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Wednesday already?

September 7 — We're in the middle of a short work week, so it's hard to tell what day it is. Rough Draft is here to help you keep it straight.

🌤 Partly cloudy with a high of 87° today. 

🏠 The Atlanta City Council approved legislative items Tuesday that transfer $1 million to the Metro Atlanta Land Bank to create and maintain affordable housing.

🦠 Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens announced yesterday on social media that he has COVID-19 and will be working from home. 

📺  Veteran Atlanta anchor Karyn Greer is joining WSB-TV for the 5 p.m. newscast with Jorge Estevez.

🚲 Residents along a stretch of Tilly Mill Rd. in Dunwoody are concerned about a proposed multi-use path running behind their homes. 

🗳 Fake Trump electors working to overturn the 2020 presidential election allegedly breached Coffee County's voting system to copy data.

⚽️ Cobb County Police arrested Atlanta United and U.S. men's national team star Miles Robinson over the Labor Day weekend for misdemeanor theft at The Battery.
📸 PICTURE THIS: If you haven't been to Ponce City Market lately, you might be a little bewildered by all the construction taking place around it. The 21-story Signal House apartments for 55+ active adults plus ground floor retail has already climbed 14 floors. See more photos at PCM's Instagram

⏱ Today's newsletter is 🅕🅞🅤🅡 stories. 

• Broad St. Boardwalk
• Celebrating birds and plants

• Otis Redding's 81st birthday
• Weekend Concert Picks 

Have a good one, 
Collin + Sammie
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1. Lunch and music on the boardwalk  

🎻 Renovations to the boardwalk on Downtown Atlanta's tree-lined, restaurant-filled Broad St. are finally complete.

To mark the occasion, Central Atlanta Progress and the Department of City Planning are hosting a Lunchtime Concert Series every Wednesday in September starting today from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. with OK Cello.

Coming up: Joseph E. Reed (Sept. 14), Martina San Diego (Sept. 21), and Ivan Duke (Sept. 28). You can also show your receipt from a nearby restaurant and get a free Mocha Pop.
➡️ Find out more about the reopening of the Broad Street Boardwalk here. 
Atlanta's premier food event is back

With more than 80 chefs at multiple venues across the city over five days, the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival returns in September with a week’s worth of events. 
🕯️Get Intimate: This year’s festival begins Sept. 13 with the first in a series of Intimate Dinners beginning at Talat Market. Additional dinners feature Lazy Betty, Redbird, and more. A special Taste of Israel dinner at Aziza is Sept. 15. Tickets are limited.
🔪 Knives Out: Anything and everything that’s sliceable will be part of Sliced: A Cut of Atlanta’s Best Bites on Sept. 15. Unlimited dishes, sips, and live entertainment are included in the ticket, which is available here.
🐔What the Cluck? Cluck’d: A Chicken & Cocktail Soiree is Sept. 16 and will feature 20+ chefs barbecuing, braising, and frying chicken along with cocktails, music, and dancing. Tickets.
🎪 To the Tents! Historic Fourth Ward Park will host the annual Tasting Tents on Sept. 17-18. Get tickets here (VIPs get an hour head-start).
Stay up-to-date: Purchase tickets and follow along at @atlfoodandwine.
2. Celebrating birds and plants

🌻 September is "Georgia Grows Native for Birds Month," which celebrates the connection between native plants and birds in the state. 

Georgia Audubon is hosting a series of in-person and virtual events throughout the month, including a native plant sale, tours of wildlife sanctuaries in Fulton and DeKalb, and a party and lecture by birding expert Kenn Kaufman at Monday Night Garage in West End.

"Planting natives can have far-reaching benefits for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife," said Georgia Audubon's Adam Betuel. "It’s something each of us can do in our own landscapes to aid bird conservation efforts.”

➡️ See the full slate of events here. 
3. 81 years of Otis Redding

🎤 If you're looking for a weekend getaway and love the music of legendary Georgia musician Otis Redding, then pack your bags and head 90 minutes south to Macon.

The city is celebrating the late Redding's 81st birthday with a groundbreaking event for the new Otis Redding Center for the Arts (pictured) on Friday, followed by a concert at the Grand Opera House with 
Robert Glasper and Mickey Guyton. 

During the concert, the Otis Redding Foundation will honor supporters DJ Derrick "D-NICE" Jones, Georgia heroes Chuck and Rose Lane Leavell, Dr. Vickie Perdue Scott of Legacy Builders Foundation, and Dr. C. David Keith of Mercer University.

On Saturday, The Big “O” Homecoming Show at the Capitol Theatre will feature Kendra Morris, Monophonics, and The War and Treaty. 

➡️ Get tickets and details for all the events here. 


➡ In January, we wrote about Macon's draw for music tourism, including the Allman Brothers.

➡ Here's a Q&A with Chuck Leavell who has played with the Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, George Harrison, and many others, but his passion is his tree farm outside of Macon.
4. Weekend Concert Picks

🎤 Foreign Air @ The Masquerade 
🎸 Stereolab @ The Eastern

Thursday, Sept. 8
🎶  Sarah Jarosz @ Terminal West
🗣  Chase Matthew @ Variety Playhouse

Friday, Sept. 9

🤠 Outlaw feat. Willie Nelson, Jason Isbell, and more @ Ameris Bank Amphitheater
🎹  Victor Wooten @ City Winery
🎤 The REMakes @ Wild Heaven Brewery, West End

🎷 Spyro Gyra @ Variety Playhouse (pictured)

Saturday, Sept. 10
🎙 Collective Soul and Switchfoot @ Chastain
🎤 Spiritualized @ Variety Playhouse

Sunday, Sept. 11

🐭 Modest Mouse @ The Tabernacle
🎼 Jordy Searcy @ Vinyl

Tuesday, Sept. 13
🎙 WABE's "Sounds Like ATL" @ City Winery


🇰🇷 K-pop superstars BLACKPINK announced yesterday that they'll play State Farm Arena on Nov. 2 as part of their global tour. Tickets go on sale on Sept. 16.
*BOOKMARK THIS* 🗓️ For even more concerts, visit our event calendar, How Do You Atlanta?, produced in partnership with WABE and Decaturish.
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