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

Latest from Melissa Ruggieri

Ed Sheeran announces 2018 date at Mercedes-Benz Stadium
 Ed Sheeran (and Ed Sheeran and Ed Sheeran) onstage at Infinite Energy Arena on Aug. 25, 2017. Photo: Photo: Robb Cohen Photography
               & Video /RobbsPhotos.com BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Ed Sheeran announced a slew of 2018 stadium dates on his website Friday – including Nov. 10 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The British...

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Ed Sheeran (and Ed Sheeran and Ed Sheeran) onstage at Infinite Energy Arena on Aug. 25, 2017. Photo: Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Ed Sheeran announced a slew of 2018 stadium dates on his website Friday – including Nov. 10 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The British...
Concert review and photos: Arcade Fire brings spirited, joyous show to Infinite Energy Arena
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene It’s tough to decide what within Arcade Fire’s concert made it such a joyous affair. Maybe it was the jumble of instruments crammed onto the square stage in the center of Infinite Energy Arena, a working area
            better suited to half of the nine members in their live setup, but a charming...

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BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene It’s tough to decide what within Arcade Fire’s concert made it such a joyous affair. Maybe it was the jumble of instruments crammed onto the square stage in the center of Infinite Energy Arena, a working area better suited to half of the nine members in their live setup, but a charming...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Darius Rucker, Adam Ant
 Darius Rucker heads to town on Saturday. Photo; Getty Images BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Lizz Wright The jazz-gospel native of small-town Georgia (Hahira, if you’re curious) has the distinction of being the 
            
               last artist Prince saw live before his untimely death in 2016
            . And there&rsquo...

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Darius Rucker heads to town on Saturday. Photo; Getty Images BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Lizz Wright The jazz-gospel native of small-town Georgia (Hahira, if you’re curious) has the distinction of being the last artist Prince saw live before his untimely death in 2016 . And there&rsquo...
XSCAPE tour will play Atlanta on New Year’s Eve
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene If you want to spend New Year’s Eve with Xscape, a pre-sale for tickets to their Philips Arena show is available today through
            10 p.m. (offer code – Xscape). The beloved Atlanta group – Kandi Burruss-Tucker, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott...

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BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene If you want to spend New Year’s Eve with Xscape, a pre-sale for tickets to their Philips Arena show is available today through 10 p.m. (offer code – Xscape). The beloved Atlanta group – Kandi Burruss-Tucker, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, and sisters LaTocha and Tamika Scott...
Lizz Wright talks Prince, ‘Grace’ and growing up in Georgia
 Lizz Wright will perform at Variety Playhouse on Sept. 22. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene MINNEAPOLIS – When Lizz Wright performed at the Dakota Jazz Club on April 19, 2016, a special guest was in the crowd at the
            downtown Minneapolis venue – Prince. Hers was the last live performance the legendary singer ever...

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Lizz Wright will perform at Variety Playhouse on Sept. 22. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene MINNEAPOLIS – When Lizz Wright performed at the Dakota Jazz Club on April 19, 2016, a special guest was in the crowd at the downtown Minneapolis venue – Prince. Hers was the last live performance the legendary singer ever...
Niall Horan’s world tour will play Atlanta in 2018
 It will be a busy 2018 for Niall Horan. Photo: David Needleman BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene In exactly a year, the Niall Horan world tour will play Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. On Wednesday, the Irish One Direction heartthrob announced plans for his solo debut, “Flicker,” which will arrive Oct. 20,
            and...

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It will be a busy 2018 for Niall Horan. Photo: David Needleman BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene In exactly a year, the Niall Horan world tour will play Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta. On Wednesday, the Irish One Direction heartthrob announced plans for his solo debut, “Flicker,” which will arrive Oct. 20, and...
Gregg Allman’s final album, ‘Southern Blood,’ debuts on several Billboard charts
 Gregg Allman performing at the Laid Back Festival in Atlanta in October, his last live show before his death in May 2017.
               Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /www.RobbsPhotos.com BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Gregg Allman’s swan song made some noise on several Billboard charts. “Southern Blood,&rdquo...

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Gregg Allman performing at the Laid Back Festival in Atlanta in October, his last live show before his death in May 2017. Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /www.RobbsPhotos.com BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Gregg Allman’s swan song made some noise on several Billboard charts. “Southern Blood,&rdquo...
360 Video: Onstage and backstage with Collective Soul at Music Midtown 2017
 Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland at Music Midtown 2017. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene An hour before Collective Soul hit the Music Midtown stage on Sunday 
            
               for a muscular set that spanned their 23-year-career
            , the band chatted with us on their tour bus parked behind...

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Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland at Music Midtown 2017. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene An hour before Collective Soul hit the Music Midtown stage on Sunday for a muscular set that spanned their 23-year-career , the band chatted with us on their tour bus parked behind...
Video: Music Midtown 2017 sights and sounds
 Fans flock to Judah and the Lion at the second day of Music Midtown on Sept. 17, 2017. Photo: Ryan Fleisher/Special to the
               AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene While the performers are the primary draw at any festival, a side activity is the people-watching. With more than 78,000 people
            on site at Piedmont Park...

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Fans flock to Judah and the Lion at the second day of Music Midtown on Sept. 17, 2017. Photo: Ryan Fleisher/Special to the AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene While the performers are the primary draw at any festival, a side activity is the people-watching. With more than 78,000 people on site at Piedmont Park...
Ludacris performs for PGA Tour Championship kickoff event in downtown Atlanta
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene It was fitting that 
            Ludacris bounded onstage, in his dark shades and “Mastermind” shirt, to the engaging thumps of “Welcome to Atlanta.” The hometown rapper was playing to a crowd that likely included many visitors in town to celebrate the 2017 PGA Tour Championship...

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BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene It was fitting that Ludacris bounded onstage, in his dark shades and “Mastermind” shirt, to the engaging thumps of “Welcome to Atlanta.” The hometown rapper was playing to a crowd that likely included many visitors in town to celebrate the 2017 PGA Tour Championship...
Music Midtown 2017
Colledtive Soul brothers Dean and Ed Roland perform at Music Midtown on Sept. 17. 2017.Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC

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Colledtive Soul brothers Dean and Ed Roland perform at Music Midtown on Sept. 17. 2017.Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC