What’s HOT in West End? As per Brent Brewer…

Firstly, OWEN is out.  This issue demonstrates how vibrant a community West End will be this weekend.  There are activities from Friday through Sunday, so please take in as many of the events as possible.  Take lots of pictures.
Secondly, we need a host for a musician performing at venues in the neighborhood this weekend.
Many of us have opened our homes to family/friends who were visiting from out of town.  These visitors loved our walkable neighborhood where they could stroll to two house museums, AUC center, several vegan restaurants, several banks, and MARTA access.  With all that West End/ Westview has to offer, why would anyone stay downtown on a visit to Atlanta?
West End is hosting a very special visitor, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (legendary multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, music director, producer, DJ, and educator).  He will be rehearsing/ performing in the West End at Night Under the Stars Concert and Music in the Park with Kebbi Williams 50-piece band (are you totally excited yet!).  Since he will be spending so much time in the neighborhood, he wants to walk to his rehearsal venues (WEPAC, Star Theatre) and performances (Wren’s Nest and Howell Park).
Our neighbor, Kebbi Williams has asked if one of our West End neighbors can host Miguel from Thursday to Sunday.  It will be the coolest house guest that you will have in a long time.  We’re talking serious facebook picture opportunity.
If interested in hosting Miguel, please email or call Brent Brewer today to make arrangement for Miguel. 
For commuting purposes, it is best if he stays in the Historic West End District; however, a Westview host would also be appreciated.
Brent Brewer OWEN Managing Editor/ Fledgling Promoter 404.447.0282 bdbrewr@gmail.com

WestFest 2011

The WestFest 2011 committee is still seeking an opening performer for our annual benefit concert on Friday, May 6.  We have a modest budget for the performer, but it provides great exposure and an opportunity to perform in a beautiful outdoor venue.  If you have any suggestions, please contact me at deniseblake@bellsouth.net or 404.758.1291.

West End’s “West Fest” is coming….

www.AtlantaWestFest.com :You don’t want to miss this great spring kick off event!!

WHAT IS WEST FEST?

West Fest is brought to you by WEND, the West End Neighborhood Development Inc.and includes an annual benefit concert, festival, and tour, The concert kicks off the weekend of events with performances by Elliot Holden and Avery Sunshine. The concert’s purpose is to raise money and bring residents and friends of the community together. Proceeds from the concert and tour will benefit WEND, and will be used toward beautification and preservation of our historic neighborhood. The West End Tour of Homes consists of a self-guided walking tour of over a dozen craftsman, vitcorian, & queen anne style private homes. The large majority of buildings in the district are houses constructed from about 1870 into the 1930s. The festival and artist market will kick off with a dog parade, feature local artists, face painting, a live DJ, and The Men of Valor steppers from Brown Middle School.

TICKET INFO

Tickets for the Benefit Concert are $25 • Tickets for the Tour of Homes are $15, or $35 for a combo Concert + Tour pass. Tickets can be purchased onlineat www.atlantawestfest.com. Admission to the Festival and Artist Market is free.

Benefit Concert at Paschals from 4pm-7pm

Todays the Day!

Buy Your tickets today online at
http://www.threshingflooracademy.org/events.html

Come out and join us for an evening of inspiration and enlightenment as several of Atlanta’s most uplifting music, dance and spoken word artists come together in music, dance, word and song in support of Threshing Floor Academy.The concert will take place on Sunday, June 28, 2009 from 4pm-7pm at Paschal’s Restaurant located at 180-B Northside Drive, Atlanta, GA 30313. Funds raised from donations and ticket sales will go towards a building fund that will be used to purchase a building for the program to operate out of. Concert attendees can order food at an additional cost from Paschal’s legendary menu during the event. A silent auction featuring several luxurious items and services donated by local businesses will also take place during the event. Tickets are available at $15 for adults and $10 for children and can be purchased online on the “event” page of www.threshingflooracademy.org or by contacting Staria Quarshie at 770.702.3871. Receipt of purchase will be provided.

***TICKETS MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE***
$15 Adults, $10 children (12 and under)

**********LIVE PAINTING BY CORY WHITEHEAD ********
& MELANIE STEVENS

*Emceed by Min. DoQuoi T. Green
**Performace by Soul Vocalist Kyshona Armstrong
**Live Jazz by Eric Thomas of Elevate the Quest
***Music Performance by violinist Bryant Samples
******Spoken Word Performance by Def Jam Poet Jon Goode
********Performance by Lisa Chauntel
*****Performance by the Greg Hammontree Jazz Quartet
*******and many more!

Silent Auction Items…
*4 hrs of recording studio time compliments of The Outfit Studio
**Nanny Service compliments of Nanny Poppinz of Atlanta-Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Vinings Georgia
***Private 3 Course Dinner for Two prepared in the comfort of your home by Chef Kerel Fryer of Aroma Personal Chef Service, LLC
****Carriage ride for 2 compliments of Capital City Carriage
***** Photo Shoot compliments of Funky Urban Chick Photography
******$50 Gift Certificate for dinner or lunch at Paschal’s at Castleberry Hill
*****Artwork by some of Atlanta’s most talented Artists
******and much more!

West End Concert and Tour of Homes 2009

Kudos to the West End homeowners on tour this weekend and Vonda Henry, ( President of West End Neighborhood Development) , for a wonderful 2009 Concert and event…We’re on our way!!

Both performers were great! It was wonderful to see my neighbors dancing in the grass, laughing and enjoying our community. God held the rain until the end- I mean really… what was it- 10PM on the dot? .lol… I was soaked..but hey, someone had to get the wine for the next event!

The only down side, (well maybe not so downside since you know I take horrible pictures-lol) I left my camera home.  A special “Thanks” goes out to Lain Shakespeare of the Wrens Nest for his awesome picture skills and hospitality!!  Join Lain on Twitter or Facebook to view the album.

Who would have guessed, the West End has the best in-town amphitheater at the Wrens Nest!

Elliot Holden, Nia Knowles, Jim Kelly (J.W. Kelly Properties)
Elliot Holden, Nia Knowles, Jim Kelly (J.W. Kelly Properties)

Historic West End Wrens Nest 2009 Concert and Home Tour

The link is up- purchase your tickets now because tables are going FAST for the Wrens Nest concert!  www.AtlantaWestEnd.com

This year we’ll have artist Maria Howell and  the 4th Ward Afro Klezmer Jazz Orchestra! We are honored to be able to recruit such talent and I look forward to enjoying them Friday (May 1st) night over a lovely picnic dinner.

Also May 2nd & 3rd tour some of our beautiful 1920 Craftsman Bungalows, Brown Middle School as well as the office of Watkins Funeral Parlour…come see the untouchable original as well as some restored details.

Then, lastly come by to view my homes for sale! I will have 580 Holderness St and 463 East Ontario Ave open to tour!! -Bring a friend- I have the paper for offers 🙂