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Just steps from Centennial Olympic Park and downtown hotels, this former Baptist church isn't much to behold from the street, but the interior is a marvel of architectural restoration. Constructed in 1910, the building features three levels of seating facing the stage, plus numerous lounges, billiards areas, bars and secluded alcoves. The facility hosts a full schedule of top-flight entertainment throughout the year and is a spectacular place to enjoy a concert. A more intimate venue is located below in the aptly named Cellar, where smaller acts are booked.
This National Historic Landmark was built in 1929 as a Shrine temple, but through most of its storied history, it has served as Atlanta's premier theatrical venue. The Fox Theater is a marvel of Middle Eastern Revival architecture that spans a full city block, it is one of the largest theatres built in America during the golden age of the movies. Today, the theatre maintains a steady schedule of Broadway shows, operas, symphonic performances and rock concerts. Tours are available, but the best way to experience the Fox Theatre is through the night in the town.
Variety Playhouse features live music seven nights a week, although the musical genre on any given night is anybody's guess. Alternative rock groups, jazz artists and folk singers are regularly showcased, with the club's bookings featuring upstart regional bands and big national names in about equal number. High-profile guests have included piano-based pop groups too. Renowned names like Natasha Bedingfield, Jakob Dylan, Alejandro Escovedo, Carrie Rodriguez and others have graced this stage with their lively performances. A full bar with an enviable selection of local microbrews is also on hand.
This lovely venue plays host to local, up-and-coming acoustic acts seven nights a week. Located in the heart of Decatur, the Attic is nestled amid shops and storefronts on this busy side street. The small stage is set in the corner, across from a long bar and cabaret-style tables. Seating is limited, so come early. A delicious menu of light fare is available to match your drink selection. Groups as big as the Indigo Girls have graced this stage on their way to the top, so stop by to catch a rising star.
Located in the lush green Chastain Park, this open-air theater is more of a socializing joint than a concert venue. People come to the park with candelabras, tablecloths, blankets, and four-course meals for a leisurely picnic. For music lovers, the amphitheater has set tables around the stage that can seat up to six each. Moody Blues, Kenny Loggins, Rick Springfield, and James Taylor are some of the famous musicians who have enthralled audiences with their lively performances.