Come listen to a story 'bout a band named Jed. No, wait. OK, come listen to the story of Audra & The Antidote at Atlantis. Well, it's not quite as catchy, but it was once again a lot of fun. This year we secured a prime slot in Atlanta's yearly music showcase, Atlantis. We were scheduled for 10:00PM Friday night at the Echo Lounge. Good time; great club...WOO-WHO!!! Atlanta's local news magazine, Creative Loafing, even featured us with a "Critic's Picks" along with a color photo.
A couple days prior to heading down for the show, Audra was contacted by Southeast Performer Magazine. They had caught our performance at the NextFest in Nashville and liked us so much they wanted the us for the COVER! Of course, Audra was ready and willing to head down to Atlanta a day early for the photo shoot. After a long drive that included purchasing and changing 2 tires and getting lost, Audra made it only an hour late. The trouble was worth it...especially since the magazine was kind enough to give us a comped hotel room :-) That night Lee Smith of Southeast Performer Magazine (pictured to the right, on the right. Lee Swartz pictured on the left.), accompanied Audra to all the hip and happening shows that first evening of the event. Rumor has it that you will have to wait until December for the Audra & the Antidote issue.
The next day the rest of the band trekked down to Atlanta pulling the U-haul once again. We met at our hotel and had just a few minutes to gather our things and head over to the club for load-in. Once there we surveyed the scene and hung out backstage. It was quite a colorful and semi-swank/skank area. We couldn't help but like it. After all, food was also available. J.T. helped himself!
Thanks to Lift, the local band who opened the show, the club was packed. As usual the moment we took the stage everyone froze in their place. No one moved until we completed the set. This might unnerve a band not used to such a thing. Do they hate us or just mesmorized? Judging from the enthusiastic repsonse, the motionless staring was caused by the audience members not wanting to miss a move!
After performance we hung around the club until the last song by the last band (who borrowed our keyboard). Steve and Audra took turns stage diving (as usual) and Edwin even took his first stab at it. Another band who also was lucky enough to appear on Farmclub.com TV was in the audience and introduced themselves. Someone from the crowd even recognized us from TV and we signed a few autographs.
The next day came bright and early. band onstage Kim and Audra said good-bye to the guys and made their way up north for a week. Stay tuned for their adventures in Philadelphia recording with producer Mike Klein! Find out which celebrity was rehearsing in the studio next door! Find out what Kim thought of her first Philly Chicken Cheese Steak! Until next time...
What I thought then... and what I think now.
Atlantis Music Conference