Friday, July 12, 2013

Atlanta haps for the rest of July!

The Atlanta Street Food Fest is just one of the many things poppin' in July! 
It’s the weekend!
I want to first thank everyone for your support during my hard times trying to recover everything I lost last Saturday (see here). It means a lot. Keep commenting and tweeting about it until justice is served. Second, I am still maintaining my duty as an informant on anything hot going on in Atlanta and beyond, so here’s my list of things you might want to strongly consider checking out if you are in Georgia’s capital for the rest of the month of July. We're talking about the amazing Funkjazz Kafe music and arts extravaganza, a new seasonal brew by Red Hare Brewery, a restaurant-hopping Paint Nite, the Atlanta Street Food Fest, and a Christmas Party in July thanks to Atkins Park to name a few. These descriptions below are direct from the source with some of my commentary here and there, so enjoy! There are more events coming, but for now, here ya go:

FunkJazz Kafé: See the History and Experience the Legacy
Legendary multi-faceted arts and music festival preps for a two-day film and festival experience

(Hands down, this is the seminal event that has set the standard for indoor music festivals that incorporate soul, hip hop and the phenomenal artists responsible for making this music come alive. Hats off to the FunkJazz Kafe founder and producer Jason Orr. He is a true inspiration. Read on and be sure to be a part of this ongoing historic music extravaganza.)

Proclaimed by Rolling Stone Magazine as “A Cultural Paradise!” and VIBE Magazine as “A Legendary Carnival of Art & Music,” FunkJazz Kafé Arts & Music Festival, one of the most anticipated and original, interactive cultural arts festivals in North America will launch its 19th year in collaboration with NBAF's 25th Anniversary National Black Arts Festival Celebration. For two consecutive days, July 12th and 13th FunkJazz Kafé® will execute ‘music magic’ through film and unscripted environments of high-energy live performance.
FunkJazz Kafé: Diary of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement)
Friday, July 12 at 7pm Southwest Arts Center (915 New Hope Rd SW)
See the history and experience the legacy of FunkJazz Kafé through its highly acclaimed, award winning documentary film, “FunkJazz Kafé: Diary of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement).”
Narrated by Chuck D of Public Enemy, this nationally popular, consistently SOLD-OUT, film documentary spans the late 1980s - early 2000s and speaks on the fabric of soul music, its pioneers, its offspring, the challenges with the commercial music industry, and the evolution of the Atlanta-birthed FunkJazz Kafé.

FunkJazz Kafé: The Festival
Saturday, July 13 at 8pm The Tabernacle (152 Luckie Street NW)
Known for ‘the unknown’ for nearly two decades, high-quality, unannounced talent such as Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Erykah Badu, Public Enemy, Janelle Monáe, India.Arie, Cee Lo Green, Jamie Foxx, Bilal, Dionne Farris, and hip-hop legends Doug E. Fresh and MC Lyte have graced the FunkJazz Kafé stage. Expect once-in-a-lifetime artist experiences, exclusive music performances and various interactive components, displayed in nine separate areas or suites. The FunkJazz Kafé® marketplace will host a variety of exhibitors, Capioera Angola martial arts demonstrations, interactive drumming and dancing and a “House Party Suite” powered by Savoy Magazine. 

Tickets for the FunkJazz Kafé: Diary Of A Decade (The Story Of A Movement) film screening can be purchased online at and tickets for FunkJazz Kafé® Arts & Music Festival can be purchased at or at The Tabernacle box office.
For more info, visit: YouTube: funkjazzkafechannel Vimeo: funkjazzkafe  Twitter: funkjazzkafe Facebook: funkjazzkafe

Second Annual Atlanta Street Food Festival
Saturday, July 13, 12 to 8 p.m., Piedmont Park, 400 Park Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
Atlanta’s favorite food trucks will roll into Piedmont Park on Saturday, July 13, from noon to 8 p.m, for the second annual Atlanta Street Food Festival. Presented by MARTA, the Festival is the city’s only day-long event dedicated to street cuisine. The 2013 Atlanta Street Food Festival represents the largest gathering of food trucks in the Southeast, bringing together more than 25 food trucks, local merchants and artisans, and live musical entertainment from some of the area’s favorite performers. Feature trucks include Yumbii, Mix’D Up, Masala Fresh, Smileys, Happy Belly, W.O.W and Williamson Brothers BBQ.
For more info and tickets, visit
 (I will be there!)

The Monthly Burnt Hickory Brewery Throwdown/Tasting/Tour!
Same deal as always, Burnt Hickory Brewery is hosting this awesome gathering 12-5 pm for a mere $10.00 for the straight tasting, custom glass (new ones too! Blue pub glasses!) and tour with FIVE tickets for FIVE 4oz pours. You can go for the Expanded Tour:  Same as the 10.00 one but you just get 3 more tickets to be used for the samples.
The weather is looking good. Our normal food providers will be here,Chef Mike and Red Top BBQ. Beavis will be here too! Wow!

Here’s the Tap List direct from Scott Hedeen:
1. Old Wooden Head
 Our 11% IIPA. One of the Atlanta "Bucket List Beers" (Thanks Austin and CL!) 
2. Ezekiel's Wheel ("Zeke") 
Our 6.5% Pale Ale.  It's the latest batch that we are Oh-So-Cleverly calling "Zombie Cutter" or "Daisy Dust".  This thing is a tribute to our fave Chicagoan pale ales.  Hmmm Mmmm CITRA hops!
3.White Flag Third Strike Wit
Our Imp WIT (yes. Imp WIT!)  It's cloudy and hitting New Glarusian fruit levels with the extra dosing of very tart apricots!  "Named for Popular California Rock Band" according to the Marietta Daily Journal.  I know you LOVE that! 
4. Cannon Dragger
Our FLAGSHIP Ale. 8.5% IPA.  It's catty. It's danky. It's piney.  Nuff Said?
Our limited summer dosing of ZEKE with Pineapples. It's 6.5% and fruity. Tropical!  It's named for all you Bowie fans.  Jim Bowie that is!

Specials! Limited pours of one brewery-only beer every hour starting at
1 pm, with…
Cannon Clasher Vol. 4: "The Four Horsemen" Our continuing tribute to one of the greatest lps of all time, The Clash's London Calling. This month we took our awesomely great IPA, Cannon Dragger, and dry hop it with FOUR DIFFERENT rare hops! Thus the "Four".  ONE KEG ONLY.
The hops? 1. El Dorado  2.Meridian 3. Polaris 4.Calypso.  What a lineup of cutting edge newer hops!

2 pm
Knutsak #1: "ButterRum Lifesaver" and KNUTSAK #2 "Boo Boo's Banana Popsicle"  
Knutsak is a collaboration we have going on now with the Buttenkraken Brewery from Bulgaria.  They are some of the meanest surliest brewers in the world. Only problem? They love to brew with fruit!  Bad asses to the core! 

3 pm.
Killdozer: Our 13.5% Bourbon Barrel aged Barleywine. Now some 7 months in the barrel, this beer is getting GOOD.
ONE KEG. These beers pour out fast, so if you want to make sure you get some. Be here on time! 

Paint, Drink and Be Merry: “Paint Nite” Events Hit Atlanta Nightlife
Social painting phenomenon pops up in bars throughout Atlanta
Social painting is the new thing and Paint Nite, a leader in the industry, announces the launch of their events in bars and restaurants throughout Atlanta. Social painting has given a fresh creative spin on girl’s night out, date night, or a way to meet someone new. A professional, artist provides step-by-step instruction, from a blank canvas to a final piece of personalized art in about two hours while participants enjoy sipping on their favorite cocktails. The bars bring in patrons on a slow night, the artist creates their own small business and participants experience a fun night out socializing with old and new friends and painting something they can take home and brag about!
“Paint Nite is a win-win-win for us, for local artists and for the participants,” said Helen Kirk, event sales and marketing manager at Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant on Buckhead Ave. “While people are painting and having fun socializing with friends, we get to drive traffic on a traditionally slower night and introduce a whole new group of potential customers to our establishment.”
To locate a Paint Nite event in the Atlanta area, join the network of venues or to inquire about becoming a featured artist,
More information about Paint Nite can be found at or they can be followed and @paintnite on Twitter.

Big Tex Decatur and Goose Island Beer Dinner
(Hey y’all, it’s on July 18th and both Goose Island and Big Tex are going to be awesome hosts!)
On Thursday, July 18 at 7 p.m., Big Tex Decatur will host Chicago's Goose Island Beer Company for a four course, seasonably inspired menu alongside a selection of award winning Goose Island brews. The price will be $50 (excluding tax and gratuity) for four courses including full bottles and pints of beer. For tickets and more information visit,

Search for the Coldest to Atlanta
DJ Khaled, Bun B and DJ Drama to Help Find the Coldest MC at an Event with a Performance by Big Sean
Coors Light takes its Search for the Coldest to Atlanta, hosting its second semifinals event with celebrity hosts and judges Ice Cube, Bun B and DJ Drama, plus a special performance by Big Sean. The contest will feature live battles between the winning MCs from the Dallas, Charlotte and New Orleans artist showcases, along with the top Atlanta contestant. These four MCs were chosen through online votes and artist showcases, advancing to the Atlanta semifinals, for a chance to compete for $20,000 and the title of Coldest MC at the finale in New York City, on August 1. For more information on the Search for the Coldest contest and tour, visit  
Who: Judges: Ice Cube (host), Bun B and DJ Drama with a performance by Big                 Sean
When: Thursday, July 18 at 8:00 pm
             Doors Open: 7:00 pm
             Press Briefing: 5:30 pm (Begins promptly)
Where: Prive
               960 Spring Street
               Atlanta, GA 30309
Get Social: @CoorsLight #SFTC2013

Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar throws a holly, jolly Christmas in July party on July 25
Festivities include drink specials and a naughty gift giveaway
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland couldn’t wait until December to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. The restaurant is hosting its annual Christmas in July party on Thursday, July 25, starting at 9 p.m. Atkins Park is getting everyone in the holiday spirit with a “Deer & Beer” drink special, which includes a Samuel Adams Summer Ale and baby Jägermeister shot, Christmas cookies and a naughty gift giveaway from Santa and the Jäger elves. For more good tidings and cheer, guests who purchase any Sam Adams or Jäger drink will be entered into a drawing for a Weber charcoal grill and Sam Adams swag.
Atkins Park Restaurant & Bar in Virginia-Highland is located at 794 N. Highland Avenue.  For more information, call 404-876-7249 or visit 

Summer Bubbles Tasting at Lobby Bar and Bistro!
Thursday, July 25th from 6 – 8p.m.
Where: 361 17th Street | Atlanta, GA 30363 |
Cost: $25 per person
·         Enjoy tastes of our 5 featured bubbles including:
Taltarni Tache Brut (Australia)
Bouvet Brut (France)
Poema Cava Rose (Spain)
Steele Black Bubbles (sparkling Syrah)
Michele Chiarlo "Nivole" Moscato d'Asti
·         Includes all-you-can-enjoy paired hors d’oeuvres
Reserve: Seats are limited; call 404.961.7370 to reserve yours today.

Forbidden Fruit- Spice Apple Farmhouse Ale
Forbidden Fruit- Red Hare’s first beer in their seasonal line-up pours on Saturday, July 20th
Forbidden Fruit Spiced Apple Farmhouse Ale is the first of Red Hare’s seasonal series. Forbidden Fruit was brewed with ingredients to evoke the experience of fall in Georgia; from apple picking in Ellijay, to enjoying a slice of freshly baked apple pie. The crust of this French-style brew is formed with 2-row malts, Munich malts as well as two Caramel malts. Loads of fresh pressed apples from North Georgia are added laced with vanilla and cinnamon to give a sweetness, which is balanced by the addition of Saaz hops. Finally the whole recipe is “dry hopped” with cinnamon to create a finish that emulates the experience of the first bite of a fresh baked apple pie.
Forbidden Fruits will only be available on draught and will be released to the public Saturday July 20th at the brewery during our tasting from 2-4 pm. We will have Fatty’s of Atlanta food truck, King of Pops, and live music from Atlanta Boogie at the brewery for the festivities.
Red Hare Brewing Company is an independent microbrewer in Marietta, GA selling its craft beer throughout the state. Its three most popular varieties are Gangway IPA, Long Day Lager, and Watership Brown. Red Hare also brews a seasonal line, and a line of one-off batches called Rabbit’s Reserve. Red Hare is the first craft brewery in Georgia to can their beer. The brewery tasting room is open to the public for sampling and tours Thursdays and Fridays from 5:30-7:30 and Saturday from 2-4pm.
For more information visit our website at, contact the brewery by e-mail at, or by phone at 770-955-5430. Located at 1998 Delk Industrial Blvd, Marietta, GA 30067.


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