Melissa Ruggieri

Music writer

Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and other entertainment news for print and ajc.com. Melissa started at the AJC in September 2010 writing about music and entertainment as well as covering the Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta. She has a master's in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s in journalism from Florida International University. She previously worked as the pop music critic at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two rescue cats. Go to the Atlanta Music Scene here.

Latest from Melissa Ruggieri

Theater preview: The kids wanna rock at the Fox Theatre
 When you think of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the obvious links are “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and, for better or worse, “Cats.” A musical based on a 2003 movie that showcased the manic energy of Jack Black and focuses on a failed rock star who pretends to be a substitute teacher and...

Posted: 15 hours ago

When you think of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the obvious links are “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and, for better or worse, “Cats.” A musical based on a 2003 movie that showcased the manic energy of Jack Black and focuses on a failed rock star who pretends to be a substitute teacher and...
Josh Groban talks tour kickoff in Atlanta, new album and working with Tony Danza
 It’s a week before tour kickoff and Josh Groban is feeling good. He and his band have been rehearsing in Los Angeles, solidifying the setlist and finalizing stage designs, and so far, it’s been a series of happy exhalations. A monthlong U.S. leg of the tour will launch Thursday at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth with Idina Menzel...

Posted: 16 hours ago

It’s a week before tour kickoff and Josh Groban is feeling good. He and his band have been rehearsing in Los Angeles, solidifying the setlist and finalizing stage designs, and so far, it’s been a series of happy exhalations. A monthlong U.S. leg of the tour will launch Thursday at Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth with Idina Menzel...
Record renaissance: Vinyl albums fuel record store resurgence
 Over four decades, Decatur’s Wuxtry Records, a crowded repository of all things auditory a mile east of Emory University, has ridden the peak years of vinyl, the rise and fall of cassettes and CDs and the surprising comeback of vinyl this past decade. Owner Mark Methe points to a 2015 New Yorker cartoon he taped to the entrance and...

Posted: 3 days ago

Over four decades, Decatur’s Wuxtry Records, a crowded repository of all things auditory a mile east of Emory University, has ridden the peak years of vinyl, the rise and fall of cassettes and CDs and the surprising comeback of vinyl this past decade. Owner Mark Methe points to a 2015 New Yorker cartoon he taped to the entrance and...
Future will perform at the Atlanta Hawks’ home opener
 The Atlanta Hawks will get an assist from a hometown musical favorite at their inaugural home game in the newly transformed State Farm Arena. Hip-hop star Future will be the first artist to play during a Hawks game when he takes the court both mid- and post-game on Oct. 24. The Atlanta-born hitmaker behind “Jumpman,” “Same...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Atlanta Hawks will get an assist from a hometown musical favorite at their inaugural home game in the newly transformed State Farm Arena. Hip-hop star Future will be the first artist to play during a Hawks game when he takes the court both mid- and post-game on Oct. 24. The Atlanta-born hitmaker behind “Jumpman,” “Same...
Aretha Franklin honored by Gladys Knight, Ledisi and others
 After the publicity debacle that followed Madonna’s “tribute” to Aretha Franklin in the MTV Awards in August, you knew that the American Music Awards would do it right. The Tuesday night award show wrapped with an all-star gospel performance in homage to Franklin featuring Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans...

Posted: 7 days ago

After the publicity debacle that followed Madonna’s “tribute” to Aretha Franklin in the MTV Awards in August, you knew that the American Music Awards would do it right. The Tuesday night award show wrapped with an all-star gospel performance in homage to Franklin featuring Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Donnie McClurkin, CeCe Winans...
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019 nominees include Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson
 Is this the year Janet Jackson makes it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Will Def Leppard rocket their way onto the final ballot as first-time nominees? This year’s nomination class includes several other first ballot possibilities – Devo, John Prine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks (she’s already enshrined with Fleetwood Mac...

Posted: 7 days ago

Is this the year Janet Jackson makes it into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Will Def Leppard rocket their way onto the final ballot as first-time nominees? This year’s nomination class includes several other first ballot possibilities – Devo, John Prine, Roxy Music, Stevie Nicks (she’s already enshrined with Fleetwood Mac...
Jingle Ball 2018 lineup includes Shawn Mendes, Calvin Harris
 Stop sweating and start thinking about the holidays already, would ya? Power 96.1 hopes you will with the announcement of the 2018 Jingle Ball lineup: Shawn Mendes headlines this year’s event – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at State Farm Arena (formerly Philips Arena – and will be joined by Calvin Harris, G-Eazy, Marshmello, Bazzi,...

Posted: 7 days ago

Stop sweating and start thinking about the holidays already, would ya? Power 96.1 hopes you will with the announcement of the 2018 Jingle Ball lineup: Shawn Mendes headlines this year’s event – 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at State Farm Arena (formerly Philips Arena – and will be joined by Calvin Harris, G-Eazy, Marshmello, Bazzi,...
Concert review and photos: Simple Minds remind of their powerful songs at Tabernacle
 Five songs into their set, Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr smiled at the audience and said, after taking a deep breath, “We’re exhausted already!” He was kidding, of course, though it would be understandable if Kerr and the rest of the band needed to slow their heart rates after an opening blitz that included “Waterfront...

Posted: 8 days ago

Five songs into their set, Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr smiled at the audience and said, after taking a deep breath, “We’re exhausted already!” He was kidding, of course, though it would be understandable if Kerr and the rest of the band needed to slow their heart rates after an opening blitz that included “Waterfront...
New Kids on the Block headline tour with Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany and other ‘80s favorites
 Is seven months too early to start selecting the perfect ‘80s outfit? “The Mixtape Tour” featuring New Kids on the Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty By Nature, doesn’t launch until May, but tickets will be on sale Oct. 12. The lineup of ‘80s-era pop favorites will play State Farm Arena (formerly...

Posted: 8 days ago

Is seven months too early to start selecting the perfect ‘80s outfit? “The Mixtape Tour” featuring New Kids on the Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and Naughty By Nature, doesn’t launch until May, but tickets will be on sale Oct. 12. The lineup of ‘80s-era pop favorites will play State Farm Arena (formerly...
A3C Festival ends abruptly during Lil Wayne performance
 The five-day A3C Festival ended abruptly when an “altercation” occurred during Lil Wayne’s closing performance Sunday night. Festival organizers and Atlanta police have released statements that evidence indicates no shots were fired nor weapons involved. Fan-recorded video from the concert at the Georgia Freight Depot outdoor...

Posted: 9 days ago

The five-day A3C Festival ended abruptly when an “altercation” occurred during Lil Wayne’s closing performance Sunday night. Festival organizers and Atlanta police have released statements that evidence indicates no shots were fired nor weapons involved. Fan-recorded video from the concert at the Georgia Freight Depot outdoor...