Polo, cocktails, live music. Repeat.

I listen to music pretty much all day. I have bluetooth speakers in every room and earbuds in every pocket.  Spotify, Pandora and iTunes provide me with a soundtrack to my life. I toggle between my own playlists and music these all-knowing virtual DJs find for me. When I sail with my dear friend Tom, he plays bluegrass which seems fitting as we leave behind land and all its trappings and find ourselves. I find myself thinking, dreaming, sharing, smiling and appreciating.  Live music is even more powerful, I think. In the last 12 months, I saw Madonna, Elvis Costello, the amazing young R&B/jazz powerhouse Jerrod Lawson, Howard Jones, Indigo Girls, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and a talented bluegrass trio led by fiddler, Jeremy Kittel. Listening (and dancing) to music, as it happens is magical. When I saw the announcement for this month’s Wire & Wood Songwriters Festival lineup come across my desk from Russell Carter Artist Management, my interest piqued. Then, when our publisher Jim Newman and associate editor Darce Richardson secured our partnership with the Festival producers, I was thrilled.  We’ll be up close and personal right here in downtown Alpharetta and at Avalon for two days, October 7 and 8. Join us for Kristian Bush, Emily Saliers, the one and only John Oates, Shawn Mullins and loads of newer talent who will be added to my playlist, I’m sure. The kickoff concert and some shows are free (say what?) and a festival pass is only $35 for access to five stages. Kids under 12 are free and you should bring your budding musicians.  Check out our Facebook page for news and a ticket give-away and visit WireAndWoodAlpharetta.com.

We’ll be chasing this event with Polo in the Pines, happening October 8 and 9 at the Atlanta Regional Polo Club, over Vinings way.  The incredibly generous and organized Tina Fowler, Jennifer Bonner and their team, plus the talent at Sean O’Keefe Events have put together a menu and silent auction (luxury car experiences, private chef dinner, beach houses, private hunts) to complement two days of polo action.

Find your groove this month, toast to the people who make you happiest and we’ll see you around!

Sue

SCollins@LifestylePubs.com

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Polo in the Pines, October 8 and 9, will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer’s work, honoring Lacey JoLynn Johnson and Matthew Willis. Join us for Saturday’s matches and a silent auction punctuated with craft cocktails and cuisine from our favorite restaurants. For Sunday’s new Atlanta Polo Brunch Festival, the ponies will be back, with bloody marys, the best brunch bites and more fun at the Atlanta Regional Polo grounds. Photo styled by Sean O’Keefe. Photography by Fredrik Brauer.