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Music Midtown a success in second year back

The Avett Brothers perform on Friday at Music Midtown at Piedmont Park in Atlanta.

The Avett Brothers perform on Friday at Music Midtown at Piedmont Park in Atlanta.

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Thousands of fans pack the Meadow at Piedmont Park in Atlanta for Music Midtown.

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The Foo Fighters perform on Friday at Music Midtown at Piedmont Park in Atlanta.

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Rapper T.I. performs on Friday at Music Midtown at Piedmont Park in Atlanta.

ATLANTA -- This past weekend more than 50,000 people packed into Piedmont Park's meadow to rock out, dance and sing at Music Midtown. This year's headliners included the Foo Fighters and Pearl Jam.

"I love Music Midtown -- I'm so glad it's back because it's the best show ever," said Stephanie Wiggins, a former Grayson resident.

The Avett Brothers took the stage Friday night after Van Hunt, T.I. and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts had warmed up the crowds.

But the most anticipated and last concert of the day was from the Foo Fighters who's frontman David Grohl belted out the lyrics from several hits like, "Monkey Wrench," "Hero" and "These Days." As a surprise, Joan Jett later joined the guys on stage before the night was over.

On Saturday, thousands of more people showed up to the music festival hoping to buy tickets at the gates. By 4:20 p.m., ticket sales stopped and the day was officially sold out.

In the early afternoon, Civil Twilight, O'Brother, Garbage, LP and Adam Ant played for people who braved the hot, sunny day.

As the humidity began to drop, Atlanta's own Ludacris dropped his beats, Neon Trees played its popular hits from commercials, Florence + The Machine wanted the crowd to love on each other, while Girl Talk mashed up classic hits with today's radio hits -- complete with an impromptu stage party.

"Alright, I'm an old lady, but the best show of the weekend has been Girl Talk, hands down," said Mary Anne Brick of Atlanta who had been planted on a hill for the two-day concert. "I don't know if Pearl Jam will be able to live up to that performance."

According to the crowd, the band did. Pearl Jam hit the Electric Ballroom Stage for a two-hour performance with a few thousands of their closest friends.

"I just bought my ticket today to see Pearl Jam," Wade Bangle of Sandy Springs said. "We didn't even come yesterday. I want to hear 'Better Man,' 'Even Flow' and 'Jeremy,' and my life will be complete."

Lucky for Bangle, all of those tunes were played and then some, which ended with the crowd "Rockin' in the Free World," until next year.