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Artlantis Arts and Music Festival: Keeping it local and interesting

Artlantis is bringing emerging Atlanta artists together for an all day festival on Saturday, June 4. With 50 artists and 8 bands, Artlantis presents a slew of work from creative minds, focusing on the artists that push boundaries and refuse to settle into a mold.

James McConnell, along with co-founder Mark Basehore began Artlantis two years ago,  throwing together a festival in a couple weeks with 8 bands and 20 artists. Since then, the interest and excitement surrounding the festival has grown and so has the amount of art!

McConnell, who runs Beep Beep Gallery was able to hand-pick the artists for this year, half of which are artists that have previously shown at Beep Beep, while the others were found through submissions. McConnell says, “We were looking for stuff that you wouldn’t find at other festivals, something more unique, expressing something interesting.”

Among the myriad of Artlantis artists will be a couple of McConnell’s favorite local record labels, Double Phantom and Pretty Ambitious Records, as well as some artist organizations, such as Dashboard Co-Op. There’s a puppy booth for anyone wanting to get cuddly with a bunch of adorable puppies. And then there’s the music…Lucy Dreams, Adron, Lyonnais, Social Studies, The Clap, Chandu’s, Mule Skinner MacQueen, and Magic Apron.

The art will run you anywhere from $5-$500, but most of the artists are bringing smaller stuff, prints, and art made specifically for the festival. McConnell hopes that Atlantis becomes a regular summer tradition in Atlanta and plans to stick with it as long as it keeps growing.

Artlantis Arts and Music Festival happens Saturday June 4 10am – 7pm in the parking lot of Druid Hills Baptist Church 1085 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast

Folks interested in volunteering, contact artlantisfestival@gmail.com

P.S. Immediately following the Artlantis festival is a Ponce Crush art opening featuring Louis N LaPierre and Sanithna Phansavanh. Beep Beep Gallery, 7pm.



March Music Magnificence in Atlanta!

I’m excited about March Shows! Atlanta really has some awesome shows happening all the time, but I’m pretty excited about March this year. Here’s the rundown of the live music I’m most excited about:

Ice Cube is playing at Center Stage on March 5 with Killer Mike and DJ Cash. Is this thing not sold out yet? Ice Cube invokes nostalgia in my heart – Boyz n the Hood, “It Was a Good Day,” “Check Yo Self,” Friday…I love it! I just don’t think about Anaconda.

SXSW Kickoff Party w/ Abby Gogo, Back Pockets, Reptar, Spirits and the Melchizedek Children, Milagres, Transvestites, and Boom Chick @ Star Bar on Thursday, March 10 and it’s Free!

Pretty Ambitious Records and PurgeAtl have a kickass kickoff party for all of us in Atlanta before they take it out to Austin on 3/17 at Clive Bar for SXSW. The SXSW line-up is a little different than the one we’ll get at Star Bar, featuring Chicago-based Light Pollution as the headliner with Atlanta support from Mermaids, Turf War, Abby gogo, Sealions, Little Tybee, Back Pockets, Transvestite. Check out their music sampler for a taste of each of these yum-yums.

OK Productions brings Tennis and Say Hi to The Earl on Friday, March 11. I’ve been looking forward to this since I interviewed Eric Elbogen for Performer Magzine a few months ago. The feature came out last month. If you’re interested in an interesting musician, you can check it out here. I wonder if the band has stuck it through thus far on the Say Hi tour? Anywho, La Sera from L.A. and Blair from Brooklyn will also be performing on this evening. $10 for that much goodness is a total steal.

I know that Saturday, March 12 presents a problem for many live music goers in Atlanta. There’s Toro Y Moi with Cloud Nothings at Drunken Unicorn, Wild Flag with Shannon Wright at The Earl, The Booze and The Biters simultaneous record release party at Star Bar, or Nash Smith & Ganges, Nerdkween, and Night Driving in Small Towns at Wonderroot, but I hold onto tix to Continue reading “March Music Magnificence in Atlanta!” »