2016 SweetWater 420 Festival Coverage

The SweetWater 420 Festival returned to Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park on April 22 – 24 for the annual musical and beer festival for the ultimate SweetWater experience. From an all-star musical lineup of acts consisting of approximately 50 bands, ranging from The Roots, to The People’s Blue of Richmond to our very own Ludacris, the SweetWater 420 Festival was the place to be at with an amazing cross section of music from rock to R&B to hip-hop to bluegrass to electronica and indie all mixed together to give it the perfect vibe for a fantastic weekend. There was something for everyone to indulge in.

The music was hot and the beer was cold, especially in The SweetWater Experience Tent where you had the opportunity to taste test up to 40 distinct beers, sit down and listen to brew masters, then follow up with Q & A sessions afterwards. Plus there was always the chance of sitting down and having a beer or two with a band, like Leftover Salmon.

What makes the 420 Festival so special and such a huge part of Atlanta is it’s really more than just having a good time, yes, that is part of it, going out and having fun with friends, listening to some of your favorite artists perform live, but it’s also about being with people in a pretty cohesive environment and respecting the environment that we all share together. The saying at the festival is “we’re here for a good time, she’s here for a longtime” (referencing mother earth and to pay respect and homage to her).

Founder of The SweetWater Brewery said it best “When you love what you do, it’s not work.” And how could you not love the perfect weekend in spent in Atlanta being immersed in music, beer, amazing food and great works of art from local artists.

All photos by Danielle Boise for Target Audience Magazine.


Saturday, April 23 420 Festival Photography Coverage

Chrome Pony

North Mississippi Allstars

Maceo Parker

Tokyo Police Club


The Word


The Roots



The SweetWater Experience Tent

Atmospheric – This is what it’s like to be at The SweetWater 420 Festival. Filled with later, friends, beer and a great time.

Sunday, April 24 420 Festival Photography Coverage – photos by Danielle Boise

Leftover Salmon

People’s Blues of Richmond

Waking Astronomer

Voodoo Visionary

Manchester Orchestra

Nahko And Medicine For The People


Michael Franti & Spearhead

The Bright Light Social Hour


Robert DeLong

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals

The SweetWater Experience Tent

Atmospheric – This is what it’s like to be at The SweetWater 420 Festival. Filled with later, friends, beer and a great time.

Better B Brief: ‘Traveling Roots’ by Matt Flinner Trio

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Woody.  Oaken.  Not a finely aged whiskey, distilled to perfection, but a finely played musical collection, also distilled to perfection. The Matt Flinner Trio has just released their most recent instrumental effort, Traveling Roots, an album built from the best of their “write a song a day while on tour” ritual. Pooling their finest, most memorable accomplishments, Flinner [mandolin], Eric Thorin [bass], and Ross Martin [guitar] provide us with a delightfully soothing record that is firmly based in bluegrass, but which ventures into realms such as old-timey music, and even moments of jazz. It has such a natural feeling, which I find calming even in its more rambunctious moments (see “Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump”). Personally, I prefer to just throw it on in the background and let it wash over me while I carry out my daily duties, as otherwise I’d find myself debating over whether it is morally acceptable to name a song “150 Banjos” which contains zero banjos. Philosophical soul-searching aside, Traveling Roots is as intoxicating as any top-shelf selection.  Smooth, refreshing, and wonderfully addictive!

Purchase Traveling Roots at: iTunes | Amazon | Compass Records Group

For more on Matt Flinner Trio, visit:
Official Website

Be sure to catch them on tour as well:

02/16/16 – New London, NH; Matt Flinner Trio at Colby-Sawyer College

02/18/16 – Burlington, VT; Matt Flinner Trio w/Jamie Masefield at the Skinny Pancake

02/20/16 – Purdys, NY; Matt Flinner Trio w/ Tony Trischka at the Westchester Bluegrass Club, 7 pm

02/21/16 – Hartford, CT; Matt Flinner Trio at the Half Door Hartford

02/23/16 – New York, NY; Matt Flinner Trio at the Rockwood Music Hall, 11 pm.

02/24/16 – Boston, MA; Matt Flinner Trio w/Darol Anger at Club Passim

02/25/16 – Albany, NY; Matt Flinner Trio w/ Frank Vignola at the Linda Theater

02/26/16 – Portland, ME; Matt Flinner Trio w/ Joe Walsh at One Longfellow Square

02/27/16 – Cumberland, RI; Matt Flinner Trio with Darol Anger at the Blackstone River Theater

CD Review: ‘Caught Between a Truth and a Lie’ by Andy Wood

Knoxville, TN – Guitar guru Andy Wood may be recognized as the multi-talented lead guitarist for Scott Stapp (founding frontman of multi-platinum rockers Creed), but is charging out on his own with a brand new, 24-track (acoustic/electric) double album, entitled Caught Between The Truth and a Lie, out today via HOLMZ Music/Andy Wood Music LLC.

The guitar playing on Caught Between a Truth and a Lie is inspirational, aggressive, and sometimes down right scary. The bluegrass songs have a Django on speed quality bringing a legendary feel to a down home feel. “Goodnight Moon” was a pleasant surprise with its motherly singing and comforting tone. “Alternate Crossing” has a Doyle Dykes kind of feel. “Time” brings to mind a progressive rock and is followed by the grungier sounding “Dust and Ashes” making quite an unusual blend “A Lie,” “Tokyo,” and “Of Elf and Man” are classic shredstrumentals in style of Vai and Malmsteen. “Got a Light” is bursting through with Black Label society, but with John Petrucci adding to the Wylde event. “The Ballad of Ricky and Cal” seems to be following John 5’s footsteps. “Sugar Hill Road” and “The Cowboy Rides Away” are in the bendier style of playing like pedal steel player and countless guitar players.

With one listen to Caught Between a Truth and a Lie, it’s clear that Andy Wood has it all and more.