Opening Night at Nick’s Flamingo Grill

As you all know by now, the Queen of the Gnomes is a massive patron of the theatre. From One-Act Plays to Musicals and Improv, I will see it all no matter the type.

On Thursday of this past week, the Giant King and I attended the World-Premier of Nick’s Flamingo Grill over at the Alliance Theatre.

Written by the multi-talented and legendary Phillip DePoy, Nick’s Flamingo Grill is described as a “play with live-music” performed by an amazing cast of actors. Bouncing between post-WWII Paris to 1950s Atlanta, Nick’s Flamingo Grill tells the story of two ex-WWII GIs with a dream of opening their own “club du jazz” here in America. Along with a Cuban songbird and a “pretty” French Resistance fighter, the four decide to create a “Camelot” of lively music and good food.

The play focuses on various themes from racial segregation to fraternal brotherhood. A unique aspect of Nick’s Flamingo Grill is that it’s actually based on a real place.

“The club was real…my father was in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and would sit-in with his friends and sometimes play there,” explained DePoy.

Located near the old Armor Meat Packing Plant [now Castleberry Hill]; the club was “technically” illegal due to Segregation Laws at the time. While DePoy may not have been able to verify the existence of this mystical, mixed-race club, that didn’t stop him from writing one of the most humorous and heartfelt plays performed on the Hertz Stage.

Featuring ten original jazz songs by both DePoy and New Orleans’s jazz pianist: Tyrone Jackson, Nick’s Flamingo Grill had the audience snappin’ and tappin’ throughout the evening.

The Gnome Queen highly recommends seeing this fantastic *performance not only for the music, but for the message as well.

*The play is about an hour and a half with no intermission and does include some loud “explosions” for those with sensory-sensitivities.

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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Shaky Beats Survival Guide: Part Four

It’s Wednesday so we’re now only 2 days away from Shaky Beats! It’s time to start picking outfits and getting that show schedule planned out. Today’s article is going to focus on getting yourself food and drink. Welcome to Part Four of your Shaky Survival Guide! See Part One here, Two here, and Three here.

Getting Eats

Music festivals these days have taken to food trucks rather than food stands for the most part. I, for one, am all about this life. Food trucks have way better quality than the basic burgers served at festival food stands, and they’re typically much more reasonably priced. The variety is greater, and the competition between trucks means that they can’t charge 15 dollars for a taco.
There will still be some food stands around in most festivals. These are typically overpriced and crappier than the food trucks. Just go to the food trucks.
One perk of having a festival in the heart of Atlanta is the wide selection of restaurants nearby. If you get tired of the food trucks in the festival and you aren’t in a rush to get to the next show, we recommend you walk to one of the many nearby restaurants to get a bite!

Getting Drank

For water, you’re going to want to use your Camelbak or a large water bottle. There are quick refill stations so you can fill up once or twice a day and be solidly hydrated. If it’s a hot day, I’d recommend refilling every time you change stages.
For drinks, get em as often as you’re comfortable with. I’m not talking about what you’re comfortable with taking in, I’m talking about what you’re comfortable with coming out. If you’re not a fancy VIP person, you’re going to have to plan your bathroom trips carefully.
A well-hydrated person is probably going to need to hit the bathrooms every 2 beers. Keep in mind that beers are tall boys at these festivals. And guess what? You have two hands! That’s right, double fisting is the way to go. I’d say every time you switch stages make a bathroom trip, grab two beers, and nurse those until you switch. Then wash, rinse, and repeat.
Beer vs Wine vs Liquor. I’d normally say to go with your preference, but honestly there are some right and wrong choices here. I really cannot recommend wine at a music festival. I guess some people like wine on a warm day, I just can’t understand it. For liquor, don’t do shots. You’re going to get dehydrated and hate life. I also dislike mixed drinks for festivals because you get a ton of ice and it’s more expensive. Your best bets are drinks you can nurse, like beer.

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s article, where we’ll have some final thoughts for your Shaky experience and some spotlights on our favorite lesser known artists!

Shaky Beats Survival Guide: Part Three

Only three more days until Shaky Beats! Part 3 of your survival guide here, and I’m going to discuss some basics about actually getting around within the festival. Welcome to Part three of your Shaky Survival Guide! See Part One here and Part Two here.

Fitting In

When you first get in line as a new festival-goer, you’ll probably either think:

“Wow everyone here is dressed in neon suspenders and mesh hoodies and I’m here in a polo and J-Crew shorts”

Or

“Oh no, everyone here is dressed like a Banana Republic model and I’m here in a full-scale dragon costume with functioning wings”.

Honestly, everyone that’s been new to festival life has had these thoughts, especially people that don’t roll in 10 deep with their crew. If you’re rolling in with 10 of your best friends, congrats! If you’re not, just take a deep breath and calm down. My tip to get over the anxiety of fitting in at a music festival, especially EDM festivals is to just talk to the person closest to you. These are the friendliest people in the world, and anybody in line next to you is going to be happy just to know you. Nobody there is judging you and the more you socialize the more you’ll come to realize that everyone at Shaky Beats is there for the same reasons – to listen to some great music.

On the same note, there are some general codes of conduct to follow. It can be tempting to judge others for their outfits, actions, or behavior. Just keep it to yourself and focus on enjoying the show, because everyone else is just trying to enjoy the show in their own ways.

Finding Your Friends

So you’ve made it to the festival and you can hear your favorite artist off in the distance! Your friends are messaging you to come meet up, so you start walking into the swarm of colorful outfits and BAM you’re lost as all hell. Yeah Central Park isn’t the biggest venue, but the festival can be a daunting place. How are you going to find your friends?

  1. Use your landmarks. The stages are great landmarks of course, but you have to think smaller if you want people to be able to find you when you’re trying to meet up at a show. The sound booth is a quality landmark, drink stations, food stations, etc. will all work better than the vague “I’m at stage X”.
  2. Use totems! Your best landmark when you’re actually in the crowd will be totems. Totems are those tall poles with funny or neat pictures on them, lights, foam animals, whatever. They rise above the crowd so texting a friend “I’m standing under Spongebob” or “I’m between Oprah and the Rainbow Cat meme” will work great for finding one another. These are especially useful when you’re not close to any larger landmarks like sound booths.
  3. Stand out in a crowd. Wear something fun, unique, or distinct. It doesn’t have to be a 15ft tall T-Rex costume, but wearing a wild hat or a neon shirt or something to make you a bit more distinct in a crowd will always help your friends find you.
  4. Have a fall-back plan. If your phones die, if you all get lost, if your friend gets way too wasted and can’t read a map, have an easy-to-spot location where you can meet up. For most festivals there are central pillars with schedules that will be there each day – these work great for meet ups because they are tall but have narrow bases. This makes them easy to spot from a distance, but ensure you can find each other easily once you arrive. Food stations are also good meetup spots so long as they’re there day after day.

Getting a Good Spot

Getting a prime location to view your favorite artist is important, but don’t think it’s the end of the world if you can’t be front row. It’s important to remember not shove your fellow concert-goers and to try to be mindful of those around you.

Standing up front is nice for seeing the show, but you’re going to have the force of a few hundred people up against you. If you like to dance in any way other than bouncing, enjoy breathing anything but freshly exhaled CO2, or like to have a bit of personal space I would not recommend this life. If you are bent on being up front, don’t push through from the back. Walk up the side, then cut through sideways. The best option is always to come to an earlier show and keep your spot.

For more visual shows and people that like to dance more, I’d recommend standing further back. Central Park has some hills you can take advantage of for seeing shows without being in the middle of the crowd.

Being a VIP

It’s an age-old question, but we still ask ourselves whenever we buy tickets – is VIP actually worth it?

My opinion is, probably not. For 90% of us your standard ticket will do just find and there is plenty of room to go around. Being closer to the stage is nice, sure, but what’s the point if there’s nobody to enjoy it with? In my opinion there are two people that VIP is suited for:

  1. Actual celebrities. If people are going to be stopping you and bothering you with requests for autographs, then sure. Go ahead and get yourself VIP so you can enjoy the show without being bothered.
  2. People with IBS. There is one understated perk of VIP access and that’s the ability to take craps in peace, with full AC. If you have IBS, then by all means you go ahead and get VIP because you need the access and comfort.

If you’re not on TV and don’t have a chronic bowel disease, then I think  you should just go ahead and get general admission and join the crowd.

That’s it for post #3, but stay posted for tomorrow’s post where I’ll be going over food and drink tips for the festival!

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Best Events This Week in Atlanta: 5/7 – 5/10

Best Events This week in Atlanta: 5/7-5/10

We’re back with our weekly posts! We took a week to get our Calendar up and running, but now it’s looking nice and full for the week. Don’t worry, we’re going to keep these Best Events posts coming each week! It’s Shaky Beats week, but there’s plenty of music to get yourself hyped up – like Breathe Carolina at Opera. Not into EDM? Well the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has its free concert in the park! You can also check out the cast of Whose Line is it Anyway at the Tabernacle on Tuesday, or the open of Benjamin Franklin: American Gigolo for some laughs!

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Music:

  • Butcher Brown is playing at Aisle 5 at 9pm. Butcher is a progressive jazz band reminiscent of those from the 60’s and 70’s. They add tones of modern funk and hip-hop to their music for a new twist. The opener is Visitors – an instrumental collaboration based in improvisation and mixed-meter rhythm.

Social:

  • Dad’s Garage is hosting their monthly game night starting at 7pm! They’ll have board games and video games, plus plenty of drinks for everyone. It’s free to come out and play so be sure to stop by and bring friends!
  • Come out to the All the Nerdy Ladies Meet-Up at Joystick! Ever feel like there are no other nerdy girls around? Well here’s your answer – All the Nerdy Ladies is a relaxed social hour open to everyone to come by and chat. The meet-up is from 7-10pm.

Sports:

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Comedy:

  • Come out to the Tabernacle to see the crew of Whose Line is it Anyway on stage! Jeff Davis, Joel Murray, Ryan Stiles, and Greg Proops will be coming out with special guest Dave Foley. Get your tickets here. Doors open at 6:30pm, show at 7:30.

Food and Drink:

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Music:

  • The Hot Club of Cowtown will be playing at Eddie’s Attic! The trio features a fiddle, a guitar and a bass. The group plays a combination of hot jazz and western swing, and recently has been playing a surge of acoustic styled folk and blues. Come see the Texas trio in action! Doors at 6:30pm, show at 8pm.

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Art:

  • It’s the last week to catch Actor’s Express’ newest comedy: The Flower Room! The show will be ongoing from Wednesday-Sunday. It tells the story of an uptight academic that turns to writing lude novels to pay the bills.

Bars & Brews:

  • Still looking!

Clubs:

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Comedy:

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Food and Drink:

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Music:

  • Brendan James will be playing at Eddie’s Attic! Brendan is a piano-based singer-songwriter. He’s just released his fifth album “Simplify” which is an elegant and emotionally direct collection of jams. He’s been featured on shows such as Private Practice, American Idol, Bones, So You Think You Can Dance, and One Tree Hill. Doors at 6:30, show at 7:30pm.

Social:

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Art:

  • Intro to Watercolor is an ongoing workshop taught by local artist Crystal Desai. Students will learn about watercolor materials and techniques, as well as styles from realism to abstraction.
  • It’s the last week to catch Actor’s Express’ newest comedy: The Flower Room! The show will be ongoing from Wednesday-Sunday. It tells the story of an uptight academic that turns to writing lude novels to pay the bills.

Bars & Brews:

  • Still looking!

Clubs:

  • ContrastATL is holding its pre-Shaky Beats Techno and Future Industrial House night at 9pm. UUEIRD is exploring some deep and dark dance music in the forefront of the industrial EDM sub-genre. Your lineup includes Shift Mojo, Asesame, and CANVAS. Come out to Edgewood Speakeasy to dance like it’s 2020.
  • Come out to Opera to check out Breathe Carolina! The EDM duo hails from Denver and is comprised of David Schmitt and Tommy Cooperman. Breathe Carolina has had radio hits as well as huge hits within the EDM community. Come out and you’re guaranteed a solid show, Opera always kills it with EDM.

Comedy:

  • Come out to the Laughing Skull Lounge for Comedy Clubhouse! Comedians Andrew George and Bob Place host the Comedy Clubhouse this Thursday! Comedians will get 5 minutes to do 3 things: Prepare material, crowd work, and improv on a topic from “The Wheel”. Meanwhile Andrew and Bob will chime in with commentary, tags, premises, and jokes. Get your tickets here!

Food and Drink:

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Music:

  • The Wonder Years are a Philly band made up of old friends, playing rock and roll music like they mean it. They’ve played in 30 countries and now they’re bringing their talents to the Masquerade. Get your tickets here. Show starts at 6pm.
  • Amanda Anne Platt and The Honeycutters are coming to Eddie’s Attic as part of a tour with their new self-titled album. They have an old-school country attitude with influences of rock and folk. Platt has been universally praised along with the rest of the Honeycutters. Doors open at 6, show starts at 7pm.
  • Head to the Atlanta Beltline’s Historic Fourth Ward Park at 7:30pm for an evening show with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Assistant Conductor Stephen Mulligan and Associate Concertmaster Justin Bruns will lead the ASO in a program featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Rossini’s Overture to L’italiana in Algeri and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No.4, “Italian.” This event is going to be phenomenal, and it’s totally free! For the non-classically inclined, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons is one of the most impressive pieces to hear live. See it, hear it, love it!
  • Venkman’s Free Early Show will feature the Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra. The Atlanta Latin Jazz Orchestra is Atlanta’s newest sound. Legendary music from Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, and Perez Prado plus the newest Latin JAzz Big Band hits will keep you on your feet. The Orchestra is led by the talented Rob Opitz so you’ll be in good hands all night.
  • The Lil Smokies will be playing at Smith’s Olde Bar at 8pm. With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The Montana quintet has recently won Best Band from the International Bluegrass Music Association.
  • CHEE will be playing at Aisle 5 at 9pm. South African producer CHEE has a unique hybrid design due to his heavy dancefloor drum&bass sound mixed with raw rap. Come too for Shield, Hiku, and Houman.
  • Lindsay Lou will be playing at Eddie’s Attic at 9pm. Lindsay has been featured in festivals from Scotland to California with their deep grooves. Come for the soul and intensity, stay for the themes and intimacy.

Social:

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Shaky Beats Survival Guide: Part Two

The Shaky Beats festival is coming to Central Park! Welcome to Part two of your Shaky Survival Guide! See Part One here!

Getting to the Festival

Please do yourself a favor. Don’t drive. It’s Atlanta, in Central Park (midtown, more or less ), just don’t. You’re going to hit some wild traffic there and back and your chance at parking will be abysmal. I would recommend taking MARTA or an Uber as close as you can get, and then walking a few blocks to the event. Basically, once your Uber is moving slower than the speed at which the people in the tie-dye shirts are walking, it’s time to bail and join them. This also lets your driver off the hook from sitting in traffic for twenty minutes trying to escape that mess. Then you’re off to the show!

Given the location of Shaky Beats this year, I’d highly recommend picking one of the area’s great restaurants as a pregame destination. Grab some lunch and brews and head on over to the festival once you’re good and ready. Some of my recommendations for pre-gaming are Midtown Tavern, Torched Hop, Two Urban Licks, and Venkman’s.

Planning Your Shows

There are roughly 100,000 apps for planning shows at music festivals, and Shaky Beats doesn’t disappoint! They have their own super handy app for booking your adventure. But for us lowly folk with little phone memory or that need their phones to stay alive throughout the whole day, I’d recommend a simple note-taking app like Google Keep.  I usually plan as follows:

  • For each time slot in the day, number your artist choices in order of how badly you want to see them.
  • For a time slot that has two great artists, you might have trouble deciding which one to see. Your best option in this case is just to suck it up and figure your life out. But one helpful deciding factor is the distance of the artist, or “how long is it going to take me to get to this show versus to the other one?” And “will I be able to get a decent spot? Which show will give me the best positioning for the next show after that?” 
  • Regardless of how badly you want to see your #1 show, always write down your #2 for each time slot. That way, if you’re meeting up with a crew or friends with differing opinions on who to see next, you can be open to two suggestions rather than one.
  • Critical info to know is 1) Artist 2) Time 3) Stage

If your phone fails, it’s always nice to have a backup. Typically you’ll be able to find flyers around the festival grounds with artist schedules, and there will be pillars dispersed with daily schedules and stage information. These are what I recommend for last-ditch items, or if you end up at a sweet show and just need to know who that artist was.

Dealing with Conflict

In some instances, you’ll disagree with your friends about what show to see next, and you’ll have to negotiate. Negotiation is an art form. Hell, our humble Commander in Chief even wrote a whole book about it. When it comes to negotiating with your crew between seeing your favorite artists and theirs, you’ll have to remember the 3 C’s of deal making: compromise, concession, and coercion. These go in order of your best-to-worst options.

  • Option 1- Compromise. This basically means you make a deal. They go see your favorite show now if you go and see theirs later. The trick? Their favorite show is also another one of your favorites. Pick a show that you know they will want to go to, and that you will like, but they don’t know you like. This will only work if you have not announced your festival show plans to your friends. You must keep these plans a secret to successfully come out on top of the compromise, otherwise you’ll come out even and that’s as bad as losing.
  • Option 2- Concession. This one means you’ll give them something. Buy them lunch, get them a t-shirt, some sort of knick-knack, whatever. The trick to winning this one? They give out tons of crap for free at these festivals. If you’re negotiating with someone, you might be able to split up for a while. Then you can sneak off and score some free swag or food and concede away.
  • Option 3- Coercion. This can be risky. This just means you get the rest of the group on your side and force the troublemaker to give in and see your show. The risk here is that if the group disagrees, then you become the troublemaker. The trick to coming out on top of this one is to ensure that the group (your backup) wants to see either your show, or the show coming on after your show at the same stage. This will give them reason to want to hang around and get a good spot.

Keep posted for three more parts to our Shaky Beats pre-event advice!

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The Shaky Beats Survival Guide: Part One

The Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats festivals are coming to Central Park! For many Atlanta residents, these festivals are great opportunities to experience the music festival life without having to trek out to the middle of nowhere! As a chronic EDM festival-goer, I’ve picked up a few tricks that will help you get the most out of your festival experience. Welcome to your Shaky Survival Guide!

What to Wear

Guys – I don’t care if you wear pants or shorts. I don’t care if you wear a polo or a t-shirt. I don’t care if you wear a silly costume.  But if you care about fitting in while staying cool and comfortable, shorts and a tank top is a safe option. But dear, sweet baby Jesus, wear compression shorts. You’re going to be dancing, walking, etc. for what adds up to a few miles every day, for up to 3 days. Things will chafe.

Ladies – For both Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats, you can’t go wrong with high-waisted jean shorts and a bohemian cropped tank top. Self conscious? Make it a full tank. Voila, you’re now dressed like 90% of girls at music festivals.

However,  you’ll also see some guys and ladies wearing much more elaborate attire that may or may not include wings, rainbows, and a variety of colored makeup and sprays. You’ll also see other people wearing much less, to say the least. Just remember that no matter how you dress at a music festival, do it for yourself! Much of what makes the music festival a fun and magical environment is the ability to be yourself and let your freak flag fly, so don’t hold back! Live your truth.  In a lot of ways, the modern definition of the music festival is owed to the men and women who dare to be authentic, bold and colorful. 

Essential Packing List

A music festival is a lot like a crappy Australia – everything there is trying to kill you, but really really slowly. Your packing essentials are going to make sure you survive the day each day.

Essential 1: a Camelbak or similar water pouch backpack. You gotta hydrate, mate. Most music festivals these days have special hydration stations with spouts intended for these packs. Getting one provides you with a lot of advantages. No more paying for water bottles, fewer refill trips, plus a backpack! If it doesn’t go with your outfit (ladies this is probably the case) just make sure you have a friend with one that doesn’t mind cooties. Remember to rinse and empty before you bring it!

Essential 2: Earplugs. You can get ’em fancy or you can get the foam classics, but get earplugs. You might say, “But, but, I go to a music festival to hear the music! Why would I put in plugs that make it harder for me to hear it???” That’s because when you listen to music on your phone, you get a warning at 85dB. When you listen to music at a festival, that beat is bumping at a steady 130dB all day long (keep in mind this is a logarithmic scale folks). You’ll hear the music just fine through those earplugs, but while you’re enjoying the show, they’re doing the important job of ensuring you don’t go deaf. You can even go fancy and get specialty buds that block only harmful noise as well!

Essential 3: During the day, you’re going to get some sun. I’m not a weatherman, we have our weather page for that, but it may be a lot of sun. Regardless of your complexion and how much sun you expect to have, just do yourself a favor and put on some sunscreen. You don’t want to be sunburned by day two and have to spend the rest of the festival watching your favorite artists from under the shelter of a far off tent. That’s no fun for anyone. 

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Sunscreen blocks harmful rays and keep your skin baby-smooth!

Fun-damental Packing List

Along with the essentials for survival, you may also want to bring some additional goodies to make your festival time a little more enjoyable. The following packing list has those good-time goodies that you should consider.

Goodie #1: Snacks! Granola and nuts are probably going to be your best bets. Nuts if you want to share, granola if you don’t. Why no protein bars? Because they’ll dehydrate you. Why no candy? Because it will melt, get gross and sticky, and generally be a mess.

Goodie #2: Sunglasses and spectral shades. One for the daytime and one for the night (at Shaky Beats at least). Sunglasses (or a hat if that’s your thing) are going to be a real necessity when it comes to keeping those eyes on the stage and not staring into the sun. Your spectral shades basically just act as little prisms, taking those pretty lights to the next level. If you think head, you can get them online for $2 instead of at the event for $20.

Goodie #3: Party Favors. Although you might get them away if you make yourself too obvious, people generally have little to no issue getting stuff in. It’s not my MO, but hey if you want some party favors to help you enjoy the show a little more, then by all means, bring all the party favors you want.

Stay posted for your daily Shaky post leading up to Shaky Beats! See Part two here and Part three here!

Atlanta Traffic

Best Events This Week in Atlanta: 4/23- 4/26

Best Events This week in Atlanta: 4/23-4/26

This is a week for comedy! Be on the lookout starting Thursday for the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and Dad’s Garage’s World Domination Improv Tournament. Also BURGER WEEK. See your best resource right here. We’re getting this post out a bit late this week due to some upcoming site changes, so stay posted! I can’t say too much, but you’re gonna love it.

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Art:

  • Still looking!

Bars & Brews:

  • Still looking!

Clubs:

  • Still looking!

Comedy:

  • Still looking!

Food and Drink:

  • It’s Atlanta Burger Week! 40+ restaurants, $5 burgers, Monday to Sunday. Eat your hearts out Atlanta. But actually, you may need a coronary bypass after this. Your best resource for the burger week? Right here on ATL by Day.
  • Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company of Lexington VA is throwing a Trail Magic Beer Dinner, in which they’ll be providing a 5 course dinner and beers at Bluetop (5362 Peachtree Rd) in Chamblee. The dinner starts at 5:30pm and runs $70 but sounds absolutely delicious! Get your tickets here.

Music:

Social:

  • Still looking!

Sports:

  • Still looking!

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Art:

  • Still looking!

Bars & Brews:

Clubs:

  • Still looking!

Comedy:

  • Whole World Improv Theater (1216 Spring St. NW) will hold an Improv 101 class from 7-9pm. This is part of an 8 week course to teach you improv and scene study, so you’ll be learning a ton for the cost of $230. Toss in the free tickets to Whole World Shows, and that’s a damn good deal. See more info for sign-ups here.

Food and Drink:

  • It’s Atlanta Burger Week! 40+ restaurants, $5 burgers, Monday to Sunday. Eat your hearts out Atlanta. But actually, you may need a coronary bypass after this. Your best resource for the burger week? Right here on ATL by Day.

Music:

  • Septymber will be playing at Smith’s Olde Bar (1578 Piedmont Ave NE) at 7pm with openers Miki Fiki and Jacque Jordan. Septymber is a rap, scat, and soul singer. Tickets run $7 advance, $10 day-of.
  • Hadag Nahash will be playing at City Winery (650 North Avenue) from 8-10pm. Hadag Nahash means Snake Fish, and is one of the most successful Israeli pop acts today incorporating jazz, electro, rock, and Middle Eastern sounds.
  • Dead Horses will be playing at Eddie’s Attic (515 N McDonough St.) with opener Kate Rhudy. It’ll be a night of contemporary indie folk, so get your denim on. The show starts at 9pm, see tickets here for $12-16.

Social:

  • Still looking!

Sports:

  • Still looking!

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Art:

  • Still looking!

Bars & Brews:

  • Still looking!

Clubs:

  • Still looking!

Comedy:

  • Dad’s Garage is has their World Domination Improv Festival this weekend and Richard Kickers will be kicking it off with the World Dom Kick Off Jam! Come out at 8pm, the show is free!
  • Joystick Gamebar (427 Edgewood Ave SE) will feature Enigma: An Improv Game Show at 10pm. This game show gives you a chance to play along with improv comedians through a twisted game of imagination!

Food and Drink:

  • It’s Atlanta Burger Week! 40+ restaurants, $5 burgers, Monday to Sunday. Eat your hearts out Atlanta. But actually, you may need a coronary bypass after this. Your best resource for the burger week? Right here on ATL by Day.
  • Bellina Alimentari at Ponce City Market (675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE) will hold a filled pasta making class from 6:30-8:30pm. They’ll teach you how to make authentic rolled pasta and sealed ravioli! Then you get to take home and eat your fresh pasta. All this for $54 – get your tickets here.

Music:

Social:

Sports:

  • Still looking!

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[expand title=”Thursday”]

Art:

Bars & Brews:

  • Still looking!

Clubs:

  • Still looking!

Comedy:

Food and Drink:

  • It’s Atlanta Burger Week! 40+ restaurants, $5 burgers, Monday to Sunday. Eat your hearts out Atlanta. But actually, you may need a coronary bypass after this. Your best resource for the burger week? Right here on ATL by Day.

Music:

Social:

Sports:

  • Still looking!

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Atlanta Piedmont Park

Best Events This Weekend in Atlanta: 4/13 – 4/15

Best Events This Weekend in Atlanta: 4/13-4/15

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Art:

  • The ARTlanta Fair will begin run from Thursday the 12th to Sunday the 15th. The Fair is at Historic Fort McPherson (1379 Bartow St. NW) and runs from 12-11:30pm, with a focus on the 18+ crowd after 8pm.

Nightlife:

Comedy:

  • The Punchline (3652 Roswell Rd. NE) is featuring K-von of MTV’s “Disaster Date” this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Friday showtimes are 8pm and 10pm. Tickets are $25 Friday and Saturday, $20 Sunday night.
  • The Laughing Skull Lounge (878 Peachtree St. NW) is hosting the “Best of Atlanta Comedy Showcase” Thursday-Sunday. Each show will feature 10 comedians performing 10min sets. Friday showtimes are 8pm and 10:30pm. General admission tickets are $17, assigned seats $20-$25. Chris Tucker made a surprise performance a few weeks ago, so this is definitely not something you want to miss.

Food and Drink:

Music:

Social:

Sports:

  • Still looking!

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Art:

Nightlife:

  • Still looking!

Comedy:

  • The Punchline (3652 Roswell Rd. NE) is featuring K-von of MTV’s “Disaster Date” this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Saturday showtimes are 8pm and 10pm. Tickets are $25 Friday and Saturday, $20 Sunday night.
  • The Laughing Skull Lounge (878 Peachtree St. NW) is hosting the “Best of Atlanta Comedy Showcase” Thursday-Sunday. Each show will feature 10 comedians performing 10min sets. Saturday showtimes are 8pm and 10:30pm. General admission tickets are $17, assigned seats $20-$25. Chris Tucker made a surprise performance a few weeks ago, so this is definitely not something you want to miss.

Food and Drink:

  • Firenza Pizza (2200 Peachtree Industrial Dr) will be hosting its grand opening this weekend, with a special bonus this Friday and Saturday. The first 10 people in line will get FREE PIZZA FOR A YEAR. The restaurant opens at 11am, so get on this.
  • The 82nd Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival will be in Piedmont Park (Festival Map here) all weekend! Saturday features Backyard Bites & Brews, which features bites and drinks from local Atlanta chefs and breweries. Tickets are $35 online, $40 onsite while available. This provides a VIP experience, with food and beer tasting, VIP tent access, and private seating and restrooms. For $50 online and $60 onsite you can get the same, plus 4 drink tickets for something a bit more boozy.
  • The Atlanta Grilled Cheese Festival HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED to June 16th-17th. Thank you for the tip Alyssa!
  • The Virginia-Highland’s Enchanted Pub Crawl will take place from 4pm-11pm. Not only will this event be the perfect opportunity to spend a day dressed like the princess (or prince) that you are, it will also help raise funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Tickets start at $25. Registration is at the host bar, Diesel Filling Station.

Music:

Social:

Sports:

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[expand title=”Sunday”]

Art:

Nightlife:

  • Still looking!

Comedy:

  • The Punchline (3652 Roswell Rd. NE) is featuring K-von of MTV’s “Disaster Date” this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Sunday’s show is at 7pm. Tickets are $25 Friday and Saturday, $20 Sunday night.
  • The Laughing Skull Lounge (878 Peachtree St. NW) is hosting the “Best of Atlanta Comedy Showcase” Thursday-Sunday. Each show will feature 10 comedians performing 10min sets. Sunday’s show is at 7pm. General admission tickets are $17, assigned seats $20-$25. Chris Tucker made a surprise performance a few weeks ago, so this is definitely not something you want to miss.

Food and Drink:

Music:

Social:

Sports:

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Nothing interesting going on this week?

Check out our growing list of events that occur every week and you’ll have plenty of options!



Help us make this list complete!

If your business has an event or you know of an event that you would like added to next week’s list, submit an event!

We hope that together we can make our lists as complete as possible!