Details, pictures, and videos of our yearly Sweetwater Showdown Battle of the Bands, featuring talented bands of many different genres.

A passing of the torch…

To all of the supporters of local original music at Sweetwater LIVE,

It is with both extreme excitement and sadness that I officially announce that I am stepping down from my responsibilities as booking and promotion manager of live music at Sweetwater Bar and Grill.  Taking my place is Open Mic Thursday host, Sunday night acoustic performer, and good friend Taymin Rainey, whose unwavering passion for the local music scene has been an inspiration to me, as well as countless others.  I have the upmost faith that he will not only fill my shoes admirably, but will take both Sweetwater LIVE and the metro-Atlanta scene to new levels.  For any bands that have worked with us before, you can contact Taymin for booking on Facebook, via email at, or through his cell phone at 404-399-0073.  New bands can go to and fill out the online submission form, which will be forwarded and reviewed by Taymin.  Please be patient as he settles into the routine and responsibilities of this job, thanks!

My decision is based solely on a desire to spend more time with my wife LD and two-year-old daughter Ella, as the ownership, management and staff of Sweetwater continues to be the standard in how to run a fun bar with class and consistency.  I will still be hosting Mr. Smokey’s Karaoke every Tuesday and Wednesday night, so I encourage anyone to come hang out with my rambunctious crew of misfits… and, hell, maybe even sing some Misfits!  I can’t express enough the appreciation I have for the musicians who give everything they have to their craft, and it has been a pleasure to be a small part of helping them flourish.  Lastly, and just as importantly, thank you to the music fans who have allowed me to be part of this industry for over a decade, we ALL owe everything to you.

With a heavy heart and much love,

Jesse Busch
Subtle Hammer Productions / Sweetwater LIVE

January 2-8, 2012 – Sweetwater Showdown 2011 winners return, Four Thieves CD Release

We are rolling into 2012 with two big shows this weekend.

First and foremost, we are pumped to have 2011 Sweetwater Showdown champions Eyes Of Torment playing Saturday night… their first Sweetwater show since taking the title in November. Joining them are metal brethren (and two-year Showdown finalist) Subdivisions, plus newcomers Acruce Mortem. Oh yeah, and it’s both mine and Noodles’ (a la Subdivisions) Brutal Birthday Throwdown.

Friday night will be rocking with good friends Drew Kohl and Woody Robbins as their bluegrass/folk/country act The Four Thieves debut a brand-new CD, accompanied by Americana and folk-inspired band Young America.  Finishing the night is a special stripped down set from Six To The Wheels.

Thanks for your continued support… let’s make this a year to remember! [Insert apocalypse quip here]