Melissa Ruggieri

Music writer

Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and other entertainment news for print and ajc.com. Melissa started at the AJC in September 2010 writing about music and entertainment as well as covering the Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta. She has a master's in English from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s in journalism from Florida International University. She previously worked as the pop music critic at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two rescue cats. Go to the Atlanta Music Scene here.

Latest from Melissa Ruggieri

Atlanta Concerts this week: Erykah Badu and Nas, Mumford & Sons
 FRIDAY The enigmatic soulstress hasn’t released a studio album in nearly a decade, but remains busy and visible with song features and live appearances. Her hip-hop friend Nas dropped “Nasir” last fall, his first new studio effort since 2012. In November, Badu debuted a song known among fans as “Money Can’t Buy...

Posted: 4 days ago

FRIDAY The enigmatic soulstress hasn’t released a studio album in nearly a decade, but remains busy and visible with song features and live appearances. Her hip-hop friend Nas dropped “Nasir” last fall, his first new studio effort since 2012. In November, Badu debuted a song known among fans as “Money Can’t Buy...
The Black Keys will return this fall with Atlanta arena concert
 The Black Keys will return to Atlanta for the first time since 2014 as part of their “Let’s Rock” tour. The 31-date arena outing will swing through State Farm Arena at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 with Modest Mouse and Shannon & The Clams opening the show. Tickets for the concert will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. March 22...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Black Keys will return to Atlanta for the first time since 2014 as part of their “Let’s Rock” tour. The 31-date arena outing will swing through State Farm Arena at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 with Modest Mouse and Shannon & The Clams opening the show. Tickets for the concert will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. March 22...
Winter Jam artists will sing songs of praise
 For more than two decades, Winter Jam has consistently ranked as one of the top tours of the year. And with a blueprint of an ultra-low ticket price at the door, general admission seating and a lineup that typically spotlights a diverse span of Christian music artists, the continued success of the annual outing isn’t shocking. The tour...

Posted: 5 days ago

For more than two decades, Winter Jam has consistently ranked as one of the top tours of the year. And with a blueprint of an ultra-low ticket price at the door, general admission seating and a lineup that typically spotlights a diverse span of Christian music artists, the continued success of the annual outing isn’t shocking. The tour...
Janelle Monae, Harry Styles among presenters for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2019 inductees
 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2019 class will be feted by a cool list of presenters. As had been unofficially confirmed in recent weeks, Brian May of Queen will indeed induct Def Leppard and Simon Le Bon and John Taylor of Duran Duran will do the honors for Roxy Music. Atlanta’s Janelle Monae has been tapped to present for Janet Jackson...

Posted: 5 days ago

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2019 class will be feted by a cool list of presenters. As had been unofficially confirmed in recent weeks, Brian May of Queen will indeed induct Def Leppard and Simon Le Bon and John Taylor of Duran Duran will do the honors for Roxy Music. Atlanta’s Janelle Monae has been tapped to present for Janet Jackson...
Concert review and photos: Pink thrills in Atlanta return
 In the almost-year since Pink last performed in Atlanta, some things haven’t changed: she’s real – and she’s spectacular. The opening moments of her “Beautiful Trauma World Tour,” now in its second lap around the U.S. before heading to Europe this summer, are among the most thrilling, giddy moments you&rsquo...

Posted: 5 days ago

In the almost-year since Pink last performed in Atlanta, some things haven’t changed: she’s real – and she’s spectacular. The opening moments of her “Beautiful Trauma World Tour,” now in its second lap around the U.S. before heading to Europe this summer, are among the most thrilling, giddy moments you&rsquo...
Luis Miguel will head to Duluth during summer tour
 Latin American singing icon Luis Miguel will return to Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth this summer as part of his North American tour. Miguel, who last played the venue in 2015, will kick off his 18-date road show on June 1 in Phoenix and head to the Atlanta area at 8:30 p.m. June 19.  Tickets for the show are $39.95-$500 and will go...

Posted: 7 days ago

Latin American singing icon Luis Miguel will return to Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth this summer as part of his North American tour. Miguel, who last played the venue in 2015, will kick off his 18-date road show on June 1 in Phoenix and head to the Atlanta area at 8:30 p.m. June 19.  Tickets for the show are $39.95-$500 and will go...
TLC teams with Nelly and Flo Rida for summer tour coming to Atlanta
 It will be a hip-hop-pop-palooza when Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida hit the summer touring circuit. Atlanta’s TLC will join Messrs. “Hot in Herre” and “Right Round” for a 21-city run that kicks off July 23 in Alabama and hits Atlanta at 7 p.m. July 24 at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood. Tickets, priced at $25-$125...

Posted: 7 days ago

It will be a hip-hop-pop-palooza when Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida hit the summer touring circuit. Atlanta’s TLC will join Messrs. “Hot in Herre” and “Right Round” for a 21-city run that kicks off July 23 in Alabama and hits Atlanta at 7 p.m. July 24 at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood. Tickets, priced at $25-$125...
Music Midtown 2019 dates announced
 Music Midtown will return to its usual location this fall. The annual festival will take place Sept. 14-15 at Piedmont Park, its home since returning in 2011. Early bird tickets can be purchased now for $140 (for both days of music) at www.musicmidtown.com. The lineup isn’t typically announced until early summer. Last year&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Music Midtown will return to its usual location this fall. The annual festival will take place Sept. 14-15 at Piedmont Park, its home since returning in 2011. Early bird tickets can be purchased now for $140 (for both days of music) at www.musicmidtown.com. The lineup isn’t typically announced until early summer. Last year&rsquo...
Family of R. Kelly girlfriend Joycelyn Savage pleads for an in-person meeting
 The family of Joycelyn Savage made another plea to see their daughter, whom they say is being manipulated by R. Kelly. On Wednesday, Savage, 23, called her family following their press conference appealing for her to get in touch. The 2 ½-minute call took place at the office the Savage family’s Atlanta lawyer, Gerald Griggs. ...

Posted: 7 days ago

The family of Joycelyn Savage made another plea to see their daughter, whom they say is being manipulated by R. Kelly. On Wednesday, Savage, 23, called her family following their press conference appealing for her to get in touch. The 2 ½-minute call took place at the office the Savage family’s Atlanta lawyer, Gerald Griggs. ...
21 Savage sued for $1 million by promoter in civil suit
 Rapper 21 Savage has another legal headache. A week after the Liberty County District Attorney’s office rejected a felony case against the Atlanta rapper for a contract dispute regarding a 2016 performance, the promoter has re-filed it as a civil case in Fulton County, where the artist resides, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...

Posted: 10 days ago

Rapper 21 Savage has another legal headache. A week after the Liberty County District Attorney’s office rejected a felony case against the Atlanta rapper for a contract dispute regarding a 2016 performance, the promoter has re-filed it as a civil case in Fulton County, where the artist resides, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...