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Music Midtown returns for two-day festival

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Staff Photo: Jason Braverman In this 2011 file photo, the crowd packs the Meadow at Piedmont Park for the Music Midtown festival in Atlanta.

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Staff Photo: Jason Braverman - Dave Grohl, with the band Foo Fighters, perform at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The band will be headlining Music Midtown. Staff Photo: Jason Braverman - Dave Grohl, with the band Foo Fighters, perform at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The band will be headlining Music Midtown.

IF YOU GO

• What: Music Midtown

• When: 4:30 to 11 p.m. today, 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Piedmont Park at the 10th Street Meadow, main gate is located at the intersection of 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive, Atlanta

• Cost: $55 for one-day ticket, $100 for two-day ticket

• For more information: Visit musicmidtown.com

ATLANTA -- Music Midtown has returned to Piedmont Park for the second year in a row -- and it lasts for two days. This year's headliners are Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, TI and Ludacris.

"We will continually endeavor to bring amazing artists to Music Midtown, making sure that everyone has the best experience they could want at this festival," said Festival Promoter, Peter Conlon of Live Nation. "Last year we moved quickly to reintroduce the festival and this year, we have expanded our dates to encompass Friday, making this a two-day experience with a more diverse lineup."

Also in the lineup are Garbage ("Stupid Girl"), Florence + the Machine ("Dog Days Are Over"), The Avett Brothers ("I And Love And You"), Joan Jett and the Blackhearts ("I Love Rock 'n' Roll"), Adam Ant ("Goody Two Shoes"), Girl Talk ("All Day") and Civil Twilight ("Letter From the Sky").

Although the famous festival is back for a second year, there are many modifications to the structure of the event than the original festival. It is open for two days, when it was once rocking for a three-day weekend. This year there are two stages and no band's show will overlap from group to group. In 2005, Music Midtown could attract more than 200,000 fans over the weekend in the neighborhood adjacent to the Atlanta Civic Center -- Piedmont Park taps out their crowds at 55,000 attendees.

Riding MARTA to the event is highly encouraged because there is a shortage of parking at the park and the surrounding streets.

A portion of ticket proceeds will go toward Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's Centers of Hope, "which provides after-school programming for the personal and academic development of Atlanta's youth in a safe and productive environment at existing city recreation centers," according to the city of Atlanta's website.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.