June 13 - June 16, 2013, Manchester, Tenn. - With nearly 200 artists and more than 80,000 attendees, Bonnaroo is one of the largest four-day festivals in the country. This twelfth annual party on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, blends genres of people and music for four days of camping and good times. Some of the highlights this year were: Paul McCartney, Bjork, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jack Johnson, Wu-Tang Clan, A$AP Rocky, Jim James, NAS, The Sheepdogs, Pretty Lights, ZZ Top, and Billy Idol. After four days of heat, crowds, and a lot of walking, I can't wait until next year!
June 14-15, 2013 — Last weekend, Atlantans enjoyed the annual Midsummer Music and Food Festival, a free event in Candler Park. Friday evening brought a nice, mellow warm-up to Saturday's maximum-capacity crowd. Friday featured Neil Cribbs, Reynolds & Williams Band, and Coy Bowles of Zac Brown Band. Saturday's lineup included acoustic Webster Humpage, electro dance favorite Stokeswood, the down-home Southern style of Connor Christian & Southern Gothic, the alt bluegrass of the Whiskey Gentry, the horn-filled funk and soul of the Soul Rebels, and finished off the evening with the crowd-roaring favorite Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
The food was as plentiful and eclectic as the music. Packing in 25 of Atlanta's best food trucks, attendees sampled everything from gourmet mac & cheese and fries, Cajun, Vietnamese, Southern, Latin American cuisine, and vegetarian goodies. And they didn't forget desert favorites such as classic custard, cupcakes, kettle corn, and all-natural popsicles.
By the end of Saturday night, everyone's stomachs, souls, minds, and ears were well-nourished from a festival that won't soon be forgotten.
June 15, 2013 — Cypress Street Pint & Plate was transformed into a hot dog-lovers paradise as it hosted a Nathan's hot dog eating contest. Contestants were given 10 minutes to consume as many hot dogs as they could without losing any in the process. Local Atlantans took the stage to see if they could to make it to Coney Island for the national finals on July 4. Professional competitive eater Adrian Morgan, of Baton Rouge, La., won first place after eating 38 hot dogs in the time allotted.