September 25, 2015 - South Downtown played host to 3,500 Atlantans who danced in the rain in celebration of music, art, food, and community revitalization. Creative Loafing's Best of ATL 2015 Block Party, curated and produced by the Goat Farm, was the largest tribute of the absolute best things in Atlanta event we've ever seen and we couldn't have done it without Goose Island, Old Fourth Distillery, Paranoia Quest, Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum, Central Atlanta Progress, Jeju Sauna and Spa. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Center for Civic Innovation. Thanks to everyone for helping keep Atlanta weird.
Another Music Midtown has come and gone. Beautiful weather and beautiful bodies graced Piedmont Park over the weekend (Sept. 18-19). Performances from the likes of Van Halen, Alice In Chains, Drake, Elton John, Tove Lo, Hall & Oates, and more drew flocks of concertgoers, young and old, for two days of music in the city.
Clusterfest once again took over Atlanta for a weekend. The litany of events ranging from a premiere college football game to Atlanta Black Gay Pride taking over Piedmont Park means there was no excuse to spend Labor Day weekend bored inside the house.
August 18, 2015 - Marking the one year anniversary of the forming of Black Lives Matter, activists returned to the CNN center where over 5,000 people gathered last year. Despite numbers well below that and persistent rain, activists came rife with dedication and devotion. Felicia Christian, mother of Alexia Christian who was killed while in police custody, was along for the entirety of the march providing a voice to not only her daughter but other families coping with similar situations. A common chant throughout the march stemmed from the Janelle Monae headed Wondaland Arts track "Hell You Talmbout" as activists exclaimed for onlookers and even police to say the names of the numerous victims of police brutality.