“I am a Rocketship” Releases New Music Video, Shot in Decatur

Check it out!  The local band “I am a Rockship” just put out a new music video “Reminded of You”, which was filmed inside the COD.

Rock 4 Relief Benefit Concert Tonight at Avondale Towne Cinema!

Sean sends along the details about tonight’s benefit concert Rock 4 Relief at Avondale Town Cinema.  Tickets HERE!

 In the last 2 months, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have destroyed many homes and uprooted many families in Greater Houston, Florida & Puerto Rico.   As with many catastrophic events of this nature, there is an immediate outpouring of support but it quickly dwindles while the victims are faced with months if not years of effort to rebuild their homes and get their lives “back to normal”. Our Goal is to raise $10,000 to specifically help 2 to 3 families that have been identified by Keller Williams Realty through the Heart to Heart Program. 100% of the proceeds will go to these families.

This will be an incredible evening filled with great music, fabulous food, fantastic libations and FUN for all! So, come join us for a Rockin’ Good Time!

Doors Open at 6pm.  Food available for purchase from Big Tex Food Truck. Full Bar available.

Music begins at 6:30 and ends at 10:30

6:30 The Tiger Kings (American roots rock, soul, blues)

7:30 Kitty Rose & The Rattlers (Southern Styled Original Rockabilly & Jump Blues)

8:30 The Dammages (a shake of country, a pinch of blues -all smothered in Rock n’ Roll)

9:30 The Benders (Americana, rustic folk, roots rock)

It takes a village to pull off an event. We’d like to THANK all the Bands for donating their time’ Big Tex for donating the proceeds from the food sales and Avondale Towne Cinema for donating the venue!

We’d also like to THANK our Sponsors!

Double Platinum: The Fryer Law Firm, Shelter Lending Services (Metro Atlanta) & Big Tex

Platinum: (opportunities still available)

Gold: Avondale Towne Cinema, David Barrett

Westchester Battle of the Bands – Call for Bands!

Kelly sends along the call for bands for the 3rd annual Westchester Battle of the Bands…

Does Your Band Rock?

Westchester Elementary School is holding its official Call for Bands Oct. 31-Nov. 18 for its third annual Battle of the Bands.

The event, which features celebrity judges and local bands that battle it out for the students of Westchester, will be held Friday, March 23, 2018 at Avondale Towne Cinema.

The Westchester Battle of the Bands is a high-energy, adult-only, on-your-feet, dancing good time that raises money for the students and staff of Westchester Elementary School.

If your band rocks, and you’d like to submit it for consideration, visit WestchesterRocks.org for event details and selection criteria.

Deadline: EOD Nov. 18, 2017

Entry fee: $25 (goes to Westchester PTA)

Selected bands will be announced on Dec. 8, 2017.

Root City Plans Popup Shop in Downtown Decatur This Holiday Season

This is pretty neat.

The folks at Root City – who host some super cool curated pop-up markets around Atlanta – have just announced that they’re planning on opening a temporary Pop-Up Shop in the old Art Institute space at 1 West Court House Squarenext to Souper Jenny this holiday season.

Here’s the email and FAQ they sent around the other day with the deets…

We have so much GREAT news to share with you!

1. Root City will have a Popup SHOP – a brick and mortar spot –  this holiday season in Downtown Decatur! We just received confirmation and we’re SO EXCITED!!!

…You may be wondering what this means. We have some FAQs below and the bottom line is that we are continuing to bring local, artisanal handmade goods to you for the upcoming holiday shopping season. If you’re a Maker, you can apply HERE.

Popup Shop FAQ:
Q: What’s the difference between a popup market and a popup shop? 
A: Popup markets are usually one or two days. Each of the Makers are on-site manning their own booths. However, a popup shop is a longer engagement.. In this case, four weeks. Root City will be selling on behalf of the Makers and although we are planning to have events with the Makers, they won’t all be present all of the time.

Q: Where will it be?!
A: West Court Square in Downtown Decatur – 1 West Court Square #110, Decatur, GA 30030. For those who are familiar, it’s right next to Souper Jenny where the Art Institute of Atlanta – Decatur used to be located.

Q: What dates will the popup shop be open?
A: We’re planning to open for Shop Small Saturday – 11/25/17 and stay open until 12/2317. We’re still working on the hours.

Q: Will there be fun events at this popup shop?
A: OF COURSE! As soon as we have them on the books, we’ll let you know

Q: I’m a Maker and I want to be apart of this but I can’t be at a popup shop for the month of December. How will this work?
A: Great News! You don’t have to be there! Root City is handling staffing of the shop for you.

Q: I’m a Maker and I’m super pumped about this! Where do I apply?
A: HERE! We can’t wait either!

Photo courtesy of Root City Market Facebook page

Let the Music Play: Your Oakhurst Porchfest Schedule for 2017

It’s that time of year again: When Georgia’s largest organic free-range crowd-sourced music festival fills the street’s of Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood. And once again it’s totally free of charge thanks to the voluntary contributions of almost a thousand people.

Presenting the line up for the 2017 Oakhurst Porchfest — 220 (!) individual performances on an equal number of porches, spread over seven hours in a square mile area.


Like years passed, we’ll have old-skool printed programs (available a few days prior) matched with a Google Map showing porches, performers, times, descriptions, food, and parking info. We’ve also got a few kids activities popping up in there. Generate a performance wish list on your computer in advance or fire it up on your phone as you walk around to build your experience along the way. Here’s all you need to do:

On a Desktop

Your browser window will show both the menu and the map. Notice how the menu is broken up by category layers — times and logistics — that you can turn on or off. Working directly with the map, you can zoom in and see all artists for any particular street or area, color and time coded to reflect when they’re playing. Click any performer and you’ll get specific details in the menu. Or, using the menu, click the drop-down arrow under each time slot and you’ll get the full list of performers. Clicking any particular one shows you their location on the map and gives you their details.

On Your Phone

Access the link using your phone’s browser. When the map appears, you’ll notice a white bar at the bottom labeled “Oakhurst Porchfest 2017.” Tap that bar and you get the menu. From there, it works pretty much just like on the desktop.

It’s that simple. So check it out now at www.tinyurl.com/oakhurstporchfest2017 to explore this year’s talent.

Further information and logistics are still coming together but as they do we’ll be releasing them here and on our website. But go ahead and start planning your day now.

See you October 14!

Turn It Up! The Oakhurst Porchfest Spotify Playlist – 2017

Do you love Oakhurst Porchfest so much that you wish you could take it with you everywhere?

Or maybe you’re the “lists and planning” type, who leaves nothing to chance and wishes you could to learn more about the 200+ band options available to you (an embarrassment of riches!) before you hit the pavement on Saturday, October 14th.

Well, we here at Porchfest HQ have been working on a bit of a treat for you.

We’ve combed through all the artists and bands scheduled to play this year’s event and cultivated a roughly 2 1/2 hour Spotify playlist to whet your appetite and showcase a sampling of our artist slate.

We think it turned out pretty rockin’.

Listen to it below, or better yet CLICK HERE and listen, save and shuffle it directly in the Spotify app.

Happy listening!

Decatur Arts Alliance Issues Call for Artists For New Decatur Artway Sculptures

Calling all durable outdoor media artists!  The Decatur Arts Alliance is seeking artists for new Artway Sculptures!

The Decatur Arts Alliance seeks sculptures to be placed in five locations within walking distance of downtown Decatur as part of the ongoing Decatur Artway celebration of public art.  The sculptures are on view for two years and easily accessible to hundreds of people each month who come to Decatur to shop, dine, work, or attend the year-round calendar of events and festivals.  In addition, the art and artists are featured on the Otocast App.  Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $2,000, and in addition, the artwork may be available for sale.

All submissions should be professionally constructed of durable materials that will withstand the elements.  All durable outdoor media are encouraged.

Deadline for submission is July 15 and the jury will make the selection of sculptures in August, 2017.  Submit your application through callforentry.com (CaFE).

The Decatur Artway is a partnership among the Decatur Arts Alliance, the Decatur Tourism Bureau, and the City of Decatur.  Once installed the show will feature a special Gallery Opening with a walking tour of the sculptures and an artist talk by the selected artist(s) at his/her specific sculpture.

The Decatur Artway began in September 2015 with five temporary sculptures in downtown Decatur and continued in 2016 with the placement of five more sculptures in Oakhurst.  The new sculptures will be on display in downtown Decatur from October, 2017 through September, 2019.

Photo of “Prairie Vane”by Dan Perry at 4th Ave. and Oakview Rd. / F.AVE courtesy of Decatur Arts Alliance