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Archive for May, 2011

Jennifer Hudson postpones July 2 show at Chastain

Singer Jennifer Hudson was scheduled to bring her I Remember Me Tour to Chastain Park this July 4th weekend, but Ticketmaster sent out an email late Wednesday night to ticketholders saying that the show is being postponed.

According to the email, which gave no reason for the postponement, a new date will be announced soon.

If you already have tickets, those tickets will be honored once the new date is scheduled. Otherwise, ticketholders can request a refund through Ticketmaster.

The tour, which was set to kick off in San Diego on June 19, will feature Hudson with special guest Jazmine Sullivan and Miguel.

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Mars and Monáe: These ‘hooligans’ are ‘wondaful’

Bruno-Mars-Janelle-Monae-Hooligans-In-Wondaland-Tour-@-Filmore-East-Miami-Beach-Wed-May-11-2011Though cutely dubbed the “Hooligans in Wondaland” tour, the joint outing by whiz kids Bruno Mars and Janelle Monáe could just as accurately be called the “Old Soul(s) Revue.”

For all of the grousing that so many of today’s young stars are more pre-occupied with image and flimsy, disposable radio fare than creating anything substantial, here are two examples (three, really, if you count opener Plan B) that defy those complaints.

For more than three hours last night, fans packing a sold out Fox Theatre received a lesson in authenticity.

It started with British singer/rapper Plan B (aka Ben Drew), who fronted a five-piece group of classy-looking, skinny-suit-clad musicians intent on overpowering his voice.

A huge star in his homeland, B is hardly another random Top 40 singer. With a voice coated with the gristle of a vintage soul man, he sauntered through the soulful pop of “The Recluse,” growled through the hip-hop dotted “Coming Up Easy” and seamlessly segued into the …

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Hot tickets: May 10

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Over the Rhine the husband-and-wife team of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist plays Variety Playhouse in June. Tickets go on sale May 13. Photo courtesy Conqueroo.

ON SALE NOW
Warren G. 9 p.m. June 2. The Loft. $20. TA.
Bangkok Fight Night 10. 8 p.m. June 10. Center Stage. $34-$54. TM.

ON SALE MAY 11
Christina Perri. 8 p.m. July 25. The Loft. $15. TA.

ON SALE MAY 13
The Bridges. 8 p.m. June 8. Smith’s Olde Bar – Music Room. $10 in advane. TA.
Over The Rhine. 8:30 p.m. June 17. Variety Playhouse. $22.50; $20 in advance. TM.
Company Of Thieves, Ben Deignan. 8 p.m. June 18. Smith’s Olde Bar – Music Room. $12 in advance. TA.
Lloyd Cole. 8:30 p.m. June 18. The Five Spot. $20. TM.
Lawjam 2011: The Second Annual Battle Of The Atlanta Lawyers’ Bands. 7 p.m. June 18. Variety Playhouse. $30 after June 7; $20 in advance. TM.
Chippendales – The Ultimate Girls Night Out. 8 p.m. June 25. Variety Playhouse. $55-$75. TM.
Musiq Soulchild. 8 p.m. July 6. Center Stage. $34; $31 in …

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Bruno Mars/Janelle Monae ticket giveaway

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Bruno Mars. Photo courtesy Elektra Records

We’re closing in on 200 fans on our Facebook page and feel like celebrating with a giveaway, thanks to the folks at RLife Live. We’re giving away two tickets to the Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae show at the Fox on Tuesday, May 10.
Renaissance Hotels launched this program last year, bringing up-and-coming artists to their hotel properties for intimate and unique performances as a special treat to guests (and any locals who may want to stop by). They were working with Mars before he was a chart-topping Grammy darling. They’ve also showcased musicians such as Robyn, Thievery Corporation, ELEW and Mars’ tour mate and Atlanta treasure Janelle Monae.
Want to go see Bruno and Janelle (and their awesome opener Plan B)? Just head over to our Facebook page, “like” us and leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite Bruno Mars or Janelle Monae song. We’ll pick a winner for the pair of tickets from the commenters by noon …

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Zac Brown Band Rock Their Hometown Fans In Alpharetta

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The Grammy winning, Atlanta-based Zac Brown Band fired up the faithful for the first of two sold out concerts Friday night at Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta.. Opening the show were Atlantans Blackberry Smoke and Zac’s Southern Ground record label artist Sonia Leigh.

AJC photographer Robb Cohen covered the event with his camera. Check out the 18-photo online gallery. How many years have you been following Zac? Did you used to see him at the Dixie Tavern? What are some of your favorite Zac moments?

(Photo Credit: Robb D. Cohen/ www.robbsphotos.com)  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit  Atlanta Concert  Photography Galleries.)

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Kylie Minogue dazzles at Fox spectacle

Gladiators with bulging biceps.

Photos: William Baker

Photos: William Baker

 A gilded Pegasus.

 Aerial stunts performed by shirtless men in teeny black shorts.

 And this is the scaled-down version of Kylie Minogue’s tour.

 On Friday night, the British/Australian megastar brought her $25 million “Aphrodite Live 2011” extravaganza to the Fox Theatre, and for two hours, the elfin Minogue and a cast of fantabulous dancers, singers and musicians reminded people that sometimes, it’s perfectly OK to indulge in mindless fun.

 A Madonna-level star overseas with more than 60 million in worldwide album sales, Minogue has never quite burst through in America – save for a few months in 2001 with “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” – making this rare Stateside appearance all the more special.

 The Fox was about 80 percent full, but this rabidly devoted crowd showered Minogue with the kind of roars reserved for royalty. The singer, who whipped through about eight Dolce & Gabbana fashions with Cher-like precision – …

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Live music picks: May 6-11

Former Stone Mountain resident and star of NBC's "Community" Donald Glover comes home to play the Variety Playhouse May 6 with his musical alter ego Childish Gambino. Photo: Ibra Ake

Former Stone Mountain resident and star of NBC's "Community" Donald Glover comes home to play the Variety Playhouse May 6 with his musical alter ego Childish Gambino. Photo: Ibra Ake

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Donald Glover+ Childish Gambino

The former “30 Rock” writer and current “Community” star returns home with his musical project and rapping alter ego Childish Gambino. Glover grew up in Stone Mountain and attended Rockbridge Elementary and the DeKalb School for the Arts. His latest album is “Culdesac,” released in July 2010 and available online as a free download. Glover claims that he got the name Childish Gambino from an online Wu-Tang Clan name generator, so maybe those online time-wasting apps actually serve a purpose.
8:30 p.m. May 6. $20; $18 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

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’70s Soul Jam

The Stylistics (“Betcha by Golly Wow” and loads more), the Chi-Lites (“Have You Seen Her”), the Main Ingredient with Cuba Gooding Sr. (“Everybody …

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Cee Lo debuts VH1 ‘Storytellers’ installment this month

Photo: Frank Micelotta/Picture Group for VH1

Photo: Frank Micelotta/Picture Group for VH1

Last month, Cee Lo Green headed to Culver City, Calif., to tape a two-hour installment of VH1’s “Storytellers.”

The resulting performance will air at 11 p.m. May 20 on VH1.

During the show, which featured Green performing 10 songs in front of a 150-member audience, the Atlanta-based soul man reunited onstage with Goodie Mob and announced that the group is getting back together for a future album.

Green also dedicated “She Knows” to his mother, who died when he was a teenager, and apparently got emotional during the performance.

“I feel like I’m living out her dream, her want for me,” he said from the stage.

Green didn’t neglect the song that will forever be identified with him, the euphemistically renamed “Forget You,” and kicked off the show with his Gnarls Barkley hit, “Crazy.”

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Hot tickets: May 3

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Marsha Ambrosius, formerly of Floetry, will join R. Kelly’s “Love Letters” tour, which hits Philips Arena in June. Tickets go on sale Friday, Kay 6. Photo: Raymond Hagans

ON SALE MAY 6
The Michael Guthrie Band. 8 p.m. May 19. Smith’s Olde Bar – Music Room. $12 in advance. TA.
Gimme Hendrix. 8 p.m. May 26. Smith’s Olde Bar – Music Room. $8 in advance. TA.
Jonny Lang. June 3. Atlanta Botanical Garden. $37. TA.
Subway Eat Fresh Comedy Tour featuring Auggie Smith and Dax Jordan. 8 p.m. June 5. Variety Playhouse. $20. TM.
R. Kelly, Keyshia Cole, Marsha Ambrosius. 8 p.m. June 25. Philips Arena. $59.50-$99.50. TM.
Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition. 8 p.m. June 30. Smith’s Olde Bar – Music Room. $12 in advance. TA.
The Industry. CD release. 8 p.m. July 7. Smith’s Olde Bar – Music Room. $8 in advance. TA.
Indigo Girls. July 8 and 9. Atlanta Botanical Garden. $45. TA.
Steve Earle. July 15. Atlanta Botanical Garden. $39.50. TA.
Corey Smith. 6:30 p.m. July 16. Verizon Wireless …

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