Funk-Filled “No Tables, No Chairs” Returns to Atlanta’s Westside Park as part of Art on the Atlanta BeltLine’s 15th Exhibition Season

Staff Report From Georgia CEO

Wednesday, June 12th, 2024

 Art on the Atlanta BeltLine’s 15th exhibition season will welcome back Mausiki Scales & the Common Ground Collective for its 10th installment of “No Tables, No Chairs.” 

 Since 2011, the Collective and friends have “electrified” the Atlanta BeltLine with its day-long parade, concert and artist market. The funk-filled festival invites families to engage on a journey through the pulsating rhythms of the African Diaspora.

“‘No Tables, No Chairs’ marries the spirit of the HBCU marching band with New Orleans second line jazz and blues. It’s an amalgam of different styles of the African diaspora and the through line between those styles. Our objective is to erase the distance between the performer and the community, while honoring the ancestral traditions that connect Africa to her diaspora,” said event creator Mausiki Scales.  

Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to enjoy a food and artisan market with family-friendly art-making booths, presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Community Market and the Atlanta Food Truck Park. More information can be found at Event is free and open to the public.

WHERE: Atlanta’s Westside Park, 1600 Johnson Road Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30318

WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 2024, Noon to 9 p.m. 

WHY: Mausiki Scales has been a force in the Atlanta indie music scene for over two decades as a sought-after keyboardist and founder/musical director of the critically acclaimed ensemble Mausiki Scales and the Common Ground Collective. A recipient of the 2015 Georgia Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities, Mausiki is also a folklorist and historian who translates his knowledge into musical arrangements that leave his audiences moved and moving…literally. They have performed in numerous celebrations, concerts, and special events throughout Africa and the Americas, including Ghana’s Golden Anniversary Celebration, the National Black Arts Festival, Funk Jazz Café and the Atlanta Jazz Festival. They have also collaborated with artists such as Roy Ayers, Babatunde Olatunji, Les Nubians, Stevie Wonder, The Last Poets, Third World, and Julie Dexter.

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