If you don’t know what to look for, you’ll miss it. Grocery on Home in Atlanta’s historic Grant Park neighborhood isn’t your typical evening entertainment locale, but a place for interesting people to gather together to hear some good music.
It’s a place dedicated to authentic, talented performers; a place for music-lovers to develop a relationship with the music and each other.Grocery on Home isn't your typical music venue — Photo courtesy of Lesli Peterson
Owner Matt Arnett opened the house concert venue in 2009 after recognizing that the acoustics of the old grocery store-turned-family-residence on Home Avenue were excellent, and that the spot might be an ideal one in which to highlight the talents of his musician friends. He invited his friend Ben Sollee to play a show, and the space has functioned as a music venue ever since.
Arnett grew up in an artistic household. His father regularly hosted artists, musicians and visiting scholars. Aware of the education this afforded him, he wanted the same for his own children.
Simultaneously, Arnett saw a changing music industry and missed the time when there were at least a handful of music venues in every city that offered a stage to any musician wanting to play.
In an increasingly competitive and dollar-centric music world, Arnett wanted to provide a space that was truly open to artists. James Wallace and Anis Mojgani performing together at Grocery on Home — Photo courtesy of Lesli Peterson
Grocery on Home embraces touring artists and musicians who focus more on creating music than on generating successful marketing campaigns. It's a place where talented artists who don't yet have a large following can begin to build one, and it exposes a dedicated music-loving public to great artists they might not otherwise know about.
Though the schedule varies, artists typically perform on Saturdays.
Because of the intimate space, seating is limited. Head to the Grocery on Home Facebook page to see upcoming events and RSVP. Events are free with optional donations which go directly to the artist.