Like gnomes, darts, and fire drills, music inexplicably makes people want to stand on a lawn. Lounge on leafy carpets with today's Groupon to the A.W.O.L. Music Festival at Symphony Park on Saturday, April 30. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the last shuttle buses leave at 10 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get one general admission ticket (a $30 value).
- For $25, you get one VIP ticket (a $50 value, 21+ only).
Benefitting many area charities, the A.W.O.L. (All Walks of Life) Music Festival enlivens ears and sets bodies in motion with an all-day line-up of music from national stars and local strummers entertaining outdoors. Lawn-loungers can bump hips or engage in nonchalant head-bobbing to the pop-rap jams of Mike Posner, whose mixtape A Matter of Time produced hits “Cooler Than Me” and “Please Don’t Go.” Indie anthems come in the form of festival-fixtures Matt & Kim, a two-piece keyboard-and-drum act who can be seen jamming at musical-act mash-ups like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, as well as in videos on MTV.
Speakers will also carry the sounds of local artists such as Charlotte's offbeat outfit Sugar Glyder and the soul/funk/hip-hop fusion of BPL. Though all seats are on the lawn, VIP ticket purchasers will have access to benefits of the VIP tent. Between bands, festivalgoers can cut grassy rugs in a dance competition, grab a cold one from on-site sellers, or enjoy self-brought brews stashed in cans, boxes, or super-absorbent socks, as the concert is BYOB for of-age observers as long as they’re not drinking from glass bottles.
Rideless rovers can take advantage of the free shuttle service operating from four areas around the city. Beginning at 11 a.m., shuttles will run from Uptown at Connolly's on 5th, SouthEnd from Tyber Creek Pub, and as-yet undetermined locations in Noda and SouthPark. A more charitable choice than spending a Saturday alone listening to kazoo recordings, A.W.O.L. shares festival proceeds with various charities, including Don't Break the Bond, which fosters relationships between children and incarcerated parents, and Camp Care, a getaway for kids aged 3–17 who currently have or have had cancer.