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Star 94’s Jingle Jam returns to Gwinnett Arena Dec. 13: Daughtry, Big Time Rush, the Script, Matt Nathanson


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.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale Friday morning at 10 a.m. here with the password “SANTA.”

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

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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October 21st, 2011
1:15 am

First!!!…and Nancy Grace still sucks!


October 21st, 2011
2:13 am

@Rodney: eh,wouldn’t you say their past lineups have been filled with more “hit groups” than this one? Daughtry is big but you can’t really say the others are quite really that popular. Especially when compared to the artists they had back in 09. Maybe $ issues?


October 21st, 2011
7:18 am

Daughtry’s “album” (why do we still call it that – and I’m old enough to play along with it) cover reminds me of a Sex and the City advert. SJP in front and all aglow, while the others are background players. Not complaining, but it is the male version of that.


October 21st, 2011
8:50 am

I went to Duran Duran in 2004 and that was the BEST concert I’ve ever been to. Two hours of mostly the old stuff, but they played their new stuff as well. Waiting for the Rio encore was the best part- you knew it was coming but nothing happened until Simon said “I like boats, ya know” then chaos!

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October 21st, 2011
9:43 am

Good god… any of those groups have anything worth listening to? Star 94 is still the haven of crappy music, I see. It amazes me that they have advertisers when they play maybe 12-15 songs over and over and over again.


October 21st, 2011
10:40 am

actually Matt Nathanson has a great set list, probably the best of the group of options. And Parachute’s single is “She is Love”

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October 21st, 2011
10:52 am

I believe the point of a concert like this is to reinforce their relationship with core listeners. Is it to appeal to everyone? No, but I’d no more expect a concert put on by V-103, Project 9-6-1, Dave, or any other station to draw in a wide range of listeners.

Musically, the group is an odd combination although they fill the roles appropriately. Daughtry is now a Hot AC core artist, smack-dab in the middle of Star’s demos, with a catalog of hits and an emerging single. Matt Nathanson and Parachute are natural warm ups, the former with exactly one huge hit and in the process of a second decent one, and the latter with a string of minor singles that have gotten minimal play once they were no longer currents, but I don’t think they compliment Daughtry’s more expansive sound. Big Time Rush is the outlier here, huge to the tween/pre-teen crowd and non-existent elsewhere, and is probably a concession to get kids to go with their moms to the concert.


October 21st, 2011
1:35 pm

Now, who the heck are these other bands?

Prefer Music

October 22nd, 2011
11:05 am

What the (*^sdsdj

October 26th, 2011
8:29 am

Mr Ho has not heard any hits by Parachute? That would mean he never listens to Star 94…. They play Parachute’s ‘Something To Believe In’ all the time!


October 27th, 2011
9:32 am

Wow! I bet there will be TENS of people there!


October 27th, 2011
9:32 am

“Star 94…. They play Parachute’s ‘Something To Believe In’ all the time!”

That’s redundant. All Star 94 does is play the same 13 songs over and over and over again.

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October 27th, 2011
9:09 pm

I thought Train was a popular group. No? I don’t know. I know I like that “Calling All Angels” song, and even bought that album just for that song…even though this is not a music genre I usually patronize.


October 28th, 2011
10:44 am

I believe Star 94 is playing to their demographic. The weekend “90’s” thing is pretty good, as well. Heard Orff on the afternoon drive. He was very animated.