The Shaky Boots Festival is one of the biggest events to happen in north Georgia..ever. Take it from a girl who spent her teenage years in Kennesaw – nothing ever happens there. It was a huge deal when President George W. Bush came to my alma mater, Harrison High School, back in 2003 right before we went to war with Iraq. The very first Shaky Boots festival is even bigger than that. No offense to W, we do love him, but we’re pretty damn excited for the amount of star power descending on Cobb County.
The Shaky Boots Festival will go down on May 16-17 (Saturday & Sunday) at Kennesaw State University’s Sports & Entertainment Park. Tickets are on sale now with general admission 2-day advanced passes at $169 and VIP passes for $499. VIP includes viewing areas to all stages, complimentary beer and water, lunch and dinner appetizers, cash bars for liquor, and private restrooms. Single day tickets will be available soon, but we suggest y’all take advantage of the discounted advanced pricing while it’s still available! Good news for parents – kids age 8 and younger are free (only two kids per each adult).
The 2015 Shaky Boots lineup includes:
The Band Perry
Old Crow Medicine Show
Eli Young Band
The Devil Makes Three
The Cadillac Three
The Whiskey Gentry
Drake White and the Big Fire
Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band
Who are y’all looking forward to seeing the most at the very first Shaky Boots Festival?
Who’s that? It’s That Guy BAMN! This Atlanta-based artist is spinning rhymes like it’s his business. His album “First Class” is the perfect title, as this about as good as Southern rap gets. Following in the footsteps of great rappers before him, BAMN has a sound that’s distinctly Southern with rhymes smoother than silk.
“Brandon Ford, better known to most as BAMN, was born in Vidalia, Ga., on a stretch of farmland he affectionately calls the “kuntry”. As a child, like many others BAMN would flip buckets upside down and beat them with sticks as if they were drums. However during his adolescence BAMN discovered he had a real way with words. During middle school he began writing poetry; poetry that molded his spoken word into raps. BAMN boasts that his solid work ethic instilled in him by his strong family and rappers like Outkast, Twista, and Field Mob to name a few heavily influenced his love and dedication for music. Here at Pretty Southern, we’ve had his single “Do Dat” on repeat in the car stereo for months now!” (more…)
Southern hospitality and world class jazz…what could be sweeter! I think of the Atlanta Jazz Festival as the prelude to summer. The music is awesome and because it runs through Memorial Day Weekend, I associate it with longer days, more fun and vacation. It’s really a great excuse to get out of the house, meet some friends and explore some of the city’s hotspots.
Every day throughout the month of May there will be jazz performances in parks, clubs and venues around Atlanta as part of the festival. These “31 Days of Jazz” activities will include live jazz in Underground Atlanta, Martinis & IMAX at Fernbank Museum, Friday Jazz at the High, a concert series at Loews Atlanta Hotel, and Fiesta Atlanta in Centennial Olympic Park. Then the festival opens on Saturday, May 26 and runs through Monday, May 28. Memorial Day Weekend will be three full days of music in beautiful Piedmont Park. And it’s free!
Roy Ayers, renowned jazz composer and vibraphone player will be performing in Piedmont Park.
Y’all can bring your own picnic, or you can make it a culinary adventure and try the BBQ, Caribbean foods and more. They have a whole area of booths with art, clothing and jewelry so you can get a little shopping in, too.
Atlanta Jazz Festival was named one of the Top 10 Festivals for 2012. The festival attracts some of the best jazz musicians in the world. This year’s performance schedule includes jazz greats Roy Ayers, Cyrus Chestnut, Tito Puente Jr. & Orchestra, Robert Glasper Experiment, Russell Gunn, Edy Martinez, Johnny O’Neal, Ojeda Penn and Kathleen Bertrand. Newcomers include the Grace Kelly Quintet and Yolanda Rabun.
The 35th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is presented by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. For more information, check out the ATL Jazz Festival’s website, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter
[author] [author_image timthumb='on']http://prettysouthern.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Karen.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Pretty Southern contributing culture and lifestyle reporter Karen Hatchett is a life-long southerner and resident of Smyrna, Georgia. She’s a Marketing & PR professional, arts & music lover, jewelry designer and casual gardener.[/author_info] [/author]
We’ve got your top Southern Christmas songs! Our holiday season South of the Mason Dixon line is drastically different than other parts of the U.S. as unlike our Northern kin, we can count on not having a white Christmas. There’s a strong chance it’ll be warm and today in Georgia we’ve got fat raindrops instead of snowflakes. Our latitude calls for a slightly different soundtrack to properly capture the spirit of a Southern Christmas. Pretty Southern is privileged to provide y’all with a few tunes for this auspicious occasion.
To start us off, we’ve got Alabama’s “Christmas in Dixie”.
Followed by Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas”.
And of course this classic holiday favorite “Leroy the Redneck Reindeer”.
Robert Earl Keene’s “Merry Christmas from the Family” is about as Southern a Christmas song y’all can hear
We can’t forget Mr. Garth Brooks and all the gentlemen out there.
Did you know Sixpence None the Richer is a Southern band? The group started in Texas and broke into the Nashville music scene. And thank God they are from the South so we can cap off this Southern Christmas soundtrack with this classic.