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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.

Support Atlanta Community Food Bank

Join 97.1 The River as we support Atlanta Community Food Bank all month long!

Atlanta Community Food Bank procures enough food to provide nearly 59 million meals each year and distributes it to more than 600 nonprofit partner agencies serving families and individuals in 29 metro Atlanta and north Georgia counties. Our community faces one of the highest levels of food insecurity in the nation—meaning that our neighbors often struggle to put food on the table, and that their access to nutritious food is limited by a lack of money and other resources. And the need continues to grow. 

Did you know?

  • One in every four children in Georgia (23%) lives in food insecure households — meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from.
  • 16% of Georgia’s population is food insecure.
  • Nearly 842,000 people – or 1 in 7 – across metro Atlanta and north Georgia to provide food for themselves and their families.

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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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Bob Seger Tour Dates Postponed

Bob Seger announced today that he will have to postpone upcoming tour dates upon receiving his doctor’s orders to attend to an urgent medical issue concerning his vertebrae. No further details are available at this time.

Seger commented “I’m so disappointed to have to suspend the tour as the band is on a great roll. It’s a privilege to play for our amazing fans. Hoping to be back out on the road very soon.” 

Seger and his Silver Bullet Band played the 13th sold out show of their 2017 Runaway Train Tour last Thursday in Pittsburgh. On Saturday, Seger had to postpone his 14th show in Columbus. 

Rescheduled dates will be announced when available. Tickets sold for concerts that are being rescheduled will be honored at the new dates. 

The following tour dates have been postponed: 

Sep 30 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena 

Oct 5 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena 

Oct 7 Atlanta, GA Infinite Energy Arena 

Oct 10 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena 

Oct 12 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center 

Oct 14 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center 

Oct 19 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 

Oct 21 Frisco, TX Ford Center at The Star 

Oct 24 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center 

Oct 26 Denver, CO Pepsi Center 

Oct 28 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Arena 

Nov 2 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena 

Nov 4 Inglewood, CA The Forum 

Nov 7 Boise, ID Ford Center 

Nov 9 Portland, OR Moda Center 

Nov 11 Seattle, WA KeyArena 

Nov 13 Billings, MT Rimrock Auto Arena 

Nov 15 St. Paul, MN XCEL Energy Center 

Nov 17 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena

For more information, visit www.bobseger.com.

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Laid Back Festival Exclusive Ticket Price!

Monday through Wednesday of this week, we are giving you two chances a day to win a pair of tickets to Laid Back Festival at Verizon Amphitheatre on October 14!

Headlining this year’s festival is Lynyrd Skynyrd along with The Gregg Allman Band featuring Devon Allman performing his father’s last album “Southern Blood” in its entirety plus Allman Brothers Band favorites.

They will be joined by Bishop Gunn and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band. 

Tickets are on sale now at LiveNation.com 

AND Monday at 6am through Wednesday at midnight, you can get tickets for just $19.71, while they last!

Use the code RIVER at check out.

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