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The River's Rockin' Birthday Bash

This summer 97.1 The River is celebrating its 10th Birthday…and we’re throwing a Rockin’ Birthday Bash with you…and Boston! Saturday August 6th at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta! Tickets go on sale Friday March 11th but you can win yours all this week in The River Ticket Vault at 7:20am with Kaedy Kiely and 5:20pm with Steve Craig!

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Concert Announcement Alert


97.1 The River is turning 10 this year!

Listen to Kaedy Kiely on Monday morning at 7:10 to find out who is performing at our Rockin' Birthday Bash.

We'll have FREE passes inside the Ticket Vault all this week plus more exclusive prizes to come.

Don't miss the celebration!

Win Def Leppard Tickets

Another rock show for the ages. 97.1 The River, Atlanta’s Classic Hits & Live Nation Present: Def Leppard! They’re back on tour…and bringing their friends…REO Speedwagon & Tesla!

Friday, August 12th at Lakewood Amphitheatre.

Get your free tickets all this week inside the River Ticket Vault! Listen at 7:20AM with Kaedy Kiely and 5:20pm with Steve Craig. Win your way in, and get a shot at the grand prize, Front Row Seats!!!

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Jethro Tull – Exclusive River Presale

Buy tickets in advance with promo code RIVER.

Offer valid November 19 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Online only, while supplies last.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2015

Based on TSO’s multi-platinum DVD and long running PBS fundraiser, the story follows the journey of a young runaway who, on Christmas Eve, breaks into an abandoned vaudeville theater seeking shelter from the cold, and the ghostly visions she experiences from that concert hall’s past.

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Parents angry when football field gets $500K scoreboard while gym goes without AC

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Norcross High School in Georgia is in the spotlight after the unveiling of a new $500,000 video scoreboard built for the school's football stadium, one that the school claims to be the largest in the nation. However some parents can't help but shake their heads as their daughters play volleyball in a gymnasium without air conditioning.

The new scoreboard was paid for by boosters and businesses, not school tax money. Parents of volleyball players say it still points to the disparity they see as their children play in sweltering conditions. The volleyball season runs from August through October, and teams hold practices during the summer months, too.

"The other night with the storms coming through, it was still 92-93 degrees," said Michael Obertone. His daughter is a sophomore player and he serves as a line judge for some matches.

He worries about the health effects on the girls as they practice and play in what he calls stifling heat.

"Some kids are feeling light headed and they are having to hydrate the living daylights out of them," Obertone said.

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The Norcross High School building was built with budgeted and taxed funds back 2001. A school district spokeswoman said that it was custom back then to build schools without air in gyms or in the activity centers for middle and elementary schools.

"It's in the design stage and it should be installed next year," spokeswoman Sloan Roach said.

Obertone though, doesn't trust the work will get done next year. He said he understands the excitement with the new massive video board, but wonders why the community hasn't stepped in to help with the hot gym.

"One would think in 14 years the second or largest school in Gwinnett (one of the state's largest counties) could get air conditioning," Obertone said.

School administrators confirmed Norcross High is one of only two high schools in the district without air conditioning in its gymnasium. Both schools are scheduled to have coolers added in 2016.

Online Ticket Window

All this week we're giving you the chance to win a pair of free weekend passes to Music Midtown September 18th and 19th at Piedmont Park!   Since the line at The River Ticket Vault can be pretty long, we've installed The River Online Ticket Window!


  • Listen to 97.1 The River every morning this week.
  • Every day around 11:05AM you'll hear us open our Online Ticket Window.
  • When you hear this sounder you'll have just 10 MINUTES to log on to and register to win the tickets before the Online Ticket Window closes.
  • Want to better your chance at winning?  Tell your friends so they can register too...Of course that means you have to go with them to the show, so choose wisely!
  • Did you heard the sounder? CLICK HERE to register!

Monsters of Mock

97.1 The River invites you to spend a day at the beach on Georgia's Great Lake!

Join us for the 2nd Annual "Monsters of Mock" on Saturday, July 25.

Sunset Cove at Lanier Islands will be rockin' to the sounds of Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffett and many more as local bands perform music so good you'll think it's the real thing.

Band Lineup*:

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Kristin Tinsley – her set list includes a bold mix of Skynyrd, Allman Bros, Tom Petty and more

4:00-5:00 p.m.: Krotona – alternative rock cover project focusing on bands like The Black Keys and Foo Fighters

5:30-7:00 p.m.: Pandora's Box – The Ultimate Aerosmith Tribute

7:30-9:00 p.m.: White Winged Dove – Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band

9:30-11:00 p.m.: A1A – The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show

Admission to the music festival is FREE for season pass holders or with General Admission to LanierWorld.

Receive $10 off Lanier World Full Access tickets for Monsters of Mock when you use the password: TheRiver  (NOTE: Password is CaSe SeNsItIve)Order tickets HERE.Only valid for LanierWorld Daily Admission (42" & Taller)  - LanierWorld all attractions one-day use ticket.

*Performance times and bands are subject to change without notice.

Elton John, Drake, Van Halen and Sam Smith lead Music Midtown lineup


Elton John


Van Halen

Sam Smith

Lenny Kravitz


Billy Idol

Panic at the Disco

Run the Jewels

Jenny Lewis

Tove Lo

August Alsina

Icona Pop

The Airborne Toxic Event


Catfish and the Bottlemen

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Elle King

New Politics

X Ambassadors

Jamie N Commons

Colony House

Rozzi Crane

Alessia Cara

Elliot Moss


Music Midtown

Sept. 18-19. $136 (early bird two-day general admission); $156 (regular two-day general admission); $600 (VIP); $1,200 (Super VIP). On sale 10 a.m. June 27 through all Ticketmaster outlets,, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Piedmont Park, 1342 Worchester Drive N.E., Atlanta.

Elton John has played every size venue in Atlanta, from the Civic Center to the Roxy to the Georgia Dome.

But his headlining gig during this fall’s Music Midtown marks the first time the occasional Atlanta resident will perform in Piedmont Park.

“There’s a lot of panache there,” said Peter Conlon, president of Live Nation Atlanta, in his Buckhead office last week.

John, who most recently played Atlanta in November 2013, will zip through the city on his way from London to Brazil, where he’s slated to play the Rock in Rio festival.

John is among a diverse quartet of headliners for the fifth year of Music Midtown, which takes place Sept. 18-19 in Piedmont Park, its home since returning in 2011.

Smoothie Canadian rapper Drake — who made a surprise appearance at last weekend’s Hot 107.9 birthday concert at Philips Arena — will also commandeer a headlining slot, as will veteran rockers Van Halen and British crooner Sam Smith.

The rest of the lineup is a robust parade of mainstream heritage acts, well-regarded current hitmakers and a smattering of upstarts: Lenny Kravitz, Hozier, Billy Idol, Panic at the Disco, Run the Jewels, Jenny Lewis, Tove Lo, August Alsina, Icona Pop, the Airborne Toxic Event, Kodaline, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Elle King, New Politics, X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons, Colony House, Rozzi Crane, Alessia Cara and Elliot Moss.

A handful of additional acts will be announced closer to the event.

“That’s the purpose of a festival — we draw you in,” Conlon said. “Whatever demographic you are, there might be two or three people you think are worth the value, but then you’re excited about being exposed to these other acts. Someone could be a huge Elton fan, but has always wanted to see Hozier or is curious about Sam Smith.”

Like last year, only two-day admission tickets will be sold for Music Midtown.

Early bird general admission tickets are $136. The price then increases to $156. VIP tickets are $600 and Super VIP costs $1,200.

“Based on the level of talent for two days, I think it’s the most affordable festival in the country,” Conlon said.

All tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday through Ticketmaster outlets,, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

The major upgrade this year is the addition of a fourth stage, which Conlon said will be located at the Active Oval, almost lateral to the stage at Oak Hill.

About 75,000 people attended last year’s Music Midtown each day, which featured headliners John Mayer and Jack White and Zac Brown Band and Eminem and often resulted in a congested walkway between the largest stage in the Meadow and Oak Hill.

“We got high marks on the surveys we did after the fact (last year) on the experience, but people said they would like it to flow better, so we’re trying to spread things out,” Conlon said.

The three stages that have been part of Music Midtown since 2013 will remain in the same spots, but the Oak Hill stage will accommodate smaller acts while the new stage at the Active Oval, as well as in the Meadow, will host headliners.

Conlon said since the extra stage equates to more performers, his talent budget increased from $6 million last year to $8 million this year.

The investment seems to have a far-reaching economic effect on the city.

According to a study commissioned by Live Nation from the Research Center in Nashville, Tenn., the total impact on the Atlanta-area economy from the 2014 installment of Music Midtown was more than $49 million.

The study noted that Music Midtown donated $100,000 to the Piedmont Park Conservancy to go toward the maintenance of the park and also provided a $400,000 rental donation to the city of Atlanta, which has historically funded the Centers of Hope.

The overwhelming majority of tickets — 63.25 percent — were sold in Georgia, with 2.87 percent coming from the Northeast, 2.80 percent from the Midwest, 1.73 percent from the West and 29.25 percent from the rest of the South.

“It’s growing nationally,” Conlon said of the event. “We’re an urban festival and there aren’t that many of them. I like having music in an urban environment, and the artists love being on stage and seeing the skyline.”

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