Seeing live music can be a transcendent mind-body experience, akin to getting a tattoo underwater or making out during an eclipse. Transcend boredom with today's Groupon: a ticket to one of two shows at The Masquerade. Choose from the following options:
- $9 ticket to the Endless Summer Music Fest (a $12 value) and a barbecue plate (a $6 value) on September 11 at 3 p.m.
- $6 ticket to see Almost Kings on October 22 at 6 p.m. (a $12 value)
The Masquerade, which occupies a turn-of-the-century mill building, is one of Atlanta's most notable nightbash spots. Lick the last drops from the ice-cream cone of summer at the Endless Summer Music Fest, a festival of food, fun, and frolicking held on four stages. More than 24 bands of every genre, be it rock, pop, or rock, will jam and jive in an attempt to make summer's sweetness never fade, unlike photographs of Pat Boone's childhood hamster. The festival will offer deals on Pabst Blue Ribbon before 6 p.m., and this Groupon includes the cost of a plate piled high with barbecue eats from The Masquerade's back patio. If the beats or bites get too hot, cool off in an on-site dunking booth or bring your own liquid-nitrogen smoothie.
For a more intense aural experience, opt to see Almost Kings headline a show that includes Sub Cam and three other to-be-announced hard-rocking groups. Almost Kings, four Atlanta natives, set unrelenting rap to alt and metal riffs to create a powerful genre-bending sound ("quality headbanging music," according to Performer Magazine). Almost Kings made a name for themselves by touring and playing live shows, and numerous reviewers note that the band's in-person act is astoundingly energetic, well-orchestrated, and lacking giant cats.
Yelpers give The Masquerade a 3.5-star average, and despite mixed opinions about the parking, most consider it a legendary place to see shows: