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LOST ART MUSIC FESTIVAL 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 6/7/21

Metro Atlanta’s First Music Festival of 2021 Kicks Off This Weekend

Lost Art Music Festival on June 11-12 at Foxhall Resort in Douglasville

Nationally-touring artists include St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Shovels & Rope,
 The War And Treaty, Ben Nichols of Lucero, Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Pink Stones, The Sundogs

Music festivals are back for Atlanta with Lost Art Music Festival Presented by Cathead Distillery on June 11-12, 2021. As we emerge from the pandemic, the area’s first music festival of 2021 with nationally-touring artists takes place at the spacious Foxhall Resort in Douglasville, just 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta.

Lost Art celebrates the Americana fan community through high energy performances and immersive experiences in a spacious, outdoor setting.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Shovels & Rope, The War And Treaty, Ben Nichols of Lucero, and The Pink Stones round out the eclectic and diverse lineup of Americana acts, which blend elements of Southern soul, folk, alt-country, cosmic country, and more.

Aaron Lee Tasjan performs a Friday night kickoff show on June 11. Late night Saturday, The Sundogs Present The Tom Petty Show. Tasjan and The Sundogs shows are available as separate, standalone tickets.

Inner Circle Experiences, which connect artist and fans through shared, handpicked outings include a BBQ cookout and bocce ball/horseshoes tournament with St. Paul and The Broken Bones, ATV tour and short performance with The War and Treaty, and more. More info on the Lost Art website.

“Music festivals are back for Atlanta! It’s been almost two years for fans, and people can’t wait to enjoy great music outdoors in Georgia again,” said Lost Art Music Festival Founder Jim Ethridge.  

“Seeing this bright light at the end of the tunnel is an incredible feeling, and Lost Art is so happy to provide an opportunity for fans to experience music again.”

Tickets are on sale now. General admission tickets are priced at $69.25 (tax included), and VIP tickets are sold out. Both Aaron Lee Tasjan and The Sundogs shows are available as separate, standalone tickets.

Tickets are available at www.LostArtMusicFest.com.

SONIC REBEL’S DEBUT EP, WE MADE THIS WITH OUR HANDS, SET FOR JUNE 17 RELEASE

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/6/21

New Single And Video, “This Vibe,” Out Today
June 24 EP Release Show At Smith’s Olde Bar In Atlanta Announced
Hailed As “Electrifying” By The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 
Sonic Rebel’s Founder Tammy Hurt Collaborates With Grouplove’s Dan Gleason & Ben Homola, TJ Elias And Kevin Spencer On EP
View Video, Created By Greg Ellis (Pretty Lights), HERE

Download / Stream “This Vibe” HERE

 We Made This With Our Hands, the debut EP from Atlanta-based Sonic Rebel, will be released on June 17. The five-song collection calls to mind the genre-fluid discography and live sets that acts like Girl Talk, Beastie Boys, Fatboy Slim and Travis Barker have churned out coupled with the drum ‘n bass rabbit hole Sonic Rebel founder Tammy Hurt fell into for a spell. The sequence on We Made This With Our Hands provides the out, loud and proud, self-proclaimed “kick ass rock and roll drummer” the latitude to churn out a kaleidoscopic medley of sonic treats, aided by Grouplove’s Dan Gleason and Ben Homola, engineer TJ Elias and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Spencer. See below for track listing.
Today, Sonic Rebel shared “This Vibe,” the hypnotic new single from We Made This With Our HandsMr. Romanowski’s Dolby Atmos® mix of “This Vibe” will be released tomorrow, May 7 – so grab your headphones. Greg Ellis (aka theLazerShark), who is known for his remarkable lighting production on global tours for Pretty Lights and Steve Aoki, created the official video for “This Vibe” in 4K, which debuted today. View HERE.
Sonic Rebel’s debut live performance will be at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta on Thursday, June 24. The EP release event, which kicks off at 9:00 PM, will also feature a DJ set from special guest Chozen. Tickets are available HERE.
In this feature article, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, hailed Sonic Rebel as “electrifying…[a] fusion of organic instrumentation and electronic razzle-dazzle.” Simply put, Sonic Rebel combines Hurt performing and layering aggressive rock drums over loud guitars, video game soundtracks, hip-hop beats, melodic pop, ambient/electronica orchestrations, and mesmerizing visuals. Beat keeping the bulk of her career for acts such as Paper Dolls, Indigo Girls, She Said!, Van Hunt, Michelle Malone, Wendy Bucklew and Minority Rules, Sonic Rebel is Hurt’s ambitious alter ego that’s evolved from being a traditional “sideman” acoustic drummer to a tenacious hybrid focal point armed with custom tracks perfect for remixes, mashups and licensing.
“I believe most music sounds better with live drums,” says Tammy Hurt, a native of Marietta, GA. “I wanted to give the music I love so much a little more grit and distortion. I can’t wait to start performing these mashups and taking them on the road in front of a live audience.
We Made This With Our Hands was recorded at Big Trouble Recording in Atlanta’s Little Five Points, where it was mixed by GRAMMY® Award-winning mixer Miles Walker. It was mastered by GRAMMY nominee Michael Romanowski at his San Francisco studio. As president of the Georgia Music Accord, Hurt was instrumental in developing the partnership with the GRAMMY Museum Foundation that will bring a GRAMMY Museum to Atlanta. She was featured on Billboard’s 2020 Pride list of industry-shaping LGBTQ executives. Hurt lays out her vision for Sonic Rebel in this mini-documentary.
Track Listing – We Made This With Our Hands
  1. Run
  2. Reign
  3. This Vibe
  4. Air Raid
  5. Big Riff

THE COLLECTIVE FOOD HALL SPRING HAPPENINGS 2021

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 5/2/21

Spring Events, and Spring Fling Live Music Fridays

During the normal operating hours throughout the week, The Collective Food Hall runs a chef-driven dining oasis powered by some of ATL’s most popular chefs and food brands. Chef Hector of El Super Pan fame has his El Burro Pollo concept in full swing serving burritos, ceviches, and other goodies alongside a fully stocked bar. Aviva by Kameel, ATL’s most highly rated restaurant, is headed by Chef Kameel and his son Nas as they continue to dish out the same signature unbeatable Mediterranean cuisine they are so well known for. Poke Burri, the most award-winning poke brand ever, is offering their standard menu coupled with location-exclusive secret menu items that have given them a social media cult following. Wildleaf Salads is steady slinging salad goodness that is giving the neighborhood a much-needed source of green goodness. Additionally, By Weight and Measure (a new cocktail bar concept by the good folks behind Joystick Bar and Georgia Beer Garden) and Smo’Que Burger (another new concept, offering a mixture of southern-inspired BBQ and classic hamburger dishes) will be opening soon as well.
Past that culinary roster, The Collective Food Hall is proud to announce a brand new lineup of programming and happenings! Our events page on thecollectivefoodhall.com site lists a slew of streaming for sports, entertainment, and more on the 50 foot wide BIG SCREEN media wall we have in the plaza area of the space. Some of the upcoming highlights include watch parties for Atlanta United and The Kentucky Derby!
The most exciting programing “hitting our stage” though, is our preeminent Spring Fling Live Music Fridays starting this week on 4/30 with concerts running throughout the month of May until 5/28. Ante/Meridien Records has partnered with The Collective Food Hall to curate a stunning queue of talented musicians to perform each Friday night in the heart of our venue for the next several weeks. Amelia, one of ATL’s most exciting new singers, is the “headliner” and will be performing a full set of signature songs, covers, and medleys on 5/7. A list of all the artists can also be found below, including their social channels and links to their music. Each concert will start at 6:00pm and then run again featuring another artist at 7:15pm. The beauty of those performance times is that the golden hour from the sunset is happening around then creating a gorgeous, warm glow throughout the plaza and inside the food hall space. And of course, all of our vendors will be available with tasty food and yummy drinks to enjoy before, during, and after the performances!
Oh, yeah- bright, colorful, spring-time-themed floral fixtures have been added throughout the entire space to help create a secret garden escape in the heart of midtown! Orchids, wisteria, eucalyptus, and more now cover every nook and cranny offering tons of “Instagram-able” backdrops for your digital documenting delights.
Artist Spotify/ YouTube links:

WILDWOOD REVIVAL PRESENTS ‘INTO THE WILDWOOD’ SUMMER CONCERT SERIES, IN ATHENS, GEORGIA

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/17/21

The Socially Distanced Series Kicks Off With Old Crow Medicine Show, May 28, 2021 at Cloverleaf Farm
General Admission, Premium, and VIP Tickets Options on Sale Now
After a tumultuous year, the team behind Wildwood Revival is bringing a new concept to help remind fans of the curated gathering that has been converging upon Cloverleaf Farm for the past six years. Into the Wildwood Summer Concert Series is a safe and socially distanced live music experience that will be taking place beginning May 28th, with Old Crow Medicine Show. Focused on friends and family enjoying live music at a quality and in a community that fans have become accustomed to at a Wildwood Revival event, each concert will feature a popular artist in Country, Rock, or Alternative music. As an added bit of news, dates for Wildwood Revival 2021 have also been revealed and will be beckoning fans to get out of the city October 8 – 10.
Following State of Georgia and CDC guidance on outdoor gatherings, Into the Wildwood will be diligently working to ensure
 the safety of fans, artists, and staff. The event will be following full health and safety protocols in accordance with local standards. Fans will be able to enjoy the evening within their private pod, which will be available for parties of two or four, with a designated space between each pod to provide further distance. Complete safety information can be found at www.WildwoodRevivial.com.
Into the Wildwood will also feature a Chef that fans can either purchase meals in advance or order onsite.  There will also be multiple beverage options, including cold craft beers from Creature Comforts Brewing Co, which fans can use to fill up stylish drinkware options from YETI.
All tickets for the May 28th date of Into the Wildwood Revival are on sale now, starting at $65 per person plus fees for pods of two and four. Premium tickets, including seating directly behind the first two rows of VIPs and are available starting at $85 per person plus fees. VIP Pods with designated seating in the first two rows of the concert space also include access to the VIP lounge, food and cocktail experiences, and private restrooms. Individual tickets are not available, and pods must be purchased as a whole.  For pod options and to purchase tickets, visit www.WildwoodRevival.com. Into the Wildwood Summer Concert Series is an all-ages event. Stay connected via Instagram and Twitter at @wildwoodrevival and Facebook at www.facebook.com/wildwoodrevival.

OUTDOOR SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT ARE A HOP SKIP AND A JUMP AWAY AT THE BATTERY ATLANTA

Posted by Liz and John, 4/8/21

Metro-Atlantans can expect to catch a glimpse of the long-awaited signs of spring at The Battery Atlanta this April! Patio dining at Superica, Garden & Gun Club and Terrapin Taproom gives foodies the chance to enjoy their favorite local spots al fresco. Visitors can lace up their athletic shoes and head out to the Plaza Green for outdoor exercise classes or opt for walk/run around the campus. Fan-favorite Braves Clubhouse Store and Baseballism are celebrating the return of America’s favorite pastime with new Atlanta Braves gear for the entire family! Just steps from Truist Park, the newly opened ASW Distillery is now offering public tasting tours and its extensive cocktail program to walk-up visitors.

An up-to-date list of restaurant and retailer happenings is available on the website. Details and hours of operation are subject to change. Visitors are asked to follow public safety guidelines while on property.

Outdoor Activities:
Wellness Series: Yoga by Kaiser Permanente

Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Start the week off stress-free with a limited capacity, outdoor yoga class presented by Kaiser Permanente on non-event days at the Plaza Green. Pre-registration and event participant waivers are available online. Participants are required to bring a mat and encouraged to bring water. A live stream on Facebook and past sessions on YouTube are also available to fitness fans virtually on event days.

Cornhole ATL Spring League
Tuesdays from 6:45-9 p.m.
A tailgate favorite is now a league of its own! Spectators are encouraged to watch the action and cheer on league participants as they play games leading up to the spring season’s final tournament. League winners will receive a championship trophy and other prizes.

The Battery Atlanta Walking Trail presented by UnitedHealthcare
A brisk walk can curb cravings, reduce stress and offer a healthy way to catch up with friends and family! Get out and get active on the 1.5-mile loop circling the campus.

Now Open:
ASW Distillery

The Battery Atlanta facility features a tasting room, a Vendome copper pot/column hybrid still for distilling gin and vodka, a small batch bottling operation, the most extensive cocktail program of ASW Distillery’s three Atlanta locations and a large private events space. ASW Distillery offers public tasting hours from noon to 9 p.m. every day of the week and noon to 10 p.m. on game days, as well as walk-up tour experiences.

Pristine Auto Spa & Valet
The eco-friendly company’s offerings include exterior and interior car detailing, mobile car wash, wax and clay bar service, carpet shampoo and more! Full-service hand car washes are available to visitors, travelers and residents seven days a week with extended hours on event days. Located on the ground level of the Green Deck.

Select Retail and Restaurant Promotions:
Motown Monday at Omni Hotel

Bar Manager Alberto Lares serves up delicious drinks at the Lobby Bar located on the third floor every Monday night; guests will also enjoy classic Motown tunes!

Kids Eat Free Tuesdays at Goldberg’s Fine Foods
Bring the kids for an after-school treat! Families can take advantage of a free kids’ menu item with the purchase of one adult entrée at the New York style deli and restaurant.

Wine Wednesday at BURN by Rocky Patel
Patrons can wine down with $5 off select glasses paired with a hand-rolled, premium cigar from world-class collections.

Champagne Thursdays at Cru Food & Wine Bar
Guests can treat themselves to 50% off a bottle of champagne and are invited to eat their fill of fresh artisan cuisine – a perfect date night starting at 3 p.m.!

Service Industry Night at TAPS at PH’EAST
Service industry employees can access drink specials every Sunday starting at 9 p.m.

Park Bench Events:
The popular dueling piano bar and live music venue has announced a line-up of live shows this month, in addition to its DJ party and Karaoke Wednesday at Park Bench programming. Visit parkbenchbattery.com/calendar for more information.

  • Clay Barker Band
    Saturday, April 10 at 10 p.m.
  • Ricky T. Cole
    Monday, April 12 at 10 p.m.
  • Dave Lawson Duo
    Tuesday, April 13 at 10 p.m.
  • Slippery When Wet
  • Friday, April 16 at 7:30 and 10 p.m.
  • 3-Player Rockin Dueling Piano Show
    Saturday, April 17 at 7 p.m.
  • Punchline Comedy with headliner Dale Jones
    Tuesday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Charlotte Pike
    Thursday, April 29 at 10 p.m.

Coca-Cola Roxy Events:
The Battery Atlanta’s iconic concert venue is back! This month, Coca-Cola Roxy brings country, blues and heavy metal artists to the stage. Review enhanced venue safety guidelines here.

  • New Country 101.5 Present: Chase Rice
    Friday, April 9 at 8 p.m.
  • iHeart’s 94.9 The Bull Presents Chase Rice
    Saturday, April 10 at 8 p.m.
  • Tab Benoit and Samantha Fish
    Sunday, April 11 at 7 p.m.
  • iHeart’s 94.9 The Bull Presents Hardy
    Friday, April 16 at 8 p.m.
  • iHeart’s 94.9 The Bull Presents Michael Ray & Ingrid Andress
    Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m.
  • Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors
    Saturday, April 24 at 8 p.m.
  • Steel Panther: Heavy Metal Rules Tour
    Friday, April 30 at 8 p.m.

IMAGINE MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL LINEUP FOR 2021 EVENT

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/24/21

Lineup to Feature: Excision, GRiZ, Illenium, Kaskade + 2nd Pool Party Set, Gryffin, Madeon, Fisher + Catch and Release Takeover, Liquid Stranger + Wakaan Takeover, Adventure Club B2B Riot Ten, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Champagne Drip B2B Luzcid, Ghastly B2B Joyryde, Kayzo B2B Subtronics, Peekaboo, Shpongle Droid (Simon Posford Live, featuring Android Jones), Subtronics (“Wooked on Tronics” Set), and over 40 more artists.
 
Seventh Annual Event to Take Place at Bouckaert Farm in Chattahoochee Hills, September 17 – 19, 2021
After a challenging 2020 that derailed festivals globally, the world is finally ready to dance again. Imagine Festival organizers are excited for the festival’s comeback September 17 – 19, 2021, and today are releasing the official 2021 lineup.  Tickets go on sale March 23rd at 1.00 pm EST. Earlier this year, the festival also revealed the big news that it would be moving locations to the breathtaking Bouckaert Farm in the City of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia. This new chapter for Imagine allows endless potential for a more immersive experience. Guests will now feel the embrace of Mother Nature while bathing in the forest and enjoying the magic of Imagine Festival.
Loaded with massive B2B sets and record label takeovers, the lineup for 2021 includes Excision; Illenium; Kaskade; Gryffin; Madeon; 3LAU; Adventure Club B2B Riot Ten; Black Tiger Sex Machine, Blunts & Blondes, Carnage B2B Borgore; CharlestheFirst; Clozee; Dabin; Dion Timmer; Ghost Rydr (Ghastly B2B Joyryde); Kasbo; Kayzo B2B Subtronics; Liquid Stranger; Peekaboo; Subtronics (“Wooked on Tronics” set); Shpongle Droid (Simon Posford Live, featuring Android Jones); Virtual Riot B2B Barely Alive. The Disco Inferno stage will feature Fisher with the Catch & Release Takeover and including Lee Foss; Malaa; Shiba San; Walker & Royce; John Summit; Noizu; Sidepiece; SNBRN; VNSSA; Dillon Nathaniel; Deeper Purpose; LP Giobbi; Subrinse, and Westend. The Wakaan Takeover will feature Liquid Stranger; Champagne Drip B2B Luzcid; Shlump; G-Rex; Esseks; Sully; Mize, and a Wakaan Family B2B set. Other artists joining the Imagine lineup: Abelation; Alber-K; Blackgummy; Brondo; Corrupt UK; Devault; Dieselboy; Eddie Gold; Joyce Muniz; Kaivon; Laser Assassins; Leah Culver; Lick, Mersiv; Moore Kismet; No Mana; Of the Trees, and Reaper. Local and regional support, along with much more detail of activities and surprises, will be released along our journey to the gates opening to Imagine. Stay tuned.
Also returning in 2021 is an even bigger Imagine Festival Daytime Pool Party where Kaskade will heat up the decks for fans as part of his second set of the festival.
“The diversity and special B2Bs make this one of the most exciting lineups to date. We are putting together an experience we hope will help relieve some of the pain we have felt over this past year- nature is now our ultimate special guest. I get chills thinking about the moments we will share again,” says Imagine Festival co-founder, Glenn Goodhand.
3-day General Admission passes are available starting at on $35 down. GA passes start at $269 and VIP passes with express entry into the festival, commemorative VIP wristband, exclusive viewing areas, VIP bars, and lounges, and private air-conditioned VIP trailer restrooms start at $399 for a 3-day pass, before fees. 2-pack bundles and camping options are also available. Payment plans are now available all tickets types. 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 for updates on Instagram at www.instagram.com/imaginemusicfestival, Twitter at www.twitter.com/imaginemusicfes, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/imaginemusicfestival.

JOE HERTLER & THE RAINBOW SEEKERS, ANNOUNCES APRIL 2021 TEN-SHOW RUN ACROSS TEXAS, TENNESSEE, GEORGIA, NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA & OHIO ALL OUTDOORS & SOCIALLY-DISTANT

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 3/22/21

Tickets on sale now.

Outdoors and socially distant, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers are safely hitting the road with Proxima Parada throughout April 2021, beginning on April 16th at The Rustic in Dallas, TX, followed by an April 17th show at The Rustic in Houston, TX. On April 18th, the band concludes their Texas shows at Empire Garage in Austin, TX.

Their southern run continues at Yeehaw Brewing Company in Nashville, TN on April 21st, before Park Tavern at Piedmont Park in AtlantaGA hosts the band on April 22nd. Then, on April 23rd, the Rainbow Seekers hit Lenny Boy Brewing in Charlotte, NC, followed by Pour House in Charleston, SC on April 24thGreenville, SC sees the band next at Quest Brewing on April 28th. The band will head back to North Carolina, with a stop in Asheville at Salvage Station on April 29th, and the tour will come to a close in Columbus, OH at Woodland’s Tavern on April 30th.

As COVID-19 drastically altered life as we knew it, frontman Joe Hertler recalls the night in February 2020 when the band had to cancel their tour, and immediately rented a van to head home, embracing uncertainty and change like never before. “Change, I believe, is an expression of nature’s joy – and over the next year, we bunkered down, did what we were instructed to do, and learned to live our lives without live music. Humanity adapted, as it always does. I dare to say a sense of normalcy even emerged from the chaos, as we learned the value of patience.”

With a renewed sense of optimism, Hertler continues, “The lengthening light of spring will soon crack through winter’s shell – and it seems, perhaps, that we’re on track to return to life as it was. Outdoor, socially-distant show opportunities have been approved in many communities – and we, Rainbow Seekers, will be emerging from our dens.”

The band invites you to join them as they aim to bring a rainbow after the storm unleashed by a deadly pandemic. Joe echoes, “I have a feeling that 2021 is going to be one of the most refreshingly memorable years that any of us have yet to live.”

See below for a list of dates & locations, and get tickets & more information here: joehertler.com

JOE HERTLER & THE RAINBOW SEEKERS WITH PROXIMA PARADA APRIL 2021 TOUR DATES 
APRIL 16th, 2021 – DALLAS, TX – THE RUSTIC
APRIL 17th, 2021 – HOUSTON, TX – THE RUSTIC
APRIL 18th, 2021 – AUSTIN, TX – EMPIRE GARAGE
APRIL 21st, 2021 – NASHVILLE, TN – YEEHAW BREWING COMPANY
APRIL 22nd, 2021 – ATLANTA, GA – PARK TAVERN AT PIEDMONT PARK
APRIL 23rd, 2021- CHARLOTTE, NC – LENNY BOY BREWING
APRIL 24th, 2021 – CHARLESTON, SC – POUR HOUSE
APRIL 28th, 2021 – GREENVILLE, SC – QUEST BREWING
APRIL 29th, 2021 – ASHEVILLE, NC – SALVAGE STATION
APRIL 30th, 2021 – COLUMBUS, OH – WOODLAND’S TAVERN
More Info on Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers:

Emerging from Lansing, MI, it was in 2011 that Joe Hertler (vocals, guitar) joined forces with Ryan Hoger (guitar) and the initial seeds were sown. In the following years, Micah Bracken (keyboard), Aaron Stinson (saxophone, flute, percussion), Jason Combs (bass) and Ryan McMahon (drums) came aboard and Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers was born. Their infectious, radiant joy effortlessly blends with their rapturous frequencies and exuberant tone to create an atmosphere unlike any other. With their electrifying, magnetic energy, the band has captivated audiences across the nation from Bonnaroo to Electric Forest to Summer Camp and beyond.

FEED THE CREW FOOD DRIVE TAKES PLACE FRIDAY 12/11

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 12/7/20

ELEKTRA GIVES BACK & ATLANTA’S CENTER STAGE HOST “FEED THE CREW!” FOOD DRIVE IN PARTNER WITH MUSICALLY FED
CONTACTLESS EVENT TO BENEFIT LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS AFFECTED BY COVID-19 TAKES PLACE ON DECEMBER 11
10AM-6PM EST AT CENTER STAGE
Elektra Gives Back and Atlanta’s Center Stage have teamed up with Musically Fed to host the “Feed The Crew!” holiday food drive on Friday December 11, 2020. The contactless, drive-through event benefits Atlanta music industry professionals affected by the COVID-19 Global Pandemic and touring shutdown. According to NIVA, the National Independent Venue Association, the Independent Venue and Promoter Industry is experiencing 95% revenue loss, while 95% of employees are furloughed and 90% of venues are at risk of bankruptcy. Elektra Gives Back recently launched as a philanthropic, employee-led resource group at Elektra Music Group, and “Feed The Crew!” will be its first, official charitable undertaking. Musically Fed is a 501(c)(3) Organization dedicated to mobilizing the music industry in the fight against hunger by donating unused backstage meals to community organizations that feed the homeless, hungry and food insecure. Since the pandemic, Musically Fed has shifted their focus to taking care of those in the music industry who are out of work without live events.  ENTERCOM has signed on as the radio partner for the charitable event.
Adhering to all COVID-19 guidelines, safety requirements, and social distancing protocols, “Feed The Crew!” is scheduled to run 10am-6pm on December 11 at Center Stage (1374 W Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309). During this time, volunteers will accept donations of non-perishable foods to be distributed among the local music and production community responsible for live gigs in the area. Those interested in donating may pull into the garage free of charge and leave their items with staff. For completely contactless drop off, industry volunteers can alternately pick up items from your trunk. A list of items suggested for donation can be found below. Donations are set to be distributed the following Friday by Musically Fed.
As organizer for “Feed The Crew!, Elektra Music Group Regional Director of Promotion Darrin Schnur said, “Music fans aren’t the only ones who miss live shows and concerts. Tens of thousands of support staff who bring these shows to life are missing them just as much, and they are in need of a lifeline right now. When COVID-19 put the touring business on pause, box office employees, stagehands, caterers, lighting and sound design artists, production staff, and security teams lost their chief source of income, struggling to keep food on the table. We couldn’t just sit by, so Elektra Gives Back joined forces with Musically Fed to help out our friends and family who make concerts happen. If you’re in Atlanta, we hope to see you on December 11. If not, please donate what you can. Hopefully, we’ll all be back in the crowd soon.”
 
Josh Antenucci from Center Stage adds, “2020 has been unimaginably hard on the workforce that makes live music happen. The pandemic response has prevented our workers the opportunity to work, earn and provide for themselves and their families. As the holidays approach, we are honored to partner with Elektra Gives Back and be able to work for our crews and help put food on the tables of those in most need.
Musically Fed Founder Maria Brunner concludes, “Musically Fed is excited to partner with Center Stage to help raise much needed food items for gig workers…the staff people who are the life blood of making concerts happen. They are usually the givers, helping so much in the Atlanta Community. Now it is time to help them.”
Online donations may be submitted to Musically Fed – a $10 donation provides 5 meals! Event information and details are enclosed below.
Be on the lookout for more announcements from Elektra Gives Back.

SUGGESTED DONATION ITEMS

  • Pasta and pasta sauce
  • Oatmeal
  • Canned fish/meat
  • Canned fruits/veggies
  • Soup
  • Rice
  • Peanut Butter
  • Dry beans
  • Nuts
  • Cereals
  • Quinoa
  • Chips
  • Bottled Juice
ELEKTRA GIVES BACK PRESENTS FEED THE CREW!” WITH CHARITY PARTNER MUSICALLY FED
Event Date: Friday, December 11th
Time: 10am – 6pm ET
Location: Center Stage (1374 West Peachtree Street. Atlanta, GA 30309)

BIG NIGHT OUT ATLANTA

Posted by Liz Attaway, 11/4/20

There is a buzz that lifts through the air as the lights dim on stage, you hear several voices raise in excitement, several clap with enthusiasm, while others stand quietly in anticipation. A small group shuffles through the dark to their instruments as the lights go up and blaze into a prism of blues, greens, and reds. The crowd cannot contain itself and erupts in applause, singing, and joy. The future of live music hangs in the balance on this weekend of performances, because if done right, this could be the norm until we “get back to normal.” And Big Night Out is the path forward. With acts like Moon Taxi, Big Boi and his friends, as well as Futurebirds, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, we can proudly announce that live music is back AND SAFE.

Everything was done to ensure the best concert experience, while keeping the attendees safe. Starting with the mask requirement for public spaces and to maintain a 6-foot distance was key. You can say that they’re required all day long, but without constant reinforcement, some people will have a few drinks and forget. We literally saw a group of people employed to tell people to put their masks back on in public spaces. Second key is the way they handle the crowd. With pods that separated the crowd into 2, 3, 4, and 6 into groups that were socially distanced 6 feet, this is how you keep people safe, yet can enjoy a great show. We wouldn’t be surprised if these “rage cages” caught on and started a trend. Yes, rage cage, write it down, it’s the future of enjoying music safely! Every time I heard this term, Smashing Pumpkins Bullet With Butterfly Wings lyrics pop into my head, “Despite all my rage, I’m still just a rat in a cage.” Insert rage in front of cage! Genius. But, back to pods themselves, this was a great experience in tandem with the mask requirements! We were VERY pleased with the whole experience. Good job, Big Night Out!

On Friday, we saw two fun bands perform, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and Moon Taxi. Here’s a little bit about them and some photos!

Reminiscent of semi-local greats like Here Come the Mummies, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong kicked-off Big Night Out Atlanta. From the funky beats, to 70s grooves, to big band tunes, they’re a high-energy band that loves what they do! Maybe it’s the lack of live shows they get to do, but the enthusiasm permeates all their music and gets the audience excited. It culminates in long guitar solos, jams to island sounds, and fun sing-alongs like the Lion King Cover.

What struck us about Moon Taxi is that this is the product of all those years of rock-n-roll rolled up into one good band! The sounds of the 80s, electronica, indie rock, fast/slow rock of the early aughts, 90s reverb all permeate each song. This well-produced, smooth sounding, indie/alt rock group, has a great guitarist, fantastic singer, and a ton of energy. They mentioned that they hadn’t toured in 240+ days and you could feel every minute of the happiness of both the crowd and the band. Turn it up to 11!

Saturday night was delayed due to a huge rainstorm that dumped a boatload of water on the audience. Here’s some photos from that night, courtesy of Drew Dinwiddie.

Futurebirds are touted as an indie rock band with country rock elements, Wiki calls it, ‘Psychedelic Country.” Also according to Wiki, they have toured with Drivin’ & Cryin’, Grace Potter, and performed at big music festivals, like Bonoroo.

The Marcus King Band is a southern rock band out of South Carolina that mixes its sound with blues and big band.

Sunday night was all-in for the local former-Outkast great, Big Boi and boy, did he bring the crew to play!

Mixing in DJs, rock-rap of Kneel’n Rey, Killer Mike, Goodie Mob with CeeLo Green, Sleepy Brown, it was an all-out bass fest.  You could feel it right in the chest, and it was GLORIOUS. Performing OutKast favorites like Rosa Parks, Bombs over Baghdad, to Goodie Mob’s Cell Therapy, there wasn’t a lack of grooving and singing along. Big Boi and his pose always bring so much energy to their performances and this one was the same! I am a little partial to OutKast as they were popular when I was in college back in the day, and I love how much they mix sounds of the late 90s and early aughts with up tempo samples and maybe even a little hint of cotton-eyed Joe mixed in for fun. It was a fun time dancing, singing, and feeling the energy from each performance.

Did we mention we love the term rage cage? That’s really want the pods are and we hope to see more concerts and big festivals go this way. Getting live music back will help our souls and if it’s done this way, we’ll all feel safer for it. Welcome, back live music!

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STAR GRAZING ALONG THE GREEWAY 2020

Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 10/13/20

Saturday, October 24

Peachtree Creek Greenway, Brookhaven, GA

Sit down to a top notch tasting menu brought to you by some of the very best restaurants and eateries in the Brookhaven area. Draft cocktails, wine and beer will be flowing from the taps of the Bubbles and Brews vintage beverage cart. Our family of participating restaurants will also be showcasing featured wines and specialty cocktails that are near and dear to them to keep you further hydrated. Coffee and espressos will be at the ready from Bean in the Burrough.

Local music will be front and center from flamenco guitar from the La Candela Company to roaming fiddle from Melody Duncan Music. Chalk artists will be whipping up some great walkway art and visit the intuitive painting station for your very own creation.

Our charitable partners for this one of a kind event are Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Salvation Army who will be receiving a portion of the proceeds while the participating restaurants receive the rest!

A variety of fun ‘thank you’ gifts are included with the ticket price of $99. Tickets and more information here.

The Brookhaven Epicurean Society is committed to providing a safe, healthy, and worry-free outdoor gathering. COVID rules of the road apply.