Corndogorama. $15-$20. Noon to 11 p.m. Sat.-Sun., June 27-28. 470 Flat Shoals Ave. Visit www.corndogorama.com for the full show line-up.
For 12 years, the annual Corndogorama music festival served as ground zero for the Atlanta/Athens indie-rock scenes. But last year, the fest took a heavy blow when attendance fell by about 1,000 due to higher ticket prices and a lineup that failed to pack the punch of the previous year's headliner, Mastodon. Immediately, banter on blogs and bar stools began to ring the death knell for the homegrown institution. But Corndogorama founder David Railey was having none of it.
"If I called myself a strict businessman and my vision was governed by money, then yes, last year's Corndogorama was a failure," he says. "But that's not me, and truth be told 2,000 happy people showed up. We pulled it off, but unfortunately it wasn't perceived that way. I lost a lot of money and when the dust settled I felt a little beaten up."
Rather than calling it quits, Railey has retooled his approach to Atlanta's quintessential summer music fest. He's learned from his mistakes, he says, and he's ready to adopt the same back-to-basics approach that turned corn dogs into the city's phallic symbol of pride in the first place.
(Photo by Joeff Davis)
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