Six Flags wraps Spring Break with a song

Along with its usual selection of games and rides -- including Thursday’s specials of one-hour early entry at 9:30 a.m. to brave the Goliath and Dare Devil Dive; and from 10:30 a.m.-noon, double rides on the Mind Bender roller coaster -- the park is spotlighting a Thursday afternoon concert from former “American Idol” competitor Casey James.

James, the country hunk with the flowing blond locks and twangy guitar who routinely set then-judge Kara DioGuardi’s heart aflutter, finished third on the ninth season of “Idol,” bowing out before Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze competed for the crown (eventually won by DeWyze).

James’ self-titled debut album, on which he co-wrote nine of 11 songs, was released on March 20, while his single, “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night,” released last year, peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

The musician will perform at 2 p.m. Thursday.

This weekend, Six Flags wraps its Spring Break festivities with its annual Christian Music Weekend, with shows Friday and Saturday in the park’s Southern Star Amphitheater.

Florida’s Tenth Avenue North (“You Are More”) headlines the Friday show, which begins at 5 p.m. with The Afters and DecemberRadio . Saturday’s concert launches at 6 p.m. with Chris August, The Rocket Summer and Oregon-based Kutless (“What Faith Can Do”).

All shows are free with park admission or a season’s pass.

Six Flags Over Georgia is celebrating its 45th season with the addition of new shows, “Pop 40,” featuring music from the ‘70s-2000s, and “Rhythm & Grooves,” an R&B celebration that pays homage to Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin. The fresh add-ons will run May 26-Aug. 12.

Event preview

Six Flags Over Georgia

10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday (special Spring Break hours). Summer Thrill Pass, which includes unlimited park admission all summer, is $54.99, the same price as one-day admission purchased at the park. Online advance one-day tickets are $34.99. 275 Riverside Parkway S.W., Austell. 770-948-9290, www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia .

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