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@Chastain Park Amphitheatre
Saturday, April 8th, 2017 8:00 PM
Duran Duran was MTV's darlings back in the day when the music channel was trying to prove itself as the popular go to entertainment
MTV, which put the group's stylish videos into heavy rotation. The channel's constant playing of the videos paid off, and "Hungry Like the Wolf" became a Top Ten hit early in 1983. Rio followed that single into the Top Ten, eventually selling over two million copies.
The group's popularity increased through its cutting-edge music videos, especially the bizarre, racy clip for "Girls on Film." Although the BBC banned the Godley & Creme-directed video, the single became the group's first Top Ten hit, setting the stage for the fall release of its eponymous debut album. Duran Duran reached number three upon its release and stayed in the charts for 118 weeks. The band quickly followed the album with Rio in the spring of 1982. Rio entered the charts at number two, and its singles -- "Hungry Like the Wolf" and "Save a Prayer" -- became Top Ten hits. By the November release of the remix EP Carnival, the bandmembers were superstars in Europe, but only just beginning to make headway in America.
By 1985, Duran Duran fever was beginning to cool off, and after completing the title track for the James Bond film A View to a Kill, the group went on hiatus. Andy and John Taylor formed the supergroup the Power Station with vocalist Robert Palmer and former Chic drummer Tony Thompson in January
The pop group in 2015 release Paper Dolls and continues to try to find its way back in America's pop music charts.
Leela James & Daley
@Atlanta Symphony Hall
Saturday, April 8th, 2017 8:00 PM
“I am so excited to be going back on tour. There’s nothing like interacting with people and seeing how the crowd reacts to my new music. This album has been a wonderful experience, just an incredible project to work on. I feel so positive and I want to try to bring that onstage, and to everyone I meet.”
Did It For Love is one of the new music James is referring to; expected to be out March 31, 2017, before our publishing deadline to confirm.
A British boy who grew up to the sounds of Prince, Chaka Khan, D'Angelo, Radiohead and Oasis - Daley first became prominent after co-writing and featuring on the Gorillaz hit ‘Doncamatic' under the wing of the band's creator Damon Albarn in London. He has since become one of the UK's most respected soulful exports, recording and touring on both sides of the Atlantic and working with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Miguel, Jessie J, Emeli Sande, Maxwell, Jill Scott and Marsha Ambrosius.
Atlanta Ballet's Firebird
Performing Arts Centre
April 14th-16th, 2017
Atlanta Ballet pays homage to three of the most inventive choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries with a modern masters program. Atlanta will fall in love with Yuri Possokhov’s sensational Firebird with its vivacious whimsy and striking staging. The neoclassical splendor of George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante and the passionate, intimate physicality of Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort round out the program, demonstrating the awe-inspiring range of Atlanta Ballet’s dancers.
Choreography by Yuri Possokhov
Featuring the music of Igor Stravinsky performed live by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra with conductor Beatrice Affron
Program also includes Allegro Brillante by George Balanchine & Petite Mort by Jiří Kylián
Saturday, April 22, 2017 8:00 PM
“A lot of start-up acts are using fan-funded programs to finance their record. That’s what my whole career has been: Kickstarter before Kickstarter. When my fans show up and buy a ticket and a t-shirt, they’re investing in what I’m doing,” says Corey Smith. “It’s my responsibility to invest it wisely and give them the best album I can. That’s what led me to While the Gettin’ Is Good.”
It’s also what led him to country music producer Stegall, who has produced such radio heavyweights as Alan Jackson and Zac Brown Band. It was the producer’s track record, country-music experience and easy-going nature that convinced Corey that he was the man to refine his signature acoustic sound. “Keith knows how to make country records,” he says, “but I wanted to make my kind of country record and he understood that immediately.
@Fabulous Fox Theatre
April 18th-23rd, 2017
Winner of 50 international awards, including the Tony Award®, and one of the biggest hits on Broadway, MATILDA THE MUSICAL is the story of an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
Rolling Stone calls the show “hands down the BEST MUSICAL of the season.” Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, MATILDA continues to thrill sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End.
The Wall Street Journal says, “The makers of MATILDA have done the impossible – triumphantly! It is smart, sweet, zany and stupendous fun.”
“ONCE IN A BLUE MOON, A SHOW COMES OUT BLAZING AND RESTORES YOUR FAITH IN BROADWAY. MATILDA THE MUSICAL IS THAT SHOW.” New York Post
“MATILDA IS THE BEST MUSICAL SINCE THE LION KING!” – TIME Magazine
“THE BEST FAMILY MUSICAL IN YEARS.” – Chicago Tribune