ATL by Night Highlights for Oct 5th – 7th

I feel like you should start thinking ahead to October, because the spring and the fall is when this city goes INSANE with things to do at all times of the day and night.

The weekend of October 5th-7th kicks off a wonderful, event-filled month in Atlanta. First off is the A3C Festival, a hip hop music and culture event that is both a conference and a music festival. Most of the conference panels, meet and greets, and networking activities are scheduled October 3-5, leaving Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th dedicated to musical acts like Wu-Tang Clan, Lil Wayne, Talib Kweli and Young M.A.

Also happening but a separate event: the 8th annual Atlanta Hip Hop Day. This free, two-day music festival will be happening downtown at Woodruff Park. It will feature artists such as Skooly, Kwony Cash, and Lil Zane. Hosted by DJ Scream of 96.7 The Beat, this Saturday-Sunday outdoor get together will definitely make heads bounce, if not break some backs with sick beats.

Steve Aoki is playing at Ravine on Saturday, October 6th. Aoki hasn’t played in Atlanta for two years, and it feels like FOREVER since Midtown got that lit on a Saturday. This time, Aoki will be taking the EDM fire inside Ravine–no outside block party! It is going to be air conditioned for your sexy good times. Will there be cake thrown? Will this party be as crazy as I think it will be? I hope the answer to both questions is “YES!”  UPDATE: Beware Presents says there will definitely be cake thrown!

529 in EAV is throwing a great hip hop concert on Friday, October 5th titled We Are The Gard featuring Bumpy Knuckles, Breakbeat Lou and Opio. This is an official A3C Festival showcase, so you are guaranteed to hear something exquisite from the lineup. Free admission with A3C festival 5-day pass or tickets at the door

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The Sweet Auburn Music Fest is happening over Irwin Street this weekend as well. The two-day, FREE and family friendly music, food and arts gathering has a lot to offer: “From upcoming hip hop acts, to timeless R&B & Gospel stars, to Rap veterans, to Alternative Greats, the Sweet Auburn Music Fest has it all.”

What about the games and watch parties?? Sidebar is hosting UFC viewing party on Saturday afternoon and a Falcons-Steelers watch party on Sunday.

Looks like the start of a jam-packed October in the A–keep having fun, Atlanta!

 

 

 

 

Ravine Is The Newest Venue On The Midtown Scene

Friday, 17 August, marked the grand opening of Ravine, an entertainment venue that occupies the space of what used to be called Reign. I am not allowed to call Ravine a “club” because, to be fair, it is not. When I write my neighborhood nightlife scene guide, I will have to categorize places into venues, clubs, bar & food with live music, and pop ups

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Before I go into the music headliner of the inaugural evening, I need to talk about the venue. First off, parking is $20–that is decided by the parking company who watches over the lot, just fyi. VIP parking is available, too. The staff are all very nice and congenial–even the huge, imposing dudes hired for security and VIP area management. Bathrooms were spacious and had friendly attendants. Ravine is not just about music and DJs, but more about hosting private and sponsored events. Want to host DJ Snake here? Awesome. Want to have a bar mitzvah in a sick venue? Affirmative. Does your company want to have a lit end of year party/meeting with a live band? You’re covered.

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Ravine has two levels. The right side of the main floor is dedicated VIP seating areas, with a bar in the back right. The left side is a long, well-staffed bar that didn’t bleed too bad into the main floor. Upstairs is the main VIP seating area that houses up to five parties (it started getting difficult to do math with the strong drinks being poured, so pardon me if I get that wrong). Shout-out to Ed, who was doing a fantastic job of overseeing the entry area of the lower left VIP stairs next to the stage.

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Beware Presents brought us two acts that evening: SixSixMusic as the opener and Loud Luxury as the headliner. Loud Luxury is a Canadian production and DJ duo Andrew Fedyk and Joe Depace, based in Los Angeles. The two met while going to school, and collaborated on songs together. After seeing a Porter Robinson show in 2016, they were inspired to create the song “See It Again.” In 2017, they remixed Martin Garrix‘s song “Scared to Be Lonely”–which brought them to the spotlight and enabled them to do further remixes that propelled them to touring and playing festivals.

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The floor finally got packed around 1 a.m., and I found that I still had a little more personal space than usual–so that was good. I have read Reddit and Facebook Atlanta EDM-based group posts debating the dress code at Ravine: I would say I saw patrons dressing slightly nicer than Opera and IRIS, but not all dripping bling and stiletto heels. Also, and this is important to me, it wasn’t hot inside the venue. If anything, I was cold–which is oh so important when dancing for your life and keeping your makeup looking sickening.

Friday evening was magical, indeed. Not only did I get free Krispy Kreme donuts on the way home, some guy in upstairs VIP started throwing money down on the dance floor making it rain a shower of one dollar bills! Shout-outs to Rachel behind the bar and Stephanie in the women’s bathroom: it was my pleasure shoving some people out of the way in order to collect some free money and tip y’all in cash.

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Okay, so here it is: Did I enjoy my time there? Yes. Was the sound great? Yes. Ravine has invested in a British-designed Funktion-One sound system and the depth was just right for the size of the venue. Lights and lasers? Yes, Ravine uses ROBE lighting systems. It’s not a huge setup, but it enhances the DJ(s) just fine. The large LED screen in the back is really the main draw for your eyes.

I would definitely go back for a music artist I really like. Ravine says it will soon announce other non-music acts and events, so stay tuned! I’m excited to see who else Beware Presents will book, as well. I’m going to recommend Steve Aoki for those of you who are looking for a WILD party; he’ll be there on Saturday, 6 October. You may even get famously caked!

Keep dancing, Atlanta!

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!