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

KISS announces farewell tour (for real...we think)
 We’ve heard this song before, but it seems genuine that KISS’ upcoming “End of the Road World Tour” will be exactly that. The band announced the decision to pack up the pyro after a performance on Wednesday’s finale of “America’s Got Talent.” "All that we have built and all that we have...

Posted: 3 days ago

We’ve heard this song before, but it seems genuine that KISS’ upcoming “End of the Road World Tour” will be exactly that. The band announced the decision to pack up the pyro after a performance on Wednesday’s finale of “America’s Got Talent.” "All that we have built and all that we have...
Super Bowl 53: Is Maroon 5 the halftime performer for Atlanta?
 It appears that Maroon 5 will bring their "Moves Like Jagger" to the halftime stage at Super Bowl 53. Entertainment trade magazine Variety reported that the Adam Levine-fronted outfit will play Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, although official announcements aren’t expected until later in the NFL season. In a statement...

Posted: 3 days ago

It appears that Maroon 5 will bring their "Moves Like Jagger" to the halftime stage at Super Bowl 53. Entertainment trade magazine Variety reported that the Adam Levine-fronted outfit will play Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, although official announcements aren’t expected until later in the NFL season. In a statement...
Fall Concert Preview 2018: Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Drake and more
 With a few exceptions, this is the time of the season to move indoors for your live music experiences. This fall will witness the return of some artists long absent from the stage (Lisa Stansfield, Christina Aguilera), the emergence of upstarts (Troye Sivan, Alice Merton) and the opportunity to say goodbye to a certain flamboyant pop pianist...

Posted: 3 days ago

With a few exceptions, this is the time of the season to move indoors for your live music experiences. This fall will witness the return of some artists long absent from the stage (Lisa Stansfield, Christina Aguilera), the emergence of upstarts (Troye Sivan, Alice Merton) and the opportunity to say goodbye to a certain flamboyant pop pianist...
Concert review and photos: Sting and Shaggy prove a potent, playful pair
 No matter how many concerts you’ve attended in your life, few things will rank higher on the memory meter than watching Sting – erudite, chiseled, contemplative Sting – singing Shaggy’s 2000 hit, “It Wasn’t Me” and its indelible chorus, “Picture this we were both butt naked, banging on the bathroom...

Posted: 5 days ago

No matter how many concerts you’ve attended in your life, few things will rank higher on the memory meter than watching Sting – erudite, chiseled, contemplative Sting – singing Shaggy’s 2000 hit, “It Wasn’t Me” and its indelible chorus, “Picture this we were both butt naked, banging on the bathroom...
Music Midtown 2018 Day 2 photos and recaps: Imagine Dragons, Kendrick Lamar and many more
 With thundering power rock from Imagine Dragons and visceral, sizzling rap from Kendrick Lamar, the 2018 edition of Music Midtown came to a happy close. The second day of the annual music event on Sunday again spared tens of thousands of fans from the unpredictable weather - a few brief sprinkles and continually overcast skies actually...

Posted: 6 days ago

With thundering power rock from Imagine Dragons and visceral, sizzling rap from Kendrick Lamar, the 2018 edition of Music Midtown came to a happy close. The second day of the annual music event on Sunday again spared tens of thousands of fans from the unpredictable weather - a few brief sprinkles and continually overcast skies actually...
Music Midtown 2018 Day 1 photos and recap: Fall Out Boy, Post Malone and many more
   It felt more like July than September, but at least the tens of thousands of Music Midtown-goers - many of them super young - didn’t have to fret about Florence wrecking their weekend. The first of the two-day annual festival in Piedmont Park boasted a lineup spotlighting Fall Out Boy, Post Malone, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Kacey...

Posted: 6 days ago

  It felt more like July than September, but at least the tens of thousands of Music Midtown-goers - many of them super young - didn’t have to fret about Florence wrecking their weekend. The first of the two-day annual festival in Piedmont Park boasted a lineup spotlighting Fall Out Boy, Post Malone, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Kacey...
Concert review: Paul Simon says goodbye to Atlanta with grace and wit
 Maybe it was remnants of the Sept. 11 anniversary earlier this week.  Maybe it was the realization that while of course Paul Simon isn’t quitting music, this is surely, as he promises, his final tour. Or maybe it was the unadorned beauty of the music, the tenor saxophone and violin that emanated from the darkened stage and gently...

Posted: 10 days ago

Maybe it was remnants of the Sept. 11 anniversary earlier this week.  Maybe it was the realization that while of course Paul Simon isn’t quitting music, this is surely, as he promises, his final tour. Or maybe it was the unadorned beauty of the music, the tenor saxophone and violin that emanated from the darkened stage and gently...