In May, Bob Dylan and son will be packing their bags and heading to Atlanta.
Dylan and the Wallflowers the group fronted by his son Jakob are among the first artists confirmed for the city's 2001 Music Midtown Festival, scheduled for May 46.
In addition to Dylan and the Wallflowers (who will perform separately), Run-D.M.C., Train, the Offspring, En Vogue, Live and Ben Harper have been tapped to play the eighth edition of Music Midtown. This year, more than 250,000 concertgoers are expected to descend upon a 30-acre site in central Atlanta for the weekend fest, widely regarded as one of the region's premier annual music events.
The Josh Joplin Group, Blues Traveler, Joan Osborne, the Cult, Tantric, Jerry Cantrell, Steve Earle, Less Than Jake, Sugar Hill Gang and Cheap Trick were also announced for the festival during a launch party thrown by organizers at the Atlanta Civic Center on Tuesday night.
Evan and Jaron, the Black Crowes, Marvelous 3, Drivin N Cryin, the Indigo Girls, Gov't Mule and a re-formed Arrested Development will be among the Atlanta artists providing a little hometown flavor at Music Midtown, which will feature more than 130 acts across 11 stages during the three-day period.
Lucinda Williams, the Derek Trucks Band, Five for Fighting, Galactic, Sonia Dada and Kool & the Gang will also take the stage for the festival, although promoters are still hammering out a daily schedule for Music Midtown and will likely add to the list of performers in the next few weeks.
Tickets and multiday passes for the 2001 Music Midtown Festival go on sale March 16. For more information, check out the event's official Web site.