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CityGuide - 7 music spots to jam with Mother Nature

Music venues that remind you how much you love the great outdoors

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Face it, we’ve all migrated to the American Southeast for a reason, right? The weather! Sure, it gets hot around these parts, but there is nothing more relaxing than a spring or summer eve under the stars, checking out a concert. These seven outdoor music locales are more than enough to remind us all why we love the great outdoors — even in the city.

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Set on 45 acres of beautifully-landscaped wooded land in Alpharetta, GA, north of Atlanta in Fulton County, the 12,000-seat Ameris Bank Amphitheatre will seat 7,000 under a roof, and another 5,000 on the Superior Lawn area. The venue provides a unique setting for both music lovers and first-time con... | more...

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Atlanta's most fragrant attraction blooms with more than 3,000 ornamental plants spread over 30 acres adjacent to Piedmont Park, including a rare 15-acre urban forest. There is a 600-foot Canopy Walk situated 40 feet high, and regular exhibitions and concerts in the gardens. | more...

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Lakewood Amphitheatre is Atlanta’s preferred venue for spending an evening under the stars, taking in a massive outdoor concert. Opened in 1989, less than four miles south of Downtown, the 75-acre venue holds as many as 19,000 concertgoers on its expansive lawn and within the pavilion. Everyone from... | more...

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The best thing to come out of the 1996 Olympics is this stately public plaza with dancing fountains, cool light towers, and a variety of spring and summer music series. A redesign of the park is in the works as part of the city's larger re-envisioning of Downtown. | more...

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This picturesque outdoor venue features acts from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to pop tours. Patrons are encouraged to bring picnics and their own beverages. | more...

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Tucked away in the Kenny's Alley section of Underground Atlanta, the Masquerade is Downtown Atlanta’s most revered music venue. Over the last 30 years, the club has set the stage for a variety of musical performances, ranging from punk, hardcore, hip-hop, and heavy-metal shows to goth/industrial, el... | more...

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An amphitheater in southwest Atlanta that hosts jazz, hip-hop, and R&B performers. | more...



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