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: The Beach Boys, Toni Braxton
 SUNDAY Armed with a set list stocked with singalongs such as “I Get Around,” “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “Kokomo,” there is no doubt that the Beach Boys will keep fans engaged at this afternoon performance. The current version of the band is led by Mike Love and Bruce...

Posted: 13 hours ago

SUNDAY Armed with a set list stocked with singalongs such as “I Get Around,” “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and “Kokomo,” there is no doubt that the Beach Boys will keep fans engaged at this afternoon performance. The current version of the band is led by Mike Love and Bruce...
Super Bowl 53: Foo Fighters concert from Atlantic Station will stream live
 The Foo Fighters are going all-in on their pre-Super Bowl performance at Atlantic Station. To hype the sold-out concert, frontman Dave Grohl wrote and directed a short film featuring the goofy antics of the San Fernando Jackalopes, a hapless football team of misfits (shocker – they’re played by the rest of the band members). The...

Posted: 21 hours ago

The Foo Fighters are going all-in on their pre-Super Bowl performance at Atlantic Station. To hype the sold-out concert, frontman Dave Grohl wrote and directed a short film featuring the goofy antics of the San Fernando Jackalopes, a hapless football team of misfits (shocker – they’re played by the rest of the band members). The...
Super Bowl 53: Gladys Knight explains her decision to sing national anthem
 Gladys Knight predictably received a mix of praise and criticism for her decision to sing the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. >> Read more trending news  All of the artists who have agreed to participate in anything related to the Feb. 3 game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium have endured the same response - some fans delight...

Posted: a day ago

Gladys Knight predictably received a mix of praise and criticism for her decision to sing the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. >> Read more trending news  All of the artists who have agreed to participate in anything related to the Feb. 3 game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium have endured the same response - some fans delight...
Super Bowl 53: Gladys Knight explains her decision to sing the national anthem
 Gladys Knight predictably received a mix of praise and criticism for her decision to sing the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. All of the artists who have agreed to participate in anything related to the Feb. 3 game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium have endured the same response - some fans delight in their inclusion and others classify...

Posted: a day ago

Gladys Knight predictably received a mix of praise and criticism for her decision to sing the national anthem at this year’s Super Bowl. All of the artists who have agreed to participate in anything related to the Feb. 3 game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium have endured the same response - some fans delight in their inclusion and others classify...
Watch Andre 3000 in preview of sci-fi movie ‘High Life’
 While his Outkast partner Big Boi prepares for the biggest performance of his career at the Super Bowl halftime show, Andre 3000 is sticking to his desire to follow paths other than music. Billed under his real name of Andre Benjamin, the Atlanta rapper/actor is starring with Robert Pattinson in the sci-fi mystery-thriller “High Life...

Posted: 2 days ago

While his Outkast partner Big Boi prepares for the biggest performance of his career at the Super Bowl halftime show, Andre 3000 is sticking to his desire to follow paths other than music. Billed under his real name of Andre Benjamin, the Atlanta rapper/actor is starring with Robert Pattinson in the sci-fi mystery-thriller “High Life...
Grammy Awards 2019: Janelle Monae, Kacey Musgraves, Shawn Mendes to perform
 The Grammy Awards are correcting course from last year when few female artists were invited to perform and spotlighting a lineup including Janelle Monae, Kacey Musgraves, Camila Cabello and Cardi B. They’ll be joined by Shawn Mendes, Dan + Shay and Post Malone, with many more live acts to be announced. As previously reported, Alicia...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Grammy Awards are correcting course from last year when few female artists were invited to perform and spotlighting a lineup including Janelle Monae, Kacey Musgraves, Camila Cabello and Cardi B. They’ll be joined by Shawn Mendes, Dan + Shay and Post Malone, with many more live acts to be announced. As previously reported, Alicia...
Super Bowl 53: Ludacris and Mercedes-Benz team for commercial, tickets for students
 The Super Bowl will be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and now the title car company has paired with Ludacris for more branding opportunities. The Atlanta rapper/actor – who happens to own a Mercedes-Benz – will star in a 60-second Super Bowl commercial for the company’s new A-Class vehicle. On Wednesday, Ludacris and Mercedes-Benz...

Posted: 2 days ago

The Super Bowl will be played in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and now the title car company has paired with Ludacris for more branding opportunities. The Atlanta rapper/actor – who happens to own a Mercedes-Benz – will star in a 60-second Super Bowl commercial for the company’s new A-Class vehicle. On Wednesday, Ludacris and Mercedes-Benz...
Super Bowl Live final lineup includes Monica, S.O.S. Band
 The S.O.S. Band, Monica and Craig Campbell are among the artists who will participate in Super Bowl Live, the six days of free concerts and other activities at downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. The roster of Georgia-based performers, which was curated by Atlanta hip-hop maestro Jermaine Dupri, also includes previously...

Posted: 2 days ago

The S.O.S. Band, Monica and Craig Campbell are among the artists who will participate in Super Bowl Live, the six days of free concerts and other activities at downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. The roster of Georgia-based performers, which was curated by Atlanta hip-hop maestro Jermaine Dupri, also includes previously...
Jackson Browne will visit Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in April
 With his signature floppy hair and acoustic guitar intact, Jackson Browne will return to Atlanta for the first time in nearly four years. The troubadour behind classics “Doctor My Eyes,” “These Days” and “Running on Empty” will bring his acoustic tour to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m. April...

Posted: 3 days ago

With his signature floppy hair and acoustic guitar intact, Jackson Browne will return to Atlanta for the first time in nearly four years. The troubadour behind classics “Doctor My Eyes,” “These Days” and “Running on Empty” will bring his acoustic tour to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre at 8 p.m. April...
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival celebrates 50 years with The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry among headliners
 The 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be celebrated with a huge lineup including The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Chris Stapleton,  Pitbull, Santana, Van Morrison, Al Green and many, many more genre-spanning artists. Although the fest has attracted...

Posted: 3 days ago

The 50th anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival will be celebrated with a huge lineup including The Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Katy Perry, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band, Chris Stapleton, Pitbull, Santana, Van Morrison, Al Green and many, many more genre-spanning artists. Although the fest has attracted...
Grammy Awards 2019: Alicia Keys to host annual ceremony for the first time
 After two years of James Corden and too many of LL Cool J, the Grammy Awards have tapped one of its biggest winners to helm this year’s ceremony. Alicia Keys will preside over the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for the first time in a career that has earned her 15 of the prestigious gold gramophones.  Keys, who turns 38 this month,...

Posted: 4 days ago

After two years of James Corden and too many of LL Cool J, the Grammy Awards have tapped one of its biggest winners to helm this year’s ceremony. Alicia Keys will preside over the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for the first time in a career that has earned her 15 of the prestigious gold gramophones.  Keys, who turns 38 this month,...