"Local Brews Local Grooves" Debuts at The Tabernacle
Every Labor Day weekend Atlanta is packed to the brim with events, ranging from DragonCon to the kick off of football season. However, this year, on Sunday, September 2nd, the Tabernacle hosted the debut of a new festival that Sunday called Local Brews Local Grooves. Hosted by Outsiders Pizza, the event included free pizza, local bands, and of course local breweries pouring beer. The turnout for this new festival was surprisingly great, considering the marketing for it was based solely on grassroots advertising through social media.
Local Brews Local Grooves broke down the Tabernacle into four separate areas, each with a stage hosting various artists and a variety of breweries slinging 4 oz pours. On entry into the Tabernacle, down below was the “Cotton Club” area, which hosted local bands White Violet, Lady Legs, Dega, and Parker Gispert. The main floor, dubbed “[The] Main Hall”, hosted Project Ice Worm, Jacob and the Good People, Quiet Hounds, and Sonia Leigh. The third floor housed the “Artist Lounge”, which hosted Kitty Snyder, The Wirelight, and Evan Stepp. And as an added layer, the fourth floor, called “The Room”, was a VIP lounge for those wanting a more exclusive experience. It was truly a unique festival as it was the first I have ever attended all within one building, which definitely made the event a solid rain or shine guarantee.
While I was hanging in the Main Hall, I had the chance to speak with Jacob Blazer of Jacob and the Good People. I asked him what his thoughts were on playing Local Brews Local Grooves. He said, “Atlanta is polluted with talent. I know seven friends in bands who are worthy of stages and have been ready, [but] what sucks about Atlanta is people come from money but not talent. It’s pay to play. This event gives bands that voice they deserve. We appreciate being here, ourselves.”
In my experience with covering local artists, this “talent pollution” is very real. It is a huge help to the local music scene having events like Local Brews Local Grooves. This kind of exposure, especially at a venue such as Tabernacle, gives local artists the stage that they have been waiting for, through bar show after bar show after yet another bar show...with maybe some paying cover band gigs in between. I really look forward to the return of this event in 2019, and to seeing what new bands finally get their time to shine.
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