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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

Latest from Melissa Ruggieri

Zac Brown Band will play summer concert at SunTrust Park
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The Zac Brown Band will go “Down the Rabbit Hole Live” for another major tour that will kick off June 8. The Atlanta-based band will visit a mixture of amphitheaters and baseball stadiums, including a hometown performance at 6:30
            p.m. June 30 at SunTrust Park. OneRepublic will open...

Posted: 3 days ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The Zac Brown Band will go “Down the Rabbit Hole Live” for another major tour that will kick off June 8. The Atlanta-based band will visit a mixture of amphitheaters and baseball stadiums, including a hometown performance at 6:30 p.m. June 30 at SunTrust Park. OneRepublic will open...
Bon Jovi will return to Atlanta in April during spring tour
 Jon Bon Jovi and the gang played Philips Arena in February 2017 and will return in April. (Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Special
               to the AJC) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Bon Jovi is heading back on the road for a series of spring dates, including a return to Philips Arena at 7:30 p.m. April
            20. The band, which...

Posted: 4 days ago

Jon Bon Jovi and the gang played Philips Arena in February 2017 and will return in April. (Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Special to the AJC) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Bon Jovi is heading back on the road for a series of spring dates, including a return to Philips Arena at 7:30 p.m. April 20. The band, which...
The String Cheese Incident, 30 more acts added to SweetWater 420 Fest 2018 lineup
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Add 
            The String Cheese Incident to the list of 43 acts playing SweetWater 420 Fest 2018. The Colorado-based bluegrass-rock jam band veterans will play two sets at the 14
            th annual event, which will also feature,
            
                as previously announced
            , a...

Posted: 4 days ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Add The String Cheese Incident to the list of 43 acts playing SweetWater 420 Fest 2018. The Colorado-based bluegrass-rock jam band veterans will play two sets at the 14 th annual event, which will also feature, as previously announced , a...
Shaky Beats 2018 lineup: Kygo, Marshmello, Zedd and more
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The 2018 edition of Shaky Beats Music Festival boasts headliners 
            Kygo, Marshmello and 
            Zedd, as well as more than 50 other artists including 
            Excision, Dillon Francis, Ludacris and 
            Seven Lions. The EDM-focused event, which also sprinkles in hip-hop, will...

Posted: 5 days ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The 2018 edition of Shaky Beats Music Festival boasts headliners Kygo, Marshmello and Zedd, as well as more than 50 other artists including Excision, Dillon Francis, Ludacris and Seven Lions. The EDM-focused event, which also sprinkles in hip-hop, will...
How ‘The Lion King’ maintains its magic on the road
 As the resident director for “Disney Presents: The Lion King,” Dodd Loomis is responsible for everything from reworking scenes
            to fit a specific venue’s stage to reshuffling the antelope that bound through the audience during the spectacular “Circle
            of Life” opening to assure everyone...

Posted: 6 days ago

As the resident director for “Disney Presents: The Lion King,” Dodd Loomis is responsible for everything from reworking scenes to fit a specific venue’s stage to reshuffling the antelope that bound through the audience during the spectacular “Circle of Life” opening to assure everyone...
Sugarland reunion tour dates include two Georgia concerts
 Sugarland will pay a visit to its hometown. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Last week, Sugarland announced on social media that they would embark on the “Still the Same” reunion tour this summer and
            provided a list of cities that they plan to play. Atlanta, of course, was among the 40-plus mentioned – it&rsquo...

Posted: 6 days ago

Sugarland will pay a visit to its hometown. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Last week, Sugarland announced on social media that they would embark on the “Still the Same” reunion tour this summer and provided a list of cities that they plan to play. Atlanta, of course, was among the 40-plus mentioned – it&rsquo...
Concert review: College Football National Championship final shows with Brett Young, Darius Rucker
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Country music mingled with a steady drizzle as fans prepared for the evening kickoff between the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama
            Crimson Tide. A few hundred fans huddled in front of the massive stage at Centennial Olympic Park for the final two performances – save
            Kendrick Lamar&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Country music mingled with a steady drizzle as fans prepared for the evening kickoff between the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide. A few hundred fans huddled in front of the massive stage at Centennial Olympic Park for the final two performances – save Kendrick Lamar&rsquo...
Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers tour will play Atlanta in May
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Steely Dan will return to the road for its first major tour since the September death of co-founder Walter Becker on a co-headline
            run with The Doobie Brothers. “The Summer of Living Dangerously” tour will kick off May 10 in Charlotte and swing through Verizon Amphitheatre at 7:30...

Posted: 8 days ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Steely Dan will return to the road for its first major tour since the September death of co-founder Walter Becker on a co-headline run with The Doobie Brothers. “The Summer of Living Dangerously” tour will kick off May 10 in Charlotte and swing through Verizon Amphitheatre at 7:30...
Shaky Knees 2018 lineup includes Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age, The National
 Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs onstage during KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2017 at The Forum on Dec. 9,
               2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for KROQ) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age and 
            The National will headline the sixth...

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Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age performs onstage during KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2017 at The Forum on Dec. 9, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for KROQ) BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age and The National will headline the sixth...
Justin Timberlake returns to Atlanta this spring with ‘Man of the Woods’ tour
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Justin Timberlake returns to the stage this spring for his “Man of the Woods” tour, a 27-city outing that will play Infinite
            Energy Arena at 7:30 p.m. May 11. Timberlake performed at the venue on his last tour in 2014. The singer, who
            
                recently announced...

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BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Justin Timberlake returns to the stage this spring for his “Man of the Woods” tour, a 27-city outing that will play Infinite Energy Arena at 7:30 p.m. May 11. Timberlake performed at the venue on his last tour in 2014. The singer, who recently announced...