If you love live music, and you haven't heard of the Velvet Note, take note. This is one of my favorite finds to date. It is located in between a subway shop and a brazillian wax salon in an unassuming strip mall, but I promise you, if you make the trip, you will not be dissapointed.
The Velvet Note features music of so many venues, but jazz is mostly featured . Last night, on a lark, my husband and I took a friend to see a fantastic young trumpeter, Wade Baker. He was backed by some Atlanta based musicians who he had never played with before and the results were something not to be missed.
The Velvet note really is set up to feel as if you had invited musicians to play in your living room...That is, if your living room had been set up with a state of the art sound system designed by a protege of George Lucas. The sound produced in this place is studio grade, clear, and so essential to listening to this caliber of music. Oh, and if this weren't enough, the ceiling above you is wide open with a moving fiber optic night sky, adding to the acoustics of the room.
Dinner, drinks and food is also served at the Velvet note, served on paper plates and plastic silverware to keep the sounds to a minimum. We always have wine and dessert, ( We show up for the 9:30 show) but the food brought out makes me wish I'd held out for something brought out during the show.
The folks running the Velvet Note are so above hospitable, I promise you, you will feel as if you have made new friends. The cool thing about this place is the availability to the musicians as well ... I always see members of the bands talking with people afer the show, and they always have CDs of their music for sale.
If you haven't been to the Velvet Note , check out their website , they always have an updated schedule, and for God's sake, treat yourself to some fantastic music...This place is comporable to any jazz house (Say, Birdland ) in New York City, but the ticket prices are so reasonable, I'd take Velvet Note any old day!!!
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