Decatur will host ‘Amplify’ music festival to support the homeless

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 16, 2016

Amplify My Community, a fundraising organization, will hold the Amplify Decatur music festival on the Square to benefit the Decatur Cooperative Ministry.

Proceeds will go to supporting the homeless in Decatur and DeKalb County.

The outdoor event is June 18 and begins at 5 p.m. There will be food trucks and craft beer. The festival will feature the Grammy-nominated The Milk Carton Kids and bluegrass band Elephant Revival. The event is being held in conjunction with “a three-night stand at Eddie’s Attic, June 17-19.”

There will also be a free event from noon to 3 p.m. featuring local act the Bitteroots, as well as The Dammages, Magic Birds and Kristen Englenz.

“This year it has expanded to include a 2,500-person outdoor event on Saturday night, [June 18],” a press release says.

Tickets are available at Prices start at $30.

According to the press release, Amplify has donated more than $80,000 to Decatur Cooperative Ministries since 2011.

“Amplify exists to support and to shine a spotlight on the remarkable work of local heroes like the people at DCM,” Executive Director of Amplify My Community Spencer Smith said in the press release. “But our secondary goal is to give Decatur the music festival it deserves. We want this inaugural event to become a mainstay that adds to the fabric of the community, much like the book, arts and beer festivals have for years.”

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