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THE BATTERY ATLANTA KICKS OFF JULY WITH SENSATIONAL SUMMER FESTIVITIES

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 7/1/22

Lineup includes free yoga classes, tennis lessons, Mimosa Fest and concerts!

The Battery Atlanta invites Atlantans and visitors to continue summer festivities throughout the month of July. Guests can expect a lineup of events including   outdoor yoga classes, Farmers Markets, kids’ tennis lessons, live performances and more. Visitors craving a taste of summer can dine alfresco on patios, sip refreshing libations at a Mimosa Festival, and cool off with classic summer treats from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and River Street Sweets Savannah’s Candy Kitchen. The Battery Atlanta has planned lively activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy!

Outdoor Activities:
Wellness Series: Yoga by Kaiser Permanente

Mondays (excluding home gamedays), 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Guests are encouraged to start the week off stress-free at an outdoor yoga class presented by Kaiser Permanente. As part of the Wellness Series at The Battery Atlanta, this free event encourages guests of all ages to release tension and relax on the Plaza Green. Participants are required to bring a mat and encouraged to bring water. Guests can register here.

Farmers Market
Sunday, July 3, 1-4 p.m. & Sunday, July 17, 1-4 p.m.
Visitors can shop organic must-haves at The Battery Atlanta Farmers Market! A variety of local vendors will be in attendance selling wellness products, prepared foods, artisanal bread and more on the Plaza Green – there’s even a petting zoo.

WELLSTAR Family Series at The Battery Atlanta on The Plaza Green:
Guests can join for fun, free programming throughout the month on the Plaza Green.
Tuesday, July 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m. & Tuesday, July 19, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
USTA’s Tennis on the Turf will be onsite with three mini tennis nets for free play, tennis lessons and games, led by two professional tennis instructors. This activity is recommended for ages 4-10, and children will be further divided by age groups. Parents are not required but encouraged to play too!  Registration details can be found here.

Wednesday, July 13, 9-10 a.m. & Wednesday, July 27, 10-11 a.m.
Small Bites Adventure Club in partnership with Wellstar Pediatrics leads children and their favorite grown up on a hands-on class to explore fruits and veggies and create made-from-scratch Summer Salsa Fresca! Kids will leave with a sticker and recipe card so they can recreate it at home. Registration details can be found here.

Wednesday, July 20, 10-11 a.m.
Wellstar Health System invites kids to bring their sick or injured Teddy Bear or other plush friend to the Teddy Bear Clinic. The plush patients will receive a healthcare check-up, X-ray, bandages and instructions on how to stay healthy. The Teddy Bear clinic promotes healthy habits while allowing children the opportunity to become familiar with what it’s like to visit a healthcare professional in a fun and developmentally appropriate setting. Other fun interactive stations will be offered as well to include fitness, coloring and a special guest appearance by Dr. WellBee. Details can be found here.

Tuesday, July 26, 10-11 a.m.
Blooper will be on the Green for Blooper’s Coloring Hour!  As the official mascot for the Atlanta Braves, Blooper is excited to share his coloring book with the littlest Braves fans. Registration details can be found here.

Select Restaurant Promotions:
Mimosa Fest at Live! at The Battery Atlanta

Sunday, July 17 at 11 a.m.
Live! at The Battery Atlanta is celebrating everyone’s favorite morning beverage, the mimosa with its first ever Mimosa Festival comprised of specialty mimosas, live music, delicious brunch bites, games and more. Guests may purchase general or VIP admission tickets and learn more information about this event here.

National Wine and Cheese Day at Cru Food & Wine Bar
Monday, July 25
Visitors can celebrate National Wine and Cheese Day at Cru Food & Wine Bar and receive a free Artisan Cheese Flight with a purchase of a bottle of wine.

Terrapin Twilight Tour
Tuesday, July 26 at 7 p.m.
Guests will sip a Terrapin beer while getting an up-close look at one of baseball’s newest ballparks on a guided tour of Truist Park at sunset. Tours will begin at the Terrapin Brew Lab where attendees will learn more about Atlanta’s favorite beer from a Terrapin staff member! Ticket package includes Terrapin Atlanta Brewery & Taproom talk and tour; guided tour of Truist Park; Two Terrapin 16 oz beers; Souvenir commemorative Terrapin beer glass; 10% off food and drink at the Terrapin Brewery and Taproom on day of event. Tickets can be purchased at mlb.com/braves/ballpark/tours/twilight.

Park Bench Postgame Events
Park Bench invites you to keep your night rockin’ & rollin’ with live music following each Braves game – showtimes are at 10 p.m. (or immediately following the conclusion of game)

  • Monday, July 4: Patriotic DJ Show 
  • Tuesday, July 5: Nick Bryant One-Man Band   
  • Wednesday, July 6: Dueling Pianos Show!
  • Thursday, July 7: Lawson & Fletcher
  • Tuesday, July 12: Nick Bryant One-Man Band
  • Friday, July 22: 90 Proof

Coca-Cola Roxy Events:
The Battery Atlanta’s iconic concert venue is gearing up for a diverse collection of live performances! This month, Coca-Cola Roxy brings a wide range of music to the stage for guests to discover. All venue information can be found here.

  • Celeste Barber: Fine, Thanks.
    Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 7 p.m.
  • Sad Summer Festival 2022 – Presented By Journeys
    Saturday, July 16, 2022 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Coheed and Cambria “A Window of the Waking Mind Tour”
    Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.
  • CHVRCHES
    Friday, July 29, 2022 at 8 p.m.
  • Fleet Foxes: Shore Tour
    Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 8 p.m.

An up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings is available on the website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change.

4TH OF JULY ROUND UP 2022

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/26/22

Specials, events, and more!

Celebrate America’s Birthday With Brunch on the BeltLine at TWO urban licks: 
It’s time to don the red, white, and blue on Monday, July 4th! Brunch lovers can get an early start to their Independence Day festivities at TWO urban licks.  Conveniently located on the Atlanta BeltLine and with an expansive, dog-friendly patio, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Executive Chef Shane Wancio is cooking up his signature, fiery American cuisine.  Guests can sip on refreshing beverages in spirit of the holiday, including Strawberry Peach Tea, the Clermont Cooler, wine, beer and hard seltzers, while enjoying TWO’s classic favorites like the Salmon Chips, Fried Chicken Biscuit, TWO Burger, Chocolate Banana French Toast and much more. TWO urban licks will be closed for dinner. TWO urban licks is located at 820 Ralph McGill Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30306. To make a reservation, call 404.522.4622 or visit  twourbanlicks.com.
Have an Un-fore-gettable Time at Puttshack this Fourth of July
Tee-time awaits! Let freedom, and golf balls, ring this Fourth of July at Puttshack! Adding some competitive fun for all ages on staycation or vacation with upscale tech-infused mini golf. Guests that play one round on Monday, July 4th will get the next round for 50% off until 4 p.m. After working up an appetite on the arcade-themed holes, players are invited to indulge in Puttshack’s globally inspired food menu and toast to Independence Day with one of Puttshack’s handcrafted signature cocktails like the Peach Tea on Peachtree, Very Berry Mule and Frozen Watermelon Margarita. Puttshack also boasts an expansive mocktail, beer, and wine menu. Puttshack will be open on the Fourth of July from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Puttshack is located at 1115 Howell Mill Rd. Atlanta, GA 30318. For more information, visit puttshack.com or call 404.738.7888.
Wild Heaven Beer Launches Sunday Brunch Fourth of July Weekend
Fireworks aren’t the only things getting lit this Fourth of July. Wild Heaven Beer s kicking off celebrations early, Sunday, June 3rd with the launch of their new Sunday brunch at the West End location. Beginning at 11 a.m., Wild Heaven invites revelers to be the first to indulge in tasty offerings including the House Omelet, Shrimp & Grits, Avocado & Egg Taco, Waffle, Mushroom Bowl, Potato Hash, sides and more. On Monday, July 4th, both the West End and the Avondale taprooms will be open to properly honor the holiday with some of Atlanta’s best craft brews including two new beers created by Brewmaster Eric Johnson, the Piña Colada Sour and Belgian With Chai. Peachtree Road Race runners can bring their bib to either location and receive a free draft of choice. The Avondale location is opening its doors early at 1 p.m. and guests are invited to enjoy a cold beer with gourmet street foods from Chef Brian Wilson’s pop up at the brewery. The West End location will have to-go beer specials for those celebrating by the pool, on a boat, or anywhere else the festivities may be. Wild Heaven West End is located at 1010 White St SW, Atlanta GA 30310. Wild Heaven Avondale is located in the Avondale Estates at 135B Maple St., Decatur, GA 30030. Visit www.wildheavenbeer.com for more information.
Snap, Crackle, and Pop Open One of Post Meridiem’s RTD Cocktails This Fourth of July
Red, white, and booze! There is no better way to spend Fourth of July than sipping on one of Post Meridiem Spirit Co.’s award-winning canned cocktails featuring only real ingredients. Made in Atlanta and conveniently packaged in 100 ml cans, these ready-to-drink cocktails take up minimal cooler space, making them ideal for a day on the lake, a refreshing poolside pick-me-up, and gatherings with friends and family. Their current lineup includes The Real Lime Juice Margarita, The Double Old Fashioned, The 1944 Mai Tai, The Lemongrass Vodka Gimlet, and The No. Four Daiquiri along with two new offerings, The London Dry Southside and The Modern Classic Cosmopolitan. Head to Post Meridiem’s warehouse at 1209 Logan Cir NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, or a nearby liquor store to stock up for the Fourth of July! Visit https://postmeridiemspirits.com/find-our-cocktails/ to find Post Meridiem Cocktails in a store near you. For more information, visit www.postmeridiemspirits.com.
Celebrate the Stars and Stripes at Urban Pie
Urban Pie is celebrating the Fourth of July with a perfect patriotic pairing, their signature Kirkwood BBQ Chicken and a festive, specialty cocktail available Friday, July 1st through Monday, July 4th. Guests are invited to relax on the covered, dog-friendly patio and sip on the Red, White & Blue Margarita while noshing on the Kirkwood BBQ Chicken Pie. A local favorite, the thin-crusted pizza is loaded with grilled chicken, smoked gouda, red onion and of course plenty of Urban Pie’s classic BBQ sauce to bring that backyard barbecue feeling to each bite. Urban Pie’s full lunch and dinner, cocktail, beer and wine menus will also be available. Urban Pie located at 2012A Hosea L Williams Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30317.
Raise a Glass to Independence Day at Dantanna’s 
Head to Dantanna’s in the heart of Buckhead this Fourth of July and toast to freedom with the Bomb Pop Lemonade, a specialty red, white, and blue vodka-based cocktail that is tangy, subtly sweet and refreshing. Guests can also nosh on Dantanna’s Independence Day food special featuring a mouthwatering combo of classic American favorites, a hot dog, hamburger slider, and chicken slider. Dantanna’s full menu and expansive list of beers, wines and cocktails will also be available. Dantanna’s dining room and expansive, dog-friendly patio will be open for dining on the Fourth of July from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 404.760.8873. Dantanna’s is located at the Shops Around Lenox, 3400 Around Lenox Rd NE #304, Atlanta, GA 30326.

Sat., July 2, 11am-Midnight – The Roof’s Annual Fourth of July Party

The Roof will be hosting their annual Fourth of July party, sponsored by Beam Suntory, from 11am-midnight on Saturday, July 2. There will be an array of entertainment, starting with a balloon artist and a magician from 11am-4pm, followed by music from DJ OP Diggy at 8pm and a spectacular private firework show at 9:30pm. Classic carnival style bites and a special cocktail menu, will also be available for purchase. Tickets include unlimited access to The Roof, boardwalk games and rides. The Roof will be 21+ after 5pm. All food and beverage will be sold separately. Tickets (available here) for 11pm-4pm will be $22 for ages 12 and under and $30 for adults. Tickets for 5pm and on will be $45 and 21+.

Jupiter Cafe: Pickup July 1-3, noon-6pm – Fourth of July Feasts To-Go

To celebrate Fourth of July weekend, Juniper Cafe will offer feasts to-go that feed 4-6 people for $90. Pre-orders can be placed on the restaurant’s website here, and meals will be available for pickup Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Fourth of July weekend (July 1-3) between noon and 6pm. The menu includes:

  • Eight-piece Bucket of Vietnamese Hot Fried Chicken

  • Caramelized Pork Banh Mi (4)

  • Jicama & Mint Slaw (1 quart)

  • Build-your-own Strawberry Shortcake

  • Homemade Juniper Cafe Natural Sodas (4)

Mon., July 4 – Celebrate the Fourth of July at H+H!

The community bar and restaurant welcomes those in town to gather and celebrate over drink specials, like a $5 LiberTea cocktail with bourbon, black tea, lemonade, basil & honey and $2 Budweiser American flag cans.

Carson Kitchen is open regular hours over the Fourth of July weekend. This Alpharetta staple features reimagined comfort food with a fine-dining twist to connect with family and friends. Main menu favorites include crispy chicken skins, bacon jam, cocoa-espresso New York strip and glazed donut bread pudding while weekend brunch highlights include the chicken and mac and cheese waffle with spiced Mornay sauce and garbage hash with short rib, pork belly, red wine demi and sunny egg.  Reservations can be made via Resy.

The Halcyon location of HOBNOB Neighborhood Tavern gets the festivities going with a Fourth of July party from 3-10 p.m., featuring live bands, a patio bar with lots of beers and whiskeys and a cornhole area. This event is rain or shine. RSVP online for free entry. All other HOBNOB locations—Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Atlantic Station— will be open regular hours on July 4.

Johnny’s Hideaway, Atlanta’s nightclub for big kids, is open late on Sunday, July 3. The iconic Atlanta nightclub will host trivia on Monday, July 4 starting at 7:30 p.m.

Marlow’s Tavern features its Red, White and Blue burger topped with bleu cheese, caramelized onions and red peppers on a toasted sesame bun and served with Freedom fries. The special burger is only available on Monday, July 4. Marlow’s Tavern Insiders can receive a complimentary Red, White and Blue burger with the purchase of an additional entrée when they dine-in or pick-up at their favorite tavern on Independence Day.

For steak lovers, Milton’s Cuisine & Cocktails is featuring half-priced filets on July 4.

Sankranti will be open with regular hours over the Fourth of July weekend. The welcoming, fast casual restaurant offers the varied flavors of India with exciting menu items such as exotic mango chicken, dal panchratna (a tantalizing concoction of lentils, chilis and spices), paratha (Indian flatbread) and homemade mango lassis and signature rose milk. The restaurant also offers convenient online ordering for pickup.

Taco Mac is the perfect spot for celebrating over the Fourth of July weekend. The beloved sports bar offers an exceptional selection of beers on tap and award-winning chicken wings and has a television at every angle for watching weekend baseball games and Wimbledon. Pickup is available to order online.

Jim N’ Nicks 

Jim ‘N Nick’s will be open for dine-in, take out and curbside pickup on the holiday. Additionally, families can beat the heat and avoid standing by the grill by taking advantage of the restaurant’s convenient catering options.
 
Jim ‘N Nick’s offers a protein option with plenty of sides to choose from. It’s the perfect place to help families celebrate the 4th of July. Check out the link above for your location!

ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY ANNOUNCES REVS & RIFFS NASCAR WEEKEND MUSIC FESTIVAL

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/22/22

JULY 8-10, 2022
 
New Weekend-Long Festival Features Flo Rida, Candlebox, Blackberry Smoke, and More in Conjunction with the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart
 
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Summer NASCAR Weekend to Include NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series Races

 

Fans craving for some entertainment to compliment the thunder of a NASCAR engine will be in luck this summer as Atlanta Motor Speedway announces the inaugural Revs & Riffs NASCAR Weekend Music Festival, July 8 – 10. The weekend-long music festival will run in conjunction with the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart NASCAR weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, featuring performances across a variety of musical genres paired with the on-track action designed to fuel fan’s need for speed. The first-time festival will feature GRAMMY-nominated rapper Flo Rida, alternative music stalwarts Candlebox, Atlanta-based rock act Blackberry Smoke, and more.
Flo Rida, known for chart-topping hits like “My House,” “Whistle,” and “Low,” will be Revs & Riffs NASCAR Weekend Music Festival headliner, performing the pre-race concert on Sunday, July 10. Fans with pre-race pit passes will get stage-front access to Flo Rida’s concert and driver introductions before the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart. In addition, multi-Platinum rockers Candlebox, known for chart-topping hits like “Far Behind” and “You,” will perform a pre-race concert on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s front stretch on Saturday, July 9, ahead of the Alsco Uniforms 250 NASCAR Xfinity Series race. All grandstand ticketholders will have pre-race stage access for the concert and Xfinity Series driver introductions on a first-come, first-served basis. Finally, after the race in the Peach Pit on Saturday, July 9, hometown favorites Blackberry Smoke will keep things rocking in the free world. Additionally, a collection of genre-fluid musical acts will support the performances throughout the three-day festival.
“With all kinds of music to enjoy from rock to country off the track and two thrilling races on it, there’s never been a better time to experience NASCAR in Atlanta,” said AMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison.
The massive music festival will complement the slate of on-track action during Atlanta Motor Speedway’s summer NASCAR weekend. First, the rising stars of the NASCAR Xfinity Series hit the high banks on Saturday, July 9, for the Alsco Uniforms 250. Then on Sunday, July 10, NASCAR Cup Series stars like Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, and Kevin Harvick race for glory in the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart.
To get more information on Revs & Riffs NASCAR Weekend Music Festival or purchase tickets and camping accommodations to the Quaker State 400 Presented by Walmart NASCAR weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway July 8-10, visit AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com or call 877-9-AMS-TIX. Stay connected on Twitter at @AMSupdates, Instagram at @AtlantaMotorSpeedway, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ATLMotorSpeedway.

Candler Park Music Festival 2022

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/9/22

The faint sound of music in the distance moves through the air and beats in harmony with the swaying trees. You’re mesmerized. Laughter can be heard as you near the gates as throngs of people weave in-and-out of the lines to get in to see where the sound is coming. On either side of you, artists have lined up with their clothing, artwork, wares, and even vinyl to woo you into buying before the show. That’s when you come into an open clearing where you finally come face-to-face with the sound, It’s Candler Park Music Festival.

As you bob through the crowd, children play on small blankets, while there’s an older gentleman nodding his head, and to his left a beautiful woman sways to-and-fro as the beats move her. The lights from the stage create strange patterns on the ground, a dance of blue, red, and green. In the VIP area, the audience crowds the sky deck to get a view of all the fun below or sit at round, white tables in the shade. But the photo pit is the sweet spot. Sandwiched between the artist and the fan, you see the electricity, the love, the desire for both to walk away with smiles on their faces after a good show. There’s nothing like it!

Candler Music Festival has been around a while, so the ease of getting in and enjoyment is high here. While we were there, we saw two great acts, Yonder Mountain String Band and the electric Grace Potter. These acts couldn’t be more different. Yonder Mountain String Band is a country and bluegrass band that remained mostly acoustic with fiddles, bass, acoustic guitars, banjos, that harmonize so well together. They take turns singing and each member brings their own style and flair to the band.

Then there is Grace Potter. Someone we’ve never seen but heard of in the past, and we were blown away by her energy, her pizzazz for her music, and electricity around her. You could tell she loved it all! One part rock, other pop with some country mixed in, this singer songwriter has a little bit for everyone. She plays the piano, the guitar, and even if you don’t think you’ll enjoy her music or her genre, the show itself is worth the ticket. It’s high energy, fun, and keeps you dancing the entire night. We’d love to see her again just to see what she does next.

Whether you’re into rock, country, jam, Candler Park Music Festival has it all. Browse the artist market, check out the food and drink vendors, buy some vinyl or a t-shirt, hang out on the lawn, try a Scofflaw, or if you’re VIP make sure to take a trip up to the Skydeck! See you next year!

GERMAN BIERFEST 2022

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/8/22

German Bierfest is BACK for its 19th year!

Link to tickets here.

Join us on Saturday, August 20th for the next edition of German Bierfest at Historic Fourth Ward Skatepark in the City of Atlanta. From 1:00pm – 6:00pm enjoy complimentary German Bier and Wine tastings (over 50 varieties), authentic music performances, and fun bier themed activations.

Atlanta area German restaurants and food vendors will serve up authentic cuisine such as bratwurst, döners, pretzels, sauerkraut, schnitzel, and more!

GA Tickets Include:

  • Souvenir German Bier Fest Tasting Glass

  • Complimentary German Bier and Wine Sampling (50+ varieties)

  • DJ and Music

  • Food Available for Purchase

VIP Ticket Packages available with MORE perks included!

  • 1 hour early admission (12:00pm)
  • Souvenir German Bier Fest Tasting Glass
  • Additional Limited Edition Souvenir Glass
  • Private Restrooms
  • Complimentary Catering
  • German Bierfest Souvenir Shirt
  • Specialty Access Biers
  • German Bier Tasting Sessions
  • Complimentary German Bier and Wine Tastings (50+ varieties)
  • DJ and Music

Tickets are $54 for GA and $110 for VIP.

WILDWOOD REVIVAL 2022

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/8/22

September 30 – October 2 at Cloverleaf Farm

The countdown to Wildwood Revival 2022 is on!  Wildwood’s unique combination of an idyllic southern countryside, amazing new music, local food vendors and artists, and a VIP-like experience for attendees make it one of the most unique music events of the year. 
 
Wildwood Revival 2022 is September 30 – October 2 at Cloverleaf Farm, about 12 miles southeast of Athens. This year’s lineup celebrates Athens’ storied music scene and includes:
 
Black Pumas
Jenny Lewis
The Wood Brothers
John Moreland
Suzanne Santo
Elizabeth Cook
The Heavy Heavy
Bones of J.R. Jones
Early James
Packway Handle Band
Zach Person
Leon III
J.P. Harris
 
 
“The 2022 lineup reflects our passion for live music and discovering new music,” said Libby Rose, Wildwood Festival co-founder. “From Americana to Rock n’ Roll, Soul to Bluegrass, Roots music to alternative Country, this slate of artists represents the diversity of the music scene in Athens and across Georgia.”
 
“At Wildwood, everything is about the experience!” Rose added. “From the stage nestled in a 100-year-old pecan grove to morning yoga and late night jam sessions around a campfire, Wildwood is for people who want to get out of the hustle and bustle of the city, connect with old friends and make new ones, and enjoy amazing music and artists. It’s a revival of the soul.”
 
Wildwood Revival also features food from local farmers and local vendors and an artisan market with vintage clothing, antiques, handmade crafts, printmakers and more. Sponsors reflect a select group that, like Wildwood Revival, seeks to deliver a top-quality experience, including YETI, Creature Comforts Brewing Company, Wild Basin Hard Seltzer, Four Roses Bourbon, Cathead Vodka, and In Blue Handmade.
 
 
“People who come to Wildwood experience all this plus amazing music and camaraderie,” said 
Rose. “We limit the number of tickets. Our goal is to do all we can to ensure every guest at Wildwood Revival feels like they are getting VIP treatment.”

IMAGINE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES AN OTHER WORLDLY PHASE 1 LINEUP

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/8/22

THE REIMAGINED EVENT AT KINGSTON DOWNS, SEPTEMBER 15 – 18
 
Excision, GRiZ, and Kaskade to Headline, Stage Takeovers by Mau5trap, Wakaan, and Ophelia, Aqua Day Club Pool Parties, and More Top Massive Lineup
 
Tickets On Sale Now!

 

Following the announcement of a new venue in Kingston Downs, a new theme with ‘A New World’, and a new venture in the release of Chapter 01 of its graphic novel, “Tears of a Fallen Star,“… the next chapter of Imagine Music Festival will see something that has become quite familiar throughout its history- a massive lineup. Taking place September 16 – 18, 2022, a quick glance at the festival line card shows a veritable who’s who in the electronic dance music world, including world-class headliners, stage takeovers, b2b sets, a set of day club pool parties, and more.
2022 will begin on Thursday, September 15th, with the Ophelia Records Pre-Party featuring Seven Lions; Mitis; Dimibo; Gem & Tauri, and Ironheart. The phase 01 lineup includes Excision; GRiZ; Kaskade; AIR2EARTH (sunset slot); Ganja White Night; Gorgon City; Liquid Stranger; Madeon (live); San Holo; Subtronics; Andy C; Atliens; Blunts & Blondes; Boogie T B2B Dirt Monkey; Borgore B2B Riot Ten; Dabin; Dion Timmer; Ghostrydr (Ghastly B2B Joyryde); John Summit; Kasbo; Lee Foss; Peekaboo; Shiba San; Snakehips; Virtual Riot B2B Barely Alive; Abelation; Attlas; Autograf; Bexxie; Black Carl! B2B Saka; Blackgummy; Black Sun Empire; Black V Neck; Bonnie x Clyde; Brondo B2B Lick; Champagne Drip B2B Luzcid; Devault; Drinkurwater; Durante; Eddie; Esseks; Evalution; Fransis Derrelle; Freaky; Grabbitz; G-Rex; Gettoblaster B2B Franklyn Watts; Honeyluv; Hugel; Jantsen; Jerro; Kaivon; Kyle Walker; Leah Culver; Level Up; Lizzy Jane; Lupa; Marsh; Morgin Madison; Niko the Kid; No Mana; Planet of the Drums; Qrion; Reaper B2B Kumarion; Rohaan; Sam Wolfe; Shlump; SNBRN; Sully; Tape B; Tsimba; Tsu Nami; Yheti; Zubah; Diskull; Domii; Finderz Keeperz; Justtjokay; Murkury; Otica; PLSMA; SLZRD; Azzela; Bvnished; Bloodcrest; Chozen; Deadman; Devious; Elah; Exit 9; Foreign Suspects; Frisbae; Juju Beats; Kirby Bright; Kymera; MJ Lee; Midnite Panda; Mike’s Revenge; Ouza; Ployd; Reliquary; Rudashi; Svble; Sacred Cream; Scales; Skyehye; VLCN; Vitillaz; Viv Castle; MC Word; Yuki-San, and Zeplinn.
Imagine will also feature a performance by special guest, ZHU, and stage takeovers by record labels Mau5trap, Wakaan, and Ophelia. Also returning in 2022 is the signature Imagine Festival Aqua Day Club Pool Parties, where Kaskade will heat up the decks for fans as part of his second set of the festival, and Adventure Club will be featured at the other party. More artists will be announced in the coming months.
The aquatic-themed festival will be set in an organic oasis, featuring three days of the world’s best DJs, artists, and performances on master-crafted stages- filled with rich ocean art, decor, and all brought to life with the energy the fans the world over. Poised to dive into ‘A New World’ at Kingston Downs, Imagine will provide fans with enhanced infrastructure, including paved roads, an expanded footprint, and topography with proper drainage than previous sites. Fans can also expect workshops, yoga and meditation classes, health and wellness classes, food from over one hundred vendors, including vegan and local options, cirque, and more.
3-day General Admission passes are available starting at $249, with no fees for a limited time and only $20 down. All 3-day festival passes now include GA Tent-Only camping access and early Thursday arrival. VIP passes with express entry into the festival, main stage VIP club, Mermaid Lounge, VIP pool access, exclusive viewing areas, VIP bars and lounges, and private air-conditioned VIP trailer restrooms start at $449 for a 3-day pass, with no fees for a limited time and only $40 down. Every vehicle requires a car camping or day parking pass. Tickets are available online at www.imaginefestival.com. Imagine Music Festival is an 18 and over event.

Imagine Music Festival is produced by Iris Presents. Visit www.imaginefestival.com for the most up-to-date information. Fans can stay connected on Instagram www.instagram.com/imaginemusicfestival, Twitter www.twitter.com/imaginemusicfes, and Facebook www.facebook.com/imaginemusicfestival.

Brassica, in the Waldorf Astoria Buckhead

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/5/22

Marble and brass extend out from the warm wood bar, dotted with happy hour patrons enjoying fancy drinks and small bites. To the side the dining room is packed with warm leather booths juxtaposed to the orange and blue ornate plates and the slats in the wall that peer into the hall next to the restaurant. On the back end, the décor changes to a modern black with white tables and dark napkins. This beautiful spot is Brassica, the opulent French-Inspired Southern fare restaurant nestled in the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Buckhead. They put just the right spin on traditional French and southern dishes, while offering upscale cocktails and an extensive wine list.

Brassica does everything well, including their cocktail and wine offerings. For the cocktails we tried the fancy James Bond inspired Vesper. Shaken not stirred, botanical gin, vodka, and the right amount of lemon make for a boozy, strong, floral, smooth cocktail where the flavor profile changes as you drink. If boozy isn’t want you’re looking for, go for the Roman Punch, it’s like drinking tea on the porch! Lemony, tangy, and sweet, it’s smooth as you can get. That might be dangerous. Plus, they have a great wine list that pairs with the great French-inspired southern menu. We tried the Licia Albarino from Spain and a Cabernet that were both delicious and went so well with the dishes we got, the Trout, and the Roasted Rack of Venison.

For starters, you can never go wrong with a solid Beef Carpaccio, tender and savory with tangy olives, earthy capers, and the sharpness of the cheese and tangy onion. A great bite when you roll it all up into one. We paired that with something we don’t see every day on menus, frog legs! The Sauteed Frog Legs are deconstructed and taken off the bone, and surround a crunchy, buttery toast with roasted garlic on top. Then underneath a fantastic creamy, earthy parsley cream adds the right amount of balance to the tender frog, buttery, crunchy toast, and sharpness of the garlic. This mix and match dish is a keeper.

Of the sides, we are in love with the Butternut Squash Jambalaya. This one is an experience all on its own, served in a smoked dome and the smoke released at the table. The smokiness is prevalent in the dish and pairs with the lightly spicy Cajun spices and creamy rice then contrasts the hearty and earthy butternut squash. Beyond that we had to opt for the Mac N Cheese that is served in a pot. It is creamy brie and tender macaroni all topped with a layer of sharp cheese.

The chef surprised us with a pair of Little Gem salads that is one part crunchy with pecans and apples and one part earthy of the greens. The best part is the buttery, tangy brown butter vinaigrette. It goes so well with the overall flavor profile of the salad. This is so good you may want to lick the plate. Another fun surprise we can talk about here is the cornbread that comes before the meal. It’s thick, dense, sweet, and savory bread that’s topped with a beautiful, warm brown butter sauce that give off hints of caramel. It’s some of the best cornbread you can get in Atlanta. It almost is like a dessert!

We can’t stop thinking about this stunning Roasted Rack of Venison shared plate. Have you seen venison presented so perfectly (see article cover)? It is tender and savory with a balanced amount of seasoning. On top boozy, sweet, and tart marinated cherries marry with the meat for an explosion of flavor, then underneath creamy and smooth mashed potatoes and savory, earthy Brussels pair with a savory, meaty sauce that just knocks the flavors out of the park. This is the best Venison we’ve EVER had! Go try it! The other main that we got is the Pecan Rainbow Trout. It is tender and flaky fish with a light crunch of the fish skin on the top. The pecans dotted on top roll into the creamy corn and sauce below for a warm, crunchy, overall great bite that is popping with flavor. This is a light dish that goes so well with the heftiness of the Venison.

To finish out our meal, we had to try the Oven Roasted Georgia Apple. It’s a whole cooked apple, skin on, that’s stuffed with sweet apricots, topped with a sweet, caramel sauce, spicy cinnamon, and paired with a cool dollop of ice cream. The uniqueness of the crunchy apple skin, sweetness of the apricots and creaminess of the sauce and ice cream make for the perfect pair.

This was epic.

THE CANDLER HOTEL, ATLANTA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/1/22

The opulent, white marble ascends into the Atlanta skyline and stands in juxtaposition from the beautiful blue of the daytime sky. There’s a quintessential permanent red carpet with the nicest doorman that opens the heavy, brass doors into the striking lobby. Straight ahead is a bank of brass, original elevators that have a sign above them that says, “next car.” You can lounge on the circular sofa and watch the people come and go from the elevators or stare in awe at the large, sweeping marble staircase where you’re greeted with a marble lion and paired with one of the most beautiful chandeliers in all of Atlanta. Welcome to the beautiful, Candler Hotel.

On the other hand, where you go to check in is modern and warm with blues, purples, and huge, round lights that protrude from the ceiling. It almost has an art deco feel to it. Then, nestled on the end of the lobby in the corner, is their amazing in-house restaurant by George. From the mind of Hugh Acheson, it’s a spot to relax for a drink at the large bar or to grab some dinner or brunch in the stunning dining room with juxtaposing wood, white, tables, and soft textured seating in green and a variety of colors that add warmth to the cool marble pillars.

Heading up the elevator, we stayed in a King room on the 14th floor. Upon entering the room, to the left was a posh seating area with a black leather chair and gorgeous green velvet couch. On the other side of the room a large window with floral curtains, let’s in light from the large, sweeping window with some stunning Atlanta Skyline views. And let’s not forget the lush, King bed that’s just as beautiful as it is comfortable and adorned with the Candler Hotel logo. Rounding the corner is a sprawling bathroom that’s almost all marble and right above the toilet is a picture of the Candler Hotel when it was the Coca-Cola building.

Beyond the beauty of the hotel is the history! It was built by Asa Griggs Candler in 1906 and became the Coca-Cola headquarters soon after. So, beginning as a historic building for one of the biggest brands in the world, for years it was offices for Coca-Cola and morphed into offices for many others. This is where my story comes in. I worked for an advertising company called Galaxy Advertising from 2000-2002. It was located in this very building, The Candler Building. For years, I rode up and down the elevators that look the exact same, and I love they left the old building registry. The company went out of business, so it isn’t on the current registry, but having so much history with the building, being there for 2 years and getting my feet wet in advertising makes this building extra special for me. Plus, to see it transformed it to such a beautiful hotel makes my heart happy.

Something that floored me about The Chandler Hotel was the impeccable service. If you want to be waited on hand and foot and treated like royalty, this is where you go. The doorman is always friendly and anticipate getting your car from the valet without even asking. The concierge is the nicest person, he gets you whatever you need to make your stay as wonderful as possible. The front desk crew are overly accommodating and helpful at every turn. We can’t say enough about the treatment at this amazing hotel.

Last but certainly not least, when you come to the Candler Hotel make sure to make a reservation for dinner at by George. As we mentioned, it is a beautiful restaurant, but what we’d like to rave about is the food! We got the Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop and the Lamb Chops. First, the pork chop is thick cut, tender, and bone-in with a sweet peach barbecue glaze with a bed of bright and earthy Brussels sprouts. Then, they have a to-die-for lamb chop that’s fall off the bone tender, with a tangy and tempting horseradish infused mashed potatoes and tender asparagus. Either way, you’re in for a treat.

We also had bread service with some amazing, cheesy, grilled cornbread. The chef surprised us with a complimentary charcuterie board with meats and cheeses. To accompany the food we got a fantastic cocktail, the Inside Kick. It’s floral up front with a boozy, cardamom kick on the end. The cognac and cardamom are great compliments. They also have a great wine selection, and we tried the Pinot Grigio. To end the meal, we enjoyed a pair of cakes, chocolate and red velvet (off-menu)! Tasty red velvet with juxtaposing layers of cream cheese icing and chocolate cake. Then, chocolate cake with a chocolate glaze, creamy, cool ice cream and a lot of glorious ganache.

If you stay for brunch, by George also has some great options to get your day starting off right. They have staples like Chicken and Waffles that were savory and crispy diced chicken up front and sweet and buttery waffle on the end. A great flavor combo with the salt and savory of bacon, as well as the silky smooth maple syrup! Then some new favorites, like the Eggs in a Nest. It’s savory eggs your way with an earthy, crunchy, buttery vegetable hash and tasty vegan sausage. We got our eggs over medium! A good option for vegetarians/vegans.

Whether you are looking for a Staycation to explore your city within steps of popular attractions like The Aquarium, The World of Coca-Cola (fitting right?), Centennial Olympic Park, and more. Or if you’re coming from out of town to explore Atlanta, this is the spot to stay. It’s perfect location to everything and even off property, you can find great food and drink options just down the street. Enjoy your stay.

WORLD OF COCA-COLA CELEBRATES SUMMER WITH NEW ENJOY! PATIO PARTY

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/28/22

First-Ever Patio Party Brings the Heat with Yard Games & Fresh Décor, Cools Guests
Down with Refreshing Summer Sips, After-Hours Event Extends the Fun

Nothing says summertime quite like Coca-Cola, and this year, World of Coca-Cola is inviting guests to celebrate at the all-new Enjoy! Patio Party. On weekdays from May 30 through July 1, the activation will bring ice-cold seasonal sips, yard games, festive décor and photo opps to World of Coca-Cola’s outdoor patio. On June 9, the attraction will turn up the heat with Enjoy! Sunset Party, an after-hours, adults-only event including a DJ, full bar with specialty cocktails, outdoor games and more. Finally, World of Coca-Cola will launch a fresh, interactive Pop Culture exhibit in June featuring the work of six female illustrators.

Party on the Patio
The Enjoy! Patio Party will evoke laid-back vibes and beloved pastimes with yard games like corn hole and ring toss that encourage a bit of friendly competition. Weather permitting, the activation will take place on the attraction’s outdoor patio area and is included as part of every general admission ticket weekdays May 30 through July 1. When it’s time to cool off from the heat, visitors can try crisp and refreshing beverages available at tasting stations, including new AHA ® sparkling water flavors and Minute Maid ® Aguas Frescas. Beachy photo opportunities invite guests to capture the moment.

Secure the Swag
To bring a piece of the experience home, guests can swing by the Coca-Cola Store to browse the colorful Enjoy! retail collection. Aimed at transporting guests to a beach boardwalk, the vibrant collection includes eye-catching graphic t-shirts, sweatshirts, bucket hats, stickers and more. Shop in person or online.

When the Sun Goes Down
On Thursday, June 9, World of Coca-Cola will host its second-ever, adults-only event from 7-10 p.m. Enjoy! Sunset Party will feature a DJ, dancing, games, photo opps, light bites and a full bar as well as specialty summer cocktails. Tickets cost $38 and include one drink ticket. Guests must be 21 years or older to attend.

Experience Real Magic
Later this summer, the Pop Culture Gallery will unveil a new, interactive exhibit featuring the work of six female illustrators and an augmented reality experience. Rooted in the insight that magic lives in unexpected moments of connection that elevate the everyday into the extraordinary, the exhibit will capture the spirit of Real Magic, Coca-Cola’s new global brand platform.

Learn more about World of Coca-Cola’s summer celebration and purchase tickets online.