Born from the passion and ability of world champion kickboxer Khunpon Dechkampu, Bangkok Boxing Fitness challenges newcomers and veterans alike to enter the rough-and-tumble world of muay thai, otherwise known as the science of eight limbs. Harnessing the power of a fighter’s elbows, knees, hands, and feet, the martial-arts style is a favorite among MMA fighters. Bangkok Boxing Fitness' instructors fully embrace the style, and some are quite decorated, in addition to possessing extensive mixed martial arts fighting experience. Beyond fitness classes, they also lead beginner-friendly sessions that cover MMA techniques.
Welcoming pure fitness-seekers and fighters alike, they've created a lineup of fitness Thai kickboxing and boot-camp classes that focus more on fitness than combat, unlike full-contact stationary cycling.
The country-music-themed Wild Bill's enthralls patrons with a wide range of attractions, including MMA fighting matches, live music, and an in-house troupe of comely dancers, the Wild Girls. During Wild Bill's 41st fight night, Buford, Georgia’s “Little Popeye” Jeff Bedard takes on Charleston, South Carolina’s Victor Ditola in a test of brute strength, mental tenacity, and video-game-inspired button mashing. Also on the card will be two other professional MMA fights—Dustin Chovanic versus Bryan Keller and Scott Farhat versus Chris Cain—as well as a handful of advanced-amateur MMA, amateur MMA, and amateur muay thai bouts, rousing crowds with forceful fist slinging and a series of Rorschach bruise tests.
Girls Night: The Musical will bring to the stage of the 14th Street Theatre a heartfelt, comedic story of five friends celebrating their history and future together while embarking on an epic night of karaoke. Actresses belt out renditions of such female classics as "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive," and “Lady Marmalade” amid vibrant set pieces. Theater seating harkens back to intimate cabarets of yore, with up to four seats and a Dean Martin wax figure adorning each table. Groupon holders receive the best non-VIP seats possible (any table other than tables A-G) upon the redemption of their vouchers at the theater's will-call station.
Local rock and pop station Star 94 Atlanta lines up some of the most popular bands in the country for an arena-filling evening of top radio hits. Rock band Daughtry regales audiences with favorites such as "It's Not Over" and "Crawling Back to You," part of a tuneful tradition that helped garner the band three American Music Awards, four Grammy nominations, and several fan letters written in frosting. Audiences sing and sway along to The Script's songbook of relatable pop tunes about heartache and dropped ice-cream cones, including single "Breakeven," which sold more than 1.7 million copies in the U.S.
Party radio station WiLD decks Wild Bill’s halls with subwoofers and strobe lights as it gears up for its annual Holiday Bash, a Yuletide celebration of party music powered by Lil Jon’s raspy shouts and Flo Rida’s slick rhymes. Fans throw their hands in the air as they locate long-dormant grooves and mumble along to the incessant stream of rap lyrics that pours forth from the stage. Before the headliners emerge to bring down the house with rapid-fire recitations of their Christmas lists, up-and-coming artists heat up the dance floor for crowds coming in from the chilly winter air. Hip-hop duo New Boyz brightens up the stage with neon tracksuits as fans swoon to their auto-tuned ballads, and debonair rapper Roscoe Dash spits his words into a microphone wearing a bow tie. DJ Andre Perry and DJ Kidd rain down a flurry of beats and synthesized sounds on joyful young ears while eyes scan the stage in search of surprise guests.
Featured on Access Atlanta, JapanFest's two-day festival gives crowds of more than 17,000 people a chance to taste varied Japanese cuisine, watch live performances from Japanese musicians and artists, and practice traditional arts in hands-on exhibits. The tunes of Grammy-winning recording artist Yukiko Matsuyama, whose compositions feature the traditional stringed koto, drift through the air as festival-goers watch the hands of professional calligrapher Kotaro Hachinohe bring a large paint-sodden brush down on paper in bold strokes. Pairs of guests can practice the art of petal positioning at the Japanese flower-arranging exhibit, then carefully prune miniature trees at the bonsai demonstration, pruning branches as gingerly as generals clipping budding turrets from the potted tanks in their offices. A range of other participants fills the center's showroom, including anime collectors, kimono crafters, and sake sellers. After perusing the swarm of exhibitors, visitors can reboot with traditional Japanese fare from vendors such as Kotobuki Cafe and Sushi Niko Niko.