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Inside Imagine Music Festival: Get Hyped for Protohype

The Imagine Music Festival is upon us this weekend, and kicking off some of the hype on Friday is one of our favorite EDM artists, Protohype.

Max Hype, aka “Protohype,” has been producing music since he was fourteen years old. He broke into the EDM music scene after taking time off to attend college by playing at local raves and uploading his music online. Like many budding, young artists in the digital age, his smashing success on Soundcloud was the step that really propelled his music career forward.

“I’d say the song I’m most connected to is “Lights On,” says Protohype. “It has the most emotion and serious message out of all of the songs that I’ve made. I really poured my heart into that one, and that’s pretty tough to do when it comes to bass music.”

This epic DJ doesn’t just spin hit records though. In his spare time, Protohype is hard at work giving back to the community with his charity project, #Puppycrew. He raises money and support for the ASPCA through sales of his appropriately named album, Puppy Crew, as well as fundraising projects on social media using #puppycrew.

“I started the #Puppycrew charity project because I wanted to give back to the community with the money I had been making,” says Protohype. “It didn’t feel right to have influence and money and not be making a difference in the community.I love animals so that was the route that I chose to help give back. ”

As lovers of our fine city, we were also stoked to hear that he loves exploring Atlanta during his travels, and enjoying a leisurely day out. He’s basically a regular guy.

When speaking of his favorite go-to stop in the ATL, Protohype says, “Without question, the Atlanta Aquarium!!! I love going there so much. Growing up in Nashville, I’ve been to ATL so many times…and I love the aquarium, it’s so rad.”

And just like you and me, Protohype is pretty hyped about attending Imagine this year and experiencing all that the festival has to offer.

“The last time I played Imagine, it was downtown by Georgia Tech,” Protohype says. “Now that it’s at the speedway, I’m looking forward to a bigger crowd and a bigger venue. It’s going to be awesome.”

We couldn’t agree more.

If you don’t love this guy already, you might be convinced when you hear some of his sick bass at Imagine Music Festival. Prototype will be performing live this Friday at 10:00 p.m. on the Disco Inferno stage, so be there!

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Celebrate the release of SweetWater Brewery’s new herb-infused G13 Beer this Friday!

Imagine a beer that smells just like a fresh batch of herb and tastes just as good. Well if that’s your idea of a perfect world, you’re in luck! SweetWater Brewing Company is getting ready to release their new herb-infused brew, the G13 IPA, at their upcoming release party! Come join the celebration of the 420 strain at SweetWater Brewery this Friday, July 13, from 4:20 p.m.-10 p.m. and see what the hype is all about. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed! If you need more convincing, they will be offering pints of G13 beer for the catchy price of only $4.20; the first 100 people to buy a pint will get a limited edition glass! There will also be food, live music and special tours to sweeten the deal.

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If you’re a skeptic, SweetWater is in the business of making believers. I had the honor and privilege of getting up-close-and-personal with the G13 IPA during our podcast with English Nick and SweetWater Brewery several weeks back and it changed my life. I just lifted the glass and let the magic happen. If I hadn’t had my eyes open, I would’ve thought I was inhaling the real thing.  This beautiful hybrid is the love child of beer and herb connoisseurs alike.

Don’t be fooled! There’s no herb in the beer, it’s just the master brewers at Sweetwater mimicking the taste of the culturally renown G13 government strain of marijuana (as seen in the opening scene of Pineapple Express). Aside from the distinct aroma, the G13 beer touts a taste worth mentioning. The taste does not invoke the Woodstock vibes as intensely as the scent, but does have a certain familiarity. Imagine if you could take the “special” flavor from a “special” brownie and imbue that quality unto a humble IPA. The weed-buttery essence (again, all from the natural flavors of the beer) is complemented perfectly by the crisp bitter of the IPA, bringing each sip to a happy, mellow, and tasteful harmony.

 

This is a beer anyone could pick up and drink, much like its parent beer the Sweetwater 420. Not too bitter, not too sour, not too soft. There’s much to be said for the love that went into this beer, and it shows with the complexity and interwoven layers of flavor that find their way into every sip of this beer. I can’t wait for it to hit shelves (and my fridge) but in the meantime, this launch party is your chance to see if the hype is true or if we’re all just blowing smoke!

You don’t have to take my word for it. In fact, our entire team was pretty impressed, and that’s saying a lot. Never mind the fact that English Nick openly advocated for the new G13 beer on our podcast. He was probably more excited than all of us combined! We didn’t stop at the taste-testing though. By the end of the night, we were all balancing a pint of G13 on one hand and talking business on the other, just like the professionals that we are. What can I say? We know how to have a good time!

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I don’t know about you, but this sounds like a pretty good reason to party! See you there.

Event location: SweetWater Brewery, 195 Ottley Drive NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30324 

Be sure to check out our weekly events calendar for all the top things to do in Atlanta!

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Music Midtown 2018: Where to Find Cheap Tickets

The 2018 Music Midtown lineup has been announced and tickets are on sale today! As a fellow lover of music festivals and all things Atlanta, I’m here to tell you that if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, now is the time. They are going fast, so you don’t want to wait!

Where do you find tickets at the best prices though? Well good news! I’ve gone ahead and done some digging. As it turns outs, Music Midtown is offering a pretty sweet hook-up on their website with super low ticket prices and minimal fees. SeatsForEveryone.com is also a great website that offers low prices and no additional up-charges, because who likes those? The best part is, I’ve linked both of them below for added convenience. You’re welcome.

Get cheap Music Midtown tickets here:

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SeatsForEveryone.com

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I can’t wait to see Kendrick Lamar, one of the headlining artists this year at Music Midtown!

Now that you have your tickets, you can really get excited! The two-day festival is being held in Piedmont Park on September 15-16. It’s guaranteed to be an amazing event, with headliners including top artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone and Fall Out Boy. Some other popular feature artists include Foster the People, Gucci Mane, Khalid, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Chromeo and Awolnation. With a lineup like that, you won’t want to miss it. I hope to see ya’ll there!

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Meet Your New Best Friend at ZooPaws this Saturday!

If you are looking to bring a new furry friend into your family, ZooPaws just might have “the one!”  The pet adoption event is taking place this Saturday, April 28th from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm  at the front gate of Zoo Atlanta.

The event is hosting multiple animal welfare organizations, including the Atlanta Humane Society, LifeLine Animal Project, Furkids Animal Rescue, Saint Frances Animal Center, Tri-State Humane Society, TLC Pet Rescue, Critical Care for Animal Angels, Operation Second Chance and Walton Animal Guild.  There will be hundreds of adoptable dogs and puppies of all different shapes and sizes, waiting to find their forever homes!  

Also in attendance will be Instagram famous pups @indythegoldendoodle and @doodleandthehound, to hand out “pawtographs” to their adoring fans.  And if you get hungry, ZooPaws is prepared to meet your needs, no matter what your personal taste!  There will be plenty of local food and snack options, including King of Pops, Yumbii Food Truck, Sweet Chimney Bakery, Spice the Americas and Smash Juice Café.

Just look at all these adorable pups that will be coming and are ready to be adopted!

 

We encourage all of you to go out and support your local animal welfare organizations at ZooPaws, even if your contribution is as is simple as loving on the pups and socializing with them, which is always appreciated! With so many adorable pups waiting to meet you and lots of great food, what’s not to be excited about? And who knows, you just might meet your next best friend!

Be sure to check out our events calendar for other events going on in ATL this weekend!