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Musician Wesley Cook will be joining us for this meetup! Wesley is a well-known artist here in Atlanta who is a finalist in Rolling Stone Magazine's Street-to-Stage competition! How has he managed to create such a loyal fan following? That's exactly what Wesley will be talking about! He maintains his own blog on http://www.wesleycook.com and handles all his own social media as well - and does an AMAZING job with it! Come grab some tips from Wesley on how to engage with fans through blogging and social media, and even enjoy a couple of his songs!
Wesley Cook's Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/wesleycookmusic
Wesley Cook's Bio
Long before his recent appearances in Rolling Stone Magazine as a National Finalist in the Street-to-Stage competition, Wesley Cook was raised in places like small villages in the former West Germany and cities in South Korea with a life-long passion for music and people. "You can see the whole of mankind and much of the world in his music" sums it up pretty well. As a songwriter, listeners are sure to hear the familiar influences of Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, John Lennon and many more, although he captures a sound that is very much his own. As a front man, his high-energy showmanship and down-to-earth charm makes it impossible for the crowd not to love him.
He released his critically acclaimed, solo acoustic debut album, "We've Been Here Before" in 2005 as a resident of Athens, GA and released his newer, full-band album, “New Ground", in May of 2010 with a release show at the famous Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta's Velvet Underground. “Leave It All Behind”, from Wesley’s "New Ground" album, was featured on music blog, RadioPotato.com, as one of the “Top 5 Songs of May” and the single "Sway" was featured with a live performance on Fox 5 Atlanta. He has since made regular appearances on television programs such as CBS Better Mornings, NBC 11Alive Metromix Soundcheck, in addition to several Comcast programs. He has performed in Festivals such as the Dogwood Festival, 99X Unplugged in the Park, Dunwoody Arts Festival, Piedmont Park Arts Festival, Summer Shade Festival, the Chattahoochie Mountain Fair, Madison County Fair, AthFest and even Macon GA's famous Cherry Blossom Festival. He has appeared on Radio stations such as DaveFM, 99X, Rock 100.5, WUGA at the University of Georgia and WREK at Georgia Tech.
Wesley was nominated for the "2006 Soloist of the Year" in the Athens Music Awards, which is an Athens Industry Award voted on by Wesley's peers and collogues in the Georgia Music Scene. Wesley has also been on MTV2 as an “Artist on the Rise”. His single “So Long” was even added to the “Essential Athens Collection”, a music compliation available for download on iTunes, features REM, the B52s, and other renowned artists associated with the Athens music community.
As an artist, Wesley has shared the stage with nationally recognized acts such as Zac Brown, Drivin'n'Cryin, Manchester Orchestra, Last Waltz Ensemble, High Tide Blues, the Bridge and even Shiny Toy Guns.
Wesley has loyal fans and critics in the US as well as abroad in countries like Argentina, where he toured in the Summer of 2009.
Wesley is currently touring to continue reaching more people and plans on recording a third studio album in early 2012.
Keep in mind we are at a new location this time! Right down the street at Gordon Biersch! Valet Parking is available at the venue - and there's lots of street parking available around the venue as well!
We are limited to the number of attendees that can come out for this one - so be sure to RSVP as soon as possible!
The meetup will begin at 6:30 for a half hour of networking and Wesley will begin at 7:00 PM sharp and usually wraps up at about 7:45. We are on twitter @blogatl and #atlblog - also on facebook here (http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=429774890376&v=wall). If you have questions about the meetup, please do not hesitate to drop me a line at emmaloggins [at] gmail.com