B-52’s Play Athens for 35th Anniversary

B-52’s Play Athens for 35th Anniversary

December 12, 2011 -  The B-52s have announced plans to bring their cosmic dance party back to the town where it all began, Athens, GA. Nearly 35 years to the date of their first-ever show, Valentine's Day 1977, "The World's Greatest Party Band" will mark the occasion with an all-out call to dance in a party out of bounds that will be a celebration of the band's longtime and venerated career. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. at The Classic Center box office located at 300 N. Thomas Street in Downtown Athens. Tickets can also be purchased by phone at 706.357.4444 and online at www.ClassicCenter.com.

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Bassist Shonna Tucker leaves Drive-By Truckers

Bassist Shonna Tucker leaves Drive-By Truckers

December 9, 2011 - Bassist Shonna Tucker announced this week that after eight years, she’s leaving Athens-based rock band, Drive-By Truckers. David Barbe, producer and director of the Music Business Program at the University of Georgia, will fill in until a permanent replacement is named. DBT singer Patterson Hood wrote on the band’s website, “We all love and respect her and wish her all of the best in everything she sets out for…Her charm and spark will be irreplaceable and her part in our last decade of this band’s history is indisputable.” (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)

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Headliners for the Annual Peach Drop in Atlanta

Headliners for the Annual Peach Drop in Atlanta

December 8, 2011 - “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Point of Know Return” are certain to be on the set list when Kansas, the rock band who ruled the airwaves in the 70s, headlines the Annual Peach Drop in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve at Underground Atlanta. Several of the members are longtime Georgia residents.

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T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle debuts on VH1

T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle debuts on VH1

December 7, 2011 - The reality series, T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle, debuts on VH1 this month. Early episodes candidly shares with viewers the story behind T.I.’s recent release from federal prison, follows the rapper and his family on their outing to Cinebistro, in Atlanta’s Brookhaven neighborhood and tags along with T.I. to Philps Arena, where he meets and performs with Taylor Swift.

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Ludacris launches KarmasWorld.com

Ludacris launches KarmasWorld.com

December 6, 2011 - Atlanta’s Grammy-winning musician/actor Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has expanded his already impressive philanthropic activities with the launch of a new website, KarmasWorld.com, dedicated to his 10-year-old daughter. The interactive site features original songs and games that teach lessons in academics, including math, science and geography and shares with kids the meaning of “karma,” which is “how doing good deeds can bring good into your life.” Check out infectious ditties like “Let’s Talk About Fractions.”

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City National Bank to concentrate on entertainment and music industry

City National Bank to concentrate on entertainment and music industry

December 5, 2011 - City National Bank has opened its first banking office in Atlanta to concentrate on the growing entertainment and music industry. The company’s offices in Los Angeles, New York and Nashville serve a variety of clients in film, music and entertainment and its confidence in the Atlanta market bodes well for the city’s creative sector. David Innes, who has 20 years experience in the financial services and played music professionally when he was younger, will mange City National’s Atlanta office.

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Savannah Music Festival announces stellar lineup

Savannah Music Festival announces stellar lineup

December 1, 2011 - The Savannah Music Festival has announced a stellar lineup for its 2012 city-wide musical arts event to be held March 22 – April 7, 2012. Download a digital brochure at www.savannahmusicfestival.org. The city-wide musical arts event showcases renowned performers in jazz, classical, Americana and world music against the backdrop of one of America’s most enchanting historic districts.

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R.E.M. Announces Its End

R.E.M. Announces Its End

On Sept. 21, 2011, R.E.M. posted the following notice on its website:"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." The post was followed by comments by members of the band. On behalf of Georgia Music magazine, we thank R.E.M. for 31 years of music, passion, artistic integrity and dedication to its fans, friends, staff and the community of Athens. Read more: http://remhq.com/news_story.php?id=1446

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