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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

Photos: Sigur Ros performs at the Fox Theatre
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Icelandic trio Sigur Ros performed to a nearly sold-out crowd Tuesday night at the Fox Theatre. I was on vacation, but photographer Robb Cohen was on site to document the scene. The band previously played Atlanta in October 2013. Click here for a gallery of his photos from the Fox concert. Sigur Ros recently...

Posted: a day ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene Icelandic trio Sigur Ros performed to a nearly sold-out crowd Tuesday night at the Fox Theatre. I was on vacation, but photographer Robb Cohen was on site to document the scene. The band previously played Atlanta in October 2013. Click here for a gallery of his photos from the Fox concert. Sigur Ros recently...
Ariana Grande will resume European tour on June 7
A woman pays tribute to those killed outside the Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester, England.

Posted: 3 days ago

A woman pays tribute to those killed outside the Ariana Grande concert Monday night in Manchester, England.
Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta will host Battle of the Bands competition
BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene A quartet of Georgia artists will compete this week at the Hard Rock Café Atlanta for a chance to perform during halftime at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

Posted: 3 days ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene A quartet of Georgia artists will compete this week at the Hard Rock Café Atlanta for a chance to perform during halftime at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Atlanta Concerts this week: Trey Songz, Sigur Ros
Trey Songz will bring a long set to the Tabernacle on Sunday. Photo: BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL TO THE AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Funk Fest Atlanta The festival is the first event at Wolf Creek since concert behemoth Live Nation took over operations at the beleaguered amphitheater in December.

Posted: 6 days ago

Trey Songz will bring a long set to the Tabernacle on Sunday. Photo: BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL TO THE AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene FRIDAY Funk Fest Atlanta The festival is the first event at Wolf Creek since concert behemoth Live Nation took over operations at the beleaguered amphitheater in December.
Alex Cooley memorialized with sign at Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Peter Conlon with the new sign honoring Alex Cooley near Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The memory of Alex Cooley lives on near Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

Posted: 7 days ago

Peter Conlon with the new sign honoring Alex Cooley near Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Photo: Melissa Ruggieri/AJC BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The memory of Alex Cooley lives on near Chastain Park Amphitheatre.
Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell dies: Musicians react on social media
Chris Cornell performing in Los Angeles in January. Photo: Getty Images. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene [Update: A medical examiner has confirmed that Cornell committed suicide by hanging.

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Chris Cornell performing in Los Angeles in January. Photo: Getty Images. BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene [Update: A medical examiner has confirmed that Cornell committed suicide by hanging.
Free ticket giveaway: The Beatles Tribute ‘Classical Mystery Tour’ at Atlanta Symphony Hall
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene [Congrats to Friday night winners Rob S. and Robert S.!] The Beatles’ masterpiece, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” will turn 50 years old on June 1. This weekend, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Krajewski, will perform “The Beatles Tribute: Classical...

Posted: 8 days ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene [Congrats to Friday night winners Rob S. and Robert S.!] The Beatles’ masterpiece, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” will turn 50 years old on June 1. This weekend, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Krajewski, will perform “The Beatles Tribute: Classical...
The B-52s add second show at Atlanta Symphony Hall
 BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The B-52s are celebrating their 40th anniversary with not one, but two shows at Atlanta Symphony Hall this fall. The band, which burst out of Athens in the late-‘70s with the eternally weird “Rock Lobster,” has nearly sold out its Sept. 15 concert at the venue, so a second date has been...

Posted: 8 days ago

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene The B-52s are celebrating their 40th anniversary with not one, but two shows at Atlanta Symphony Hall this fall. The band, which burst out of Athens in the late-‘70s with the eternally weird “Rock Lobster,” has nearly sold out its Sept. 15 concert at the venue, so a second date has been...