Hey hey everyone!! Occasionally we get too backed up to post every story we'd like, but having too much to do is never anything to complain about.
So here is a throwback for this week, to last year in August at Warped Tour 2013...Enjoy :)
When we got the invite to attend Warped Tour again this year, we were super pumped. Last year, we were offered press passes from Joshua Thomas through Got Vape, and Daniel Day Zuko and myself had a great (albeit hot and unprepared) time. This year we had the chance to bring a couple more guests, so we rounded up two of our absolute favorite Zuko Inc. supporters and friends Kate Johnson and Boocho Mcfly and set out to enjoy the craziness.
As soon as we got there we ran into familiar faces...MK Ultra and Deidreann were on their way to see RUN DMT and so were we, so we set out together. That was a great set, and probably my personal favorite show of the day. I wasn't familiar with the Austin native's sound, but I was immediately happy to be enjoying it on the stage with our little group. Great to dance to...plus he threw some Cypress Hill in the mix which I thought was awesome.
After that set we sauntered around by the tour buses, and who did we bump into but some of our Hometeam ATL favorites The Wheeler Boys. They had hit up the stage a little earlier, so we found some shade and enjoyed a moment of calm. We found a nice little spot under a tent, and eventually a kind and generous man drove past and told us we were welcome to sit there and get out of the sun (which ended up coming in handy throughout the day for sure).
The rest of the day went by fast...hot and fast. We spent a lot of time at the Spotify stage...there we saw MC Lars, Mac Lethal (who I also enjoyed quite a bit), Wallpaper (also awesome), and Big Chocolate. In between those sets we zipped around so we could also catch We Came as Romans, Sleeping with Sirens, The Summer Set, While She Sleeps, The Pinz, William Beckett, and The Used.
We enjoyed every act we saw, but a few stood out. The Summer Set was great, and I have to say their drummer Jess Bowen is amazing. Their music was great for sure, but watching Jess pound the drums barefoot was a sight; she was really getting it. We were lucky enough to be standing right next to her, and we stayed until they left the stage. Instant girl crush. The Used also put on a great show. The energy was wild, and the crowd was going bananas.
I did notice a few things that any sarcastic adult would probably take note of being surrounded by so many underage people trying to get their party on...I've been going to festivals and parties too long to not be prepared. A few things I pondered in the madness...
*Flocks of teenagers who are so excited to see these shows come out to spend the day in 100 degree heat and do not bring sunscreen, water, or any kind of supplies. The crazy thing is that you're allowed to bring in a backpack or purse, and they had hydration stations to re-fill water bottles...so there really isn't a good reason to be unprepared.
*No one seemed to have forgotten their drugs...kids were wandering around confused and lost. And at some point it didn't even seem like they were enjoying themselves anymore, more like zombies walking through a war zone trying to find their way home.
*Even though there were seats in the amphitheater, and also sprawls of green grass to sit on, many kids chose to pile up anywhere on the ground, including in areas where there was heavy foot traffic. The worst part to me was that the ladies bathroom was lined with girls seated on the floor looking miserable. i guess they just wanted to be in some shade, but it was a sad sight. It's one thing when the party is in an old dirty warehouse, but where there are actual seats why would you choose to hang out with the toilets?
*By 3pm teenagers were falling out left and right. The EMT tents were packed with dehydrated kids who were passing out and red-faced. All I could think to myself was "I worked 34 hours in the last three days, didn't sleep last night, and I'm here running from stage to stage taking pics and having a great time, and I'm considerably older than most of you guys...How are you not able to keep it together?"
*Even if the girls were old enough to wear those outfits in public, they probably shouldn't have. I'm not a prude, and I definitely think females are attractive, but this wasn't an issue of short shorts or a bikini top...I'm talking girls walking around in their bras (not like bikini top bras, like ratty old bras you wear under t-shirts), or wearing so little that any guy over 18 couldn't help but look, but also think "I hope my daughter never dresses like that" (I actually heard that a couple of times).
Overall though, it was a great time, and we had great company. Whether it's music I'm familiar with or learning about, watching the fans scream and crowd surf is always a great experience. Super thank you again to Joshua Thomas and Got Vape...and to Kate Johnson and Boocho Mcfly for being such great company!!
Thank you Kate Johnson for the great pics!
Being viewed as official is so key in a business where the public's view of your business plays a major role in the success of your business.
While working with George Taylor III on his release of The Script EP in 2012, he introduced us to BK Jackson of Espee Agency as "one of the most official brothers he knows". Early meetings with BK made it abundantly clear that he was in fact official and that ZUKO Inc could benefit from his expertise.
As an official sponsor of ZUKO Inc, Espee Agency has been extremely pivotol to our early growth. Along with providing us web hosting and graphic design, they also assist with branding services, multimedia production and invaluable consulting from their numerous years of experience. Experience that includes but not limited to 12 years in Production, 14 years as a Studio and Broadcast-Trained Photographer, 7 years in Multimedia Consulting, and with competencies in Mass Media, Public Relations & Marketing and Social Event Planning.
Now entering our second sponsorship year with Espee Agency, we are very excited about having BK Jackson and Espee Agency in our corner. Please take a few moments to become more familiar with ZUKO Inc's official sponsor, Espee Agency.
I am a lucky music lover. I mean, I live in a city that is so rich with art and music; I get to book some of my favorite artists and see them perform; I get to have Sunday dinner with musicians that I listen to everyday on my ride to work...If you would've told me that it could get better (on a local level) I don't know that I would've believed you.
But it has. Since I've started working at Atkins Park-Smyrna I've seen so many more great local artists, and it's great for me because the music spans genres so I'm never bored. We have live music every Friday and Saturday night...you might see Jacob Blazer, or AJ Ghent Band, or Dixie Duncan...the list seems endless. It's a wonderland for someone like me, who loves all music and really enjoys watching people have a good time with it.
That being said this is going to be an amazing upcoming few months here at Atkins Park-Smyrna...what with festival season rolling in and all. Zuko Inc will definitely keep you informed of the events as they're happening (keep an eye out for Atkins Park-Smyrna's Mardi Gras and St. Patrick's Day festivities!!!) and you can also 'like' Atkins Park-Smyrna on Facebook for up to date information as well.
Next week we will be ready for partying for sure! Swing by Monday for Team Trivia. Tuesday (and this is something I am particularly excited about) come by around 10pm and enjoy DJ Rock Most for some weekday dancing!!
And that is just the beginning to this fantastic week, because Saturday and Sunday we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Oyster/Mardi Gras Fest...live music all day both days! Acts like Chip Jones and Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics will be performing (plus so many more!), not to mention a delicious specialized menu full of New Orleans inspired dishes (and tons of oysters, all kinds of ways!) Get your presale tickets to save a few bucks, or just show up and purchase them at the door. Either way you won't be disappointed.
I love music, and it's such a blessing that both of my lines of work directly connect me to some of the best the city has to offer. And coming into my first festival season with Atkins Park I can see that it's only going to get better.
Follow Atkins Park-Smyrna and Zuko Inc for updates or just ask me, you know I'll have all the info!!!
If you haven't already, peep "F**k Culture" EP by GOLDYARD. A huge win for this project the herbadelic vibe and professional cohesiveness the stands strong from beginning to end. The production team lead by Flick (dj for GOLDYARD) and assisted by Kato (SMKA) and others did a bang-up job matching the unique flows of InDoe and AT. "F**k Culture" could have a few songs longer but I guess that's a credit to the project's quality.
WINTER BASH! Tom P, The Wheeler Boys, Mighty High Coup, T Clarence, Goldyard, Big Face Paper Gang, WILLYWEB & more!
Get ready for the fifth installment of this amazing annual holiday party (originally held at Krog Street warehouse). As always, Tom P will be performing live along with an eclectic line up of awesome local Atlanta acts.
There will also be raffles, giveaways, and of course... A TON OF BOOZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you have never been to to this event, ask around. Last time there were nearly 1,000 people in attendance at the new location SPRING4th CENTER (located next to The Quad).
WHEN? December 27th 2013
WHERE? Spring4th Center: 728 Spring Street Atlanta GA 30308
PARKING? There is plenty of free parking around the venue and cheap parking within a minute's walking distance next to the Varsity.
We hope to see you there! Bring friends and spread the word, lets make this the best one yet!
So often we read in our history books about amazing people who's goals, convictions and moral fortitude out-weigh their fears, struggles and personal short comings. Rarely do we get to live in the same time period as these kind of people and get to see how they change the world first-hand. It seemed as though Mandela became a better person as he went through his battles and continued to inspire others to a better way of living amongst their fellow man. This is not an easy task. Please take a few moments to learn more about this great man who was a hero in our time.
RIP, Nelson Mandela.... you will be missed.