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LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

LOCAL PROFILE: Georgia's Country Music Scene

ATLANTA – According to the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, “country music is a perennial Southern favorite in Atlanta and it won’t disappoint”. The music, which has its roots in the south, is known as a blend of, both, traditional and popular music. The country music genre gained widespread popularity around the mid-1900’s as music known as “hillbilly” or old-time music began to decline. Hillbilly music was a genre of music native to the people of the Ozarks. The music was usually played on acoustic instrument like a guitar or a banjo.

Over the years, old-time music changed however most of the lyrical content and instrumentation stayed the same. As it evolved, the arrangement of instruments grew to include the electronic keyboard, drums, the bass, fiddle and the harmonica.

East Atlanta Beer Fest brews fun this weekend

East Atlanta Beer Fest brews fun this weekend

ATLANTA -- The East Atlanta Beer Festival kicks off Saturday at 1 p.m. at Brownwood Park in East Atlanta, and features samples of 170 craft beers from 55 different brewers.

The event, now in its eighth year, has plenty of entertainment: Atlanta-based show band Burt & The Bandits, who features music from iconic country legends like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels and others; The Imperial OPA, a gypsy-style troupe of vaudevillian type performers with a modern circus-type of presentation; Animal & the Evolvers is made up of performers from the Old Fourth Ward and East Atlanta neighborhoods and plays music that they describe as being between The Beatles and My Morning Jacket – whatever that means.

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

BEST SPOTS: Community Swimming Pools

ATLANTA, Ga. -- For this week’s installment of Best Spots, we've compiled a list of public pools in the area for you, your family and friends to take a dip and cool off in the heat of the summer sun.

With an economy like ours, it’s imperative that people look for a bargain wherever they can and public pools offer fun with that’s easy on the pockets. Check out these local pools and enjoy a classic, cost-effective, exciting summertime experience.

City of Atlanta

City pools open on Memorial Day at 11:00 a.m. Daily rates are $4 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens. Facilities include:

Grant Park is located at 25 Park Avenue in Atlanta.

Powell Park is located at 1690 M.L. King Drive in Atlanta.

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WEEKEND EVENTS: Atlanta Gives Back, Pet Parade, Dead Prez

WEEKEND EVENTS: Atlanta Gives Back, Pet Parade, Dead Prez

ATLANTA – There are tons of fun events going on this weekend, in your area. We’ve listed a few of them for you to check out with your family and friends.

Join 11Alive and the Atlanta Humane Society for the 21st Annual Pet Parade on Saturday, May 7. The parade starts at Piedmont Park at 11:00 a.m. and features 11Alive’s own, John Gerard and Chesley McNeil as the Grand Marshalls. Registration for pets starts at 9:00 a.m. and the event ends around 1:00 p.m. Registration for a pet and a parent is $35, on Saturday morning. Piedmont Park is located at 1071 Piedmont Avenue in Atlanta.

Revolutionary hip-hop duo, Dead Prez will headline a concert at Masquerade on Friday, May 6. The two-some, composed of stic.man and M-1 are known for their “raw” and “in-your-face” style of lyricism.

LOCAL PROFILE: Piedmont Park

LOCAL PROFILE: Piedmont Park

ATLANTA, Ga. – Often called the quintessential city park, Piedmont Park, has something for everyone. Situated in the middle of the city, this park offers fishing, playgrounds, swimming, tennis, skating and even movie viewings.

Atlanta’s “Common Ground” since 1904, the park is the destination for “ITP” residents or city dwellers, every weekend. The main green or The Meadow is the main area for congregation; dogs and their owners or groups of friends playing ball games, usually, use this area for their activities.

Grilling isn’t allowed in the park; however, there are designated areas for people who want to use them. Park goers can fish in Clara Meer, which was created for the 1895 Cotton States and International Exposition; the lake is filled with many of the local common species. The park features basketball courts and tennis courts, also.

City Hall East plans set in motion

City Hall East plans set in motion

 ATLANTA – The final sale of City Hall East is nigh and neighbors are excited about turning the old city staple into live, work, play community. The building, which has been out of use for about three or four years, will be re-opening in 2013 as a combination of condos, offices and shops.

City Hall is one of the principal locations or landmarks along the Atlanta Beltline eastside trail. When this establishment opens, it will give residents access to the new Historic Fourth Ward Park and to the Beltline skate park.

Jamestown Properties will be purchasing the two-million square foot complex through their subsidiary Green Street Properties.

Councilmember Hall hosts H4WP Walking Tours, March 19th

Councilmember Hall hosts H4WP Walking Tours, March 19th

ATLANTA -- Be sure to join City Councilmember Kwanza Hall and City Watershed Commissioner Dexter White for coffee, donuts and walking tours of Phase I of Historic Fourth Ward Park on Saturday, March 19th at 10AM.  

Neighbors should meet at the Dallas Street entrance to the park, near the AMLI Old Fourth Ward Apartments, which are located at 525 Glen Iris Drive. Coffee and donuts will be donated by Sublime Doughnuts.

For more information follow Kwanza Hall on Twitter at: @District2ATL