Ryman Recommends: Wildwood Revival


All photos via Wildwood Revival

Ryman is a big music fan – after all, he spends every day napping in the office of a record label - but when it comes to festivals, this dog is too old to fight the fringe and ankle bootie clad masses to see his favorite bands. Enter the anti-festival, Wildwood Revival held August 29th & 30th


Set on the grounds of a historic mansion just outside Athens, GA, Wildwood Revival is unlike any other festival. Ticket sales are limited for the very purpose of keeping the event intimate. Most of the bands have an Americana, folk feel. Perfect for a day of relaxing with friends. It feels more like your best friend’s rustic wedding reception or the most epic high school party ever than it does a typical festival.


Wildwood offers the option to camp either in your own tent or in one of their adorable teepees. For those who spend the night, breakfast tacos will be served before an onsite yoga session and wiffle ball game. Is this adult summer camp!? I mean…


This year the line up is stacked with familiar artists and new bands bound to be your new favorite. And if the bands aren’t enough, “Saturday evening wraps up with what GQ Magazine calls ‘The Most Stylish Party in America.’ The fellas from ELECTRIC WESTERN present their wildly successful rock and soul dance party, spinning a hand-selected mix of the most danceable popular and obscure 50’s and 60’s Rock and Roll, Soul, Doo Wop, Garage Rock and more.” – AKA Heaven! See the full lineup HERE



The artisan market keeps in tune with the rest of this hip festival. Each vendor either sells beautiful vintage goods or handcrafted items. You won’t find any cheesy wind chimes at this artisan market!

And no festival is complete without food & beer. Enter Ryman’s favorite, Heirloom Cafe who will be offering breakfast for campers in addition to food throughout the day. Hip Pops will be on site all weekend to curb your sweet tooth. Terrapin will be supplying all the beer.

For ticket and event information visit: www.WildwoodRevival.com



Ryman Recommends: Broad 9A & Indie South Pop Up Shop


Image via The Broad Collective

In Ryman’s world, weekends are reserved for 3 things: sleeping, brunching, and hiking, but this weekend, he is making an exception. On Sunday, July 19th, our friends at Broad 9A are joining forces with the Indie South Fair to host a pop up shop. More than 20 artisans from around the area have been selected to sell their wares. Since the folks at Broad 9A think of everything, this event will be family friendly. Let your kids jump out their pent-up summer energy in the BOUNCE HOUSE(!) while you peruse the goods. Hip Pops will be on hand to keep every cool. Pop it like it’s HOT!

Broad 9A is located at 160 Tracey St. — Up the walkway from Hip Pops



Ryman Recommends: White Violet

We all know Athens is famous for its music, but once and for all, can publications stop referencing The B-52′s and REM as if they are the only bands that have come from our great city? In the last 3 decades, Athens has been churning out incredible music that goes far beyond the pop sensations of the 1980′s and 90′s. One of these bands is the 4 piece Athens-based White Violet. Fronted by Nate Nelson, an Athens local who has had his hand in all aspects of our music scene since his early teens, White Violet creates beautiful, dreamy, almost haunting music. Their new album, Stay Lost, out on Normaltown Records, is out today, and it is the perfect album to soundtrack your autumn cookouts or mountain road trips.

White Violet will be celebrating their cd release today by supporting Pure Bathing Culture at Normaltown Hall (399 Meigs St.) tonight. Being the dog about town that he is, Ryman wouldn’t miss the show, so while you are there, be sure to look down for our furry mascot and give him some love. Doors at 8:30 $8

Vacation, Vacation

Making pops is tough business, and every now and again we need a good vacation to keep the inspiration juices flowing.

The Pop Shop will be closed September 9-12th. We have regular shop hours this week, so come in and stock your home freezers with the coolest pops in town. And as always, you can get your pop fix at Daily Co-op Grocery on Prince or at Krimson Kafe in Watkinsville.

We will be thinking about all our pop fans while we are away… not really, but we hope that made you feel loved.

Ryman Recommends: Brunch at Cinco y Diez

Cinco y Diez deserves it own post one of these days, but for now Ryman wants to focus on the brunch at this Five Points gem.


Cinco fills a major gap in the Athens’ culinary world by offering a Saturday brunch. In town, Saturday breakfast options are pretty much limited to egg biscuits that take an hour at Big City, standard grits, bacon, and eggs at Mayflower, waiting in line at Mama’s Boy, or a great meal at Heirloom (more on this favorite another day). Cinco y Diez has brunch beginning at 10:30 on Saturday and Sunday, and it is completely feasible to eat two days in a row and still be satisfied.


Former Farm 255 (R.I.P.) chef, Whitney Otawka, has created the perfect brunch menu with small plates for sharing, large plates for hangover nursing, and tacos and tortas for indulging. For me, the real star of the brunch menu are the tortas, Spanish sandwiches. I’ve tried them all, and picking a favorite would be like picking a favorite child.

The Ahogado

The Cubano









There are 3 options:

  • The Cubano – The newest flavor with grilled ham, shredded brisket, housemade pickles, and mayo & mustard. It is hands down the best Cuban sandwich I have ever had.
  • The Hormiga – Made with pork Milanesa, guacamole, queso fresca, black beans, and jalepeno.
  • The Ahogado – Covered in an arbol salsa, this torta requires a fork and knife. Inside you will find scrambled eggs, chicken, and avocado.

Is your mouth watering yet?! Cancel your plans next weekend, and make a date for brunch at Cinco y Diez. You won’t regret it.

Ryman Recommends: Normaltown Hall

Something you may not know about Ryman is that he is a music fan. When he isn’t taste testing Floatridas, his days are spent helping the UPS delivery man with the shipping and receiving of vinyl at New West & Normaltown Records, and his nights are spent in the studio laying down fresh beats.


It just so happens that Ryman’s favorite music venue in town, Normaltown Hall, is also his employer. Normaltown Hall (399 Meigs St.) sits above the Athens office of  New West Records. It is one of Athens’ hidden gems. If you weren’t looking for the building, you would probably drive right by (hint, look for the GIANT guitar statue), but just behind those unassuming doors is a beautiful space for local and touring bands. The room was created with acoustics and true music fans in mind. This is not the place where someone yelling out shot orders or the latest sorority drama will compete with the tunes. People come here for the music – and the BYOB attitude.

Buxton at Normaltown Hall photo courtesy of DT Productions

At most shows, you can find Ryman roaming the crowd looking for free pets. If he is really feeling the jams, he’ll jump on stage, and give some free moral support to the band. Such a Band-Aid.

(photo courtesy of www.anneyarboughphotography.com)

It just so happens there is a show coming up…. Come give Ryman a pet and check out Normaltown Hall this Thursday. Doors at 8:30, show at 9:00pm. BYOB


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