• Stephanie Heath

Sweetwater 420 Talent Tap: Recap

Updated: Oct 1, 2019

Sweetwater 420 Festival is one of Atlanta's hottest spring festivals hosted by Sweetwater Brewing Company. Atlanta's local radio station 99X hosted a 'Talent Tap' to bring on a local band to the festival with a total of three winners, one for each day of the festival. The competition started out with the bands submitting themselves to participate. Fans would vote for their favorites who they would like to see in the battle of the bands portion of the competition which is narrowed down by the voting results. There was a lot of competition and sportsmanship, but only three bands could have a guaranteed slot at the festival. The winners are Kaya's Embrace, Sound Culture and Greco.

Sound Culture is a reggae, alternative band with a hint of Southern rock. Sound Culture has performed with artists such as Iya Terra, The Holdup, Treehouse to name a few. The band consists of the Lumsden brothers, Shawn and Josh whom both play guitar and vocals. Erik Graves is lead vocalist, Taylor Hunt as the drummer along with Brandon Street, the bassist. Their recent song release called '27 Miles to Bozeman' is available on all streaming platforms. I received a quote from the band--"We couldn’t possibly be more excited!! A big thanks to all of you for taking the time to vote for us and especially those who came out in strong support today! Thank you 99X for putting on the Talent Tap competition." Sound Culture is playing on Friday, April 19th at 1:00 PM.

Kaya's Embrace is a reggae band that also infuses rock and hip hop into their genre. The band recently had an album release for 'Necessary Vybz'. which is an influential album reminding you to go after your dreams and it is imperative to maintain your positive mentality. Another milestone for the band will be them opening up for Pepper, on May 5th at Vinyl. The band quoted "It’s been a whirl wind of emotion ever since we entered the talent tap competition but thanks to all your love & support now we get to play SweetWater 420 Fest 2019!" Kaya's Embrace will be performing on Saturday, April 20th at 12:00 PM.

Greco is a high-energy rock n' roll band that puts it all on the stage. Greco's band consist of four brothers Sebastion as lead vocalist, lead guitarist Josh, Zach is 'all about that bass' and Gabriel as the drummer. I received a statement from the band "Greco is excited to perform at this years Sweetwater 420Festival. Our latest single 'Magic' came out April 13 on all major digital platforms." Catch up with this band of brothers on their website www.wearegreco.com and all social media @wearegreco. Greco is playing on Sunday, April 21st at 12:00 PM For more updates on the latest in music and events make sure to follow Smiling Eyes Media on all social platforms: Facebook Twitter

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