One thing that is always great to do is to learn the history that’s around you. With being a media site based in Atlanta (for now), there are plenty of times that we end up going places to enjoy the moment while we are there, but never get a chance to know the history of how some places became what they are today. This weekend, it wasn’t solely about an artist performing, or who was in the recording studio at that time. Instead, One Musicfest gave a group of media representatives the opportunity to get to know more about the places that has help to build many artists that we look at as Icons today.
Hosted by a true “ATLANTApologist” Maurice Garland and One Musicfest founder Jason Carter, we all got a chance to tour some of Atlanta’s most Iconic spots in the city on the ONE Musicfest Atlanta Music Culture Crawl powered by Uber. For the evening stops included locations such as:
1. Smith’s Olde Bar, located in the heart of Midtown. Many have come to know this place as being a great place to hangout, great food and hosting some of the most diverse concerts in Atlanta. But many did not know that Smith’s Olde Bar is also the location where Grammy-Award winning artist John Mayer landed his first record deal.
2. Stankonia Recording Studios which the location was first owned by Bobby Brown, but is now owned by Atlanta natives Andre 3000 and Big Boi of Outkast. This studio produced R&B classics like “Waterfalls” from Grammy-Award winning female trio TLC and became the namesake of Outkast’s 4th studio album, Stankonia. Outkast calls Stankonia Studios home because it is a place of unlimited creative freedom.
3. Patchwerk Recording Studios has produced world renown hits graced by the legendary voices of Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Usher and one of ONE Musicfest’s 2014 headliners, NAS. Patchwerk also hosts professional workshops for those interested in working in the music industry and has created itself to be a one stop shop location for all of your music business needs.
4. Apache Cafe is an intimate venue that specializes in Atlanta music. Apache provides a platform and audience for new and upcoming music artists from Atlanta and across the nation to share their craft and showcase their talents. One thing that Apache Cafe has been proud of is that it’s stage has been the birthplace for many rising Atlanta that many know today. As the owner Asa Fain had stated, “One thing that no one can beat Atlanta in, is creating Atlanta music.” Apache cafe is definitely the spot to be if you want know the amazing talent that this city truly has to offer.
5. Atlantic Records is home to artists like Trey Songz and K. Michelle. Atlantic opened the doors to their new, never before seen studio this past weekend for the music crawl. Guests also had a chance to be apart of the Atlantic A&R process for new talents Kendall and Dusty McFly. One that truly liked about Atlantic Records and their A&R’s concept Delante Murphy, is that he like working with “diamonds in the rough”. They see what someone is capable of being and is able to create stars for the music industry. To me, that’s something every artist should be looking for within a label.
Also a special shoutout to all the sponsors of the Music Culture Crawl:
Uber ATL, Atlantic Records Studios, Apache Cafe, Heineken, Jack Daniel’s Honey, Patchwerk Recording Studios, Stankonia Recording Studios, Smith’s Olde Bar
The fifth annual ONE Musicfest 2014 will be Saturday, September 13th at the Aaron’s Lakewood Amphitheater headlined by Kendrick Lamar and NAS. The performance lineup also includes: Jhene Aiko, Method Man & Red Man, Amel Larrieux, Bilal, Alice Smith, Daley, Isaiah Rashad, and Cody ChesnuTT.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.onemusicfest.com
About ONE Musicfest
ONE Musicfest emerged in 2010 as one of the most anticipated festival concert series in Atlanta. Voted the #3 “Fall Festival Not To Miss” by Ebony Magazine, ONE Musicfest is the destination for the nations music lovers! Seeking to bridge the gap between Atlanta’s diverse communities, ONE Musicfest showcases a wide variety of musical talents spanning race, age and genre. Featuring a weekend full of live music, live art, unique vendors, charitable giving, parties, a food truck village and day long roster of rotating djs, ONE Musicfest is not to be missed! For more information, visit www.ONEMusicfest.comand join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram via @ONEMusicfest and #OMF2014
Also Checkout more pictures below from the ONE Musicfest Atlanta Music Culture Crawl Below: