Raleigh’s Newest Draw

Though it may not boast a fancy name, the Raleigh Warehouse District has transformed into one of the hottest spots in North Carolina. Though originally built as an industrial zone, the six-block district filled with spacious, old brick buildings now hosts several retail shops, businesses, restaurants, and art galleries. Some of the most popular creative spots include the Litmus Gallery & Studios and the Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh. For good eats, locals and visitors flock to Tuscan Blu for fine Italian cuisine and Humble Pie for jazz [... more]

Magic City Music

Though open just one year, Iron City Birmingham Bar & Grill has already become one of the Magic City’s hottest spots for nightlife. Capable of comfortably holding more than 1,000 people, Iron City plays host to many up-and-coming musical artists, as well as established musicians of all genres such as Kid Ink, Buckcherry, and Earl Sweatshirt. Located in the heart of downtown, the modern venue features not only two full-service bars and live music, but also an impressive eatery that strives to produce “a white tablecloth experience [... more]

One-Stop Music

Do you like discovering new music? What about vintage and newly released music records? If you answered “yes” to either question, we suggest a visit to Nashville, Tennessee’s Grimey’s and The Basement. Located in the heart of the music industry, Grimey’s is a music shop where customers can buy and sell CDs, DVDs, and vinyl records. Here, customers can also listen to music and even hear live performances. Downstairs, The Basement nightclub offers a venue for up-and-coming artists to share their music and oftentimes gain popularity. Headliners [... more]

Iron-Clad History

The hauntingly beautiful Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, Alabama, perfectly blends the past and the present. Currently being preserved and interpreted as a historical industrial site, Sloss is the only 20th-century blast furnace in the United States. The sculptural web of buildings, pipes, and smokestacks provides an excellent classroom for anyone interested in the industrial past of the Magic City. A National Historic Landmark, the inactive iron-ore furnace also serves as a modern-day event center in the heart of the city. Tours, music festivals, and even weddings offer [... more]

A Futuristic Festival

Last year, the creators of the wildly popular electronic music festival TommorrowLand, which occurs in Belgium each year, decided to spin off its first international edition and chose the United States as the location. Thus TomorrowWorld was born. In September 2013, TomorrowWorld welcomed 140,000 music fans from more than 75 countries to the Chattahoochee Hills just outside of Atlanta. This fall, the event returns to Georgia and anticipates an even bigger crowd. Though the event doesn’t take place until September 26-28, the festival has already confirmed more [... more]

Poppin’ Tags

Where can you find delicious restaurants, horse and buggy rides, fresh produce, and handcrafted goods all in one beautiful location? Historic Charleston, South Carolina’s City Market creates the ultimate shopping experience for tourists and locals alike. Business booms at this open-air market with about 100 vendors hawking unique products. If you’re a fashionista hooked on the new thrifting trend, browse through the vintage-inspired jewelry and accessory booths. Check out Rewined Candles for beautifully designed scented candles or stop for a sangria at Mercato Italian Restaurant. You’ll make [... more]

All That Jazz, and Rock, and Blues…

What do Eric Clapton, Christina Aguilera, and Robin Thicke have in common? They all headline this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival going on April 25-27 and May 1-4. Since 1970, this preeminent event has featured the best in Blues, jazz, gospel, zydeco, R&B, rock, funk, and folk music. This broad mix of musical genres will play out on 10 different tents, each featuring at least five acts a day. Among its many honors, Jazz Fest has been named “Festival of the Year” four times by [... more]

Fine Art Festival

Celebrate art and the environment at ArtFields in historic Lake City, South Carolina, on April 25 through May 4, 2014. Billed as “the South’s most engaging art festival,” the 10-day event honors imaginative thinkers with a juried art show, live music, a farmer’s market, delicious Southern food, a portrait contest, and much more. Walk the Art Walk to discover original works from talented artists hailing from all over the South, and then be sure to vote for your favorite to receive the People’s Choice Award.

Groundbreaking Blues

The Blues began in the fields of Southern plantations and took hold in honky-tonk hole-in-the-wall places. So for an authentic Blues experience, head to Clarksdale, Mississippi’s divey Ground Zero Blues Club. (Some people even believe that Clarksdale is the birthplace of the Blues.) Co-owned by actor Morgan Freeman, the bar presents live music four nights a week. National acts occasionally occupy the plywood stage, but more often than not, you’ll find local musicians following in the footsteps of great Delta Blues artists. Good things are often repeated, [... more]

Let’s Hangout!

Early summertime has become synonymous with Music Festival Season for many avid concertgoers. One of the emerging festivals of the South, Hangout Music Festival (also known as “Hangout Fest”) takes place on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. Expected to draw 35,000 attendees, this year’s event (May 16-18) will feature several popular musical acts including Wiz Khalifa, Outkast, The Killers, Pretty Lights, and Chance the Rapper, among many others. Ticket prices vary from around $200 to upwards of $1,500 depending on the kind of experience you [... more]

Mississippi Martini Madness

I wanted to try a local spot in Jackson, Mississippi, that was known for its food and a large adult-beverage selection. Hal and Mal’s popped up on my radar when a friend from the Hospitality State suggested I give it a try. I walked in and realized it was far from a run-of-the-mill restaurant. The building used to be a freight depot, and if the walls could talk they would have interesting things to say. The martini list, with more options than I could count, may have [... more]

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