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Live Music Fun Dining Ideas At Restaurants In Atlanta For Summer 2013

Folks are always wondering what to do for the summer when the sun shows no mercy on Atlanta, yet it is the best time to enjoy some patio love and musical notes to go with it. Here are some fun summer options that should make the heat waves of June and July a breeze.

Meehans Atlantic Station

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Join Meehan’s Atlantic Station for a day dedicated to Canada on Saturday, June 29! They will feature a special Canadian Eats menu and beer specials from Canada’s own, Unibroue. Live music from Dean James, Crash Channel, David McCoy and Kevin Kos will start at 2 p.m. Guests can peruse the Canadian Art Fest from 2 to 6 p.m. and kids, 12 and under, can play street hockey from 3 to 6 p.m. Guests will also have the chance of entering to win gift cards to Beer Growler Nation. There is a $10 cover; ages 20 and under are free. Please click here to purchase tickets.

WHEN: Saturday, June 29
Live music starting at 2 p.m.

Meehan’s Atlantic Station
232 19th St NW
Atlanta, GA 30363
Ph. 404-249-7812

Kick back and cool off this June at Big Tex Decatur. Enjoy live music each weekend and a Bluegrass Brunch on Sundays. Past performances include June 20 – Big Tex Jazz Jam with Adrian Ash at 9 p.m., June 22 – The Rainmen at 10 p.m. and June 23 – Bluegrass  Brunch with Cedar Hill noon – 4 p.m.

Big Tex Decatur
308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
Ph. 404-377-3939

the Family Dog

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The Family Dog has cool drinks and even cooler music to get you through June! Performances include June 22 – The Johnson Party, June 23 – Jez Graham Trio with Joe Gransden, June 29 – AJ Ghent Band from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. and June 30 – Jez Graham Trio with Rebecca Windham from 7 – 10 p.m.

In July, raise a glass to 2013 being half way over! Celebrate all that you have accomplished thus far Saturday July 13 at 9 p.m. Admission will be $10 at the door. Count down the minutes while jamming out to some awesome bands such as AJ and The Jiggawatts, Derobert and the Half-Truths and Magic in Threes! So put on that party dress, bring your favorite NYE props, and toast to how amazing this year has been and cheers to the rest of it to come!

The Family Dog
1402 North Highland Ave
Atlanta, GA 30306
Ph. 404-249-0180

Meehan’s Public House Sandy Springs is rockin’ every Friday and Saturday night in June with live music! Performances include June 21 – Davin McCoy and the Coming Attractions, June 22 – Uncle Mike Band, June 28 – Audium and June 29 – Down Since One.

Meehan’s Public House
227 Sandy Springs Place
Atlanta, GA 30328
Ph. 404-843-8058

Sweet Georgia's June Joint

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You can also beat the heat at Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint this June. Enjoy Southern drinks, food and music in the heart of downtown. Performances include June 20 – Brandon Phillips Trio from noon, June 21 – Jabari Graham from 7 p.m., June 21 – Satin Finish from 10:30 p.m., June 22 – 2unes from 7 p.m., June 22 – The Larry Griffith Band from 10:30 p.m., June 23 – The Kermit Walker Trio from noon, June 26 – Larry Lambert from noon, June 27 – Brandon Phillips Trio from noon, June 28 – Toni Byrd from 7 p.m., June 28 – Payne n’ Pleasure from 10:30 p.m., June 29 – Regina Troupe from 7 p.m., June 29 – The PR Experience from 10:30 p.m. and June 30 – Rod Harris, Jr. Live from noon.
Sweet Georgia’s Juke Joint
200 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30303
Ph. 404-230-5853

Trader Vics

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Cruise into Trader Vic’s and cool off with $6 Mai Tai specials each and every Thursday night. They’re mixing up the entertainment schedule to bring in a brand new line up of live music, Hula dancers, and Drag Queens! Trader Vic’s is Atlanta’s destination for authentic Polynesian cuisine, ice cold tropical cocktails and unforgettable ambiance, located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Performances include June 20 – Andrew & The Disapyramids, June 27 – Lloyd’s Rockstead Revue, July 4 – Beach Party Blowout with Big Mike’s HULAbaloo featuring Dames Aflame Hula Dancers, July 11 – Andrew & The Disapyramids, July 18 – Tongo Hiti, July 25 – Jay Lish and her Birds of Paradise Drag Show.

Trader Vic’s
Hilton Atlanta
255 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Ph. 404-222-6339

Lastly, July 4 celebrations can still be planned! Celebrate Independence Day 2013 at Cook Hall! The party starts off at 6 a.m. on the patio with brunch and music from DJ Hakim while you cheer on the runners in the Peachtree Road Race. The main event kicks off at 5 p.m. with live music, food specials and cocktails from Four Roses Bourbon, Midnight Moon Moonshine, SweetWater Brewing Company, and Tito’s Vodka. The music line-up includes performances from Moontower, Yacht Rock Revue, Ralph Roddenbery, Donna Hopkins and friends. Guests will also get a prime view of the 54th Annual Lenox Square Fireworks Display, the biggest and best 4th of July fireworks display in the Southeast. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 31 and can be purchased here for $30 advance and $35 at the door. Brunch reservations are not included in admission to Fourth Fest and can be made by calling the restaurant.

Cook Hall
W Atlanta – Buckhead
3377 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Ph. 404-523-3600

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