Lenz Will Again Provide Marketing Services for The Festival, Which Features Ben Harper, Old Crow Medicine Show, Son Volt, and The War and Treaty
Lenz will again serve as the presenting sponsor for the upcoming Amplify Decatur Music Festival, to be held April 22–24, providing financial support and comprehensive marketing services at no charge as part of its sponsorship. Lenz is a founding partner of Amplify and has supported the organization for more than a decade.
Amplify Decatur raises money for Decatur Cooperative Ministry, which has worked to prevent and alleviate homelessness in Decatur and DeKalb County for more than 50 years. The 2021 festival raised $50,000 for DCM, and DCM has received $315,000 in funding from Amplify to date.
“We are proud of our affiliation with Amplify and DCM,” said Lenz president and CEO Richard Lenz. “From the beginning, Lenz has worked to actualize our mission of supporting the community.”
April 23 is a ticketed event featuring three-time Grammy Award winner Ben Harper, two-time Grammy Award winners Old Crow Medicine Show, Americana legends Son Volt, and acclaimed soul performers The War and Treaty—as well as S.G. Goodman and the Mike Killeen Band. Fans can purchase tickets at AmplifyDecatur.org.
Amplify My Community also recently announced that it will host a series of musical performances on Friday, April 22 and Sunday, April 24 on and around the Decatur square.
Friday, April 22 features the following performances:
Downtown Decatur Gazebo, 6–10 p.m.
- Tiger Kings, 6 p.m.
- Polly Holiday, 7 p.m.
- Canyonland, 8 p.m.
Canyonland is Michelle Malone, Doug Kees, and Nelson Nolen (and special guests) playing the greatest 70’s country rock songs of Laurel Canyon. If you like Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, CSN, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, and more, you’ll love Canyonland’s stripped-down versions of these classic singer-songwriter tunes with acoustic guitars, mandolin, percussion, and three-part harmonies.
Brick Store Pub, 6–10 p.m.
- Kristen Englenz
- Mark Miller
Leon’s Full Service, 6–10 p.m.
- The Bantam Breaks
- Mermaid Motor Lounge
Waller’s Coffee Shop, 8–10 p.m.
- Donna and the Wolfman
Mellow Mushroom, 6–10 p.m.
- James Richards and friends
- Morgan Rowe
Eddie’s Attic, 6–11 p.m.
- Becky Shaw, Caroline Herring, Emily Backus
- Curtis Grimes
On Sunday, April 24, Amplify will host a show at Eddie’s Attic called, “Get Back: Celebrating songs from the ‘Let It Be’ sessions. The Beatles played over 100 songs during the “Get Back” sessions that produced the album, “Let It Be,” including dozens that belong to others such as Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, The Everly Brothers, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly, and Ray Charles. Join Amplify My Community as we celebrate the legendary “Get Back” sessions by opening the Beatles songbook to a collection of regional and local artists. Performers include GhostStories, Jon Harris of The Sundogs, Slow Parade, Kristen Englenz, Mike Killeen, Morgan Rowe, Wyatt Espalin, and Brian Bice.
Amplify is working with the City of Decatur to develop a plan that will ensure public safety and a healthy environment.
Amplify My Community was founded in 2010 and is based in Decatur, Georgia. Its mission is to leverage the universal love of music to fight poverty at the local level. To date, Amplify has produced more than 90 concerts and raised and donated more than $450,000 in unrestricted gifts to locally oriented anti-homelessness and poverty-focused organizations — including more than $315,000 in Decatur. Amplify has held concert series in Atlanta, Athens, Decatur, Suwanee, and Duluth, Georgia; Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; and Charlottesville, Virginia, and featured acts such as Indigo Girls, Lucinda Williams, Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, Blind Boys of Alabama, Rodney Crowell, John Paul White, Justin Townes Earle, Bruce Hornsby, Milk Carton Kids, Ricky Skaggs, Julien Baker, Drivin’ N Cryin’, Junior Brown, Amanda Shires, Bobby Bare, Jr., Lucero, Colin Meloy, The Mavericks, Shawn Mullins, The Lone Bellow, The Jayhawks, Jay Farrar, and Harold Holloway & Co.
Decatur Cooperative Ministry’s mission is to help families facing homelessness settle into safe, stable homes and build healthy lives filled with peace, hope, and opportunity. Founded in 1969, Decatur Cooperative Ministry (DCM) offers transitional housing, shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, and permanent supportive housing programs. DMC’s programs span the entire spectrum of currently recognized homelessness interventions. To accomplish this, DCM partners with 35 congregations from 14 denominations as well as private foundations, universities and schools, government agencies, community groups, and local businesses.