Countdown to Candler Park Music + Food Festival

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It’s only Tuesday and we’re already looking forward to the weekend. Maybe it’s because we have the after Memorial Day Weekend blues. Or maybe, just maybe it’s because Atlanta’s annual Candler Park Music + Food Festival returns this weekend and we couldn’t be more excited.

This year’s festival lineup is impressive, to say the least. Over the course of two days, one main stage will host the likes of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Railroad Earth, Matisyahu, The Motet, The Marcus King Band, Lake Street Dive, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Ripe, and others.

“We’re taking it up a notch this year. Our goal is to deliver a bigger and better festival that still fits comfortably within the community-centered landscape of Candler Park,” says Festival Producer and Rival Entertainment Partner Josh Antenucci.

While attendees enjoy in the delights of this weekend’s music, they will also be able to feast upon twenty local restaurant vendors and food trucks. Just to name a few, The Pup Truck, Swet Auburn BBQ, and King of Pops will all be there. Check out the rest of the food lineup here!

Friday, June 2 | Day Performance Schedule
5:00 p.m.    Chelsea Shag
6:00 p.m.    Ripe
7:00 p.m.    Matisyahu
9:15 p.m.    Railroad Earth

Saturday, June 3 | Day Performance Schedule
12:45 p.m.  Webster
2:15 p.m.    Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
3:45 p.m.    The Marcus King Band
5:15 p.m.    Lake Street Dive
7:00 p.m.    The Motet
8:45 p.m.    Joe Russo’s Almost Dead

Courtesy of Candler Park Music + Food Festival (2016)

Courtesy of Candler Park Music + Food Festival (2016)


It all started when a much younger Jackie dove into her parents’ record collection, grabbed that trippy Magical Mystery Tour album, and played “Strawberry Fields” over and over again until it was engrained into her soul. She grew up on the dreams and stories of Simon and Garfunkel, “Bleeker Street” being one of her favorites, the seduction of The Doors, Van Morrison, because “Brown Eyed Girl” is definitely her song, and the likes of Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Jimi Hendrix…you get the picture. It may not show on the outside, but Jackie has a hippie heart, and that reflects in her musical tastes today. While some of her favorites may or may not be jam bands, her taste in music feeds into many genres. From alternative, Brit, and indie rock - OK, maybe all rock - to pop, to rap, to electronic, she loves it all. As a northerner, she thought she would never understand country until she found herself on a Georgia farm in cowboy boots watching Luke Bryan shake it for her- yeah, she got that. She is a chronic wanderluster, she doesn't believe in guilty pleasures, enjoys a great Moscow Mule, and is an absolute music festival fanatic- you’ll find her wherever the music takes her.

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