Sets At Sunset to bring adult dance vibe to LLOP
By Jane Harrison
Adults only! Get ready to move your feet from noon until after sundown at a first of its kind gig on Lake Lanier April 29. The Sets at Sunset Music Festival is sure to shake Lake Lanier Olympic Park with a 21-and-older electronic dance party abuzz with techno, house and trance sets spun by popular international and Atlanta-area DJs.
Producer Cody Chesneau is excited about creating an adult vibe “like a Club Miami or a mini-vacation for adults” to the lake where he’s lived 26 years. After more than 100 people flocked to a test run at his lake home near Buford Dam last year, the Atlanta DJ started looking for a bigger venue. A body of water and sunset views were prerequisite.
He found it at the Olympic Park, where management has embraced a culture expansion beyond kayaks and rowing shells. “It’s directly on the water … the lake’s only 10 feet away … the cinematography is awesome,” said Chesneau. “It has the best amenities,” he added, among them electricity, running water, restrooms, parking, boat anchor space, and a public beach with grills across the street from the main stage at the Olympic grandstands.
Plus, it’s got room for the athletic dance moves – like “Running Man,” shuffles, slides, and spins – that DJs George Acosta and Mario Ochoa and their ilk stir up. Chesneau described the headliners as renowned international house legends who have electrified dance floors since the early 1990s and 2000s, respectively. Hot Atlanta-area DJs Tacayo, Ralph & Louie, Patrick Morgan and Sejva, among others, mix it up with funk, R&B, reggae, and nature-inspired tunes injected with exhilarating energy.
Chesneau, whose family owns Fuel Quality Services in Flowery Branch, identifies his DJ gigs as a “side passion” outside his regular work as IT delivery director and production manager for the family business. The life-long lake dweller said he created Sets at Sunset to fill a void in adult entertainment. “A lot of things on the lake are family oriented,” he said, adding he wanted to invite adults to come out and have fun without kids running around where they are imbibing.
And yes, alcohol will be served through concessionaire Mule Camp Tavern, a Gainesville-based restaurant and rock club. Other food and drink vendors, plus merchandise peddlers, will be on site.
Lake Lanier Olympic Park Manager Morgan House described the DJ dance party as an example of the venue’s diversification from its roots as the 1996 Olympic site for rowing and paddling. “I think this is a good opportunity for us to show the venue to folks who don’t normally come there,” he said.
He added it will “open doors” to others seeking LLOP’s amenities. It won’t be the first live music show there. The Rio on the Water/20th anniversary Brazilian style celebration nearly gyrated the Olympic tower last May. The third annual John Jarrard Foundation concert (performer announcement forthcoming) is slated June 3.
Chesneau expects perhaps 300 to 500 attendees in the grandstands, plus others anchoring on boats in the Olympic channel. It may not be a Disco Inferno, but adults old enough to do the hustle, bump, or funky chicken won’t be turned away. Maybe they’ll get a brand new vibe.
Info: Tickets $35 advance, $45 at the gate.
Time/Date: Noon-10 p.m. April 29.
Location: Lake Lanier Olympic Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville.