Friday, July 6, 2012

Corndogorama returns

Posted By on Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 1:20 PM

David Railey and the Corndogorama are back
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  • David Railey and the Corndogorama are back at the Earl
Tickets for the rebooted Corndogorama went on sale today via Ticket Alternative, and yikes it’s only three weeks out! Not since the summer of 2009 has the Corndogorama reared its head-on-a-stick, but if all goes well this year, it could mean a full-blown resurrection for one of the city’s longest-standing local music festivals.

Dubbed “Corndogorama 2012: The Corndog Apocalypse,” the festivities are slated to begin at noon at the Earl on Sat., July 28, and will continue through Sunday the 29. Tickets are $10 per day, and although the lineup is still coming together, so far it’s looking a little like this:

Sat., July 28
Pls Pls
Glen Iris
The Liverhearts
Skin Jobs

Sun., July 29
Noot d' Noot
Dead Confederate
The Villain Family
Christ, Lord
The Hindenburgs

More acts will be announced soon.

What started out as a birthday party at Dottie's, for the festival's founder, David Railey, in October of 1996, for more than a decade Corndogorama become Atlanta’s premiere local rock summer event, but in 2008, 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. For this return, they wanted to keep the ticket price as low as possible — a simple, fixed $10 per day, which is pretty reasonable, considering the sheer number of bands that are already confirmed to play.

And it wouldn’t be the Corndogorama without the normal round of extracurricular activities scattered throughout the parking lot: This year will see the return of everyone’s favorite, the Ms. Corndogorama pageant, along with a tricycle race, a watermelon toss, kissing booth, dunk tank, human bowling, a flip-flop 40-yard dash, and of course, the corndog eating contest. But really, it's all about spending the weekend listening to music. “I wanted to get the Corndogorama going again mostly for the bands,” says David Railey, who is also playing a debut performance with his new group, the Hindenburgs, on Sunday afternoon. “There are a lot of really great bands in town right now, and I’ve seen some other festivals come and go over the last few years. The Mess-Around does a good job, but it has a separate identity,” he adds. “If all goes well this year, it’s kind of a no-brainer. We’ll keep the Corndogorama coming back again and again.”

When all is said and done, according to Railey, proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Bill Hicks Foundation for Wildlife (yes, that really exists).

In the meantime, Railey will also be hosting “the Corndog Power Hour” on 1690-AM beginning Sun., July 15th at 8 p.m. It’s a radio show during which he’ll be spinning tunes from all the hundreds of bands that have played the Corndogorama since the beginning, and all of their various spin-offs from throughout the years.

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