20 April 2015

Review: Parade of Top Talent Helps Unify Atlanta's Trance Family Around Unity

Atlanta's electronic dance music (EDM) scene is dominated by drum 'n bass, dubstep, and trap music.

All three genres are designed to make the listener move and sweat. But none of the three genres --dubstep, drum 'n bass, or trap-- provide the emotional punch a two-hour trance set does.

Trance, another sub-genre of EDM, is best characterized as an electronic symphony. Much like classical pieces composed by Liszt or Tchaikovsky, trance contains rises and falls; ebbs and flows; peaks and valleys, as the DJ takes you on a musical journey.

Trance fans in the South's capital city, known as the Atlanta Trance Family, have long lamented the availability of good trance around town.

Enter Unity Atlanta.

In 2014, a few friends got together and formed Unity; a new promotion created by trance fans for trance fans. The idea of Unity was to provide a monthly event for the Atlanta Trance Family to get their emotional fix from local talent. Since Unity's first event last year, their monthly shows have grown exponentially to include a parade of top talent from around Georgia and around the world.

Local DJs like Ryan Michael and Bryson Taylor have shared the decks with world-famous DJs such as Mark Sherry and Will Atkinson.

Still, despite their quick rise, Unity remains true to their roots; a place where music unites each and every soul in the Atlanta Trance Family.

Visit facebook.com/tranceforce for more info on future Unity events.

Georgia Unfiltered is Giving Away a Pair of Tickets to the CounterPoint Music & Arts Festival

The CounterPoint Music and Arts Festival is a three-day mix of local and nationally-recognized artists.

Held 22 May 2015 - 24 May 2015 at Kingston Downs in Rome, CounterPoint is one of the Peach State's hottest events. CounterPoint's 2015 lineup includes Dillon Francis, Knife Party, The Roots, MK Ultra, Griz, Excision, Zomboy, Widespread Panic, and much more!

A special allotment of CounterPoint tickets, at the value price of $185, are available until 24 April.

But Georgia Unfiltered wants to send you and a guest to CounterPoint for free!

We are giving away a pair of tickets to CounterPoint to one lucky person. The tickets include camping passes, so all you have to do is find a friend, grab your gear, load up the car, and make the drive to Rome for a truly exciting Memorial Day weekend.

Simply like the Georgia Unfiltered Facebook page, then share THIS FACEBOOK POST, and you are entered in to the contest.

A winner will be randomly selected from all the entries.

The official rules are below - so long as you meet the requirements, you could be getting in to CounterPoint free of charge this May!

19 April 2015

Two South Fulton Communities Ask Atlanta to Annex $145 Million Worth of Residential Property

The proposal to create a new city out of unincorporated south Fulton County, already on shaky ground, may be on its way to the morgue.

A set of annexation petitions from the Loch Lomond and Sandtown communities could severely undermine the proposed city of South Fulton's financial viability, if the petitions are ultimately approved by the Atlanta City Council.

Through open records requests, Georgia Unfiltered learned that Atlanta sent a notice to Fulton County informing them of the city's intent to annex approximately 1,094.30 acres (see maps below). The notice was dated 8 April 2015.

Proposed ATL Annexation of Loch Lomond & Sandtown

Some of unincorporated south Fulton's wealthiest communities, with homes approaching the two- and three-hundred thousand dollar range according to Fulton County property records, are included in the land area seeking to join Atlanta. Randolph Elementary School, Sandtown Middle School, Sandtown Park and Gymnasium are also part of the annexation petition. All told, 820 properties are collectively valued at $145,348,105.

The loss of so many high-value properties would almost certainly force those pushing for a new city of South Fulton to conduct a new feasibility study, measuring the proposed municipality's ability to stand on its own two feet financially.

Atlanta's notice to Fulton County is the third step of the annexation process.

The first step involved land owners and registered voters signing a petition asking Atlanta to annex the area. 60% of the land owners and 60% of the registered voters is the state-mandated threshold for an annexation request to move forward. Georgia law requires the city to verify the minimum petition threshold was met, before informing the county of the people's annexation request.

17 April 2015

CounterPoint Teams Up with Imagine Music Festival to Power Silent Disco at Kingston Downs

The 2015 edition of CounterPoint is just over a month away.

(The CounterPoint Music & Arts Festival returns to Kingston Downs, Memorial Day Weekend. Image courtesy CounterPoint.)
Held on Memorial Day weekend at Kingston Downs in Rome, Georgia, CounterPoint is a festival featuring a three-day mix of local and nationally-recognized artists.

Added to the 2015 lineup are new artists including Griz, Excision, EOTO, Zomboy, G Jones, Kastle, Louis Futon, Bearson and local favorites Jerry on the Moon. To add to the excitement of the Memorial Day weekend experience, Widespread Panic, Umphrey's McGee and Papadosio will deliver a special treat for CounterPoint fans when they each perform extended 2-hour sets.

A handful of local artists will get their big shot in the Midway on Friday afternoon on a special "Atlanta Stage presented by Aisle 5." The lineup features Funk You (Augusta, GA), Daily Bread (Lithonia, GA), Lucidea (Atlanta, GA), Little Raine Band (Birmingham, AL), The Morkestra (Atlanta, GA) and Voodoo Visionary (Atlanta, GA).

For those looking to dance into the early morning hours, CounterPoint is teaming up with Imagine Music Festival to power the popular Silent Disco this year, boasting a lineup including highly anticipated sets from Archnemesis, Bearson, Manila Killa, Michal Menert, MK Ultra, Vibe Street and many more.

3-Day General Admission Tickets are available at a special price of $185 until 24 April 2015 before rising to their regular price.

13 April 2015

Hurry! Tickets Selling Fast for 2nd Annual Imagine Music Festival, Held Labor Day Weekend

The 2014 Imagine Music Festival was one of Atlanta's best events, welcoming thousands of people to Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Masquerade Music Park in midtown.

The inaugural Imagine Festival featured three stages, showcasing an eclectic mix of over five dozen local, national, and international artists.

(Imagine Music Festival returns to Atlanta's Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Masquerade Music Park, Labor Day Weekend. Image courtesy Imagine Music Festival.)

Imagine received rave reviews from across the nation, even being named one of the 15 electronic dance music (EDM) festivals to attend in 2015 by Fest 300 magazine.

Ticket sales are going fast for the 2015 Imagine Festival, according to festival organizers, even though the two-day event is still months away. Prices started at $55 for the early birds, then increased to $73 -- still considered a bargain, based on Imagine's established reputation of bringing quality talent to its audiences.

But that $73 deal won't last too much longer. Imagine organizers tell Georgia Unfiltered ticket prices will increase again once the phase 1 artist lineup is announced sometime in May.

Tickets to the 2015 Imagine Music Festival can be purchased at www.imaginefestival.com.

Imagine Music Festival is produced by Iris Presents, an award-winning promoter of high energy electronic dance music events in Atlanta for over a decade.

For #MusicMonday, "This" by Sander van Doorn & Oliver Heldens

"This" by Sander van Doorn & Oliver Heldens

10 April 2015

MARTA Schedules Public Hearings for Three Additional Clayton County Bus Routes

MARTA will hold public hearings on proposed bus service modifications on 13 April, 14 April, and 16 April to gather input from customers and stakeholders about proposed route modifications.

These modifications include three new bus routes servicing Clayton County -- the 191, 193, 195 and the Lovejoy/Justice Center Flex Route -- scheduled to begin running 8 August 2015.

Copies of the proposed bus service modifications are available for review at MARTA’s Office of External Affairs, 2424 Piedmont Road, N.E. Atlanta, Ga. 30324 during regular business hours, Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., and at www.itsmarta.com/public-hearings.aspx.

The proposed modifications will also be available for public inspection before each hearing.

All of the meetings will provide identical information, and the public is encouraged to attend on the following dates: