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Melissa Ruggieri

Music writer

Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for Atlanta Music Scene blog on ajc.com, and she remembers when MTV was awesome. Melissa started at the AJC in September 2010 writing features and entertainment stories and covering Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Florida International University and a master's in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. She previously worked as the pop music critic at the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 1996-2010 and at the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida from 1992-1996. She lives in Atlanta with her husband. Go to the Atlanta Music Scene Blog

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Ann Wilson solo tour will swing through Atlanta this summer
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Heart belter Ann Wilson has added an Atlanta show to the second leg of her solo tour. The powerhouse voice behind such gems as “Crazy on You” and “Alone” will play the Buckhead Theatre at 7:30 p.m. June 6. Tickets, priced at $55 and $75, will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 31 via the...

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BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Heart belter Ann Wilson has added an Atlanta show to the second leg of her solo tour. The powerhouse voice behind such gems as “Crazy on You” and “Alone” will play the Buckhead Theatre at 7:30 p.m. June 6. Tickets, priced at $55 and $75, will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 31 via the...
‘La La Land’ coming in concert with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Prepare for “A Lovely Night” when the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tackles the score of “La La Land” this fall. While it won’t be as elaborate as the “La La Land in Concert: A Live-to-Film Celebration” announced earlier this month at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles...

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BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Prepare for “A Lovely Night” when the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tackles the score of “La La Land” this fall. While it won’t be as elaborate as the “La La Land in Concert: A Live-to-Film Celebration” announced earlier this month at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles...
Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band return to Atlanta this fall
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band will return to Atlanta for the first time in five years with a show this fall. Starr and his gang since 2012 – Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette – will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Fox Theatre. Tickets...

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BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band will return to Atlanta for the first time in five years with a show this fall. Starr and his gang since 2012 – Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette – will perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Fox Theatre. Tickets...
Candler Park Music & Food Festival 2017 lineup offers Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Railroad Earth
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The Candler Park Music & Food Festival returns June 2-3 with a weekend of music featuring Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Railroad Earth, Lake Street Dive, Matisyahu, The Motet and others.  The festival, which began eight years ago, has “grown to be a truly relevant Atlanta affair,” said...

Posted: 4 days ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The Candler Park Music & Food Festival returns June 2-3 with a weekend of music featuring Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Railroad Earth, Lake Street Dive, Matisyahu, The Motet and others.  The festival, which began eight years ago, has “grown to be a truly relevant Atlanta affair,” said...
Watch Migos perform ‘Bad and Boujee’ with Jimmy Fallon and office supplies
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Migos demonstrated a new outlook on “Bad and Boujee” Thursday night when the Atlanta rap trio visited “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Clad in classic desk-employee garb, the guys, along with Fallon and members of The Roots including Questlove and Captain Kirk, used office...

Posted: 5 days ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Migos demonstrated a new outlook on “Bad and Boujee” Thursday night when the Atlanta rap trio visited “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Clad in classic desk-employee garb, the guys, along with Fallon and members of The Roots including Questlove and Captain Kirk, used office...
Allman Brothers Band to release ‘Fox Box’ collection of Atlanta concerts
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene In 2004, the Allman Brothers Band rocked the Fox Theatre for three sold-out shows, and the reception spurred them to record what would become their final studio album, “Hittin’ the Note.” Those three concerts, which the band always regarded as some of their best, were released at the time...

Posted: 5 days ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene In 2004, the Allman Brothers Band rocked the Fox Theatre for three sold-out shows, and the reception spurred them to record what would become their final studio album, “Hittin’ the Note.” Those three concerts, which the band always regarded as some of their best, were released at the time...
Shaky Knees 2017 Late Night Show lineups include X Ambassadors, Matt Shultz
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene In addition to its three main stage lineups including The xx, Phoenix and LCD Soundsystem, the Shaky Knees Music Festival will continue its musical party into late night. First, a couple of pre-festival shows will take place on May 11: Slowdive with Casket Girls at 9 p.m. at Variety Playhouse and Fidlar...

Posted: 7 days ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene In addition to its three main stage lineups including The xx, Phoenix and LCD Soundsystem, the Shaky Knees Music Festival will continue its musical party into late night. First, a couple of pre-festival shows will take place on May 11: Slowdive with Casket Girls at 9 p.m. at Variety Playhouse and Fidlar...