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8th Annual Darius Goes West Day(s)!!!

July 13, 2012

Darius Weems recently completed a 30 day “Believe” Tour of the Northeast, where he shared his new music with thousands of rabid middle/high school fans. In mid-June, he had his final visit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, where he participated in a year-long clinical trial for older boys with DMD who have heart problems. In early 2012, he signed a record deal with New South Entertainment, has three songs on iTunes, and plans to release his first album this fall. At 22, he is almost 100 pounds lighter (on purpose) from the time he made his first trip West at age 15, and has outlasted his beloved brother, Mario (who lost his battle with DMD at age 19), by three years. He remains a media magnet as well…watch for a major story profiling Big Daddy Weems to appear on ABC Nightline later this month.

For all these reasons, and more, we call Darius Weems the 8th Wonder of the World! And that’s the theme for our EIGHTH ANNUAL DARIUS GOES WEST DAY festivities, which are just around the corner. BTW, don’t let the word “Day” fool you. We have THREE days/nights packed with exciting activities for all ages. Check it out, and please come to Athens, GA to join the fun…

1. A Poker Tournament and Casino Night with great prizes
2. A massive Carnival - fun for the whole family
3. A local screening of the film
4. A Rap Concert featuring Duddy Ken, Elite Tha Showstoppa, and, of course, Big Daddy Weems

Check out the details for each event below, snag your seats, and spread the word!


WHAT: DEALING FOR DARIUS/CASINO FOR A CURE WHEN: Thursday, July 19, 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 for sign in) WHERE: The Rail (1120 Mitchell Bridge Rd.) DON’T MISS IT BECAUSE: The top finisher in this Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament will win a Casino Package, and second and third place will win cool stuff, too (click here for details). Other great prizes will be up for grabs at Casino for a Cure (same night, same time, same place). TICKETS: Click here for prize & event details, and to purchase advanced tickets to the Poker Tournament online.

WHAT: FAMILY FUN NIGHT/CARNIVAL WHEN: Friday, July 20; 5:00 - 9:00 PM WHERE: The Body Shop of Athens, 2950 Atlanta Hwy (next to Bulldog Car Wash; across from Target). DON’T MISS IT BECAUSE: It’s FREE and fun for all ages. Ride a mechanical bull, zip down a HUGE water slide/slip ‘n slide, shoot some hoops (and get drenched if you miss too many baskets), cuddle and feed some adorable exotic animals in our petting zoo AND hitch a ride on a camel, dunk a DGW crew member, get an airbrush tattoo “pimp” out a Goslabi t-shirt, star in your own music video…and much more! Harry’s Pig Shop will be cooking up some bbq, and DJ David Compton will be spinning tunes. RAIN OR SHINE! TICKETS: You don’t need one - FREE (except for food and drinks).

WHAT: DARIUS GOES WEST SCREENING WHEN: Saturday, July 21; 7:30 PM WHERE: Athens Cine (234 W. Hancock Ave.) DON’T MISS IT BECAUSE: It’s a rare chance to see (or see again) our multi-award-winning documentary on the big screen. A Q&A with Darius and the crew will follow the screening, and we’ll be showing highlights of Big Daddy Weems’ recent “Believe” Tour. TICKETS : $5 at the door (with all proceeds benefiting Duchenne muscular dystrophy research).

WHAT: HIP-HOP CONCERT WITH SPECIAL GUESTS ELITE THA SHOWSTOPPA AND DUDDY KEN WHEN: Saturday, July 21; 10:00 PM WHERE: The Georgia Theatre Rooftop (215 N. Lumpkin St.) DON’T MISS IT BECAUSE: DJ Tayrocks will host a night of live hip hop performances by hometown favorite Elite Tha Showstoppa (recently voted “Best Hip Hop” in the Flagpole Music Awards), and Duddy Ken. Big Daddy Weems will close the show, performing several of his new raps. TICKETS:$5 at the door. If you’re under the age of 18 and want to attend this show, you must be accompanied by an adult.

Thanks to our awesome sponsors (to date) for making this celebration possible:ABC Printing, Athens Banner-Herald, Athens Cine, Athens First Bank & Trust, Aurum Studios, Birchmore/All About Pools & Spas, The Body Shop of Athens, Coca-Cola, D & K Groundworks, Delta Airlines, Entertainment Connection, Em’s Kitchen at Hawthorne Drugs, Erickson Chiropractic Office, Fitness at Five, Five Mile Club, Gellins- MacMillan Family, Georgia Poker Club, Georgia Theatre, Grange Mutual, Harry’s Pig Shop, Dr. Tom Henson, Holiday Inn, Hope Animal Medical Center, The Office, The Rail, Raymond James Financial Services, Roll Off Systems, Inc., Shirtworks Screenprinters, Up ‘N Away Balloons, Winder Insurance Center

Shout out to all local businesses who have donated door prizes: Alice DePass Dance Studio, All Good, Buffalo’s Cafe, Bulldog Car Wash, Copper Creek, Cycle World of Athens, DePalmas, Etienne, Farm 255, George’s Low Country Table, Gyro Wrap, The Hale Family (Jerry, Janet, Teresa, Billy, and Andy), Mama’s Boy, Mind, Body & Spirit, Rosa Organizational Skills, Salon dm3, Sweet Peppers, and Terrapin Brewery

We could still use a few more door prizes for Darius Goes West Day. If you’d like to donate a gift card or merchandise, please contact us at (706) 255-9301 or e-mail us at

4 Responses to “8th Annual Darius Goes West Day(s)!!!”

  1. On July 20th, 2012, » Oconee Today — July 20 Marvin Arrington Jr. said:

    [...] for all will be had at the 8th annual Darius Goes West Carnival at the Body Shop of Athens.  Stop by to ride a camel, get an airbrush tattoo or star in your own [...]

  2. On September 12th, 2012, Bob Awesome said:

    So can he still move or what?

  3. On September 19th, 2012, Melissa said:

    Love the movie, thanks Darius!


  4. On January 17th, 2013, Brett said:

    Movie made me cry, keep fighting darius.

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