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By Will Dawson
It was literally a beautiful day for music in midtown Atlanta on the afternoon of Sept. 14 as the fourth annual One Music Fest said farewell to summer with an incredible lineup of performers led by GRAMMY winners Erykah Badu and Cee Lo Green, along with GRAMMY-nominated R&B artist Luke James. If this was the final concert of the season, the weather made sure it went out on a high note.
The more than 100,000 in attendance were treated to a clear, 77-degree day that made the two star-studded stages situated diagonally in Masquerade Music Park and Historic Fourth Ward Park shine brighter.
The Masquerade Music Park stage was named Purple Rain and featured soul singers such as Goapele, Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics, Res, and Quadron, while the Historic Fourth Ward Park stage, dubbed Do The Right Thing, featured performances by James, rapper Joey Bada$$, New York DJ Pete Rock, Green (as part of Goodie Mob), Badu, and the festival's headliner, GRAMMY nominee Snoop Dogg.
James kicked off the afternoon with a 45-minute set that included his cover of Mint Condition's "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)," and was highlighted by his 2012 GRAMMY-nominated hit "I Want You." His set was followed by Rock, whose DJ set overflowed with classic beats, giving concertgoers a taste of the classics they were about to experience.
Badu, filling in for Amel Larrieux, who was reportedly too sick to perform, was originally slated to DJ under her Lo Down Loretta Brown moniker. However, after an equipment malfunction, the Dallas native, with Rock as her DJ, served the crowd with a few hits from her catalog, even walking through the standing room-only crowd while warbling her GRAMMY-nominated classic "Bag Lady."
It was just about dusk when Goodie Mob took the stage to a warm welcome in outfits complete with boas and headdresses. It was a homecoming for the Atlanta-based crew, who comprise members Green, Khujo, Big Gipp, and T-Mo. After a long hiatus that saw the group disband in 2000, they picked up where they left off, running through their string of classics, including "Cell Therapy," "Soul Food" and "Dirty South." They also performed new tracks from their recently released reunion project, Age Against The Machine. The set also featured solo sets from Green and Gipp.
Snoop Dogg took the stage close to 10 p.m. and put on a show for the ages. It was a great mixture of his past hits and current tracks (as Snoop Lion). Most of the crowd, who'd been there for eight hours already, stayed and rapped along with the West Coast legend well after midnight.
With so much support from artists, sponsors and the community, there's talk of the festival expanding to two days in the next year or two. If the weather on Sept. 14 can be used as a sign of things to come, it's safe to say that the sky's the limit for the future of the One Music Fest.
(A journalist for the past 20 years, New York native Will Dawson serves as the GRAMMY.com Gospel Community Blogger. Now a resident of Los Angeles, Dawson hopes this new life chapter will open up even more opportunities to explore and cover what he loves most: music. You can follow him on Twitter and at www.dawsonink.com.)