NO TABLES, NO CHAIRS
NO TABLES, NO CHAIRS
NO TABLES, NO CHAIRS Funk-line Parade and Festival
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Old 4th Ward Park
Meadow & Amphitheater

October 26, 2019

 
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An Annual Affair

No Tables,
No Chairs

Photo Credit: Steve Eberhardt
Video Credit: Shanti Moore

No Tables, No Chairs Parade and Concert is a fun-filled and funk-filled journey through the pulsating rhythms of the African Diaspora. From the all-day family festival, to the funk-line parade and evening concert, Mausiki Scales the the Common Ground Collective and friends transform the Atlanta Beltline into an interactive stage bridging generations of music lovers. The event is free and open to all to partcipate.

 
 
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ALL-DAY FUN AND FUNK

Fun and Funk Fill the Day

Start the day with games on the lawn or creating your own elaborate parade costume. Enjoy food and drinks as you collect art, crafts and clothing in “The Village” marketplace while DJs spin classic and contemporary hits. Then join the Funk-line parade as we transform the Atlanta Beltline into a musical journey through the Diaspora. And, finally, groove to the sounds of Mausiki Scales & the Common Ground Collective at a free concert in the Amphitheater. You can rest tomorrow!

 
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mausiki scales, founder and band leader

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parade tailgate

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funky fun stations

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“the village” marketplace

 
 
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Schedule

 

Get ready for a fun-filled day blending music, dance and, even crafting! Create costumes to wear in the parade, enjoy games, DJs, food and art. Then join us for a parade down the Atlanta Beltline followed by a live concert by Mausiki Scales & the Common Ground Collective.

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Saturday, October 26


12:30 PM - 5:30 pm

Parade Tailgate & Funky Fun Stations curated by Lilian Blades

Featuring DJs, games, vendor village and more! Bring blankets, chairs and enjoy a fun-filled day on the Old Fourth Ward Meadow. Create your own Mardis Gras/Junkanoo-style headpiece to wear in the parade. Make a banner to wave, or get your face painted. Supplies are limited. No cost to participate.

4:00 PM - 5:30 pm

No Tables, No Chairs Funk-line Parade

Join Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective, Atlanta Junkanoo Group and a host of of other performers and guests in a parade through the Atlanta Beltline.

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Interactive African Dance and Funky Fun Stations

Join us back at the Meadow for pre-concert festivities.

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mausiki Scales & the Common Ground Collective Concert

Join us in the Amphitheater for a free concert performed by Mausiki Scales & the Common Ground Collective.

 
 
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MEET THE FOUNDER

Mausiki
Scales

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Mausiki Scales has been a force in the Atlanta indie music scene for almost two decades as a sought after keyboardist and founder/musical director of the critically acclaimed ensemble, The Common Ground Collective. A Georgia Governor’s Award winner, Mausiki is also a folklorist and historian who translates his knowledge into musical arrangements that leave his audiences moved and moving…literally.

Whether performing as a trio or a full ten-member-plus ensemble, Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective are known for taking fans on a fearless exploration of the pulsating rhythms of the African Diaspora, seamlessly connecting the dots between afrobeat, funk, hip hop, soul and New Orleans jazz…in a single performance.

Together, Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective have released four albums, the most recent, Passages: The Water Brought Us, and they were recently featured on the Roy Ayers Fela-fied afrobeat version of “Everybody Loves the Sunshine.” In 2017, a new Mausiki Scales project, “Drums and Shadows” was released, featuring the juke joint-invoking single, “No Tables, No Chairs” inspired by the parade and concert on the Atlanta BeltLine. The album was recognized by BBC Radio DJ, Gilles Peterson as one of the 50 Essential Jazz and Beyond Records of 2017.

PARADE COSTUMER DESIGNER

Lilian
Blades

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Lillian Blades was born in Nassau, Bahamas in 1973 and currently resides in Atlanta, GA. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions throughout various galleries in the United States, as well as The Bahamas, Trinidad, Germany and South Africa. Her public commissions include Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Jean Childs Young Middle School. Her artwork is also in the collection of the Birmingham Museum of Art and the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas.

Lillian’s works are predominately mixed media assemblages and are made with an assortment of materials, both found and constructed by her in her home based studio. Her childhood home of Bahamas, ancestral background of West Africa, and her late mother, who was a seamstress, influence her art. These influences appear through use of her color palette and objects that evoke memory and history.

 
No Tables No Chairs
We don’t need ‘em nowhere
We on that funky pentatonic
Infectious symphonic
— MAUSIKI SCALES, DRUMS & SHADOWS
 
 
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