ClusterFest™ 2011 

Your guide to the millions of Labor Day weekend events

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Red Bull Soundclash

WHEN: Sept. 5, 6-11 p.m.
WHERE: West Plaza of the Georgia World Congress Center
HOW MANY: 1,000+
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: Two bands or artists on opposing stages trade songs and riffs back and forth with the audience sandwiched in between. This will be the first Soundclash held outside in Atlanta.
PEOPLE WATCHING: Of all ClusterFest™ events, this promises to be the most racially diverse.
STAR POWER: The dueling artists are hometown hip-hop star Ludacris, facing off against Provo, Utah-based dance-punk band Neon Trees. The press release also promises "special secret guests."
SEX FACTOR: Plenty of scantily clad twentysomethings hopped up on Red Bull bumping to Ludacris.
CHANCE OF INJURY: Only if you get overamped on the sponsor's products.
COMPETITIONS: Just the one taking place on stage.
FAUX PAS TO AVOID: Ordering a can of Full Throttle at the concession stand.

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House in the Park

WHEN: Sept. 4, noon-8 p.m.
WHERE: Perkerson Park, 770 Deckner Ave.
HOW MANY: 1,000+
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: The "house" refers to house music. For folks whose license plates read "130 BPM" or who named their cats "Sasha" and "Digweed," this is like an afternoon in Ibiza, without the jet-lag — or the Mediterranean beaches.
PEOPLE WATCHING: Your best bet is to keep an eye on the dance floor, which gets crowded despite the heat.
STAR POWER: The headlining DJs are Salah Ananse, Kemit, Kai Alce and event founder Ramon Rawsoul.
SEX FACTOR: Many folks bring their families, so don't get too fresh.
CHANCE OF INJURY: Unless someone gets tangled in her glow necklace or tips over his hibachi, pretty slim.
COMPETITIONS: None, just a day of chunky grooves.
FAUX PAS TO AVOID: Driving around the park with your Bazooka tubes thumping will be frowned upon.

Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival

WHEN: Sept. 4, noon-10 p.m.
WHERE: Panthersville Stadium, 2817 Clifton Springs Road, Decatur
HOW MANY: 1,000+
OUT OF POCKET: $12; free for children 12 and younger
WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT: In addition to workshops, demonstrations and sales of the titular food, the family-friendly event is a celebration of Caribbean culture, with live reggae, calypso bands and a small vendor market.
PEOPLE WATCHING: South DeKalb boasts one of the largest Caribbean populations in the Southeast, so expect to meet plenty of Jamaicans, Haitians and Bahamians.
STAR POWER: The festival scored a coup by booking reggae legends Third World.
SEX FACTOR: Another family event, but you may find something spicy here.
CHANCE OF INJURY: You could burn your tongue if you use the hot sauce with habaneros.
COMPETITIONS: The festival is accepting entries for home cooks who hope to be crowned Atlanta's Top Jerk Chef. Shouting like Gordon Ramsay with a Southern accent doesn't count.
FAUX PAS TO AVOID: Wearing one of those fake dreadlock hats and repeatedly yelling, "Yah mon!"

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