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

Michael Jackson musical being developed for Broadway
   Following theatrical biopics of Donna Summer (“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”), Cher (“The Cher Show”) and The Go-Go’s (“Head Over Heels”), comes news of a stage musical based on the life of Michael Jackson. The as-yet-untitled show is being developed by the Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia...

Posted: 4 hours ago

  Following theatrical biopics of Donna Summer (“Summer: The Donna Summer Musical”), Cher (“The Cher Show”) and The Go-Go’s (“Head Over Heels”), comes news of a stage musical based on the life of Michael Jackson. The as-yet-untitled show is being developed by the Michael Jackson Estate and Columbia...
Nicki Minaj and Future tour will play Philips Arena this fall
 The hip-hop hits of Nicki Minaj and Future will help christen the newly renovated Philips Arena later this year. The pair announced their “NickiHndrxx” tour last week without an Atlanta date, but they will indeed perform on Oct. 25. Tickets are $56-$182. A pre-sale for Citi cardholders will launch at 10 a.m. June 19 (www.citiprivatepass...

Posted: a day ago

The hip-hop hits of Nicki Minaj and Future will help christen the newly renovated Philips Arena later this year. The pair announced their “NickiHndrxx” tour last week without an Atlanta date, but they will indeed perform on Oct. 25. Tickets are $56-$182. A pre-sale for Citi cardholders will launch at 10 a.m. June 19 (www.citiprivatepass...
Three things we learned from Beyonce and Jay-Z’s ‘Everything is Love’ album
 Just when you thought Beyonce and Jay-Z were turning their attention to their globe-trotting “On the Run 2” tour, which kicked off earlier this month in Wales, the couple managed to re-direct the conversation with the surprise weekend arrival of “Everything is Love.” Here are three things we learned from the nine-song...

Posted: a day ago

Just when you thought Beyonce and Jay-Z were turning their attention to their globe-trotting “On the Run 2” tour, which kicked off earlier this month in Wales, the couple managed to re-direct the conversation with the surprise weekend arrival of “Everything is Love.” Here are three things we learned from the nine-song...
Cardi B and Migos’ Offset pose for  risqué Rolling Stone cover
 In the year since “Bodak Yellow” arrived, Cardi B has escalated from projected one-hit wonder to ubiquitous charmer. Her frank talk and unapologetic attitude toward her past as a stripper have only bolstered her Internet appeal; she’s landed everywhere from “Saturday Night Live” to Howard Stern’s SiriusXM...

Posted: 2 days ago

In the year since “Bodak Yellow” arrived, Cardi B has escalated from projected one-hit wonder to ubiquitous charmer. Her frank talk and unapologetic attitude toward her past as a stripper have only bolstered her Internet appeal; she’s landed everywhere from “Saturday Night Live” to Howard Stern’s SiriusXM...
Atlanta Concert Tickets on sale this week: Music Midtown, Playboi Carti
 If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Lea Holland at lea.holland@ajc.com. Events are subject to change, so it’s a good idea to call the venue before driving a long distance. Follow us on Twitter. Jeremih with Teyana Taylor, Danileigh. 8 p.m. Aug. 7. $40. Center Stage. TM. OYE Fest with Ivy Queen...

Posted: 5 days ago

If you find a mistake in Hot Tickets, please let us know. Contact Lea Holland at lea.holland@ajc.com. Events are subject to change, so it’s a good idea to call the venue before driving a long distance. Follow us on Twitter. Jeremih with Teyana Taylor, Danileigh. 8 p.m. Aug. 7. $40. Center Stage. TM. OYE Fest with Ivy Queen...
Atlanta Concerts this week: Styx, Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash, Logic
 SATURDAY Fans of the former Stray Cats frontman are used to seeing him around the holidays, but this year, Setzer is taking his “Rockabilly Riot!” on the road for the summer. Setzer is set to perform solo material and Stray Cats classics and will be joined by Noah Levy on drums, Kevin McKendree on piano/guitar and Mark Winchester...

Posted: 5 days ago

SATURDAY Fans of the former Stray Cats frontman are used to seeing him around the holidays, but this year, Setzer is taking his “Rockabilly Riot!” on the road for the summer. Setzer is set to perform solo material and Stray Cats classics and will be joined by Noah Levy on drums, Kevin McKendree on piano/guitar and Mark Winchester...
Imagine Music Festival adds Bassnectar and Kaskade to lineup
 The fifth edition of the Imagine Music Festival is already stocked with a lineup featuring top EDM names Armin Van Buuren, Alesso, Galantis, RL Grime and Zeds Dead.  But the event will also spotlight a couple of other headliners – Bassnectar and Kaskade. As well, a spate of secondary acts has been added to the lineup, including...

Posted: 7 days ago

The fifth edition of the Imagine Music Festival is already stocked with a lineup featuring top EDM names Armin Van Buuren, Alesso, Galantis, RL Grime and Zeds Dead.  But the event will also spotlight a couple of other headliners – Bassnectar and Kaskade. As well, a spate of secondary acts has been added to the lineup, including...
Concert review and photos: Harry Styles enchants at Atlanta show
 When Harry Styles played The Roxy last fall, he turned in a thoughtful, intimate performance that showcased his intent to shed his boy band baggage and be taken seriously as a solo musician. On Monday, Styles returned to the area – Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth – with his effective arena production that has already traveled...

Posted: 7 days ago

When Harry Styles played The Roxy last fall, he turned in a thoughtful, intimate performance that showcased his intent to shed his boy band baggage and be taken seriously as a solo musician. On Monday, Styles returned to the area – Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth – with his effective arena production that has already traveled...
Matthew Morrison concert postponed at Symphony Hall
 The Saturday Matthew Morrison concert at Atlanta Symphony Hall has been postponed until later this year. Citing a “professional scheduling conflict,” Morrison will now perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 16.  All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date, or refunds are available at the...

Posted: 7 days ago

The Saturday Matthew Morrison concert at Atlanta Symphony Hall has been postponed until later this year. Citing a “professional scheduling conflict,” Morrison will now perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 16.  All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new date, or refunds are available at the...
‘Hamilton’ will return to Atlanta
 A day after “Hamilton” finished its extensive run at the Fox Theatre comes good news for the thousands who weren’t able to score tickets: the show will be back.  Broadway in Atlanta announced on Monday that “Hamilton” will return for the 2019-2020 season. No other information is available at this point...

Posted: 8 days ago

A day after “Hamilton” finished its extensive run at the Fox Theatre comes good news for the thousands who weren’t able to score tickets: the show will be back.  Broadway in Atlanta announced on Monday that “Hamilton” will return for the 2019-2020 season. No other information is available at this point...