While lingering drought restrictions continue to evaporate some of the traditional summer fun from Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Garden will announce Friday its impressive 2009 SunTrust Concerts in the Garden series.
And as always, the shows will take place on the Midtown tourist attraction’s lush, blanket-friendly Great Lawn.
This year’s diverse line up includes: Americana artists Steve Earle on June 12 and Nanci Griffith on June 26. Jakob Dylan-led rockers The Wallflowers will perform on July 10, folk icon Joan Baez will appear on July 22 and baby boomer faves Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers will compete with the croaking frogs on July 24. Tex-Mex rockers Los Lobos will finish out the summer series on Aug. 28.
Tickets go on sale to the public on Tuesday, May 12 at 10 a.m.
Botanical Garden rep. Danny Flanders tells Buzz that staffers are excited not only about the stellar line-up this year but also the opportunity to show off the facility’s newly expanded gardens, including the new parking area, entrance, visitor center and a new exhibition of Henry Moore’s monumental sculptures.
Tickets for the Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers show are $55. Tickets for Garden members are discounted at $50. All other concerts are $35 ($31.50 for members). Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or the garden gift shop, where no processing fees are charged.
Tickets for Garden members go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, a full two weeks before the public; the public sale begins at 10 a.m. May 12. (To become a member, call 404-591-1539).
Parking will be available in the new SAGE parking facility, accessed from the Garden’s entrance on Piedmont Avenue, for $7 per car on a first-come, first-served basis.
Jamia Nash, the 12-year-old singing sensation from Buford who performed a best song nominee at the Academy Awards and is currently a regular on the soap opera circuit, returns home this weekend to debut a new song with an emotional plea.
On Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of a Global Youth Service Day celebration at the Cobb County Civic Center, Nash will sing “Time for Us” which she dedicated to homeless children after learning that one out of 50 kids in America is homeless. Proceeds from the song will support the Campaign to End Child Homelessness.
Rapper-actor T.I. and girlfriend former Xscape member Tameka “Tiny” Cottle at the Atlanta Hawks-Miami Heat game at Philips Arena downtown.
NBA great and broadcaster Charles Barkley dining at the Terminus Flying Biscuit Cafe in Buckhead.
R&B singer and HBO “The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” actress Jill Scott’s publicist has confirmed to us that yes, she and Atlanta percussionist Lil John Roberts are now the proud parents of a son.
(And Lil John just about says as much on his MySpace page. By the “Children” line on his profile’s “My Details” box, he’s added “Proud Parent.”)
No official word on a name, weight and height, or even whether Scott had it in a hospital in her future husband’s hometown. (But multiple celeb Websites are reporting his name is Jett Hamilton Roberts, 7 lbs., 8 oz., born April 20 at 4:20 p.m.).
Actress Shirley MacLaine is 75. Actress-singer-director Barbra Streisand is 67. Actor-comedian Cedric the Entertainer is 45. Actor Djimon Hounsou (”Blood Diamond,” “Amistad”) is 45. Singer Kelly Clarkson (”American Idol”) is 27. Singer-bassist Tyson Ritter of All-American Rejects is 25.
Contributing: Nedra Rhone, Sonia Murray and news services.
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