Swayin’ to the Music at Cole Swindell’s Favorite Georgia Venues

Cole Swindell shares his favorite places to catch (or play!) a show around his home state.


Cole Swindell is taking the country music scene by storm! He releases his EP, Down Home Sessions, on November 6, before hitting the road for his first headlining tour on Nov. 11 in New York City with stops in Georgia in Carrollton (Nov. 19) and Athens (Nov. 20)

Cole’s song off of his self-titled album, Swayin’, talks about a taking a girl to see her favorite band play at a concert, savoring the experience and living in the moment. This is what #GeorgiaMusic is all about; seeing your favorite performers and experiencing it all at one of Georgia’s incredible venues.

Now, Cole, who grew up in Bronwood, Ga., and graduated from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, shares with us his favorite places to catch (or play!) a show around his home state:

Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood – Atlanta

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Spanning 75 beautiful, wooded acres, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood is specifically designed with live music in mind. Its high quality acoustics make it a favorite for many artists, including Cole.

Albany Civic Center  – Albany

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The Civic Center holds a special place in Cole’s heart. This is where he saw Reba McEntire perform every year when he was growing up! The center provides a wide variety of entertainment for visitors of Southwest Georgia each year.


Atlanta Motor Speedway – Hampton

Located 30 miles south of Atlanta, the 1.54-mile track at Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the premier motorsports facilities in the country. It’s a dream come true for any musician to play before thousands at a NASCAR race.

Bluewater Bar – Valdosta

Located in a rambling old house in the former mill village of Remerton, Bluewater regularly presents singer/songwriters like Cole Swindell for Valdosta State Blazers and country music fans from all over.

Georgia Theatre –  Athens


After a fire that nearly destroyed the theatre, the historic venue reemerged in 2011. This year, the ticket company Pollstar ranked the Theatre as No. 15 in the world. It is a must-see on every music lover’s bucket list. The theater also has an amazing rooftop bar, The Rooftop, where guests can grab a bite to eat while overlooking downtown Athens.

Wild Bill’s  – Duluth

 Located in Duluth near Gwinnett Place Mall off of I-85, the venue holds up to 5,000 fans and features different bands and artists each weekend.

Turner Field – Atlanta

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“It ain’t every day you have a view like this at sound check. Can’t wait to see everyone at Turner Field tonight! We gonna #BringTheChopBack” – @cswinde2 (Instagram)



What’s better than America’s favorite pastime and a concert? Home of the Atlanta Braves (and Cole’s favorite baseball team), Turner Field hosts the Braves Summer Concert Series each year. After you take in a game – catch a free show!

The Gin
– Tifton

A premiere music venue and night club in South Georgia, The Gin hosts a variety of artists each week. Cole and other big names in country music like Florida Georgia Line, Tyler Farr, Parmalee, Sam Hunt and Chase Rice have played the stage. However, The Gin isn’t just for country fans! It also hosts a variety of other artists such as local favorites, hip hop and tribute bands.

Philips Arena – Atlanta


From the first time Cole saw one of his idols, Kenny Chesney, play Philips Arena, it has been on his list as a favorite venue. Every concert at the Atlanta Hawk’s home is an experience like no other. The venue can hold up to 18,238 of your closest friends!

The Coliseum –  Carrollton

Win TWO tickets to the show!

Coming back down South for his Down Home Tour, Cole Swindell will perform at The Coliseum on November 19th at the University of West Georgia! Performing all his latest hits, with special guests, Adam Sanders and Jon Langston, Cole’s show is guaranteed to be some “down home” fun! Don’t miss it!

And guess what? We’re giving away TWO free tickets to the show so you can be Swayin’ too! Enter HERE to win! 



5 Things Everyone Attending TomorrowWorld Needs to Know

The Gathering | TomorrowWorld 2015

Photo courtesy of Joe Silberzweig, TomorrowWorld

You don’t have to rent a car. If you’re flying into Atlanta for TomorrowWorld, you won’t have to rent a car or worry about dealing with public transportation to the TomorrowWorld site (about 20 minutes from the airport) because there are quick, convenient TomorrowWorld specific shuttles. Get your shuttle pass in advance to ensure they have a space for you here.

You don’t need to bring cash. There’s no need to worry about bringing cash to TomorrowWorld. Your TomorrowWorld Bracelet serves as your entry ticket to the festival and Dreamworld plus it’s the only form of payment accepted inside TomorrowWorld. You can load your bracelet before you go or at Top Up stations throughout the event.

You can store your stuff and charge your devices all at once. Want to keep your possessions safe while you party? Both TomorrowWorld and Dreamworld will have lockers for your convenience. Also, each locker has a charging device inside that is compatible with most major devices.

TomorrowWorld isn’t just about the music. It’s the full event experience that makes the festival unique. Don’t miss spin class, yoga, a full body workout incorporating EDM called Bass Bodies, meditation, pilates, speed dating and more!

House of Books | TomorrowWorld 2015

Photo courtesy of Joe Silberzweig, TomorrowWorld

It’s a great excuse to Explore Georgia. TomorrowWorld is in Chattahoochee Hills, about 45 minutes from downtown Atlanta, home of the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center and Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Very close to the event location is Serenbe, a live/work/play community focused on sustainable country living. You can tour their farm, go for a horseback ride or indulge in their regular wine and beer tastings. Their local restaurants, The Farmhouse and The Hil, are worth making a reservation for.

Just minutes away from Chattahoochee Hills is Historic Banning Mills where you can zipline on the World’s Longest Zipline, drop down the 100-foot power free fall and watch a birds of prey show.

Also close is the town of Senoia where The Walking Dead is filmed. Tours of filming locations are regularly offered. In the same town, TV host Rutledge Wood’s parents have a restaurant, Katie Lou’s Café where he can be often found when he’s in town, and musician Zac Brown owns Southern Ground Social Club.

EileenEileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.

5 Things to Explore at Tunes from the Tombs

Historic Oakland Cemetery’s summertime music festival Tunes From the Tombs returns for its fifth year on Saturday, June 13. The daylong festival is quickly becoming an Atlanta tradition, and and all proceeds benefit Historic Oakland Foundation, which in partnership with the City of Atlanta works to preserve, restore, enhance and share Oakland Cemetery.

Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet

Headliner Matthew Sweet plays alongside more than a dozen bands, including:

  • Michelle Malone
  • Little Tybee
  • Eliot Bronson
  • Blair Crimmins and the Hookers
  • Sweet Auburn String Band
  • Caleb Warren and the Perfect Gentlemen
  • Blood On the Harp
  • Sourwood Honey
  • Max & Maggie
  • Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers
  • Octave
  • The Ghosts Project
  • Sarah Wilson
  • Atlanta Taiko Project

    Little Tybee

    Little Tybee

Here’s our roundup of what to look forward to at Tunes From the Tombs:

Take in some history on a mini guided walking tour
Oakland Cemetery tour guides offer shorter versions of a few of the cemetery’s popular guided walking tours throughout the day during Tunes. Get a peek into the past with the Sights, Symbols & Stories of Oakland overview tour, Malts & Vaults of Oakland: Where Beer Meets History, Oakland’s Boys of Summer Baseball Tour, Fear & Accusation: The Leo Frank Story, The Women of Oakland and Art & Architecture of Death.

Plant yourself in the beer garden
Grab a cold one and take in a performance at the Bell Tower beer garden, which features The Ghosts Project, a cappella group Octave, Bonaventure Quartet and the Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers. No matter your preference, there’s plenty of brews on tap, including: Red Brick Brewery’s Hoplanta IPA, Sessions IPA, Hibiscuwit Belgian Wheat and Laughing Skull Amber Ale; Starr Hill Brewery Grateful Pale Ale; Modelo; Pacifico; Corona Light and PBR.

Fortune Teller Robyn Avalon

Fortune Teller Robyn Avalon
Photo Credit: Historic Oakland Foundation

See what the future holds
Fortune teller Robyn Avalon holds court in the Rawson Mausoleum, offering readings from 1 p.m to 6 p.m. While Avalon’s readings are offered on the house, tips are appreciated (a portion of which are donated back to Oakland!)

RIP and get the VIP treatment
Upgrade with a Rock In Peace (RIP) package for plenty of perks! RIP ticket holders have the chance to meet and mingle with Tunes performers; receive complimentary food from Doc Chey’s Noodle House and Republic Social House; complimentary Historic Oakland Foundation membership for a year, and much more! RIP ticket sales end at 12 p.m. on Friday, June 12, and are available online only at TicketAlternative.com.

Bob Seymore, the Living Statue

Bob Seymore, the Living Statue

See illusion come to life
Strike a pose with Bob Seymore, the living statue who’s been performing world-class pantomime for more than 40 years. Seymore’s statuary is one that must be seen to be believed, and is sure to delight attendees of all ages!

Advance tickets for Tunes From the Tombs available online at TicketAlternative.com. General admission tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children (kids 3 and under are free). Tickets sold at the gate are $20 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information at Historic Oakland Cemetery and Tunes From the Tombs, please visit www.oaklandcemetery.com or call 404-688-2107.

Georgia Grown: Georgia’s Music Pioneers

Georgia artists topping the charts today frequently acknowledge the influence of the pioneers who paved the way before them. Click on the names below and get to know the singers, songwriters and entertainers who will forever be considered Georgia music legends.
The Allman Brothers Band

Savannah native Johnny Mercer penned more than 1,500 songs during his career. Credit: Courtesy of the Special Collections & Archives, Georgia State University

Savannah native Johnny Mercer penned more than 1,500 songs during his career. Credit: Courtesy of the Special Collections & Archives, Georgia State University

Boudleaux and Felice Bryant

Brenda Lee

Chet Atkins

Gladys Knight

James Brown

Jessye Norman

Joe South

Johnny Mercer 

Though he lost his sight completely by age 7, Ray Charles learned to write and play music and became known as a pop hitmaker. Credit: Corbis

Though he lost his sight completely by age 7, Ray Charles learned to write and play music and became known as a pop hitmaker. Credit: Corbis

Little Richard Penniman

Otis Redding

Ray Charles

Thomas Dorsey

Tommy Roe



lisaLisa Love serves as Director of Music Marketing and Development for the Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Office. A somewhat passable bass player who should never be allowed to sing, she is founding editor Georgia Music magazine, which celebrates the state’s legends, landmarks and unsung heroes.