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Best Outdoor Music Venue for Concerts

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The relatively roomy, food friendly natural amphitheater at Chastain feels like a walk in the park ... which it sort of is. Of course if it rains like it did for the majority of the Brian Wilson show, everybody gets wet, and those hard metal seats make life, errr, challenging during lightening storms. But on those nights when the moon is out, the music, not to mention the wine, is flowing, and the candles are flickering, Chastain earns its reputation as the quintessential open-air Atlanta summer concert venue.

Best outdoor music venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Best outdoor music venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Best outdoor music venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Best outdoor music venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Masquerade

Best outdoor music venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Best outdoor music venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Best outdoor music venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Best outdoor music venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Runner-up: Verizon Wireless Amphitheater


2200 Encore Parkway, 404-733-5010, www.vzwamp.com/

Best outdoor music venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Runner-up
Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
2002 Lakewood Way, 404-443-5000, www.livenation.com

Best outdoor music venue BOA Award Winner

Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Criminal Records
For a little-bitty record store, CRIMINAL RECORDS has a great big parking lot and a great big sound system. No, it’s not Chastain Amphitheater, but it is a pretty tight spot to get a sunburn and a free beer while watching some bands play. Where else can you hang out with a colorful mishmashmore...
For a little-bitty record store, CRIMINAL RECORDS has a great big parking lot and a great big sound system. No, it’s not Chastain Amphitheater, but it is a pretty tight spot to get a sunburn and a free beer while watching some bands play. Where else can you hang out with a colorful mishmash of folks while watching such bands as Mastodon, the Black Lips, Charles Walker and the Dynamites, and the Coathangers? Look to your left and you’re flanked by street people with names like Bones and Ronnie. Look to your right and you’ll see the lovely ladies from Aurora Coffee, Abbadabbas and everywhere else in L5P. And they’re all just chilling, listening to music with whomever else is passing by. less...

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
4469 Stella Drive 404-249-6400 www.classicchastain.org

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Lanierland Park
With its “no alcohol” policy and well-organized venue management, LANIERLAND’s Concerts in the Country is the sort of place you can safely take your grandma to enjoy a show. Plus, the attendees are some of the best behaved (and most sober) people in the state, having paid theirmore...

With its “no alcohol” policy and well-organized venue management, LANIERLAND’s Concerts in the Country is the sort of place you can safely take your grandma to enjoy a show. Plus, the attendees are some of the best behaved (and most sober) people in the state, having paid their hard-earned money to hear some real country music. Well worth the 45-minute drive out of town, the setting is beautiful, the sound is great, and the performing acts are a cross-section of old-timers such as George Jones and Tanya Tucker, and newer artists like Joe Nichols and Blake Shelton.
6115 Jot-Em Down Road, Cumming. 770-887-7464. www.lanierland.com.

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Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Lanierland
With its "no alcohol" policy and well-organized venue management, LANIERLAND's Concerts in the Country is the sort of place you can safely take your grandma to enjoy a show. Plus, the attendees are some of the best behaved (and most sober) people in the state, having paid their hard-earned money to hearmore...
With its "no alcohol" policy and well-organized venue management, LANIERLAND's Concerts in the Country is the sort of place you can safely take your grandma to enjoy a show. Plus, the attendees are some of the best behaved (and most sober) people in the state, having paid their hard-earned money to hear some real country music. Well worth the 45-minute drive out of town, the setting is beautiful, the sound is great, and the performing acts are a cross-section of old-timers such as George Jones and Tanya Tucker, and newer artists like Joe Nichols and Blake Shelton. less...

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Lanierland Country Music Park
Nestled in the picturesque, rolling hillside of Cumming, just a country mile up Ga. 400, LANIERLAND COUNTRY MUSIC PARK is a refreshing change of pace. Family-owned and operated, the no-alcohol-available facility is a throwback to the tent circuit shows of the '50s and '60s. Actually, Lanierland startedmore...
Nestled in the picturesque, rolling hillside of Cumming, just a country mile up Ga. 400, LANIERLAND COUNTRY MUSIC PARK is a refreshing change of pace. Family-owned and operated, the no-alcohol-available facility is a throwback to the tent circuit shows of the '50s and '60s. Actually, Lanierland started under the big top as well, with a performance by Hank Williams Jr. in 1970. Now housed under a serviceable shed with pro audio and lighting rigs, the site welcomes music fans of all ages. Don't expect navel-baring country-pop here, though. This isn't Shania country, this is "pure" George Jones country, mister. Nearly every legendary country act has graced the breezy Opry-style stage at one time or another. Good, clean fun in the country. "6115 Jot 'Em Down Road. 770-887-7464. www.lanierland.com" less...

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Best Outdoor Music Venue If You Like Country and Don't Mind the Hike BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Lanierland Music Park
Out in the nether regions of Forsyth County, nestled in a rolling field, sits LANIERLAND MUSIC PARK. The big covered shed hosts a "Concerts in the Country" series each year featuring some of country music's greatest legends - Loretta Lynn, George Jones, John Anderson and others. The crowds wear theirmore...
Out in the nether regions of Forsyth County, nestled in a rolling field, sits LANIERLAND MUSIC PARK. The big covered shed hosts a "Concerts in the Country" series each year featuring some of country music's greatest legends - Loretta Lynn, George Jones, John Anderson and others. The crowds wear their acid-washed jeans and display the Rebel flag without a hint of irony, but they're well-behaved, happy with who they are and obviously love the music. "6115 Jot-Em Down Road, Cumming, 770-887-7464. www.lanierland.com" less...

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Critics
Downtown
Summer 2002 saw DOWNTOWN Atlanta treated to two major concert series, both offering bands of national caliber performing under the stars for free most Fridays from May to August. And as if the likes of Alanis Morissette, India.Arie and They Might Be Giants wasn't enough, the drama and legal wranglingmore...
Summer 2002 saw DOWNTOWN Atlanta treated to two major concert series, both offering bands of national caliber performing under the stars for free most Fridays from May to August. And as if the likes of Alanis Morissette, India.Arie and They Might Be Giants wasn't enough, the drama and legal wrangling that ensued between the two series, On The Bricks (in Centennial Park) and Downtown Rocks (held just outside the park), provided a value-added entertainment bonus. Who could ask for more? less...

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » After Dark
Picked By » Readers
Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Best Outdoor Music Venue BOA Award Winner

Chastain Park Amphitheatre
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