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Chicago & REO Speedwagon Announce North American Summer Tour

February 5, 2018 – Two of the most successful and critically acclaimed rock bands REO Speedwagon and Chicago – who have sold 140 million records combined – announced today a co-headline North American summer tour kicking off June 13, 2018 in Concord, CA. The 30+ date tour, promoted by Live Nation, will take the multi-platinum selling groups through major cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Atlanta and Nashville for a night of unforgettable live music. The tour will conclude August 12 in Detroit, MI.  

Tickets for the tour go on sale starting Friday, February 9 at 12 p.m. in select cities on www.livenation.com. Please see below for full tour itinerary and details. Ticket prices for Verizon Amphitheatre’s July 14 concert are $99.50, $69.50 $39.50 reserved and $29.50 lawn and go on sale February 9 at 12p.m. at Livenation.com and the venue box office.

Says Chicago’s Robert Lamm of the upcoming trek: “It’s always a party sharing the stage with Kevin, Neal, Bruce, Dave and Bryan! They rock. We rock. The tour rocks!”  

REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin agrees: “We love the Chicago guys. We all share that Midwest rock’ n roll ethic. We work hard, rock hard & take care of business. So, c’mon out and party with Chicago and REO this summer.”  

Fans will be treated to a night filled with a deep catalog of hits from both bands. Chicago, in planning a show unlike any other they’ve done before, will perform their historic album Chicago II in its entirety followed by the “world’s longest encore” as the band jokingly refers to it, filled with their greatest hits. REO Speedwagon will electrify audiences with hits and fan-favorites such as “In Your Letter,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Roll With The Changes,” “Keep On Loving You,” “Take It On the Run” and more.  

Hailed as one of the "most important bands in music since the dawn of the rock and roll era" by former President Bill Clinton, the legendary rock and roll band with horns, Chicago, came in at #9, the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine's Hot 200 All-Time Top Artists. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades. Some recent inductions include: Chicago was inducted into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; their first album, Chicago Transit Authority, was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame in 2014; and Robert Lamm and James Pankow have become the latest inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017. Chicago’s lifetime achievements include two Grammy Awards, multiple American Music Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, record sales topping the 100,000,000 mark, 21 Top 10 singles, 5 consecutive Number One albums, 11 Number One singles and 5 Gold singles. An incredible 25 of their 36 albums have been certified platinum, and the band has a total of 47 gold and platinum awards. 2018 marks the band’s 51st consecutive year of touring, without missing a single concert date! Chicago continue to be true ambassadors for their beloved hometown, carrying the city's name with pride and dignity around the world.  

Formed in 1967, signed in 1971, and fronted by iconic vocalist Kevin Cronin since 1972, REO Speedwagon’s unrelenting drive, as well as non-stop touring and recording, jump-started the burgeoning rock movement in the Midwest. Platinum albums and radio staples soon followed, setting the stage for the release of the band’s explosive Hi Infidelity in 1980, which contained the massive hit singles “Keep On Loving You,” and “Take It On the Run.” That landmark album spent 15 weeks in the No. 1 slot and has since earned the RIAA’s coveted 10X Diamond Award for surpassing sales of 10 million units in the United States. REO Speedwagon has now sold 40 million albums around the globe, and Cronin and bandmates Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (guitar), and Bryan Hitt (drums) are still electrifying audiences worldwide in concert with hits and fan favorites. For more information, visit http://www.speedwagon.com/.

Chicago & REO Speedwagon Summer Tour 2018 hits Atlanta, GA July 14, 2018 at Verizon Amphitheatre.

Chicago & REO Speedwagon – 2018 Co-Headline Summer Tour *All dates and venues subject to change

Primus and Mastodon 2018 Summer Tour

ATLANTA (Jan. 29, 2018) – Buckle up as Primus announces a summer tour with Atlanta’s own Mastodon with a performance at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre on Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. Primus continues on the road in support of their ninth studio album, The Desaturating Seven, out now on ATO Records. Mastodon received the 2018 Grammy Award for “Best Metal Performance” during yesterday’s award ceremony.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.FoxTheatre.org, by calling 855-285-8499, or at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office. Tickets start at $35, plus applicable fees. The Desaturating Seven led Primus back to some of the sounds and styles of their earlier days and has received praise from Consequence of Sound, Rolling Stone, AV Club and more. The album marks the return of the definitive Primus line-up—singer/bassist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde, and drummer Tim “Herb” Alexander—for its first album of original music since 1995. Inspiration for the album came from a 1978 children’s book called The Rainbow Goblins by the Italian author and artist Ui de Rico. In the story, seven goblins come to the valley where rainbows are born, intending to steal the rainbows and eat them. The valley, though, knows that the goblins are coming, and makes a plan to thwart the wicked creatures by hiding the rainbow. After the goblins are caught in their own nets, the flowers release the colors of the rainbow and drown the goblins, and in gratitude, the rainbow turns the flowers into beautiful birds who fly across the valley in freedom. 

"It’s a story about gluttonous individuals sucking the colors out of the world,” says Les Claypool. “The overuse of resources by the greedy elite, and how the meek masses can overcome them in the end by unifying. It seemed pretty relevant these days.” 

Watch "The Seven" Video 

The River’s Rockin’ Birthday Bash 2018

The River’s Rockin’ Birthday Bash is back! Foreigner's "Juke Box Heroes Tour" with Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening at Verizon Amphitheatre on July 7, 2018

Tickets are on sale now at LiveNation.com

There are only a limited number of tickets at this special River Price, so get them while they last! 

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The River’s Rockin’ Birthday Bash is presented by Gordo’s Cheese Dip.

Clark Howard’s Christmas Kids

Because of your generosity, the 2017 Clark's Christmas Kids campaign collected gifts for over 8,000 deserving foster children across Georgia! Thank you for helping us reach our goal and making a difference in the lives of kids in foster care this holiday season.

Thank you to our friends at The Goddard School for their generous contribution and their performance. 

We thank St. Vincent de Paul Georgia for their support.

Clark Howard and other WSB hosts were live from each location at the times listed below:

Watch Clark Howard's Christmas Kids video from 2016.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade star lineup announced

Big-named stars will headlining this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for 2017.

Jimmy Fallon, Smokey Robinson, Wyclef Jean and Leslie Odom, Jr. will be joining 98 Degrees and the Goo Goo Dolls for the annual New York City spectacular, People reported.

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Broadway will also highlight new shows like “Anastasia,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Once on This Island” and “Spongebob Squarepants.”

Don’t forget about the massive balloons the parade is known for.

This year Olaf will join the parade, along with Chase from “Paw Patrol.”

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will kick off at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving.

Photos: Target’s hot holiday toys for 2017

What toys will be on your children’s holiday lists? Target says these are the hot toys this year.

U2 announces 2018 Atlanta concert

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene

U2 is finally coming to town.

For the first time since 2009, the Irish superstars will visit the Atlanta area with a stop on their “Experience + Innocence” tour.

The show will take place at the intimate Infinite Energy Arena on May 28.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 20 exclusively through Ticketmaster Verified. U2 fan club subscribers receive first access and can register at http://www.u2.com/subscribe through Nov. 12. U2.com subscribers can purchase tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Nov. 14 through 5 p.m. Nov. 16. Ticket prices are TBA.

The band’s new album, “Songs of Experience,” arrives Dec. 1.

U2 2018 TOUR ITINERARYMay 2 Tulsa, OK BOK CenterMay 4 St. Louis, MO Scottrade CenterMay 7 San Jose, CA SAP CenterMay 11 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile ArenaMay 15 Los Angeles, CA The ForumMay 22 Chicago, IL United CenterMay 26 Nashville, TN Bridgestone ArenaMay 28 Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy ArenaJune 5 Montreal, QC Bell CentreJune 9 Uniondale, NY NYCB LiveHome of the Nassau Veterans Memorial ColiseumJune 13 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo CenterJune 17 Washington, DC Capital One ArenaJune 21 Boston, MA TD Garden

Marshall Tucker Band lead singer Doug Gray talks about the band’s heritage, their upcoming show and more

Kaedy and Melissa Ruggieri from AJC.com spoke with Doug Gray, singer and founding member of The Marshall Tucker Band, about the band’s Southern heritage and the upcoming show at The Variety Playhouse Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Listen to the full interview:

Tickets available at variety-playhouse.com.

Join us for the Hunger Walk/Run 2018

Join us for the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Hunger Walk Run on Sunday, February 25 at Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field).

The annual Hunger Walk Run raises awareness about the prevalence of hunger for the more than 900,000 working families, seniors, veterans and children in our community who struggle with food insecurity. The walk benefits the Food Bank and five community partners: Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia, The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Lutheran Services of Georgia, Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and St. Vincent De Paul Society. 

This year the event will feature live music, a kids play zone and delectable eats from some of Atlanta’s best food trucks. The fun begins at noon with the run/walk kicking off at 2pm.

Check out HungerWalkRun.org for more info and to register.

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Scarlet Johansson Organizes Star-Studded Puerto Rico Benefit Event

Friday, October 20, 2017 — 

Fundraising will benefit the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund, tickets go on sale Monday, October 23 at 10 a.m.

The John Gore Organization is proud to announce a special benefit reading of Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town at the iconic Fox Theatre on Monday, November 6, featuring Tony Award® winner Scarlett Johansson along with her Avengers co-stars: Academy Award® nominee Robert Downey Jr.Chris Evans and Tony Award nominee Mark Ruffalo. The evening, directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon and organized by Ms. Johansson, will include additional, surprise appearances by celebrities and friends. All proceeds from the one-night-only event will be donated to support the relief efforts in the wake of the devastation left by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

"The struggle faced by Puerto Rican residents since their island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria is terribly heartbreaking and has left many feeling hopeless and helpless," Ms. Johansson said. "It is a great privilege to be able to participate in whatever way I can, to provide some relief to those that are struggling to access even the most basic of human needs in the aftermath of this disastrous event. Please help me and my co-stars in coming together for an extraordinary, one-time-only evening to raise lifesaving funds for a devastated island and to help celebrate the true meaning of community with this unique reading of a great American classic."

“The idea was presented by Ms. Johansson, who is currently in Atlanta filming the next Avengers movie, and we immediately asked how we could help,” said John Gore, owner of The John Gore Organization. “We couldn’t be happier to support our friend, Scarlett, and her co-stars in producing this evening for such a worthy cause.”

Tickets to this exclusive one-night only event go on sale Monday, October 23 at 10 a.m. EST and can be purchased online at FoxTheatre.org/OurTown, by phone at 855-285-8499, or in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office. Tickets start at $89 and a limited number of VIP packages, which include premium seating in the orchestra pit or on stage, a post-performance meet-and-greet opportunity, a commemorative lanyard and a signed poster will be available starting at $500.

Set in the idyllic village of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, Our Town is a glimpse into the American experience of small town life that captures the universal experience of being alive, falling in love and facing death. Its 1938 original production earned a Pulitzer Prize for drama and the 1989 Broadway production garnered the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play.

The Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund will be housed at the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD) and funds will be used to support immediate relief, recovery and equitable rebuilding in Puerto Rico for low-income communities of color hit hardest by the storm. The fund will support organizations working on the frontlines with these communities.

The John Gore Organization (JGO) is the leading developer, producer, distributor and marketer of Broadway theatre worldwide. Under the leadership of 11-time Tony winning producer and owner John Gore, its family of companies includes Broadway Across America, Broadway.com, The Broadway Channel, BroadwayBox.com and Group Sales Box Office. Its productions span Broadway, Off Broadway, London's West End, Japan, Canada and 44 domestic markets. It has won Tonys in every producing category as well as numerous other Drama League, Drama Desk and Olivier awards.

Broadway in Atlanta is Atlanta’s leading theatrical presenter and producer of Broadway since 1981. For more than 35 years, more than 5.5 million theatergoers have experienced over 300 Broadway in Atlanta productions. Broadway in Atlanta is a member of the Broadway Across America (BAA) network and part of The John Gore Organization family of companies. BAA is the foremost presenter of first-class touring productions in North America, operating in 44 markets. Current and past productions include The Band’s Visit, Beautiful, Cats, Chicago, Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls, On Your Feet! and The Producers. 

The Fox Theatre is one of Atlanta’s premier venues for live entertainment and declared a “Top Stop of the Decade” by Venues Today Magazine. Listed as #1 non-residency venue worldwide for the decade by Billboard Magazine, the Fox most recently won 2017’s “Theatre of the Year” by the International Entertainment Buyers Association. With 4,665 seat theatre, the Fox hosts 250 performances a year, from rock concerts to Broadway, ballets, comedy and movies, attracting 500,000 visitors per year. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization, the Fox Theatre stands today as a fiercely protected landmark and a nationally acclaimed theater and is celebrating its 88th year.

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