PERFORMANCE TIMES ANNOUNCED FOR EPICENTER FESTIVAL 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/18/19

To Host Unique Onsite Collaboration With Metallica’s
Blackened Whiskey And Enter Night Pilsner
 
Band Performance Times Announced For
May 10, 11 & 12
At Rockingham Festival Grounds In Rockingham, NC
 
Inaugural 3-Day Destination Music Experience
Will Feature Performances From
Foo Fighters, Tool & Korn
Along With Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon
& Dozens More

The music performance times and Campers’ Pre-Party details are now available for the debut of Epicenter, May 10, 11 and 12 at the newly created Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County, NC. The new 3-day destination music experience will feature a massive lineup of top rock acts performing on five stages, including Foo Fighters, Tool, Korn, Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon, The Cult, 311, Evanescence, Bush, +LIVE+ and dozens more.

Festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents is proud to announce a collaboration with Metallica’s Blackened Whiskey and Enter Night Pilsner. Blackened, a super-premium American whiskey blend, crafted by the late Master Distiller Dave Pickerell and finished in the earth shattering music of Metallica, and Enter Night Pilsner, a collaboration with the rockstars of craft brewing Stone Brewing Company, will come together under one roof to offer guests a one-of-kind musical festival experience. The massive Boilermaker pop-up will feature a Blackened & Enter Night Boilermaker, as well as craft cocktails and ice-cold Enter Night Pilsner. This exciting collaboration marks the latest in a long line of amplified guest experiences only available through Danny Wimmer Presents music festivals. More info to come…

Epicenter will feature afterhours programming and enhanced onsite experiences, along with a wide variety of food and beverage offerings, and various camping options and amenities. General Admission, VIP tickets, and camping packages for Epicenter are on sale now at https://EpicenterFestival.com.

Thursday, May 9 (Campers’ Pre-Party)
Rockingham Village Stage
11:00 PM
Nightrain (Guns N’ Roses tribute)
9:30 PM
Thunderstruck (AC/DC tribute)
7:30 PM
Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow
6:30 PM
Killakoi
Friday, May 10
Monster Energy Stage
Quarry Stage
11:00 PM
Korn
9:55 PM
Rob Zombie
8:50 PM
Machine Gun Kelly
7:55 PM
Evanescence
7:05 PM
The Crystal Method
6:15 PM
Skillet
5:35 PM
Dorothy
5:00 PM
Beartooth
4:25 PM
Zeal & Ardor
3:55 PM
Hyro The Hero
3:25 PM
Amigo The Devil
SiriusXM Octane Stage
Pine Stage
7:00 PM
Meshuggah
7:50 PM
Mark Lanegan Band
5:40 PM
Knocked Loose
6:15 PM
Black Pistol Fire
4:30 PM
Vein
5:05 PM
Slothrust
3:20 PM
Wilson
3:55 PM
Hands Like Houses
2:10 PM
DED
2:45 PM
Arrested Youth
1:35 PM
Black Coffee
Rockingham Village Stage
1:35 AM
Wilson
12:45 AM
Hyro The Hero
11:55 PM
Arrested Youth
8:55 PM
Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow
5:45 PM
That Metal Show reunion
12:00 PM
Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow
Saturday, May 11
Monster Energy Stage
Quarry Stage
10:15 PM
Tool
8:55 PM
Judas Priest
7:50 PM
The Cult
6:45 PM
Bush
5:55 PM
Yelawolf
5:15 PM
Black Label Society
4:35 PM
Motionless In White
3:55 PM
The Damned Things
3:15 PM
Badflower
2:45 PM
Sylar
1:35 PM
Shvpes
SiriusXM Octane Stage
Pine Stage
7:45 PM
Circa Survive
6:45 PM
Memphis May Fire
6:00 PM
Grandson
5:15 PM
Light The Torch
4:35 PM
Crobot
3:55 PM
Wage War
3:20 PM
Evan Konrad
2:45 PM
Dirty Honey
2:10 PM
Dead Girls Academy
1:35 PM
Hyde
1:00 PM
Tetrarch
12:25 PM
Alien Weaponry
Rockingham Village Stage
1:35 AM
Crobot
12:45 AM
Amigo The Devil
11:55 PM
Grandson
8:55 PM
Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow
5:45 PM
That Metal Show reunion
12:00 PM
Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow
Sunday, May 12
Monster Energy Stage
Quarry Stage
9:40 PM
Foo Fighters
8:35 PM
311
7:35 PM
Bring Me The Horizon
6:40 PM
Mastodon
5:50 PM
+LIVE+
5:10 PM
The Interrupters
4:30 PM
Fever 333
3:55 PM
Reignwolf
3:15 PM
Yungblud
2:45 PM
The Glorious Sons
2:10 PM
The Dirty Nil
1:35 PM
Teenage Wrist
SiriusXM Octane Stage
Pine Stage
5:50 PM
Killswitch Engage
6:40 PM
Tom Morello
4:30 PM
Architects
5:15 PM
Basement
3:20 PM
Ho99o9
3:55 PM
Movements
2:10 PM
Scarlxrd
2:45 PM
Cleopatrick
1:00 PM
While She Sleeps
1:35 PM
Boston Manor
12:25 PM
Demob Happy
Rockingham Village Stage
8:55 PM
Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow
12:00 PM
Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow

Festival doors open at 11:00 AM daily.

The expansive Rockingham Festival Grounds promise nonstop entertainment, extensive camping options, and no curfew, so the entertainment will continue after the night’s headliners have played their last song on Friday and Saturday. The Rockingham Village Stage will be the premier spot for afterhours entertainment throughout the weekend, including an exclusive Campers’ Pre-Party on Thursday, May 9 featuring AC/DC tribute act Thunderstruck, Guns N’ Roses tribute Nightrain and local Charlotte hard rockers Killakoi.

The Rockingham Village Stage will also include the anticipated reunion of Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine from That Metal Show for two sets, Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11, as well as the Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow appearing the entire weekend and also at the Campers’ Pre-Party.

In addition to performances from top music artists, and various onsite attractions, attendees will enjoy a variety of local and regional food and beverage offerings provided by DWP’s affiliate concessionaire, Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC. Fans 21+ can enjoy multiple specialty curated beverage experiences. Varietals from Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards (owned by Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer) will be available at the Caduceus Wine Garden. Experience abounds at the Heavy Tiki Bar (a tropical oasis filled with killer cocktails and shade). Fans can also enjoy a large variety of local and regional brews at the Epicenter Craft Beer Garden.

Additional Epicenter onsite experiences include: Monster Energy Experience, f.y.e. Fan Experience, The Music Experience, USMC (United States Marine Corps), Zippo Experience, Fxck Cancer / Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program, Take Me Home, and Jack Daniel’s Experience.

Camping at Epicenter will let patrons keep the rock n’ roll party going all through the weekend and will set this festival apart from other U.S. rock shows. Camping spots are connected to the festival grounds and include amenities like access to showers, portable restrooms, food and drink vendors, charging stations, information and medical services, and the Campers’ Pre-Party.

The official Epicenter mobile app is now available for download. Attendees can build their own schedules, learn more about the artists and personalities appearing at the festival and get the latest must-know information through push notifications. Download it through the Google Play and Apple stores.

Rockingham Festival Grounds are located at 2153 North U.S. Highway 1, Rockingham, NC, less than two hours from Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro.

5TH ANNUAL ATLANTA IMPROV FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/18/19

Festival features top comedy talent from across the country, including legendary improv group Beer Shark Mice

Atlanta, GA – Today, Atlanta’s The Village Theatre announced the lineup for the 5th Annual Atlanta Improv Festival, presented by Kaiser Permanente. The comedy festival takes place April 25-27, and will include over 20 shows from top improv groups from across the country and around Atlanta.  The full schedule and ticket information can be found at www.AtlantaImprovFestival.com. Both nightly passes and tickets for individual shows are available.

The festival’s featured headliners include:
Beer Shark Mice – this legendary long form improv team has been around for over 20 years and includes some of the top improvisers from Chicago and Los Angeles
Michael Coleman (How High, American Wedding, Arrested Development, Drunk History on Comedy Central)
Peter Hulne (Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Battle of the Sexes, Elf)
Pat Finn (The Middle, It’s Complicated, I Am Chris Farley)
Paul Vaillancourt (Adventures in Hollyhood, The Blame Game, The T.O. Show)
David Pasquesi (Veep, Groundhog Day, Angels & Demons)
Christina Gausas (Difficult People, 30 Rock, Late Night with Conan O’Brien)
Kevin Dorff (Review, The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, We’re the Millers)
Matt Jones (Breaking Bad, Mom, Home)
Dave Hill (The Night Is Young, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Hitman)

The festival will also feature a series of workshops for both experienced and novice performers, all taught by top improv instructors from Los Angeles, Chicago, Charleston and Atlanta. Workshop topics include Becoming an Improv Super Hero, Getting out of Your Head with Improvised Movement, An Alternative Approach to Scene Work, and Group Games. Find more information on available workshops at www.AtlantaImprovFestival.com.

The festival will also feature a series of workshops for both experienced and novice performers, all taught by top improv instructors from Los Angeles, Chicago, Charleston and Atlanta. Workshop topics include Becoming an Improv Super Hero, Getting out of Your Head with Improvised Movement, An Alternative Approach to Scene Work, and Group Games. Find more information on available workshops at www.AtlantaImprovFestival.com.

Additionally, the weekend event will showcase the final rounds of the Atlanta Improv Festival Battle, which includes 36 local improv teams battling to win $1,000 and a run of shows at The Village Theatre. Battle rounds will take place Thursday through Saturday throughout April leading up to the 5th Annual Atlanta Improv Festival.  Information regarding tickets and participating teams can be found at www.AtlantaImprovFestival.com/Battle.

Purchase tickets for the 5th Annual Atlanta Improv Festival by visiting www.AtlantaImprovFestival.com. Tickets range from $40 to $100. You can also follow the festival on social media using the hashtag #ATLIF2019.

11TH ANNUAL CANDLER PARK MUSIC AND FOOD FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/7/19

Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st

Candler Park

Dispatch, Greensky Bluegrass, and Dr. Dog to headline the 11th year of the popular festival

Festival information and tickets HERE.

UPDATE 5/13/19:

Rival Entertainment announced today the daily lineups for the 2019 Candler Park Music & Food Festival. Returning to Candler Park for the 11th year on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, one main stage will feature a stacked lineup of 10 artists, including Dispatch, Greensky Bluegrass, Dr. Dog, Trampled by Turtles, Stephen Marley, Larkin Poe, Funk You, Aqueous, Webster and Priscilla Block. Sponsored by Athens-based Terrapin Beer Co., the family-friendly festival will feature local food vendors, creators and artisans from throughout Georgia.

On Friday, May 31st, the festival will kick off with Terrapin Battle of the Bands winner Priscilla Block, Funk You, Stephen Marley, and Greensky Bluegrass. The second day of the festival will feature a stacked lineup of Webster, Aqueous, Larkin Poe, Trampled by Turtles, Dr. Dog, and close out with Dispatch. Full schedule to follow.

In addition to daily lineups, the festival launches single day ticket sales, for both their general admission and VIP ticket options. Single-day passes are available for $30 each, and VIP single-day are available for $90. VIP includes all of the benefits of a general admission ticket, plus complimentary Terrapin Beer, wine, Fontis Water, and soda at the VIP Bar, VIP security check and entry gate with unlimited in/out privileges, exclusive VIP area in front of the concert stages, access to the 30’ high Rival Skydeck, and expanded VIP restroom trailer area. VIP is 21+ and limited availability.

Also, for the first time ever, the festival will be host after parties beginning at 11 pm on both Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1. The after parties, held at Aisle 5, will feature four different bands Jive Mother Mary, The Vinyl Suns, Cycles and LaGoons to keep attendees jamming all night long. Tickets for Candler Park Music & Food Festival’s official after parties are on sale now, beginning at $12, until the day of when they will go up to $15.

ATLANTA – Rival Entertainment announced today another all-star lineup for the 2019 Candler Park Music + Food Festival. Returning to Candler Park for the 11th year on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, one main stage will feature a stacked lineup of 10 artists, including Dispatch, Greensky Bluegrass, Dr. Dog, Trampled by Turtles, Stephen Marley, Larkin Poe, Funk You, Aqueous, & Webster. Sponsored by Athens-based Terrapin Beer Co., the family-friendly festival will feature local food vendors, brands and artisans from throughout Georgia.

Before the festival can begin, The Terrapin Beer Co. will host the annual Battle of the Bands on Saturday, April 20, where fans can catch a preview of what’s to come and bands compete for the festival’s opening slot on Friday, May 31. Visit terrapinbeer.com for more details.

“Year after year, our music bookings elevate the festival to new heights,” says Festival Producer and Rival Entertainment Partner Josh Antenucci.  “A far cry from your usual neighborhood park event, Candler Park Music & Food Festival curates a perfect two-day musical experience that blends local talent with trendsetting chart climbers and national headliners, all while maintaining that cherished community park vibe that got us started a decade ago.”

While the music is the focus, there will be no shortage of tasty bites and local art to enjoy. This year’s expected 20,000 attendees will also have the opportunity to visit a food village filled with local restaurant vendors and food trucks, an artist market, adult field games, and the Terrapin Brew Lounge complete with an expanded selection of rare Terrapin craft brews. In addition to Terrapin Beer Co., sponsors include Fontis Water, El Jimador Tequila, Finlandia Vodka, Old Forester, and Cape Line Sparkling Cocktails who will be providing tasty libations for attendees.

Gates open at 4:00 pm on Friday, May 31 and at 12:00 pm on Saturday, June 1. Weekend ticket prices are $40 + taxes/fees for General Admission and $150 + taxes/fees for VIP, which includes all of the benefits of a general admission ticket, plus complimentary Terrapin Beer, wine, Fontis Water, and soda at the VIP Bar, VIP security check and entry gate with unlimited in/out privileges, exclusive VIP area in front of the concert stages, access to the 30’ high Rival Skydeck, and expanded VIP restroom trailer area. VIP is 21+ and limited availability. Advance purchase is highly recommended at candlerparkmusicfestival.com. This festival is an all-ages event. Children under 12, accompanied by an adult ticket holder, do not require tickets. A portion of festival proceeds will support the festival’s philanthropic beneficiaries to be identified while working alongside members of the community during the planning of the festival and announced at a later date. Candler Park Music & Food Festival is a rain or shine event.

About Festival Performers
One of the biggest independent bands in history, Dispatch is an upbeat rock band that has made a name for themselves by selling out three shows at Madison Square Garden, going on world tours, and creating a non-profit, Calling All Crows. The band released their latest album, Location 13, last year and joined the list of six other studio albums produced during their career.

No stranger to the music industry, Greensky Bluegrass has been together for 18 years. Their impressive track record includes six studio albums, around 175 shows per year, and sold out concerts. Their high-energy bluegrass draws fans near and far, and the band is known for their unpredictable performances.

Philadelphia-based Dr. Dog is comprised of five musical talents who have created Indie music together for 15 years and have had multiple Top 50 albums. After taking some time apart, they are stronger than ever and have recently released their new album, Critical Equation.

Trampled by Turtles has traveled across the nation playing their American bluegrass/folk-rock music. Along the way, they have released eight albums, had three reach number one spots on the U.S. Billboard chart, and gained a huge fan base.

Born in Delaware but raised in Jamaica, Stephen Marley has been a musician his entire life. Performing with family while younger, he quickly realized his love of music and has since won five Grammy Awards, all for Best Reggae Album.
Larkin Poe is a roots rock ‘n roll sister duo comprised of Rebecca Lovell and Megan Lovell, descendants of tortured artist and creative genius, Edgar Allen Poe. After experimenting with an array of musical styles, they found a way to blend together a sound that channels their distinct voice.

Natives of Augusta, GA, Funk You tests the limits of music by combining multiple styles that lean towards dance-driven tunes complimented by strong vocals. They have played at multiple music festivals and toured across the nation.

Originating in Buffalo, Aqueous has performed at music festivals such as The Peach Music Festival, Jam Cruise, and Summer Camp along with selling-out shows across the U.S since 2006. Their music style is best described as “groove rock” and their shows leave fans wanting more.

Atlanta-based Webster has performed at numerous venues throughout Atlanta from small to large events, and their ever-evolving song list includes covers of Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Van Morrison, Phish, REM, Ryan Adams, Dire Straits, Johnny Cash, and Railroad Earth among others.

ATLANTA GUYS DINNER GROUP SUPPORTS HOPE THRU SOAP WITH EVENT

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/5/19

Monday, April 15th 7:30 pm

Einstein’s on Juniper

Join Atlanta Guys Dinner Group at Einstein’s on Monday, April 15th for their 2nd Open Invite supporting “Hope Thru Soap,” a mobile shower unit for our city’s homeless population. They get a fresh shower, shave/haircut, toiletries, food, clothes and clean underwear and socks. Reps will be on hand to collect cash donations, as well as razors, deodorant, travel-size sanitizer, shaving cream, new underwear, socks, t-shirt, and feminine hygiene products. EVERYONE is invited and is free/open to the public. RSVP here.

Atlanta Guys Dinner Group is run by Sean Palani of The White Bull. This group gathers once a month to socialize, break bread, and give back to the community. Each month, they select a new restaurant to meet at, as well as select a new or different local charity. Their goal is to support the amazing charities and organizations all over our city, while the sole pourpose of the group is to help others through monthly give-back initiatives. To date, they’ve supported over twenty charities that include donated shoes, clothes, blankets, toiletries, school supplies, toys, over two thousand pounds of food, and thousands in monetary donations.

PONCE CITY FARMERS MARKET OPENING DAY 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/5/19

Opening Day: Tuesday, April 9th

Ponce City Farmers Market runs Tuesday, April 9th through October 29th

Ponce City Farmers Market (PCFM), the weekly producer-only market held at Ponce City Market, is excited to share opening day activations, season offerings, community partners and more to kick off the 2019 season! Featuring fresh produce and goods from farmers and food makers, the market offers an outdoor shopping experience and hangout with good vibes.

Located at the Shed by the entrance to the Atlanta BeltLine, PCFM will be open each Tuesday from April 9 through October 29. Hosted from 4-8pm, it will feature live music and educational chef demonstrations, alongside offerings from local farmers and food artisans.

On opening day (Tuesday, April 9), there will be a pasta ribbon cutting at 4:30pm; pasta-making demos from Bellina Alimentari and So Good Pasta; a Kind Bar pop-up; a TurnTable Yoga class with a live DJ, hosted by fitness app Activvley and CorePower Yoga; SNAP/EBT sign-up with Wholesome Wave Georgia; and reusable snack bag sewing from 5:30-7:30pm with sewing studio and shop Topstitch.

Subsequent markets throughout the season will feature tarot readings from Modern Mystic, weekly “Locally Sewn” craft classes from Topstitch, TurnTable Yoga on the first Tuesday of the month and pop-ups from restaurants at Ponce City Market. The Ponce de Leon Public Library serves as a weekly community partner, hosting fun kids activities, library card sign-ups and books available for check-out.

This season’s vendors include the following:
Cosmos Organic Farm
Cultured South
Dana Burmeister
David’s Seedy Bars
Dickey Farms
Formaggio
Franklin Farms
Happy Camper
Herb’N Eden
Honey Next Door
Levity Farms
Mercier Orchards
OMM YEAH!
Pearson Farm
Proof Bakeshop
Raw Head Bread
Rosanna’s Dairy-Free
So Good Pasta
Val’s Kale Chips
Vanilla Crepes LLC
Watsonia Farms

Each vendor accepts cash and credit, and SNAP/EBT dollars are accepted at qualifying vendors. The Ponce City Farmers Market will also double the dollar amount of any SNAP swiped. Guests may access the market via the Atlanta BeltLine or Ponce City Market, and complimentary parking for guests of PCFM is available through ParkMobile, as users can enter code “FARMERS2019” for one free hour of parking in Zone 22200.

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL’S ANNUAL FOOD ON FILM PRESENTATION 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/1/19

Sunday, April 7th at Noon

The Plaza Theatre and Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge

ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL’S FOOD ON FILM EVENT PAIRS MARQUEE FILM THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM WITH
FARM BURGER

ATLANTA, GA — The Atlanta Film Festival’s annual foodie-favorite event, Food On Film, returns in 2019 with a marquee screening of the documentary feature THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM, followed by an after party catered by grassfed burger restaurant Farm Burger, paying homage to the sustainable practices demonstrated in the film.

The festival’s tastiest event by far, Food On Film will merge the food-themed movie with a delicious after party on Sunday, April 7, 2019, kicking off with a screening of THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM at 12:00 PM at the Plaza Theatre. The family-friendly documentary from NEON follows a determined couple attempting to transform a depleted plot of land into a diverse, utopian farm outside of Los Angeles.

Directly after the screening, ATLFF is proud to highlight Farm Burger’s commitment to sourcing ingredients from local farmers at the after party at the Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. Attendees are invited to indulge in an array of farm-to-table menu items served up by the restaurant, all prepared utilizing sustainable, local and humane practices.

Tickets here: https://atlantafilmfestival2019.eventive.org/schedule/5c8fe5647138410023284f30

Atlanta Film Festival website: https://www.atlantafilmfestival.com/

YACHT ROCK SCHOONER RETURNS TO PARK TAVERN IN PIEDMONT PARK FOR SUMMER SUNSETS

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/24/19

Set Sail into Summer Sunsets with Seasonal Cocktails, Fresh Sushi, Live Music and More!
 
Friday, March 29, 2019 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
 
Atlanta, Georgia – On Friday, March 29, 2019, revelers are invited to sail down memory lane and dance the night away to the sweet sounds of Yacht Rock Schooner at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park’s Summer Sunsets. Known for the smoothest dance parties on the high seas, Yacht Rock Schooner will be performing classic hits from favorites like Hall & Oates, Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald and more. Diners and imbibers can nosh on classic Park Tavern favorites such as burgers, tacos, fresh sushi rolls, seasonal cocktails, frosty beers, a variety of wines and much more. Doors open at 7 p.m. and music will begin at 8 p.m. and continue through 11 p.m. For ages 21 and up, General Admission tickets are available starting at $15 at https://www.bigtickets.com/events/yachtrock and will increase to $20 at the door. For a guaranteed VIP table with a server, VIP tickets are available starting at $150 for a 6 person VIP table and $200 for an 8 person VIP table. For more information, please visit www.parktavern.com.

SPRING 2019 AFFPS FESTIVAL LINEUP

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/19/19

Eighth Annual Spring Festival on Ponce – 4/6-4/7 
Eighth Annual Sandy Springs  Artsapalooza – 4/20-4/21
Third Annual Duluth Spring Arts Festival – 4/27-4/28
Second Annual Roswell Spring  Arts and Crafts Festival – 5/4-5/5
Eleventh Annual Chastain Park Spring Arts & Crafts Festival – 5/11-5/12 

Spring 2019 AFFPS Festival Lineup: 

Eighth Annual Spring Festival on Ponce

The eighth annual  Spring Festival on Ponce will be held Saturday, April 6 and Sunday,  April 7, 2019 in Atlanta’s historic Olmsted Linear Park. The sister festival to  the  Fall Festival on Ponce (October 12 and 13, 2019), the Spring Festival on  Ponce will transform the park, which was carefully restored by the Olmsted  Linear Park  Alliance, into an outdoor art gallery to the backdrop of budding spring foliage.  The two-day event will feature over 125 displays of  local and regional fine art and crafts, utilizing the gorgeous landscape  designed by one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick  Olmsted, Sr. In addition to the abundance  of  unique art, there will be  a children’s area, local gourmet food trucks, beverages and a stage for acoustic musical performances. The event is free, open to all ages, and dogs are welcome.  For more information, please visit http://festivalonponce.com or http://www.affps.com

Eighth Annual  Sandy Springs Artsapalooza  

The eighth annual Sandy  Springs Artsapalooza presented by The Atlanta Foundation For Public Spaces  returns on Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21,  2019. Featuring more  than 150 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers, jewelers and more, the festival will  transform the  beautiful tree-lined streets of Sandy Springs into an expansive outdoor art gallery. Festival goers have the opportunity to view  artist demonstrations, participate in  hands-on art activities  and enjoy live acoustic performances. The award-winning, two-day festival  will also have a children’s area, gourmet food trucks with healthy  alternatives  and beverages. The festival is free to attend, open to all ages, and dogs  are welcome.  For more information about the festival, please  visit  http://sandyspringsartsapalooza.com or www.affps.com.

Third Annual Duluth  Spring Arts Festival  

The  Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces is thrilled to present the third annual Duluth Spring Arts Festival on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  and  Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The two-day festival will be held in the fun, vibrant and culturally diverse City  of Duluth; recognized as one of the  fastest growing communities in the North  Atlanta region and home to the largest and most enthusiastic art buying  communities.  Created for artists by artists, the festival will feature  more than 85 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists,  jewelers and more.  Festival goers will  also have  the opportunity to view artist demonstrations and enjoy gourmet food trucks  with healthy alternatives, live acoustic music, dance performances and much  more. The festival is free to attend, open to all ages and dogs are welcome.   For more information about the festival, visit http://www.duluthartsfestival.com  or www.affps.com.

Second Annual Roswell Spring  Arts and Crafts Festival 

The  second annual Roswell Spring Arts and Crafts Festival will be held on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5, 2019 in the historic Roswell Town Square. Known for its preservation of history, celebration of the  arts and cultivation of the entrepreneurial spirit, Roswell is recognized as a family-friendly and enthusiastic art buying  community.  An ideal locale for a free outdoor festival that welcomes all ages and furry friends, the two-day juried event features approximately 100 painters, photographers, sculptors,  metalworkers, glass blowers, jewelers and more. Festival goers will also have the  opportunity to view artist demonstrations, live  acoustic music and dance  performance while enjoying gourmet food trucks with healthy alternatives, craft brews, and much  more. For more  information about the festival,  visit  www.roswellartfestival.com  or   www.affps.com.

Eleventh Annual  Chastain Park Spring Arts & Crafts Festival  

The  eleventh annual Chastain Park Spring Arts Festival will return to beautiful Chastain  Park along  Park Drive in Buckhead on Mother’s Day weekend on Saturday, May 11 and  Sunday  May 12, 2019.  Produced by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, the  award-winning, two-day festival features more than 185 painters,  photographers,  sculptors,  leather and metal craft artisans, glass blowers , jewelers and more.  Event goers are also invited  to view artist demonstrations, enjoy live entertainment, and participate  in hands-on activities.  The festival will also have a children’s area, food trucks, beverages and a small stage for live acoustic music performances.  The festival is free to attend, open to all ages, and dogs are welcome. For  more information, please visit   http://chastainparkartsfestival.com or www.affps.com.  

EPICENTER 2019 “EPIC” LINEUP ANNOUNCED!

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/18/19

Massive Music Lineup Announced For The Debut Of Epicenter
May 10, 11 & 12, 2019
At Newly Created Rockingham Festival Grounds In Rockingham, NC

Foo Fighters, Tool, Korn,
Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon
And Dozens More

Make North Carolina “The Epicenter Of Rock N’ Roll”
With Must-See Music Performances And Expanded Camping Options
Tickets On Sale NOW.

Epicenter Festival — a new 3-day destination music experience from premier independent U.S. music festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents — brings a massive music lineup to its 2019 debut, with over 65 music artists performing on four stages, led by Foo Fighters, Tool and Korn. The inaugural festival takes place in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region, at the newly created Rockingham Festival Grounds in Richmond County, North Carolina on Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Epicenter will also feature sets from Rob Zombie, Judas Priest, Bring Me The Horizon, The Cult, 311, Evanescence, Bush, +Live+ and dozens more. The expansive Rockingham Festival Grounds, being developed in coordination with Rockingham Dragway, The Rock (Rockingham Speedway), and other local land owners, promise nonstop entertainment, extensive camping options, and no curfew.

General Admission, VIP tickets, and hotel and camping packages for Epicenter go on sale Friday, December 14 at Noon ET at https://epicenterfestival.com.

The members of Korn explain, “There are many defining moments that dramatically mark a band’s history, and one such moment in time happened in North Carolina with Korn. NC holds a special place in Korn’s heart, as we unexpectedly reunited with our old friend Head. It’s been a great 6+ years with Head back in Korn and we look forward to rocking NC again with Foo Fighters, Tool and many other great bands.”

Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes says, “We’re very excited to be playing next year’s Epicenter Festival in Rockingham. It’s a privilege to be sharing a stage alongside some of our favourite acts, and to be back in North Carolina.”
The daily music lineup for Epicenter Festival is as follows (subject to change):

Friday, May 10:
Korn, Rob Zombie, Evanescence, Machine Gun Kelly, The Crystal Method, Meshuggah, Skillet, Beartooth, Mark Lanegan Band, Dorothy, Black Pistol Fire, Zeal & Ardor, Knocked Loose, Slothrust, Wilson, Hands Like Houses, Hyro The Hero, Amigo The Devil, Arrested Youth, Vein, Black Coffee and more TBD

Saturday, May 11:
Tool, Judas Priest, The Cult, Bush, Black Label Society, Circa Survive, Yelawolf, Motionless In White, The Damned Things, Starset, Grandson, Badflower, Memphis May Fire, Issues, High On Fire, Wage War, Crobot, Sylar, Counterfeit., Pretty Vicious, Shvpes, Dirty Honey, Alien Weaponry, Hyde

Sunday, May 12:
Foo Fighters, Bring Me The Horizon, 311, +Live+, Mastodon, Killswitch Engage, Architects, Tom Morello, Fever 333, Reignwolf, Yungblud, The Glorious Sons, Ho99o9, While She Sleeps, Basement, Scarlxrd, Movements, Teenage Wrist, Demob Happy, Boston Manor, Cleopatrick, The Dirty Nil

Festival doors open at 11:00 AM daily.

In addition to performances from top music artists, and various onsite attractions, attendees will enjoy a variety of local and regional food and beverage offerings provided by DWP’s affiliate concessionaire, Southern Hospitality Concessions LLC.

Fans 21+ can enjoy multiple specialty curated beverage experiences. Varietals from Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards (owned by Maynard James Keenan, co-founder of international recording acts Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Puscifer) will be available at the Caduceus Wine Garden. Experience abounds at the Heavy Tiki Bar (a tropical oasis filled with killer cocktails and shade). Fans can also enjoy a large variety of local and regional brews at the Epicenter Craft Beer Garden.

Initial ticket prices for Epicenter Festival will be as follows:
Weekend General Admission: starting at $149.50 plus fees
Weekend VIP: starting at $399.50 plus fees
Single Day General Admission: starting at $79.50 plus fees
Single Day VIP: starting at $199.50 plus fees

Camping at Epicenter will let patrons keep the rock n’ roll party going all through the weekend and will set this festival apart from other U.S. rock shows. Camping spots are connected to the festival grounds and include perks like access to showers, portable restrooms, food and drink vendors, charging stations, information and medical services, as well as a Thursday night pre-show party. Campers will also have late night access to Rockingham Village, an impressive promenade featuring food, drinks, merch shopping, entertainment, art and activities until 2:00 AM daily. Rockingham Village will be conveniently located immediately in front of the venue, adjacent to the North Premium campgrounds. Camping options will include immersive, Premium Spaces on the North Side of the site as well as free options in the South Side campgrounds.

Rockingham Village at Epicenter will be open for extended hours to allow fans to eat, drink, shop and see performing artists before and after the main event. Featured vendors will include festival merchandise, artist merchandise, lockers for rent, lifestyle shopping booths, a full General Store, coffee shop, craft beer at Headbangers Beer Bar, Caduceus wine bar, breakfast vendors for campers, as well as late night food served after the main venue closes. The Village will also have a stage featuring cover bands and Hellzapoppin Circus SideShow performances throughout the weekend.

Festival producer Danny Wimmer notes, “The creation of the ‘Epicenter of rock n’ roll’ in the heart of North Carolina gives us the ability to expand on the festival experience with enhanced camping amenities, nighttime entertainment with no curfew, and expanded food and beverage offerings, all highlighted by a massive music lineup covering the spectrum of rock, metal and alternative rock music.”

Danny Hayes, CEO of Danny Wimmer Presents, explains the development of the Rockingham Festival Grounds: “We have a long-term arrangement with all of the property owners: The Rock (Rockingham Speedway), Richmond County, Rockingham Dragway and other local land owners. We’re working together to define the long-term vision for the festival area. For 2019, the primary festival grounds will be in a grassy area connected to the Rockingham Dragway. The area across the street surrounding The Rock (Speedway) will be utilized for patron parking and camping.”

Epicenter Festival sponsors include:

Fxck Cancer x Dyin 2 Live Dreams Program:
Fxck Cancer’s mission is to fight cancer by raising awareness and education about early cancer detection and prevention, ultimately putting an end to late-stage cancer diagnosis. Through the Dyin 2 Live Dreams program, they look to enrich the lives of those fighting cancer by offering them a VIP experience that they hope will bring joy, inspiration, and courage. In doing this, they hope to help give the cancer fighter a chance to forget, even if it’s only for a day, what they are going through. For more information please visit, www.fxckcancer.org. Fxck Cancer and Dyin 2 Live Dreams are programs of the F C Cancer Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
#TogetherWeFight #FxckCancer

f.y.e.:
f.y.e. will be hosting the ultimate fan and artist interactive experiences throughout the festival. f.y.e. is the only place at the festival to get all your favorite band’s music — and maybe even get to meet your favorite Epicenter performer! Check back for updates on artist meet and greet and autograph signing sessions.

Rockingham Festival Grounds are located at 2153 North U.S. Highway 1, Rockingham, NC, less than two hours from Charlotte, Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro.

For more information on Epicenter Festival, visit:
Website: https://epicenterfestival.com

DAD’S GARAGE BIG STUPID PARKING LOT CARNIVAL 2019

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/16/19

DAD’S GARAGE REVAMPS ANNUAL FUNDRAISER: GOODBYE “BACONFEST,” HELLO “THE BIG STUPID PARKING LOT CARNIVAL”
 
New Festival Held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 in the Old Fourth Ward
 
Proceeds Benefiting Dad’s Garage Theatre Company

Tickets here: http://dadsgaragecarnival.com/

Atlanta, Georgia – We are shaking things up this year at Dad’s Garage and rolling out a brand-new concept for our annual fundraiser: The Dad’s Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival! After 15 years of “BaconFest,” we’ve decided to move towards an event that is more environmentally sustainable, more affordable for our patrons, and that lets us focus on doing what we do best: providing a one-of-a-kind festival experience where patrons interact directly with improvisers in booths and games.

Dad’s Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival is one part festival, one part theatrical weirdness you’ll only find at Dad’s Garage. In addition to plenty of beer, rides, and delicious food, our improvisers will be manning booths like “Hobo Wine Tasting,” “Wheelchair Obstacle Course,” “Bad Caricatures,” and the always-popular “Flip Cup Tournament.”

This event is a fundraiser for Dad’s Garage Theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We produce over 300 scripted and improv comedy shows every year, and our annual fundraiser helps support our bottom line so we can keep the lights on and the laughter flowing. The fun and magic of improv comedy steps off the stage and into our festival, and guests of the Dad’s Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival will get the chance to experience our brand of comedy in a completely new way.

Why are we changing our festival theme? 

-We want to focus on what we do best: transforming people through laughter. BaconFest was never about the bacon—it was about the experiences we created for our guests. Our improviser-led booths (like Wheelchair Obstacle Course, Karen’s Kompliments, and Dr. Boobies MD) have always been the centerpiece of the event — the bacon was just a snack in between the experiences. By moving away from bacon, we can focus more on the artist booths and other fun attractions like the petting zoo and rides.

-We want to be more sustainable. The bacon we served was not the best… to put it nicely. We looked into upgrading our bacon to a more sustainable, organic option; however, we couldn’t do that without raising the ticket price for the event substantially. By stepping away from the bacon, we are making a more eco-conscious festival.

-We want a lower ticket price for the event, so more people can attend. Procuring and cooking a (literal) ton of bacon was a massive expense, and we always saw a huge amount of food waste comprised of uneaten bacon at the end of the day. By removing the bacon expense, we will be able to offer tickets at a lower price for our guests. BaconFest tickets started at $45; our Carnival tickets start at $10.

-We want more food options for our guests. So many people told us that they don’t eat bacon, and that was a reason they would not come to the festival. We will be bringing in more food vendors this year, so folks can choose exactly what they want to eat.

What can I expect at Dad’s Garage Big Stupid Parking Lot Carnival?

-Beer beer beer, frozen margaritas and frosé — plus a few surprise treats from local makers.
-More food vendors selling a wide variety of treats for everyone, no matter your taste or dietary restrictions.
-All of your favorite improviser-led booths, plus more carnivalesque things like rides.
-More surprises for your enjoyment, created by our artistic ensemble.

All attendees must be 21+ and IDs will be checked at the gate.
Tickets start at $10.