Tessa and I got away for the weekend and headed down to Atlanta which was living up to its nickname “HOTlanta”! We initially went down so I could see CELLDWELLER led by Klayton who has had many projects I have been listening to for years starting with his original industrial metal band CIRCLE OF DUST whose debut CD I picked up back in ’92! Since the show was on Friday, July 1st, we decided to head down the night before and stay with my best friend Kenny and hit the town first thing on Friday.
So, we did just that and first hit the Georgia Aquarium Friday morning hoping to avoid most of the impending holiday weekend crowd. However, it was still a mess as I’m sure many people had the same idea in mind. But it wasn’t bad so we made the best of it and conquered the World of Coca-Cola as well since it’s right next door!
We managed to finish touring both spots by mid-afternoon so we started to make our way down to the Masquerade which was, conveniently, just a few miles away. We paid our parking fee and made our way out into traffic when Tessa suddenly realized her cell phone was missing! I’m not sure who freaked out worse: me or her?!
After the freak-out session was over, Tessa could only think of one place the phone could be: in the restroom of the commons area outside of the World of Coca-Cola. She kept her phone in the back pocket of her jeans and it must have slipped out while she was relieving her bladder of all the 60+ soda flavors from around the world! Thankfully there was an attendee in the restroom so she approached her and inquired about her phone which is a nice Samsung Droid Fascinate just like mine. Apparently the woman was rather fond of the phone she had found because, according to Tessa, she was rather reluctant to hand it over.
After she had reacquired her electronic device, we got back out into Atlanta traffic and made our way to the Masquerade. Once we found the venue, we went back to the Burger King we had passed on the way and grabbed a quick bite. Quick is the key word since the Masquerade is kinda in the ghet-to!
We got to the venue shortly after five and waited outside for a couple of hours before the doors opened. While we were out there, we meet up with some South Carolina friends who were also attending the show and even made a few new friends including Big Troy from 95 Rock in Augusta, GA.
When the doors opened, Tessa and I immediately hit the merch table and picked up a shirt each as well as some stickers (including old school CIRCLE OF DUST and BRAINCHILD) and a CD!
A couple of hours later, the opening band INVIOLATE started the show and featured a bona fide bellydancer on vocals!
After their set, it was time for me to FINALLY get to see Klayton live and in person after being thwarted from seeing CIRCLE OF DUST back in college because some jackass at a Charlotte venue had told me the show was postponed when, in reality, the venue had been changed. No, I’m STILL not over that!
When CELLDWELLER took the stage, their sound and set-up was absolutely AMAZING! My only complaint about the show was that the entire set was comprised of remixes and new material which I have yet to hear. I have their only straightforward album: the 2003 self-titled debut. They have numerous compilations of remixes and instrumentals however I am not as familiar with those. So, on that note, I was somewhat disappointed but I did enjoy the overall experience of finally seeing Klayton perform live and in person!
After the show, Klayton and his touring partner, Blue Stahli, met with fans back at the merch table to take some pics and sign some autographs….
When we left the venue, we met up with Kenny at North River Tavern in Sandy Springs and I drove his inebriated ass home while Tessa drove my Jeep back to his house to crash for another night.
We slept in a bit the next morning and then made our way out to the Chattahoochee River and drove around parts of Alpharetta where I used to work and frequent. We then made our way to Buford, GA to check out the Mall of Georgia and surrounding shops including the new Museum Replicas store which had some kickass geek souvenirs such as Star Wars and Harry Potter memorabilia as well as some steampunk apparel! I picked up a Cthulhu bobble-head!
After roaming the entire mall, Tessa and I grabbed some food from Chic-Fil-A before hitting the road and heading home. When we got back into town, we hit Yogurt Mountain and then Bi-Lo for some groceries and went home.
Sunday we relaxed and went over to my Uncle James Ray and Aunt Tina’s house for some cooking out and swimming. Outside of that, we didn’t do much of anything else except for laundry!
Monday was more of the same as we celebrated our independence and freedom to be lazy! We did, however, manage to make it out to meet my mom and her boyfriend Mark at Hollywood 20 to see Cars 2. I have to admit that the sequel to the Pixar original was a bit disappointing as I was expecting since they turned it into an animated spy movie. That’s not to say that there wasn’t any redeeming qualities to the film because there were some very funny moments and the plot was better than I had expected although it did get a little ridiculous toward the end.
Cars 2 \m/ \m/ \m/
Unfortunately, Tessa had to go to work after the movie and I had to spend a few hours in my office getting caught up from the 4-day weekend so I could hit the ground running today!