, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Really neat pic shit though

  3. jake lamb said, on May 17, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Great stories of our past. I can’t remember the shows I went to, but after reading your post it certainly helps clear the fog. As I went thru the list I noted, “Yep I was with CG at that show, that one too, oh yeah, I remember Al saying to you what time it was but didn’t you delete the expletives? Odetta blasting the audience for not showing her the proper respect…what a crybaby! The autographed Marc Almond Album, meeting them backstage to learn how the finger was ripped from Jon’s hand after a tree limb caught on his ring finger when he jumped out of a tree during a photo shoot, resulting in having to learn how to play the saxaphone with one less digit ala Jerry Garcia, and the Hot Tuna Show with Papa John Screech. Flora and Eye Ear Toes logo on his equipment. Was it there that we went on Halloween, me dressed as a bagman for Nixon (A paper sack over my head) and you going as a Bee-keeper (a vegetable strainer over your head)? God we were hilarious! It’s all beginning to come back, but what never went away was remembering the great friend I went with.

    • chamblee54 said, on May 17, 2011 at 12:03 pm

      There was another rocknroll club at Broadview Plaza, in the upstairs part by Lindbergh Drive (the paved part). That was where the halloween show was, with Spirt playing. ( Did you know that Randy California drowned, while trying to one of his kids out of an undertow in Hawaii?)
      I saw Roger McGuinn at this place, which I think was called the nightclub. Miles Davis was supposed to play there, but he cancelled. He was replaced by Thermos Greenwood and the colored people. The guitar man had a green face, the drummer was silver, etc etc. A neighbor worked in a liquor store in buckhead, and said the Thermos Greenwood’s mom used to come in the store a lot. The parking lot for a home depot is in that location now.

      • Jake Lamb said, on October 10, 2011 at 9:09 pm

        yep knew that about Randy. I saw Tim Buckley at the Hall and he died in murky waters as well as his son Jeff. Our long lost friend Brad Moss was the Manager of the Hall for awhile when he thought the Sex Pistols would be an interesting act. My all time favorite band was a heavy metal band that only did a few shows around the country before they crashed their VW Bus into a bridge abuttment. Do you remember going to see Mortisha Sado with me before that fatal crash? But on a brighter note, how about Goose Creek Symphony? I saw them about a year ago and they remembered the Night to Remember!

  4. Anonymous said, on June 22, 2011 at 8:55 am

    What a find to get to this site!!! I lived in Atlanta from 1974-1981 and discovering the Great Southeast Music Hall was like finding heaven! I saw Buffy St. Marie, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Janis Ian, and lots of performances by David Allan Coe (in both the Broadview Plaza and the Cherokee Plaza locations). Great stuff. I was remembering the Sex Pistols show as being at the Broadview location (just recall seeing the lines of folx waiting to get in) but a book I’m reading “The locations of America’s Pop Culture Landmarks” implies that it took place at the Brookhaven location. Does anybody know when it moved from Broadview Plaza? Again, loved the memories.

    • Joanne said, on October 22, 2014 at 10:39 pm

      do you remember when you saw Buffy? My husband and I are having a disagreement right now. I remember the GSEMH; he remembers De Anza College.

      • Vicky said, on October 23, 2014 at 11:25 pm

        I would have seen Buffy in the mid 70’s at the Broadview location. Probably in 1975 or 1976. Fabulous show to see at this venue.

      • Joanne said, on October 23, 2014 at 11:40 pm

        That’s about when we would have seen her. We moved to Roswell in ’74.

    • karl speck said, on September 11, 2021 at 2:53 pm

      Around November 24th 1978 on a weekend.

    • Anonymous said, on September 11, 2021 at 2:56 pm

      Around November 24th, 1978 on a weekend

  5. Anonymous said, on August 1, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    chamblee54, you must have seen and heard a lot of good stuff. I might have overlooked it in the above, but when did the GSMH offically close?

    • chamblee54 said, on August 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      The Cherokee Plaza location shut down sometime in 1979.

  6. mark said, on March 8, 2012 at 8:07 am

    A Great Show that unfortunately no one except a few music business people attended was Ian Matthews. He played two nights. There were probably twelve in the audience and HE was asking the crowd to pick a song any song for him to play. I got a few requests in

  7. Doc Watson « Chamblee54 said, on May 29, 2012 at 10:01 pm

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  8. tom said, on May 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Sad to see news of Doc Watson’s death. Enjoyed him at the GSMH. I don’t think I saw Harry Chapin listed above. He was another. Trying to remember if the Roche Sisters played there (at the Broadview Plaza location … saw them at the other place, I think.)

  9. Van said, on June 6, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I also saw Doc and Merle, sometime after 1/74. It was an excellent show, sad he (Doc) has passed on. Is Merle still living/playing if you know?

    • Anonymous said, on June 6, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Merle died many years ago (1986 or so?) in a tractor accident. Doc nearly packed it in…. but didn’t.

  10. Neal B. - Som Records said, on June 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Great reading! Brought back some memories. I saw three shows at the Music Hall – The Dixie Dregs, Elvin Bishop and David Allan Coe. I saw Coe the night before my SATs in 1978 or ’79 and it was (and still is) the most bikers I’ve ever seen in once place. Elvin Bishop just tore it up, really good.

  11. Van said, on June 22, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Yeah, the bikers that followed Coe all throughout his Georgia shows were the Outlaws m.c. They used to be (may still be) quite a presence especially in the South.

  12. Eugene Gray said, on June 24, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I grew up in Atlanta so thanks for the memories about the shows at The Great Southeast Music Hall. I attended numerous shows between the years 1974 and 1977.

    From what I can remember (I do have “70s Memory” after all), here’s some highlights:

    Kinky Friedman — Smoked a huge cigar throughout the show and tipped his ashes in an ash tray attached to his microphone stand. Brought the house down with ‘Sold American.’

    David Allan Coe — Played the first half of the show in his “Country Crooner” persona wearing a white suit and white cowboy hat; then played the second half as The Mysterious Rhinestone Cowboy complete with rhinestone jacket and black mask. Played a hard-rockin’ version of ‘Bossier City’ to close out the show.

    Best memory: New Riders of the Purple Sage
    Show opened late with only John Dawson (acoustic guitar) and Buddy Cage (pedal steel) taking the stage. Seems their limo made the right exit off of 285 but the other limo kept going. After Dawson telling us that, he said, “Well, you might not have all of us but you do have two.” He and Cage then played a short set together including a beautiful version of ‘Gypsy Cowboy.’ The other members trickled in and started playing, all having a good time with the audience about their site-seeing tour of Atlanta via 285. Fantastic show and my best memory of The Hall.

    Weirdest experience:
    For lack of something to do, went to see the New Zealand group Split Enz. A fun but bizarre show with a group outside my typical taste. Sort of a cross between Devo and Bowie and the Bay City Rollers. Truly a strange show.

    Worst experience:
    Pure Prairie League — I was always, always let in and served beer before I turned 18 in ’76. Except for one time. Missed Pure Prairie League because we were all carded; the only time I was ever asked for my ID here. Always regretted missing them since the original band broke up right after this tour. Damn.

    Thanks again for a spot to remember one of the best concert venues (ever) in Atlanta.

    • Anonymous said, on January 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      I went to see Leon Redbone at GSEMH and he smoked a cigar thru his set so it might have been him and not Kinky Friedman

  13. Anonymous said, on July 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Saw many great shows at the Music Hall; Leon Redbone, Don McLean, Bruce Cogburn, but the funniest thing was at Darryl Rhoads show. My girlfriend (now wife of 30 years) went missing when she left to go make the parent check-in phone call. I found her coming around the corner in the hallway, mad at some guy who wouldn’t get off the phone in the lobby. The “guy” was Darryl and he made a few comments to her from the stage during the show just to keep her pissed. It’s funny now, but I could have died then…and she still hates “Burgers From Heaven”.

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  16. gregory gustafson (godot) said, on September 3, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    sir, i was the one who took your money on the way into the music hall. i remember all of the shows and artests with great joy.i saw deborah mccoll mentioned earlier! deb if you see this please get in touch if just to say hi and let me know if any of the green house gang is still around, not to mention the farm. alex, you should have hired me when you had the chance, the zappa show and greg almands show at the fox would have gone much better(!) godot.

  17. David J said, on November 1, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I got to see Melissa Manchester there once at the expense of some A&R types when we had a Southeast College Radio Association had a meeting downtown. We had a surprise when Loudon Wainwright showed up and did Dead Skunk. What a thrill for a college kid in the mid 70’s.

  18. John Powell said, on November 24, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Who, pray tell, is PG?

    • chamblee54 said, on November 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      There is a page somewhere on this blog with information about PG. There is also a rumored connection with the owner of this blog. This longtime Georgia person is known to some as Luther Mckinnon.

  19. John Powell said, on November 24, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Meant to check the “notify me” box.

  20. David Allgood said, on December 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    I saw JD Souther there solo in the summer of 1975. Chris Hillman came through later that year with a full band, including a very young Jon Jorgenson. I believe Linda Ronstadt played GSMH the first or second year it opened(I didn’t see her but remember her on the calendar/newsletter I used to get in the mail). Waylon Jennings. John Prine. Steve Martin/Martin Mull together – hilarious show! Lots of great memories from BP location.
    Not so many from the CP location…

    • eddie willers said, on May 5, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      I was at that “Steve Martin Mull” show (as it was billed).

      I also enjoyed a night there with Earl Scruggs and Family there.

  21. David Allgood said, on December 9, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Speaking of “Texas Gary Bennett,” I played music with him in the mid-70’s to mid- 80’s. Does anyone know of his whereabouts?

  22. gregory gustafson said, on January 31, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    just read the whole blog. i remember the halloween party (contest) for two tickets to jamacia. my picks were the two people dressed in burkas with mirrors for faces and the couple dressed as genetalia. i am pretty shure i remember nixons bag man as well!
    i helped set up “the nightclub”, upper level front and lower back but only have vague memories of the “new” music hall. what i miss here is mention of dolly parton and linda ronstadt as performers at tgsemh&pae. i am proud to have served you all.take care and live long. godot.

  23. Anonymous said, on February 8, 2013 at 8:24 am

    hey Dude,
    My wife & I lived in Atlanta from ’73-’74 just two blocks from the Hall. Great gigs – Buffy St Marie, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Hoyt Axton, Moondog Muledeer Medicine Show, Martin Mull & His Fabulous Furniture, Henry Gross, comedy group The Committee, Waylon Jennings. Remember when the Hall expanded & opened the bar & sandwich shop? Items named after folks that had performed there. Oh how I miss everyone from the vey GREAT Southeast Music Hall!!!!!
    Joe Red

  24. Anonymous said, on February 15, 2013 at 3:34 am

    Don’t forget Dan Fogelberg. Doc and Merle were totally on the night I saw them. Many good times with friends and the crowd that was always respectful of the performers.

  25. Anonymous said, on March 11, 2013 at 5:51 am

    The Great Southeast Music Hall was THE place for all musicians, and especially the new acts just starting out.
    I remember the Pointer sisters and Jackson Browne in 1974.

    • gregory gustafson said, on March 14, 2013 at 9:58 pm

      chamble, i was the person who took the money for entrance to the hall for several years. my name (at the time) was godot. and i was a friend and neighbor of robin conant, the origional operator of the hall. i started as a janitor, cleaning up after the shows and ended up as the assistant manager of the hall before i moved in 1981 back to tucson arizona. i miss the hall and all of the performers we presented to you but that era is long over and my fellow employees long gone i wish them all well. godot.

      • Wild Bill said, on May 28, 2014 at 5:14 am

        Saw several shows there ! Jon Luc Ponty, Stomo Yamashta Go to ! FANTASTIC SHOW ! With Jess Rhoton, Linda Lewis, Clause Shultz, Paul Buckmaster, Michael Shrieve ! Anyone remember a band called Avatar on the Atlanta scene 78,79. KIller band ! These guys should have went big, but never made it! I ran lights for beer at the new place. Several great shows. BB Kings birthday party when Eric Clapton and Dianna Ross dropped in ! Wild Bill

      • greg gustafson said, on June 27, 2014 at 6:48 pm

        billi remember avatar, but from the twelfth gate not the music hall. greg.

    • gregory gustafson said, on March 14, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      jackson gave me baggage tags to become one of his roadies. stili have them didn’t use them greg.

    • Anonymous said, on March 21, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Just came across some newspaper clippings I had sent my parents in 1974. There was apparently a store called Vanilla Sphere (run by one Priscilla Vanilla) that was adjacent to the GSMH. Unique hippie decor, clothes. I also mentioned in letters to the folks seeing Doug Kershaw several times. Amazing the reaches this place seems to have had for so many of us.

      • August Bear said, on June 7, 2016 at 1:37 am

        I am Priscilla’s pseudo sister and partner in VanillaSphere. We had the bathroom used by the Emporium restaurant part of the GSMH because they had none.

  26. Pharmacist Jim said, on April 28, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    How about when Jimmy Buffett opened for Billy Joel there in 1974. I was a Pharmacist at Eckerd Drugs in the plaza at the time when Jimmy called me and asked me to call his physician in Key West for a prescription–a musician who wanted to get a legitimate prescription, unheard of!!! I was already a Buffett fan, but this just made me respect him that much more and I’ve been a “Parrot Head” since, now so more than ever since I live in Florida.

    • Brian Rector said, on August 22, 2013 at 11:41 am

      I am living and performing (still) in Key West. In the summer of ’75 I was gigging the happy hours at the Steak & Ale’s around the perimeter when Ry Cooder approached me to open his show at the GSMH. I do not remember the date, but I was one of two other acts that filled in for about 20-30 min before Cooder came on. Those were great days……

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  29. michelle said, on June 5, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Excuse me, peeps but NRPS played a song called GlenDALE Train, not Glenville Train. I made that mistake, too, back in 1969.

  30. Amy said, on July 14, 2013 at 12:54 am

    Two of my favorite shows that haven’t been mentioned: Randy Newman with opening act Mac Macanally. I had seen Randy many times but had never heard of Mac. He was so good I went out and bought his album the next day! (Probably at Turtles or Peaches) The Firesign Theatre’s Proctor and Bergman were great, and of course…Darryl Rhoades. (My boyfriend was in his band.) I loved that place!

  31. Jeff said, on July 21, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Way too many memories for me. Saw everyone of these- best show- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Doc and Merle Watson; Earl Scruggs Review with Larry Gatlin as opening act; Doug Kershaw recording a live album; Steve Martin; Lilly Tomlin; The Dillard’s a/k/a the Darlin family from the Andy Griffith show; Jonathan Edwards with his St. Bernard dog lying next to him on stage; John Hartford tapping his shoes on plugged in board; Gamble Rogers; Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show; Red, White and Bluegrass; Billy Joel; Leo Kotke; and I’m sure I’ve missed some.

    • gregory Gustafson said, on July 21, 2013 at 9:43 am

      jeff , you missed some? i can tell you went to all of the shows you mention and apperciate it. i was the person who ran the ticket booth and took your money to get in for years. i still have the turquois bracelet that got featured on the local news once.      chamblee. although i have posted several messages on this site i think that, until now, i have failed to thank you for your efforts. if you ever hear from robin, robbie, or any of the other staff please give them my e-mail address. godot.   


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  33. Nancy said, on August 2, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Wonderful to find this! There was never such fun as sitting on what I remember to be vinyl covered cushions, drinking beer out of those giant buckets and watching such amazing shows. I’ll never forget Steve Martin (Steve Martin/Martin Mull show) making those balloon animals and wearing that arrow through his head baffled about why It was so darn funny. And the amazing music!!! I thought I saw Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee there. Anyone know if that’s true. Adored the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – thought I saw them twice in the 70’s. My intro to Bluegrass! Loved the place and the times! Sigh!

    • Nancy said, on August 2, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      P.S. The Dixie Dregs!!! The ultimate experience, and left them out.

  34. Anonymous said, on August 15, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    There is a Music Hall bucket sitting on my desk right now. I think about it every now and then… I highly enjoyed seeing the Earl Scruggs Review there. He was a great artist and he and his boys were Great musicians. Checked out the Nighthawks there in 78 when Gregg was getting over the valley Girl. An excellent night. Saw Jimmy Buffett, and several others.. an great place for music..

  35. Mark said, on August 17, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Gregg Allman played with the Nighthawks for an encore set of three (or four) Allman Brother songs.Brought down the sold out house. The beer taps went dry. At the end of the first song Gregg asked the crowd… “People, am I forgiven?” and the audience screamed yes! Then he played a couple more ABB tines. What a night! Oh yeah, I also have a recording of that night made on a Nakamichi cassette recorder and a Tandberg reel to reel.

    • Anonymous said, on April 22, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      I only caught the tail end end of the GSEMH era as an Emory freshman in 1977-78. In the spring of 1978, I had tickets to a Muddy Waters show that was scheduled. There were rumors around campus all day that a “special guest” would join Muddy. Well it turned out to be Greg Allman and Nighthawk, and they all ended up on stage for the last couple of songs…….over thirteen musicians in all on that little stage. I was in the first row of chair backs…..unbelievable!!!!

      • Mark said, on April 22, 2015 at 8:02 pm

        were you a Delt?

      • chamblee54 said, on April 22, 2015 at 8:24 pm


      • jsokohl said, on May 12, 2019 at 10:53 am

        I was there but remember the show being in the fall/early winter of ’77, like November or December.

  36. Anonymous said, on October 23, 2013 at 8:29 am

    My best friend and I moved to Atlanta (on purpose) for just the summer of ’73 and attended MANY MANY great shows at the Music Hall. It was SO awesome. Saw Billy Joel right around the Captain Jack release time and he asked me out after the show. Of course, I answered with a resounding “NO! Thank You!!” (you see, I was ABSOLUTELY too cute for him…hehe — not to mention, I thought his nose was entirely too big.) Also, saw Jimmy Buffett who talked to us from the stage because we were from Hattiesburg, MS and he had gone to school there at the University of Southern Mississippi. SOOO COOL!!!

  37. Mark Roberts said, on November 29, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Doc and Merle, John Mayall, Nitty Gritty Dirt and Doug Kershaw. I loved that place!

    • greg gustafson said, on December 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      mark, what wasn’t to love? i worked there from the day it opened till the day it closed and never saw a bad show. greg gustafson.

  38. John Doelman said, on December 21, 2013 at 11:35 am

    Let’s add a few greats to this list! I went often and remember going to the second show of the Incredible String Band and I was the only one there and they played a 2 hour set for me. Some great shows were: The Legion of Mary (Jerry Garcia, Martin Fierro, John Kahn, and Merle Saunders) was a phenomenal show that sold out way in advance. Leonard Cohen was also great there and the great Vassar Clements as well. I remember going to see The Roger McGuinn Band in 74…

  39. […] and saw the two fiddle players jamming. A few weeks later, Lester Flatt passed away. This is a repost. Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University […]

  40. Anonymous said, on June 3, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Saw Muddy Waters in 75 there. We drove over from Athens….

  41. peachy said, on September 7, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I saw the Steve Martin/Martin Mull Review there.

  42. Jfest said, on September 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Robert Palmer, Little Feat, George Carlin, Ry Cooder, Robbie Robertson, Joe Walsh,
    Maria Muldar?

  43. alun v said, on September 23, 2014 at 11:54 am

    As the Audio Engineer and last guy to walk out the door @ the Lindbergh (and Cherokee Plaza) locations, the walls, painted and autographed by many of the acts, were destroyed; (legal issues I guess). I still have the door to the tech room, signed by Cowboy, a personal favorite. BTW, I saw the concrete sidewalk @ Peaches, with hand / foot prints and signatures, also destroyed and hauled off………lawyers.

  44. Anonymous said, on September 28, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Saw Harry Chapin in I think October 1973, drank many buckets of beer!

  45. herc takes five said, on November 3, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    the joe walsh show i saw there in 1972 was great…around the time of his barnstorm album. also, a band called red, white, and bluegrass was very good…around ’75 or ’76.

  46. Thomas said, on April 1, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Jimmy Buffett, Chech and Chong, Steve Martin. Booker T, Gove Scrivener, Harry Chapin, Doug Kershaw, Linda Rondstadt man just to name a few

  47. Rod Pearman said, on May 28, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Couldn’t help but have a smile on my face as I read all these comments. THE Great Southeast Music Hall and Emporium………man, the memories. Sometimes I think I could write a book. My roommate and I lived at Bordeaux Apts. on Buford Hwy, which was just a hop skip and jump over to The Hall via the dirt road which is now Sidney Marcus……..we lived there from 1972 to early 1980, which might be a record for two dudes that were party animals to have survived that long in one apartment complex. Anyhow, we frequented GSEMH about once a month when an act we wanted to see was to play there.

    A couple of my fondest memories now that I’m in my mid 60’s is, it had to be sometime in ’75. We went to see The Dirt Band (one my favorites of all time) The opening act was this guy named Steve Martin, who at that time, no one on the planet had ever heard of him. Well he comes out, and within 30 seconds he has us so cracked up we’re shooting beer out our noses from his comedy. Really funny stuff, and had no idea it was coming.

    Well, he does his gig, then the Dirt Band comes out. They play a great set, take a little break, and when they came back out on stage, here comes Steve Martin with a banjo over his shoulder. So we’re all thinking this will be something funny, this guy with a banjo. This guy took off on his “ban-jer” and everybody’s jaw hit the floor. He really tore it up. Then the Dirt Band joined in and he played a few tunes with the band. The guy was incredible on the banjo.

    Then a few months later, Saturday Night Live did their first show, and there’s Steve Martin on TV. I look over at my roommate as he’s looking at me, and we’re both saying in unison, hey, that’s the guy from The Great Southeast Music Hall. Pretty neat that we got to see him when nobody had a clue of his talent.

    I guess it had to be sometime in ’79, and there were rumors that The GSEMH would soon be closing. They had a few “save the hall” concerts that year, but it was inevitable that her days were numbered, and it was just a matter of time before the hall closed for good.

    I got home from work one night and a buddy called to see if I wanted to go to Southeast to see Arlo Guthrie. I was always a big Arlo fan, so said sure. Let’s do it. It turns out that was the last show ever at SE. (please correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t believe anyone else played there after the Arlo show,) and it was a benefit where he took no money. He was just trying to help save the hall.

    I got home later that night, and my roommate (yeah, the same guy I mentioned in earlier chapters of this book….) said he saw something on TV that I wouldn’t believe. Turns out, one of the local TV stations (2, 5, or 11) had sent a reporter over to cover the final show of The Great Southeast Music Hall, and while reporting out front of the establishment, there were about a dozen folks standing there sorta behind the reporter. Well, this one fair lady decided to nonchalantly pull a boob out of her tank top and display it for all the world to see, right there on live TV. My roommate said it was something he’d never forget, and we tell the story often. (I wonder who that young lady was sometimes……) but I digress……..

    Thanks for letting me share some of my experiences at The Hall. (and sorry this was so long…….)

    • Joanne said, on May 28, 2015 at 11:55 am

      Great comment, Rod. Steve Martin is one of the greats. It made me think of Roy Clark, another favorite. He was on TV one night with his fiddle, playing with some others…can’t remember much more, but would love to see it again. Suddenly he played again, but it wasn’t country or bluegrass. He played classical violin and it was a wonderful performance. What a surprise!

    • julia guthrie said, on November 26, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Reading all these comments sure takes me back to special times. I saw Arlo there, I think it was 1976, didn’t remember it was the last show at the Music Hall. But it was pretty special. I got rather drunk,’s not the special part), and it was my birthday so my boyfriend talked me into going backstage and finding Arlo as my name is Guthrie! I was young and confident(and drunk) and did just that. Ended up sitting on their bus with Arlo and fam, smoking and trying to figure out if we were related. I think all I added to the conversation was a shit-eating grin and giggles:) but I’ll sure never forget it. Ah, youth.

      • Vicky said, on November 26, 2015 at 11:39 pm

        Agree, Julia! It’s so interesting that the GSMH was such an important venue for so many of us who were fortunate enough to live in Atlanta during the 70’s. I went there every chance I got, can still see those seats on the floor in my mind’s eye. Recall being invited to a party in David Allan Coe’s bus by a young man who thought he “might” be DAC’s son. I passed on the invite to the bus, but will always cherish my memories of the Music Hall. Ah youth, indeed!

    • julia guthrie said, on November 26, 2015 at 10:38 pm

      I just caught the 50th anniversary! of Alice’s restaurant masacree on pbs. Brought back the memory of seeing Arlo at the Great Southeast Music Hall. I was drunk(and maybe other) and it was my birthday, so my bf said I should try to talk to Arlo because my name is Guthrie! I was just drunk and young enough to do just that. I finagled my way to the tourbus door(was pretty good at talking my way into things back then), announced that I was a cousin, and ended up sitting at the little bus table, smoking and talking with Arlo and fam. Pretty sure all I added to the conversation was a shit-eating grin, but it was one of the highlights of my youthful escapades. Loved going to the Music Hall! Ah…youth and happy times. I also lived at Bordeaux apts for a while! Peace:)

      • Rod said, on November 27, 2015 at 11:06 am

        You can’t beat Alice’s Restaurant on Thanksgiving Day. I used to have an annual tradition of listening to that song on my Technic’s turntable for probably 30+ years, but somehow that tradition faded out a few years ago. (Maybe because my turntable is sitting on a shelf in my closet)

        Definitely great memories at the Hall. Hard to believe it’s been 40 years ago, give or take. I lived at Bordeaux for 7 years through the ’70’s, which might be a record. We were in G building, and had some of the best parties in NE Atlanta. It was standing room only, kegs on the deck, music crankin’ just below distortion level. Those were the days!

  48. andy blalock said, on June 11, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Thought I bought tickets for Billy Joel turned out it was Billy Joe Royal. Bummer! Saw Steve Martin, Mccoy Tyner, Dizzy Gillespie, had good jazz there. Loved the atmosphere,nothing else ever like it in atlanta except for maybe the 12th gate in Atlanta. Thank God for Alex Cooley, he brought so many greats to Atlanta, including both Atlanta pop festivals. I read about a film about the 2nd Atlanta pop festival called Hotlanta the great lost rock festival but can’t find it anywhere. Its a film by Steve Rash. Went to both and would love to see a film about it.

  49. BRIAN HOLCOMB said, on June 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I was at many many of the shows listed in this thread( did anyone mention red white and bluegrass) Rather than give my list I’ll tell a fond memory. I was a freshman student a GSU in 74 After one of the shows( can’t remember who) I was standing outside in the corridor waiting on some friends. When out the door came my General Chemistry Professor Dr Sears arm in arm with the best looking girl in my class. They turned beet red turned and got away from me as quick as they could. I often wonder if I could have went and bribed an A out of him. LOL

    • Joanne said, on June 23, 2015 at 10:17 am

      Brian: any relation to Bruce Holcomb?

      • Anonymous said, on July 13, 2015 at 3:16 pm

        No ma”am thanks for checking though

      • Anonymous said, on July 15, 2015 at 8:55 am

        brother of Derrold?

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  51. Buck Mills said, on October 14, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    I was there for many but missed some good ones. Saw Martin Mull, Steve Martin, Doug Kershaw, Dr Hook, Buffie Saint Marie, Doc and Merle, I kind of remember some others but can’t be sure. I was a budding photographer at the time and somehow managed free admission and backstage access most of the time. Some other shows mentioned I kind of think I saw, but after all the years can’t quite remember if I was really there are not. Regardless it was a great time in my life.

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  53. SideShow Bennie said, on December 1, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I just stumbled across this article when I Googled GSMH. I lived in Atlanta in 1972-73 and attended a lot of shows at the Broadview Plaza location. I was at one of the Howdy Doody Revival shows that is on the poster pictured in the article. I remember Bob Smith hitting a bad note on the piano, reaching inside and pulling out a pack of ZigZag rolling papers saying, “Clarabelle leaves these things everywhere.” Other shows I remember seeing were Johnny Nash with Sons of The Jungle (The first actual Jamacian Reggae band I ever saw) John Hartford, The Earl Scruggs Revue, Joe Walsh with Barnstorm, Jim Croce, Harry Chapin, Doc Watson, The Hahavishnu Orchestra, Martin Mull, Doug Kershaw. I am pretty sure I was at the Ellen McIllwain and the Breakfast Special shows you mentioned but there were show where a lot of beer buckets were emptied so a lot of those shows are a little hazy. I still have a bucket or two around the house here somewhere. Thanks for the memories!!

  54. Renee said, on December 13, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    My brother worked at GSMH in the seventies. He would love to reconnect with anyone that also worked during that time

    • Alun Vontillius said, on December 14, 2015 at 2:43 pm

      I was the production manager and sound man. It was truly a great time.

      • Anonymous said, on February 2, 2016 at 7:31 pm

        How about Dolly Parton and Livingston Taylor.

      • Carole Sunday said, on December 7, 2016 at 6:49 pm

        I was there to enjoy many shows at the Great Southeast Music Hall…and I was Harry Chapin’s opening act all week in ’73 or 74. It was a wonderful venue for the audience…and the entertainers. CAROLE SUNDAY

  55. […] posted a tribute to The Great Southeast Music Hall a few years ago. This was a concert venue, with no hard liquor and a 500 person capacity, next door […]

  56. Anonymous said, on January 28, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    John McLaughlin was great

    • Anonymous said, on February 1, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      yes great

  57. John C said, on February 27, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    New York Rock and Roll Ensemble

  58. […] posted a tribute to The Great Southeast Music Hall a few years ago. This was a concert venue, with no hard liquor and a 500 person capacity, next door […]

  59. Woodie said, on May 22, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    How about ELO and Ace around 1975! This place was great!

    • mapsguy1955 said, on May 23, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Memory sometimes seems a bit off, going back then, but to my recollection ELO wasn’t there, they were at Alex Cooley’s Electric Ballroom. I was a big fan and was there for the 3 nights they played.

  60. Nancy Hunter said, on August 15, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Loved reading this! I still have my Beer bucket and some ticket stubs. I saw Jimmy Buffett quite often there. Linda Rondstadt, Arlo Gutherie, etc. It was quite an “intimate” location. Only good memories there.

  61. Cynthia said, on September 5, 2016 at 2:04 am

    I have so many fond memories of GSMH, as I went as a 16 year old and always got in!! Had so many buckets of beer spilled on me. ( I hated beer) This was the place to go on dates or with friends. Saw most of the shows up until probably 76,and I was at UGA and didn’t have the time. I remember the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John McLaughlin , Harry Chapin ( he scared me because he leered at all the girls and it was creepy) Doc and Merle Watson and so many more Correct me but didn’t we all sit on the floor? And earlier someone said it held 500 people? funny I had remembered it being small.

  62. Cynthia said, on September 5, 2016 at 2:08 am

    We would also see a lot of concerts at the FOX Theater around the same time. That was a great venue. Leon Russell and Foghat and my memories are foggy, but I was so happy to see this site!!!

  63. Claude Dodson said, on November 9, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    John Prine did a great show there

  64. Anonymous said, on November 15, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    You’re a real dummie !!!! Lester Flatt was a bluegrass frontman and guitar player and John Hartford played fiddle, but was primarily a banjo virtuoso!!!

    • chamblee54 said, on November 15, 2016 at 6:47 pm

      It was an encore jam session 38 years ago. All I know is that John Hartford was there.

  65. Doc Watson | Chamblee54 said, on May 3, 2017 at 1:40 pm

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  66. Anonymous said, on June 29, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    You mentioned John Mayall…do you know the date he played there? My ticket just says Wednesday. I think it was in 1980.

    • chamblee54 said, on June 29, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      1- The last edition of the Music Hall closed in 1979 2- John Mayall’s signature was on the lobby wall in Broadview Plaza. He was beside the entrance to the ladies room. His note read: I like to be next to the ladies.

  67. 688 | Chamblee54 said, on July 11, 2017 at 8:35 am

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  68. Elio Ricci said, on March 15, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Wonderful memories. Saw the Melissa Manchester shows. She and Billy Joel had tip jars at first shows. Went many times 1st few years. Tnx.

  69. Anonymous said, on April 4, 2018 at 4:21 pm

    I saw Leonard Cohen at the great southeastern ballroom circa 1974 or 1975

  70. Van said, on May 5, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    More great memories!! We should all have a reunion sometime!

    • Sharon Powell said, on June 17, 2019 at 2:21 pm

      We have had several reunions! We are about to have another one . Check out our facebook page

      • Vicky said, on June 17, 2019 at 6:52 pm

        Thank you, I will check it out.

      • Vicky Strange said, on June 17, 2019 at 10:04 pm

        Thanks for info, Sharon. I’ve joined the group.

  71. Where Is That Place? | Chamblee54 said, on October 28, 2018 at 9:19 am

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  72. kakunka said, on July 7, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Saw Captain Beefheart in 1978 (Shiny Beast tour). . . At the theater venue, on Peachtree. . . Great show. The site listed the show as playing at “The CIvic Music Hall”, but I distinctly remember “The Great SouthEast Music Hall”. . . It was an old Cinema theater in a shopping mall, as I recall. -K

  73. Baker said, on August 18, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Reblogged this on KW Baker.

  74. Anonymous said, on September 3, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    I saw Norman Blake and Josh Graves at TGSEMH one night. I was good friend with Josh so I took both of them to a party at some friends house for a great pickin partie.

  75. Thomas G Oliver said, on September 3, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    One night at The Great Southeast Norman Blake and Josh Graves had performed. Josh was a real good friend so I took them to some friends house for a fantastic pickin partie.

  76. Where Is That Place | Chamblee54 said, on October 18, 2020 at 8:22 am

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  77. larry english said, on February 27, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    aw = about lester flatt .. great musician,. … made high art from singing flat, , just like ernest tubb

  78. Buster said, on August 5, 2021 at 10:07 am

    I have many fond memories of shows there. Roger McGuinn with Thunderbyrd (an unknown Rick Vito on guitar!), Stomu Yamash’ta and GO, with Jess Roden singing. The Dynamic Atlanta Cruise-O-Matic on several occasions were stellar, doing great British Invasion covers!

  79. Anonymous said, on September 11, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Around November 24th, 1978 on a weekend is when GSMH started in Brookhaven. Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band was one of the first concerts at the new location.

  80. Clay Wylie said, on February 25, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    In the years that I was fortunate enough to be around the music hall, I was a little under the drinking age! Not sure if I was supposed to be in there or not, but I was every now and then? My father Hughie Wylie, and his bluegrass band, Buzzard’s Roost played there several times along the way. They opened for several different acts that ranged from Doug Kershaw, Leon Russell, New Grass Revival, John Prine, John Hartford, and a few more that I can’t recall right now??? It was definitely one hell of a place to be, for someone my age…

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