BY MELISSA RUGGIERI
Sometimes, R. Kelly shows up. Other times, it might be an unknown singer trying to gain visibility, like Miguel circa 2010.
That’s a big attraction for ATL Live on the Park, which launches its sixth season at Park Tavern in Midtown on Tuesday.
The monthly — minus the chillier ones — music series was created by veteran music executive Shanti Das and event promoter Marlon Nichols as a supper club-style evening for adults.
Through the years, acts ranging from Luke James to Jagged Edge to Big Gipp to Avery Sunshine to Johnny Gill have taken the stage erected in the back of Park Tavern. So have plenty of up-and-comers — as well as those who were neophytes at the time and, like Miguel, have since rocketed to fame.
This year, Das said, the goal is to bring in more new talent, along with names that don’t always pepper the local music landscape.
“In the Atlanta nightlife scene, we start regurgitating talent. We have some promising folks set to do showcases,” she said. “I want to diversify the talent a little more and get some pop acts in there as well.”
The creative artists in Janelle Monae’s Wondaland Records stable have piqued Das’ interest, as well as some of the burgeoning hip-hop stars from Fox’s juicy music drama, “Empire.”