Last Saturday we stopped by the 8th annual 420 Fest, thrown by one of Atlanta’s much loved craft brewers, Sweetwater Brewing Company. The festival, held in historic Candler Park, featured 2 music stages, a comedy tent, artist booths, environmental workshops and a slew of festival staples including carnival food, handcrafted trinkets, and yes of course, “herbal remedy paraphernalia”. Sweetwater provided beer trucks throughout the park offering 16oz cups of their more popular year-round brews for $6. Pricey, yes, but a portion of the proceeds went to park improvement projects – the perfect reason for me to keep a cup of their IPA (my favorite Sweetwater brew) in hand at all times.
The music artists performing at the festival included guys like Soulive, Perpetual Groove, Maceo Parker, The Mickey Hart Band, Donna the Buffalo and the very entertaining Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band. I was able to catch the last three acts on Saturday, the final and most looked forward to by myself being the great saxophonist, Maceo Parker. The performance proved to be beyond the expected! Along with one of the tightest and most professional rhythm sections I’ve heard, Maceo lit up the crowd! It was an awesome show indeed.In all it was a nice time. Next year you can count on my return. By then I’m sure the craving for great jam bands, jalapeño corn dogs, devil sticks and an overdose of tie dye will have returned.