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Volume 2 – Atlanta, GA

Meet Big Tree, a quintet out of Brooklyn, New York with high hopes and empty pockets.  Three dashing young men and two friendly ladies make up this indie pop band.  We are the luckiest people on the planet.  Our job is to drive from one amazing place to the next, play a show, make new friends, and explore new cities. While we’re on the road, FlipKey invited us to share our experiences living like locals everywhere we go.

We love Georgia. Peaches, college students, grits, and beaches, all in one state! Whenever we’re invited to play in this fair region, we jump at the chance. This time we had two shows  in a row in Atlanta, which meant plenty of time to hang out in this awesome city!

Meet the Band

We were particularly excited to perform at the Spring Festival at Emory University, where we would be sharing the stage with the band OneRepublic. We’d heard their single “Too Late to Apologize” all over the radio, and now here we were on a giant stage setting up next to all of their gear! We played our set as the sun went down, looking out at all of the college students and the beautiful campus, and feeling lucky as ever.

After the roadies loaded all of our things back into our tour van, a local friend suggested that we celebrate in Five Points – a charming and fun part of town full of shops, bars, and restaurants. We set out to check out The Porter, with its, “brilliant beer bar, grub, and suds in the heart of Little Five Points.”

Art in the PubWhen we found the front door to The Porter, we were unimpressed. It looked so small! Skeptically, we followed the host into the establishment and were surprised to find that each room led to another, laid out in a maze-type manner. The walls were lined with beer barrels and ancient bottles, and the dim lights and cozy tables made for an excellent atmosphere. Our waiter helped us choose beers from the overwhelming selection. He then brought over their famous salt and vinegar popcorn and Belgian French Fries smothered in herb and garlic oil. Mmmm.

The next morning we headed to a different part of town for our gig at the Highland Inn Ballroom. The venue was built in 1927 and is directly beneath the rooms of the inn itself. With a courtyard and cheap drinks, it’s a fun place to hang out and listen to music. Best of all, it’s surrounded by yummy restaurants and bars. We lounged on the comfy couches inside and enjoyed the preserved décor.

The band in actionOur show was fantastic! Folks from Atlanta crowded the big space and danced along to our tunes. We were bummed to leave the next day, but we made sure to stop at the infamous Flying Biscuit up in Midtown for breakfast, where you can get biscuits and eggs in an assortment of ways. The line on weekend mornings is out the door and around the block, but it’s worth the wait: Delicious, fluffy, southern-style biscuits with greasy eggs are just what the doctor ordered on the morning after a fun show. We got ours to-go and walked to a nearby park to enjoy our breakfast under some trees on the grass.

Refueled and satisfied, we piled back into the van and onto our next destination…. Until next time, Atlanta!