Briefs; Keri Hilson singing at Hawks ‘Pride’ night, upcoming concerts for Dave Matthews Band, Billy Idol, John Mayer



Atlanta R&B singer Keri Hilson will be performing during halftime at an upcoming Atlanta Hawks game at State Farm Arena on Pride Night Thursday, Feb. 9.

“Social equality is one of the most important things to me,” said Hilson in a press release. “Being able to perform on nights like this are as purposeful as they are fun! Sports and music have the ability to unite everyone across all orientations, nationalities and genders.”

She will be singing some of her biggest hits including “Pretty Girl Rock” and “Knock You Down.”

The evening, sponsored by local BMW dealerships, will also include special in-game programming and performances that celebrate members and allies of the LGBTQIA+ community and will feature a rainbow lighting of the iconic “ATLANTA” letters. Voices of Note’s Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus will sing the national anthem.

A Pride ticket package can be purchased at and includes a $10 food-and-beverage discount as well as a custom Hawks-branded Pride shirt, while supplies last.


Credit: Ben Gray

Credit: Ben Gray

Two major acts that came to Atlanta last year and one that had to cancel in 2022 will be headlining shows this year.

The Dave Matthews Band is doing a raft of shows this summer, which is no surprise. The band tours pretty much every year and stops in Atlanta, either at Lakewood Amphitheatre or Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. On Tuesday, July 25, the group will be at Ameris again. Presale tickets go on sale Feb. 14 and for the general public on Feb. 17 via Live Nation. (The band also performed at a Democratic fundraiser during the run-off period for Raphael Warnock at the Coca-Cola Roxy last November.)

Billy Idol had to cancel a bunch of dates last year, including a Shaky Knees headlining appearance in Atlanta, due to a sinusitis infection. He will be back this year at the Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre on Wednesday, April 26. General admission tickets start at $49.50.

And former Atlantan John Mayer, who performed two dates last April at State Farm Arena, will be back again at State Farm Arena on March 27 this year. This time, it’s being billed as a solo acoustic tour. Pre-sale starts at Ticketmaster Wednesday, Feb. 1 with general public tickets on sale Friday, Feb. 3.

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