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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Corndog 17: Back to the original recipe

Dave Railey looks back on Corndogs past as he sticks to the future.
  • Corbin Brown
  • Dave Railey looks back on Corndogs past as he sticks to the future.
Corndogorama, the traditionally small and rowdy rock fest, usually makes its appearence in the mid-to-late summer. This year, the festival of corndogs and local rock goes back to its roots on Saturday, October 26, and being housed at 529, one of Atlanta's smallest music venues. Dave Railey of Ancient Chinese Secret, and new band /smoke signals\, gave us the lowdown on Corndog 17: Shoot the Albatross.

So for those who aren't familiar, what's Corndogorama all about?
Well basically, it's the anniversary of the original Corndogorama which was on October 21 (my birthday!) of 1996, and its sort of geared towards starting a foundation called the Albea-tross foundation, which is for my friend Warren [Albea] who has passed on and was in a band with me, Ancient Chinese Secret, which was the first Corndogorama band. He died when he was 48, which is really young.

Every year I come up with a different theme, like Corndogorama 5000, Stick to the Future, Mustard King, and last year was the first year that we actually raised money for a charity, which was the Bill Hicks Foundation for Wildlife. And so that was really rewarding to be moving the corndog festival towards a way that raises money for charity, it's kinda the right thing to do.

What's the Albea-tross foundation about?
It's a foundation for artists of all kinds, who have suffered from depression. The foundation is supposed to be an online resource for artists to get help, educate themselves, battle it ... Because it's something very common amongst creative people.

This is the first time I've done anything of this magnitude (the benefit), but I've definitely scaled it back in some terms. The original Corndog, before it became so big, was only just one day with indie rock, garage rock, and bluegrass bands. We're going back to the old school formula of a couple of bands, and everything corndogs. It's at 529 and I'm really excited about it!

Why did you choose an Albatross?
It's from an idea that I got while trying to think of an idea. Last year was the Corndog Apocalypse, so I wanted something to kind of complement that. I tried to think of a bird, and an Albatross came to mind. It's a bird that has been compared to obstacles in literature. Like the references, we had a great first few years, then we had a couple of rough years, but now we're looking at the positive and ready to rock for a good cause.

How did you choose the bands?
The first one is my new band called /smoke signals\ so that was a no brainer, we're going to play a few Ancient Chinese Secret tracks as a tribute. I scoped out the many eclectic sounds of Atlanta, and asked a lot of people that I knew. The standout act for this weekend is definitely Edgewood Nasty, I'd definitely put them on the star list. They go on at midnight.

Something I noticed that's pretty cool is that a lot of the bands I chose this year have a large female presence whether its a singer or a drummer. But yeah I tried to keep it local.

Is the simplicity theme why you booked 529 as your venue?
Yeah, it's the closest to the original. It's small and fun like Dottie's was in the very beginning. I think that it'll be a great homage to the original Corndogorama that people love.

Corndog 17: Shoot the Albatross. $5. 7 p.m. Sat., Oct. 26. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.

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