One sure tell sign that the football season is in full affect is when coaches and their respective teams host an open media day for fans and news outlets. During this time the coordinators will tell audience announcements and updates on their team. Some coaches also take the time to boost and brag on their team and pre claim this season championship. However, for Georgia State head Coach Trent Miles that is never the case. In a humbling fashion Trent Miles and his key players Keith Rucker, Penny Hart,Robert Davis and Bobby Baker tells realistic expectations of their team; which have changed over the years.
During the start of the day media and fans were allowed to sit in on there football practice to observe both offense and defense lines. In between drills fans were allowed to gather short interviews about this years football program. Mid-day Panthers faculty and students gather around to watch the annual blue and white game. The blue and white tradition is for freshman and sophomore players to compete against the more season players on the team. After the competitive game the football coordinators gathered all the media in the auditorium for a closing press conference.
During the press conference head Coach Trent Miles coined the phrase “Take the next step” as the Panthers 2016 season motto. The goal for 2016 for these Georgia State Panthers is to win the SunBelt Conference. As usual, it is a process and a one game approach that starts with the first game vs. Ball State in the Georgia Dome on 9/2.
The Auguest edition of ATL Live on the Park was an unique twist between old and new school soul. Held at the beautiful Park Tavern at Piedmont Park, the sold out show brought out generations of people from all over. Hosted by Boom 102.9, Ed. Lover; the evening included performances from fromer 702 member Meelah, Danesha Nicole and Music Soulchild with sounds provided by Dj Trauma. The night concluded with banging performance from brilliant musician George Tandy Jr. The August edition of ATL Live on the Park was sponsored by Gentleman Jack, Pepsi, ChooseATL, and Boom 102.9 and co-produced by Shanti Das and Marlon Nichols.
Event host Ed Lover kicked off the show with a special candidly speech on his support for the Black Lives Matter movement and expressed his condolences to the families of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and fallen Dallas police officers. Soon after, new artist , Danesha Nicole performed her latest single When I Think of You. Her performance had even the most seasoned guests standing to their feet.
The multi-platinum selling artist Meelah took to the stage singing some of the 702 classics . Later her RnB singer boyfriend Music Soulchild joined her on stage as the couple playful singed rifts and runs. In return, the accomplished guitarist, performer and now solo artist thanked the fans for loving his family and giving him a reason to keep making music.
Shortly after, George Tandy Jr grabbed the emotions of the audience as he opened his set with a bold musical performance of his hit song March. Tandy Jr. encouraged the audience to stand in their greatness and also told the crowd that as an artist it is his responsibility to utilize his platform to uplift people.
ATL Live on the Park continues with its annual all-white affair on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. The official line up will be released next month. For additional information about ATL Live on the Park, please visit: www.atlliveonthepark.com.