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People Enjoy Music in Atlanta

Aired May 5, 2002 - 17:25   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.
JONATHAN KARL, CNN ANCHOR: We now head down south where one of the region's premiere entertainment festivals, Music Midtown, is underway. Eleven stages, more than 120 musical acts, and though the weather hasn't exactly been perfect, folks are still out there enjoying the three-day-long extravaganza. CNN's Lindsay Brien joins us now with more. Lindsay.

LINDSAY BRIEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That's right Jonathan. Thank you so much. You're right Music Midtown is the largest concert in the country. We're talking three days of nonstop action, 120 artists on ten different stages, not such a bad deal, especially when you only have to pay $40 for that.

Now we had two days of nasty weather. As you can see, it's cleared up a bit and a lot of these people are coming today to see Garbage who's one of the more popular artists performing tonight. We spoke to Garbage earlier today. This is what she had to say.

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BUTCH VIG, GARBAGE DRUMMER: Well, we toured so much on Version 2.0, it gave us a new sense of confidence really, and so went in to write the songs for "Beautiful Garbage." We veered off on all these tangents. I mean a song like "Can't Cry These Tears" is sort of homage to Phil Specter (ph) and we had some things that are very dark and some things that are very, happy. But it's definitely the most eclectic sort of schizophrenic collection of songs that we put out yet.

DUKE ERICKSON, GARBAGE GUITARIST: Yes, we're playing a lot of the new stuff. It's split pretty well between all three albums. We tried to do a little bit of everything.

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BRIEN: Now with 120 artists, of course you get a vast array of performers. We get everything from Bonnie Rait to Mystical to Earth, Wind & Fire. Tonight, Oliver Mtukudz and the Black Spirit, they'll be performing tonight and we had a chance to speak with them again too today.

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OLIVER MTUKUDZ, AFRICAN MUSICIAN: Tonight, I'm going to do a song with Bonnie Rait on her set, and I'm looking forward to that and just glad to be here.

BRIEN: Now how did that collaboration get started?

MTUKUDZ: Well, I think Bonnie Rait has covered my music on her own before we actually knew each other and from there she fell in love with the music and she looked for me and she got hold of me and we are now best of friends now.

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BRIEN: Now, Jonathan, you can tell there's a lot going on here, a lot of artists, a lot of fun and it's a beautiful night. I'm telling you, it's going to be a jam packed exciting weekend.

KARL: All right, Lindsay, thanks a lot for that report.

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