Atlanta! We have a long weekend ahead of us! Between BBQ’s and celebrating our independence, here are a couple of picks that we suggest and where you will find The Backstage Beat!


FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE – The Fox Theatre – This show is SOLD OUT. Hope you have a ticket! If not, check back for a great review by our very own star writer, Bradley Stier!

ABBEY ROAD LIVE – The Variety Playhouse – Tickets still available! Get them HERE



GUADALCANAL DIARY, THE HOWLIES – Smiths Olde Bar – This show is SOLD OUT – Sorry  :(

F*** YESSS –  The Masquerade – Tickets still available HERE


LINDA GAIL LEWIS (Sister of Jerry Lee Lewis) with special guests HOT-ROD WALT and the PSYCHO DEVILLES, WHISKEY BELT, LOS MEESFITS – The Star Community Bar – Get your tickets HERE



EMILY KATE BOYD –  99x Unplugged in the Park – The Park Tavern.  THIS SHOW IS FREE!!! 21 and older.



All-American Celebration at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

The annual Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s All-American Celebration features a rousing program of patriotic standards, singalongs and classical favorites, including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Guest conductor Rob Fisher, music director of the Tony-winning Broadway series “Encores,” is joined by the U.S. Army Chorus, and the evening ends with a spectacular fireworks display. 8 p.m. July 4, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater At Encore Park, $12–$35, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta, 404-733-5010, .

Heritage Arts Festival at Underground Atlanta

All Fourth of July weekend, Underground Atlanta hosts a celebration of African-American culture and history with fine art and live music at the 16th annual Heritage Arts Festival. Blues in the Alley is a tribute to blues greats presented by Atlanta Blues Society. And look for more than 50 national and international booths featuring African artifacts and jewelry, plus film screenings, plays, storytelling and book signings. July 1 — July 4th, Underground Atlanta, 50 Lower Alabama Street S.W., Atlanta, 404-523-2311,

A view above Marietta’s Freedom Parade

The City of Marietta’s big Fourth of July Freedom Parade begins at 10 a.m. and 100 lucky observers can take in all the action from the rooftop terrace of the historic Strand Theatre to enjoy what’s billed as a “view above the rest.” Adding to the morning festivities, Bloody Marys, mimosas, screwdrivers, and other beverages will be available at the cash bar. Doors at 9 a.m. July 4, $10 admission limited to first 100 people, Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta, 770-293-0080,

BBQ and Beer at Woodfire Grill

Top Chef fan favorite Kevin Gillespie may be best known for serving the finest of local and sustainable cuisine at his Atlanta restaurant, Woodfire Grill. But every year Gillespie shows his love for Southern barbecue and craft beer with his annual BBQ & Beer celebration. On July 2, guests can savor a special dinner with Gillespie’s Terminus City BBQ sauce, Brunswick stew and sides, plus fruit cobbler and Sweetwater draft specials. 5:30 -11 p.m. July 2, $38 per person, reservations required, Woodfire Grill 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road, Atlanta, 404-347-9055,

Red, White & Brew at the Georgia Aquarium

The Fourth of July benefit for the Georgia Aquarium’s education initiatives, Red, White & Brew is barbecue and beer festival with a bang. The celebration takes place atop the Aquarium’s parking deck, with views of the fireworks display at Centennial Olympic Park. Jim’N Nick’s Bar-B-Q cooks up All-American favorites such as hamburgers, hot dogs and pork sliders. And there’s live music from Yacht Rock Revue. 6 — 1:30 p.m. July 4, $45 per person, adults over 21 only, Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker Street N.W., 404-581-4000,

Dog Days of Summer in Canton

The July Fourth Dog Days of Summer celebration at historic Downtown Canton Cannon Park is all about canines and the people who love to show them off. Contests include prizes for best outfit, funniest outfit and the dog who looks most like its owner. There’s a dog parade, followed by a human parade and music and fireworks at Riverstone Shopping Plaza. 4 p.m. July 4, Downtown Canton Cannon Park, Canton, 130 E Main Street, Canton, 770-704-1548,

Party along the Peachtree Road Race route

Bars and restaurants along the Peachtree Road Race route are offering food and drink specials along with a view of the runners.

In Buckhead, Market celebrates with Fourth Fest starting at 6 a.m. At 7 a.m., brunch features $14 bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys. Spend the day on the patio with more drink specials and live music. Or purchase a $25 VIP ticket and get exclusive access, including parking all day and premier race seating. July 4, Market Buckhead, W Atlanta — Buckhead Hotel, 3377 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta, 404-523-3600, .

In Midtown, TAP’s annual Fourth of July party on the patio features Georgia beer, live entertainment and a street level seat to watch the race. The Independence Day menu includes barbecue pork, corn on the cob, slaw and watermelon, along with Bloody Mary, mimosa and Peachtree bellini specials. 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 4, 1180 Peachtree Street N.E., Atlanta, 404-347-2220

Take me out to the Braves game

What could be more American than baseball, hot dogs, beer and fireworks? The Atlanta Braves have been known as America’s Team, especially with those red, white and blue uniforms. But whatever jersey the club wears, the Fourth of July is a great time to be at Turner Field, where the National Anthem opens the game and fireworks rocket over the ballpark after it’s over. This year, the Braves take on the Colorado Rockies. 7:10 p.m. July 4, 755 Hank Aaron Dr. S.E., Atlanta, 404- 522-7630,

(4th of July info courtesy of AcesssAtlanta)


TASTE OF THE WORLD FEST –  Saturday, July 2 12:00p to 10:00p -at Old Five Points, Atlanta, GA

4 Days of Music | Artists’ Market | Charity Raffle | $10 Passport for a Sampler of 7 International Restaurants | Outdoor Dining | Great View of July 4th Keswick Park Fireworks

Fri, July 1st: 4 – 10pm || Sat, Jul 2nd: Noon – 10pm || Sun, Jul 3rd: Noon – 10pm || Mon, Jul 4th: Noon – 10pm.