Top Things To Do in Atlanta

Labor Day is a celebration of the American workforce and what better way to celebrate all of your hard work than to have one last hurrah for summer complete with good food, drink, and maybe even some music? Lucky for you, Atlanta has a lot of great options for you to enjoy your extended weekend. College football kicks off, Dragon Con is in town, and lots lots more. Read below for our top picks broken down by activity type:

Sports:

  • Chick-fil-a Kickoff game: Washington vs. Auburn- Saturday, Sept. 1st at 3:30pm at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
  • College Colors Kickoff Block Party: Celebrate the start to college football with the college colors bar crawl this Friday, August 31st. To find out more about tickets and participating bars and restaurants read our post.
  • Georgia Tech vs. Alcorn State: Georgia Tech football kicks off its 2018 season at Bobby Dodd Stadium this Saturday, September 1st at 12:30pm.
  • Atlanta Braves Games: The Braves will be hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates all weekend long at SunTrust Park. There will even be a Zedd concert after the game Friday night!
  • Soul Rise Classic 5K: Will take place Saturday, September 1st beginning across from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Registration is $30 and proceeds will benefit early childhood development at the YMCA and other local community non-profits.
  • Big Peach Sizzler 10K/5K: Will take place Monday September 3rd with the 10K starting at the Chamblee MARTA Station and the 5K beginning at the Brookhaven MARTA Station. Registration is $45 for the 5K and $55 for the 10K. All proceeds will support Miles for Cystic Fibrosis.
  • Hike and Hops at Stone Mountain: Explore Stone Mountain on a 5-6 mile hike ending with a German beer tasting at the Village Corner German Restaurant. Tickets include one beer and a giant pretzel. Hike takes place Sunday, September 2nd beginning at 10:45am. Click here for more info. P.S- Stone Mountain will be hosting extended light shows all Labor Day Weekend. Find out more here.

Music:

  • Zedd concert: At SunTrust Park after the Braves vs. Pirates game Friday, August 31st. Find tickets here.
  • Taste of Soul Atlanta- Food & Music Festival: A free festival taking place Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd across from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. To find out more about the music, food, and activities check out their site.
  • Lynard Skynard- Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour: Saturday, September 1st at the Lakewood Amphitheatre.
  • Michael Jackson vs. Prince Silent Disco: Saturday, September 1st at 830pm at the Buckhead Theatre. Tickets start at $13.
  • House in the Park at Grant Park: Sunday, September 2nd beginning at 12pm. Tickets are $10.
  • Local Brews Local Grooves at the Tabernacle: Come to the Tabernacle Sunday, September 4th beginning at 4pm for a craft beer and music festival. Free pizza from Outsiders pizza will be provided as well as a selection of local craft breweries and live music. To find out more info such as a list of breweries, bands, and ticket prices click here.

Food:

  • Taste of Soul Atlanta- Food & Music Festival: A free festival taking place Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd across from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. To find out more about the music, food, and activities check out their site.
  • Luau at Victory Sandwich Bar: Sunday, September 2nd beginning at 2pm Victory Sandwich Bar in Decatur will be hosting a luau complete with live music, a tiki bar, and an all you can eat buffet. And tickets are only $15!
  • 4th Annual Labor Day Pig Out at Avalon’s Oak Steakhouse: Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for kids. Tickets include delicious food, and activities such as face painting, a photo booth, and lawn games. Beer, wine, and batch cocktails will also be available for purchase.
  • 33rd Annual Labor Day Blues & BBQ: Park Tavern will be hosting WRFG 89.3 FM’s annual BBQ Monday, September 3rd beginning at 1pm. Tickets are $15, for more info click here.
  • Local Brews Local Grooves at the Tabernacle: Come to the Tabernacle Sunday, September 4th beginning at 4pm for a craft beer and music festival. Free pizza from Outsiders pizza will be provided as well as a selection of local craft breweries and live music. To find out more info such as a list of breweries, bands, and ticket prices click here.

Social:

  • Dragon Con: Takes place August 30-September 3rd. Check out our guides to Dragon Con 2018.
  • Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival: Head to Callaway gardens from August 31st-September 2nd to witness the beautiful hot air balloons illuminate the night! The weekend event will include tethered balloon rides, live music, food and drink specials, a kids zone, beach activities, a classic car show, disc dog demonstrations, and a photography class. To see the schedule of events click here. Adult ticket prices start at $24.95 and children’s prices begin at $14.95.
  • Pure Heat Community Festival: Celebrate Atlanta’s Black Pride this Sunday, September 2nd beginning at 12pm in Piedmont Park! The celebration will include market and food vendors, live music, and educational forums. The festival strives to bring awareness to the issues currently facing the LGBTQ community.

The Arts:

  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Is offering a Labor Day special of 15% off memberships! Use the code “LABOR 2018” at the checkout here.
  • Cirque du Soleil Corteo: Will be performing multiple shows over Labor Day weekend at the Infinite Energy Center. To find showtimes and tickets follow this link.
  • AJC Decatur Book Festival: Will take place August 31st-September 2nd in downtown Decatur. For more information and a schedule follow the link here.

Electro Brunch At Loca Luna: Good Eats, Good Beats

Let’s suppose that you are hung over from the night before, or missed the night before, or you didn’t go out at all but you love a good day party–I have something for you all.

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Over off Monroe Drive in Midtown and in the Amsterdam Ave shopping area is Loca Luna. Each Sunday, from noon to 5pm, on the patio area upfront, you can find DJs Ultralight and Rob Session spinning some techno, house, moombahton, tribal and deep house together to raise up the masses in Atlanta. There are weekly guests, too, like DJ Blast, that will step in and add a little extra spice to the mix.

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DJ Ultralight

 

“We are not affiliated with any club, or production group. Electro Brunch is very organic,” Ultralight remarked. “Atlanta needs more day parties. Covers to clubs seem ridiculous and not everyone wants to dress up. People who are not into the night scene can come here and experience the same music in a different environment.”

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And what a different environment it was: The sun was out, birds were chirping, groups of girlfriend besties were happily sipping mimosas and there was some deep house playing–giving me LIFE while I chowed down on some shrimp and grits.

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Reservations are accepted but not necessary for Sunday brunch at Loca Luna. Parking is free and plentiful. My server suggested getting in super early or waiting until after 1pm if you like to hang out. The brunch menu looks AMAZING and delicious. Yes, there are drink specials: $12 for bottomless mimosas or sangrias. You can RSVP here or call Loca Luna directly.

Keep dancing, Atlanta–you’re going to need to after this brunch!

Review: Tritonal and Gorgon City at Opera Nightclub

Tritonal stopped into Atlanta on Friday, August 3, to play a set at Opera Nightclub in Midtown. The American music duo from Austin, TX, played to a packed audience with a mix of house, trance and popular mixes from other DJs (Everyone enjoyed that Chris Lake mix, am I right?). Despite the guy who I caught surfing Reddit, everyone was having a great time.

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I walked all around that main floor. People were standing everywhere and it was crazy upfront near the end of the night. I saw shirtless guys in every direction! It was a mixture of “Ooooh!” and “Ewwww!” for half an hour.

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The next evening featured Gorgon City, an English EDM production duo from North London. Kye “Foamo” Gibbon and Matt “RackNRuin” Robinson-Scott played their house music set to a bunch of stoked ATL fans–enough to make it another packed, hot and sweaty night in Midtown.

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Thomas Demey, 27, of Atlanta, attended Saturday night’s event.  “‘Grooves On The Vinyl.’ This song brought me back to Gorgon City after the ‘Sirens’ album. They nearly disappeared off the house map but came back strong with this tech-house banger. I’m in this tech-house groove right now with melodies and lyrics–this hits the spot.”

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Demey had the pleasure of viewing Gorgon City from the VIP section. “VIP at Opera is always an interesting experience. The people up there are typically not there for the music being played but rather the VIP experience. That’s my not crowd. I’d much rather get down with the dancing crowd. People trying to get sweaty (by dancing) and into the music. Ultimately, I spent more time in VIP for this show but I do prefer the main floor.” He added, “The only downside is that Opera was exceptionally packed for both this weekend’s shows, so that made spending time on the floor difficult–especially if you wanted room to dance.”

 

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Space was a premium on both nights, so word to the wise: Go VIP if you like a lot of area around you and want to see these bigger acts. The main floor is not for claustrophobic!

Keep dancing, Atlanta!

 

District Is Atlanta’s Newest Versatile Entertainment Venue

District, Atlanta’s newest dance club and private event venue in the Armour District neighborhood, had a fantastic opening night on Saturday, July 14th.

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The building, located at 269 Armour Drive NE near Sweetwater Brewing Co., officially opened on July 14th with a patio party. The event featured Halogen & Friends, doing their Housewerk Open Air multi-DJ set. A small VIP area sat above the main patio area, overlooking a nice crowd of 20- and 30-something year old patrons.

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Halogen & Friends played until 11pm; at which point ticket holders for the headlining act, Cazzette, were allowed indoors into the main stage and dance floor areas. Cazzette, an EDM artist hailing from Sweden, laid down some future house beats to the delight of everyone there. District even brought in some dancers for the crowd to enjoy!

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I checked back in two weeks later during the open format sessions dubbed “The Future” and “We Are The City.” I briefly chatted with Rich Stine, the Operations Manager of District. “District is more than just a club; it’s a private events venue, too. We are hosting Jezebel Magazine’s “20 Most Eligible Atlantans” on August 2nd and will continue to serve as a corporate or private events venue during the week while focusing on music events on Friday and Saturday.”

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District is a great multi-purpose entertainment space.With patio space and a bar available upon entry, that opens up for the possibility of day parties (who doesn’t love a good brunch party?). Are you a person who likes a nice seating area and clean restrooms when you party? District has two floors of ample seating areas and spacious, fresh restrooms on each floor–a pretty thoughtful design that is difficult to find in the club and event scene. Another feature that District possesses is a kitchen area located in the back. This means that your private event can be catered to without hassle and executed perfectly! “Either day or night, week day or weeknight, District can host your events,” Stine said firmly.

“We have an LED display that is found nowhere else in North America, we have a premium sound system” he added. He’s right, the lights and the sound are amazing–you can spend a good amount time pondering life’s choices while staring at the moving and synchronized light fixture overlooking the main floor. Those of you who aren’t fans of the LED screens and/or lasers would love this setup!

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Getting back to the music… open format nights may not be for everyone, so District is featuring artists in August that will come from all parts of the world to entertain us here in the ATL. Morten will be there on August 10th to lay down some tracks from his latest album, “ADUMU” which dropped in June. For now, local acts like Crespo (pictured above), DJ EU and DannyM are going to bring you life in the late hours of the weekend.

Tickets range from $10 – $15 depending upon the act, you can walk up to District and purchase admission there if you can’t purchase online. Hosting a group or need VIP seating? Email the host, Steve, and he will get in touch with you. Did I mention there is free parking? There is free parking! There is also valet service and a waiting area out front for taxi needs.

Keep dancing, Atlanta!

ATL by Day Imagine Festival Oceania

Inside the 2018 Imagine Music Festival Lineup – Disco Inferno Stage

It’s time for part 3 of our coverage of Imagine’s lineup!

Check out the other posts here, for Oceania stage and here for Amazonia stage! This article is for Imagine’s third stage – Disco Inferno. This stage will have some absolutely killer talent that are worth the listen. We’ve grouped the artists in Imagine’s order:

Disco Inferno Stage

Green Velvet

Green Velvet, aka Curtis Jones, has been in the game for as long as I can remember. He was on the forefront of the electro-punk sound and now has turned his attention to the more mainstream House tastes. The vocals you’ll hear on these tracks are inspired by the likes of Prince (RIP) and Gary Numan – and with good effect! Here’s an example of the old vs the new with the well known track “La La Land”.

 

Oliver Heldens

Oliver Heldens is a favorite of mine. Like most people I’d say I discovered him with the release of his song “Gecko” (and the vocal edit “Overdrive”). The Heldeep radio podcast has also been phenomenal for years. If you want to know what kind of music an artist will play at their sets, their radio is a great place to check since it’s basically just their tastes. He also has some killer collabs like “You Know” with Zeds Dead.

 

Boogie T

Boogie T rolls with a sound that combines deep bass dubstep and reggae (mostly). He’s best known for his collabs with Ganja White Night, like “Flava”. You’ll find his solo work like “2KFO” to be much heavier, and (in my opinion) a better sound for the festival atmosphere.

Squnto

Squnto brings it back to the heaviest days of dubstep, and I’m not complaining! His dub chopping skills are palpable, and he even has some sweet videos showing off how he does his work.

Chocolate Puma

Chocolate Puma are two fellas out of the Netherlands who just want to get you bouncin. Collabs with groups like the Bingo Players have been great, and their solo stuff is no different. Here are two songs from opposite sides of their sound.

EDX

No, this won’t be an online learning seminar blast over loud speakers. EDX the musician is a specialist in summer house, but his talents go all over the house genre. Pay him a visit for some much needed summer vibes.

Joker

Joker had some big hitting tracks back in the late 2000’s dubstep game, and I hope he brings that sound to Imagine. Take a listen and flash back 10 years to the rise of dubstep. His newer sound ranges from mellow dubstep to spacey.

Koan Sound

Koan Sound is funky dubstep, think Griz without the sax/vocals. I’m a big fan of the sound personally, and I’m excited to see how it plays out on the big stage.

Latmun

Latmun is a newer name, with a sound of what he calls “Tech House”. Excited to see more from him, with his unique tunes I’m sure it’ll be interesting.

 

Noisia

Noisia is a crew that I’ve followed for some time. Like some other artists on this stage, they’ve been in the game since before dubstep (and DnB) hit it big, and I’d say they’re one of the reasons it did. I expect this show to be absolutely wild.

Shlump

Shlump, besides being a fun name to say, knows his way around some wobble. Trap is the name of the game, but the sound has some solid wobble to it that give his songs a fuller, more rounded sound.

 

Tiga

Tiga is definitely a different kind of electronic, even blurring the lines between electronic and electro. As a general fan of these old funky tunes, I’d say more power to him! You’ve probably heard the track “Bugatti” before. His other tracks have the same sound minus the catchy vocal hook.

Walker & Royce

Keeping the theme of 80’s style electro-house, and I’m just digging it. Especially in this day and age with Toto’s “Africa” being one of the top played songs on Spotify, I say bring back electro.

 

Wax Motif

Wax Motif actually reminds me a lot of Oliver Heldens mixed with Shiba San. Big punchy bass, a solid beat, and an overall groove you can get lost to.

808 Fest: Four Days, Five Venues, All The Bass Music You Need

808 Fest is a celebration of all things bass in Atlanta. A multi-day event that occurs at five different venues around town, 808 Fest embraces different genres as well. Plus, it’s one of the best music event deals in the city every year. $50 for an all-access wristband gets you into all four days of these venues to hear all of these local and regional music acts.

Wednesday, August 8th: Aisle 5, will host the first night by featuring Ras G and the Afrikan Space Program, STLNDRUMS, 10th Letter, BlkCubes, Leemlizzy, Nahncenz, Kreatev, JFilt and Phatmanslimm. All ages welcome.

 

Wildpitch Underground is also throwing a dubstep, riddim and bass party called The Chop/Shop: 808 Fest Edition!. Scales, Baels, Zubah, Marble Mansion, and Archmage are spinning tunes. Ages 18 and up.

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Thursday, August 9th: Sidebar, will showcase Compa, Kahn & Neek, Clerks Dubs b2b Section 8 and Midnite Panda. Plus, VLSC Records takeover featuring Mull, antwarp 2nd floor, Charolastra, Dee Belvedere. Ages 18 and up.

Contrast ATL and UUEIRD are putting on their 808 Fest groove at Edgewood Speakeasy the same night. Featured artists are CANVAS, Marble Mansion, Shift Mojo, awesame, and Jeno Pelerose. Bonelick BBQ is having a “Meat and Greet” prior to show time, around 7pm, with Ricky Raw and friends. Ages 21 and up.

Friday, August 10th: Aisle 5 will host Proko, Partywave, Kozmic and Lean Mean (Tripi Bandits). All Ages

Saturday, August 11th: IRIS has a line up consisting of Leah Culver as the headliner, Mantis, Sylo, and JStella are on the main stage. The Underground Stage will have a 808 Fest Takeover featuring Michael Sparks, Mighty High Group, Vandal Rose and Hard2Tell. But wait! There’s more 808: The patio will host Section 8 and Awesame. Ages 18 and up.

Aisle 5 will feature Elzhi, Khrysis, Divine Scienze, Trandle, The Family Orchestra. Your hosts will be Fort Knox with DJ Kerosene. All Ages.

Sponsors of 808 Fest are Speakeasy Promotions, Aisle 5, Controllerise, Sidebar, IRIS Presents and Wildpitch Music Hall.

Who are the Chosen Few?

Every fourth Saturday of the month, Atlanta is blessed with house music greatness from Chicago. At Wild Pitch Underground, located at 255 Trinity Ave SW in south downtown, Miko Jones hosts one of the best dance parties in town.

“I am a house fanatic from Chicago,” explains Jones. “I’ve been dancing to house music since I was 14 years old. It’s like a melodious sound that connects us all–I’ve met so many people through it. I think house music in Atlanta is love.” Jones is a part of Chosen Life ATL, the city’s chapter of Chicago-based DJ collective Chosen Few Djs.

Chosen Few are a group of house music DJs that formed in 1977 by founder Wayne Williams. Jesse Saunders, Andre Hatchett and Tony Hachett were additions to the collective shortly after it formed–providing Chicago’s south side with a signature underground dance sound that couldn’t be found anywhere else in the world: house music.

Since 1990, Chosen Few has hosted a music festival in Chicago held in July–think “House In The Park” that’s held here in Grant Park but three times that ever-growing crowd. It’s annual gathering is the world’s longest running event dedicated to house music, clocking in at 12 hours of performances by the Chosen Few DJs and guest DJs and vocalists.

These big names like Alan King, Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, and James Hunter come to town each month to play at least a two-hour set after being warmed up by a local. June’s event featured local was Tocayo, whom you can find at Alley Cat Music Club when he’s not guest starring at Wild Pitch.

The owner of Wild Pitch Music Hall is also a music legend himself: Chicago born, Atlanta-based DJ Pierre. Pierre is a pioneer of acid house music and co-founded the group Phuture in 1985. Since 2016, Pierre and his wife, Andrea, have hosted techno and house legends at this artist-owned venue while fostering new talent as well.

But this is not the usual dubstep, hip hop or trap party: sometimes a live drumming session can break out in the evening. “Normally, there is someone that comes around to play his drum with the music. Saturday was special because my friend brought a guy who had just come from an African drumming session and he was doing a great job of staying on beat.”

“Some people don’t know we’re here, “Jones explained. “These events started out years ago in Chicago with a small crowd of a hundred people. Now, it’s huge. People from Europe, Japan—all over the world—are showing up!” The annual Picnic & Festival in Jackson Park, IL, draws a crowd that is “much, much bigger than House In The Park here in Atlanta.” It’s Jones’ hope that Atlanta can grow as big a house music scene here.

The next event will be on Saturday, July 28th. Featured artists will be DJ Tony Hatchett and Gary Wallace. Doors open at 10 pm. with a $5 cover before 11 pm. Paid parking is available next to Wild Pitch Underground.

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InterBrews Ep. 1 – The G13 Experience with English Nick & Sweetwater Brewing

Welcome to Episode 1 of our new ATL by Day InterBrews series, “The G13 Experience with English Nick & Sweetwater Brewing!”

As a part of our focus on local Atlanta, this series will be all about putting the spotlight on Atlanta celebrities, artists, and residents while indulging in Atlanta’s latest and greatest brews. The interview hosts include veteran podcasters Chester & The Shrew from Unfinished Business, and members of our own team. For our first installment, we had the great pleasure of sitting down with English Nick of 97.1 The River and 10 High / Dark Horse’s Metalsome Live Karaoke. He’s been in the Atlanta music scene for decades and knows a thing or two about beer. Check him out at Metalsome Karaoke at the Roxy tomorrow!

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Our venue for this podcast was Atlanta’s own Sweetwater Brewery! They set us up with a fantastic tasting list including their new G13 “herb-infused” beer, Tropical Lover, Triple Tail, and Coffee Porter. Jake, a member of Sweetwater’s marketing team, will join in the later part of the podcast to guide our group through their tasting journey. Listen to the interview below to hear why this episode earns the title “The G13 Experience”.

Click the audio link below to listen, or listen at the Unfinished Business page here!

We had a great time and we’re looking forward to working more with our guests and hosts, and making more Interbrews! Keep an eye out for Episode 2!

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Who to See at DragonCon 2018: Part Two

Welcome back to the Gnome Queen’s ins-and-outs of Dragon Con 2018.

Let’s jump into the Performers of “Who to See”.

Beginning with the Brobdingnagian Bards of Austin, Texas, the group’s musical style has been described as a unique mix of Scottish and Irish traditional-folk music. Voted “Best Folk Act” at the 2007 Austin Music Awards, the Brobdingnagian Bards are back for another reunion show just for Dragon Con. So if you want to get in touch with your Celtic roots, these are the ones to see.

Next includes the self-described “bawdy, nerd-folk comedy band” The Misbehavin’ Madiens. The Misbehavin’ Madiens have incorporated their love for pirates (same) and performing together since 2012. The band’s musical style is a combination of feminism, LGBTQIA+ representation, parodies, sex-positive music, and much more. I’ll sure to be catch their  show, and of course take some pictures.  

If you’re into cello music with a meowing cat keyboard, then The Doubleclicks are the duo for you. Sisters Angela Webber and Aubrey Webber have created songs involving dinosaurs, cats and Netflix since 2011. The Doubleclicks have also been featured on several NPR programs and their newest song “Afterparty for One (Frozen Pizza Song)” released this past February.

Another fan-focused band hails from the wizarding world of Charlotte, NC: Hawthorn & Holly. Since 2007, Hawthorn & Holly have been playing songs about Harry Potter and have cast a major spell in the wizard rock community. Along with HP, Hawthorn & Holly have also written songs about The Hunger Games, Dr. Who, and many other fandoms.

For those of you who truly want to be entertained, then the “geek-rock” god Tom Smith is the man to see. He incorporates pop culture, fantasy, adventure, and so much more all into one exciting show. Smith is adored by pretty much everyone who has seen him and has been performing at Dragon Con since 2004.

My two personally picks are DJ Nemesis, and Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas (keep drinking that hater-ade). DJ Nemesis is an amazing mix of techno, house, psychedelic and countless other genres. Nemesis has been a DJ since 1997 and has played all over the world.

Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas are a fun, rock ‘n’ roll dance-party that believes in having “as much fun as humanly possible”. The band features the beloved voice actor Tom Kenny, along with the Hi-Seas’ band leader Andy Paley. The Hi-Seas have a rotating cast of musicians who’ve toured and recorded with artists such as Lorde, Cheap Trick, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

You know I’ll be in the audience for both performances.

Finally, the Kings of Dragon Con’s “Who to See” Performers: Atlanta Radio Theatre Company (ARTC). Founded as a non-profit in 1984, the ARTC have been dedicated to the world of audio theatre (radio drama) and have adapted countless literary works from Bram Stoker to Robert Louis Stevenson. The ARTC’s first live performance: H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu”, was presented at the inaugural Dragon Con in 1987 and have performed at every Dragon Con ever since.

They truly are Dragon Con royalty.

For the full Performers “Who to See” line-up, check out http://www.dragoncon.org/?q=performers_list

My next “Who to See” will include the Dragon Con 2018 “Guest” section.

See ya then!

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Inside the 2018 Imagine Music Festival Lineup – Amazonia Stage

It’s time for part 2 of our coverage of Imagine’s lineup! We’ll be staggering our lineup posts each week to make sure you don’t exceed your mobile data costs, and to keep up the hype!

Check out the first post here, for Oceania stage! This article is for Imagine’s second main stage – Amazonia. Second stage or not, Amazonia has some killer artists you’ll have to check out. We’ve grouped the artists in Imagine’s order:

Amazonia Stage

Griz

I have made a point to see Griz every single time he’s in town. See him, and you will too. This is a psychadelic trip through dubstep brought to you by a skinny white dude on a saxophone playing like he has something to prove. By the end of the show, you’ll be feeling as happy as I expect Griz does every damn day.

Zhu

Zhu was always sort of an enigma to me. Is it EDM? Sure. Is it pop? Eh. Does it belong on the radio? I have no clue. But it’s there and here we are. I don’t really expect Zhu to throw down, but you’ll get some shoulder swings in if you catch a groove or two.

Cashmere Cat

Cashmere Cat! Love this guy. One of the most talented producers, whether his name is on the track or not. He’s funky, fresh, and one of the best. He produced one of the best sleeper pop songs of the past 5 years, Ryn Weaver’s Octahate. I’ve included his remix below.

Jai Wolf

Jai Wolf makes music that would be perfect for the scene in a movie where the girl and guy run away together in the end and live happily ever after. Just happy tunes, who can complain?

Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set)

I mean, how can you go wrong with a name like Shpongle? But for real, you’re not going to find many Shpongle “songs” out there. That’s because Shpongle is basically like the EDM version of a jam band – and that’s awesome. Totally unique and trippy as hell.

Ekali

Ekali will keep the mellow and chill trap running for you. Keep in mind it’ll be heavier for the festival! This’ll be a great set for someone looking to hear some absolutely killer trap and catch a break from the wild stuff.

Eoto

I’m not as familiar with Eoto, but looks to me he’s working the classic instrumentals and synth combo. I really can’t complain there – it’s a great combo! To me the music could be the love child of some Gramatik and Pretty Lights, enough funk to go around, interlaced vocal backtracks, and instrumentals layered over synth like they were there all along.

Lotus

Keeping the instrumental funk going, we’ve got another jam band up in Amazonia. Lotus is more reminiscent of Phish for me: full band, lengthy heavy jams, and some breaks for instrumental solos spread around. These guys will keep you on your toes in a way you won’t normally get at an EDM festival.

Levitation Jones

It’s like DJ Snake blasted off to Mars! Levitation Jones runs some of the spacey trap and has a tremendously unique sound. This set is bound to be nothing short of trippy and spacey. Jones won’t be the only one levitating.

Protohype

We’re back to the big room with Protohype. Protohype has some absolutely killer tracks, and I fully expect a killer classic EDM and dubstep set from them. I expect to hear some of their heavier tunes, like Blackout below.

Yheti

Man, what a wild sound. Yheti is like nothing I’ve heard before honestly, and imagining these tracks with some heavy bass that only a festival can provide is getting me hyped up. Expect some funky, fresh, and spacey trap.

Toadface

Toadface can be seen on tracks with Yheti and the like and these tracks are always a bit less trap, more progressive, and in my opinion a bit funkier. Hey I’m not complaining, I think it’s a great sound and I’m pumped to catch this set and see what Toadface can do. Yheti and Toadface hit a back to back set in EDC this year so be ready for double the bang.

Ployd

The first video I found of Ployd was a tight set at Atlanta’s own Terminal West, so I know he’s a homeboy. Show him some ATL love at Imagine this year.