During the A3C Conference, VIP’s, artists and panelists were entitled to chill on the 25th floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, where there were brunches, parties, mixers and exhibits, as well as two DJ’s. In the southern room, the Beatminerz Radio was broadcasting live for the majority of the conference.
I had heard that the second day of A3C would be kicked off with a VIP Brunch which would be open to panelists, so I texted my homeboy Fort Knox about it, and headed down to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, where the event was being held. The brunch was on the 25th floor, but proved to be not so much a brunch, but just a table of fruit, danishes, bagels, coffee and juice. However, the view from there was beautiful, and DJ Tephlon was spinning on the north side of the room. On the south side were some exhibits, including a display of new Reebok shoes, and a Microsoft gaming exhibit, and Beatminerz Radio was providing the music on that side.
Since there was very little actual food at the brunch, my fellow panelist Travis McFetridge from Great South Bay Music and I headed out north to Buttermilk Kitchen for a very late brunch that was really good, and then back to the hotel for our “Negotiating the New Music Industry” panel, featuring him, Fort Knox, Big Tah, Latisha “Ms. NuNu” Manigault, attorney Andrew Krems and myself. The panel, which was intended to give artists strategies for coping with lost revenue from the decline in music sales was literally so crowded that nobody else could enter the room. Several people told me that they considered it a success, so I was pleased with the outcome.
The number thirteen is anything but unlucky for pizza lovers in Atlanta, after the October 7th opening of Thirteen Pies Atlanta, the Buckhead location of a Fort Worth, Texas-based restaurant chain specializing in upscale pizzas and pasta. I was fortunate enough to try it on its second day open while I was in Atlanta for A3C, and I was for the most part pleased. Although there are a number of wood-oven pizza restaurants in most cities, Thirteen Pies has something of a unique twist, with a menu that features twelve specialty pizzas that are regularly available, and a semi-secret thirteenth that changes daily according to the fancy of the executive chef. Not that you cannot make alterations to customize your pizza, as I did, asking them to add applewood smoked bacon to their classic pepperoni, so I would assume that customers could request unique pizzas, as long as the ingredients are listed on the menu. Service was impeccable, and I was also pleased with the sleek, futuristic upscale look and feel of the establishment. Here’s hoping they make their way to Memphis.
Thirteen Pies Atlanta
250 Buckhead Ave Suite 317
Atlanta, GA 30305
I had first heard of the up-and-coming rap artist Money Makin Nique a couple of years ago, but nothing prepared me for his outstanding performance at The Music Room in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward on the first night of A3C. Especially impressive was the new single “Rent Money”, the best song I’ve ever heard from Nique, and one of the best new songs I’ve heard in 2014. Its summertime with the windows down vibe is at once beautiful and rugged.
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Considering the high importance of urban fashion at this year’s A3C, it wasn’t surprising that there was a Dunk Xchange sneaker and fashion buy, sell and trade meet at the Quad on Spring Street. There was a DJ providing the right sonic background, and plenty of fashions and kicks to fit any taste or budget.
The nerve center for this year’s A3C Hip Hop Festival was the Melia Hotel in Midtown Atlanta, where the registration desks were, and the press conferences with the bigger rap artists who were appearing. The media junket was held in the lounge on the 25th floor, which had a beautiful view of the city in all directions, and Too Short was one of the artists who appeared to be interviewed.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At least that’s what our parents said, and many health experts seem to agree. Certainly it’s the most enjoyable, and that’s even much more the case when you find a brunch restaurant as good as North Atlanta’s Buttermilk Kitchen. The Buttermilk Kitchen is a breakfast and lunch concept from Chef Suzanne Vizethann, who is well-known in Atlanta food circles, and who won a contest on the Food Network. It’s not hard to tell why, because the Buttermilk Kitchen is a restaurant of perfection, from the food, to the furnishings, to the bright, sunny feel of the place. Even the most basic menu choices, like bacon, eggs and a biscuit, are clearly prepared with love and attention to detail, and the freshly brewed coffee is truly amazing. My friend Fort Knox met me there, and was also pleased. Normally, Buttermilk Kitchen is not open at night, although they do occasionally open at night for special events, including “fried chicken nights.” I’ve also been told that their lunch burgers are amazing. They are closed on Mondays, open on Tuesday through Saturday from 8 AM to 2 PM, and stay open an hour later on Sundays.
4225 Roswell Rd
Atlanta, GA 30342