Star 94, after several years hosting a ticketed Jingle Jam concert at Gwinnett Arena, last year opted for a smaller free concert at Center Stage featuring Train, Plain White T’s and Christina Perri.
This year, they’ve brought the concert back to Gwinnett Arena Dec. 13, this time headlined by Daughtry, with Big Time Rush, Matt Nathanson and Parachute as the rock band’s openers.
[UPDATE: 10/27/11: The station has added to the lineup the Irish pop rock band The Script, which has two big hits "Breakeven" and "For the First Time" and a current single "Nothing."]
This will be at least the fourth time Star has hosted a show with an “American Idol” finalist. Daughtry, a band headed by season five contestant Chris Daughtry, is promoting its upcoming third album “Break the Spell” and has a current Hot AC hit “Crawling Back to You.” Since 2006, the band has collected eight previous hits under its belt, including “It’s Not Over,” “What About Now” and “No Surprise.”
Big Time Rush, the pop boy band with its own hit Nickelodeon show of the same name, has a sophomore album coming out next month as well. Singer-songwriter Nathanson, best known for his 2008 single “Come On Get Higher,” has a current Hot AC hit “Faster.” Parachute is a rock band without any hit singles that I can ascertain but Star and Dave FM did play “Something to Believe In” over the summer.
Tickets range from $40.40 to $115 each after fees ($27 to $97 without fees). In past years, the concert has sold out. Star will certainly be giving away plenty of freebies if you listen to the station and call in.
My favorite Jingle Jam lineup is still 2003, which included Maroon 5, Sarah McLachlan, Jessica Simpson and Barenaked Ladies.
Here were the rest, for posterity:
2004: Duran Duran
2005: Jason Mraz, Switchfoot, Gavin DeGraw, Howie Day and James Blunt.
2006: Hinder, the Fray, K.T. Tunstall, Goo Goo Dolls
2007: Elliott Yamin, Colbie Caillat, Jonas Brothers, Avril Lavigne
2008: We the Kings, Flyleaf, David Archuleta, Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw
2009: Justin Bieber, Owl City, Cobra Starship, Jordin Sparks, The Fray
2010: Train, Plain White T’s, Christina Perri
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk