Originally posted October 21, 2016
Last month, I had the pleasure of attending an amazing music festival in the ever beautiful and balmy Atlanta, Georgia. I’ve only ever driven through the state on the dreaded childhood Christmas vacation trips to visit my grandparents with little to see or experience from these stops except reporting on the state of the bathroom facilities. My most recent trip proved to be much different.
Atlanta took my breath away if only for that short weekend. It could have been any number of elements - the people, the food, the art and music, the overall vibe. It all played a role in shaping my experience and pushing me to appreciate the scene of my surroundings. Check out the BeltLine below, a former railway corridor flowing through the heart of Atlanta and used as a multi-use transportation path. Housing a variety of installations, it was one of my favorite parts in experiencing the city.
Music Midtown itself was a fantastic concert and a real lesson in efficiency, environmental design, marketing and crowd control. Battling a thunderstorm that blew through Saturday morning, the concert had to shut down completely. The staff needed to clearly communicate to those trying to enter the grounds while simultaneously ushering out a large crowd already settling in for the day. It could have all gone awry but luckily most people handled the news with minimal irritation. I think this was in large part to the effective communication, the easy entry and access points, and having an already successful full day of music under their belts. Kudos to those involved with Music Midtown!
Among the list of so many great performers that I was able to see, these were among my favorites - the Lumineers, Alabama Shakes, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats (I shot this video above from the festival), Chvrches, James Bay, Leon Bridges, Lucius and last but not least.. The Killers. They killed it (no pun intended) and were an unexpected delight to see perform!
After the long weekend, I was exhausted but well worth the drain to be surrounded by great people in one of my new favorite spots to visit, Atlanta.