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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to a park-full of jazz legends and a pair of star songwriters in a stripped-down setting.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with "Mara's Music Mix."

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The 40th Atlanta Jazz Festival kicks off tomorrow. The free festival brings national and local talent to the stage. Dwight Andrews is one of the local favorites but also nationally regarded performer and composer. He’s also a professor at Emory University and a minister.

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Rock Band GOODING Teaches Finance Skills To Teens

May 19, 2017
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Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll are a supposed trifecta. But drop the drugs, drop the sex, and add financial literacy.

Then, you get GOODING, a rock band that preaches fiscal responsibility and rails against financial inequality. They visit middle and high schools across the country to rock out and to encourage young people to get the lowdown on their own finances. They performed at Inman Middle School earlier this week

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Eric Einhorn is well-versed in the art of outdoor opera. He’s the general and artistic director of On Site Opera, a New York City-based company specializing in on-site, immersive opera performances. He is in town to direct a co-production with the Atlanta Opera of an early Mozart work, “The Secret Gardener.”

The Atlanta Opera and On Site Opera produced the opera in New York, and each new location provides new challenges, he said in an interview with Lois Reitzes.

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This will be a bittersweet weekend for high school seniors in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Sunday is not only the last concert of the ASYO season, it will be the last of their concerts with the esteemed ensemble altogether.

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But many will continue their musical education and are off to music colleges in the fall, including bassoonist Christopher Chung and oboist Mekhi Gladden.

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There's a whole lot of shakin' going on in Atlanta this weekend with the Shaky Knees Festival in town.

Here to run down that and still more of the concert calendar, music contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for "Mara's Music Mix."

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Spivey Hall is celebrating an anniversary this year. But it's not a great performer or composer's anniversary, it's an instrument's. The Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ at Spivey is getting a 25th anniversary concert.

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The organ was built by the firm of Fratelli Ruffatti in Padua, Italy and its installation was overseen by Emily Spivey.

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This weekend is full of beats, bluegrass and beyond. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at the concert calendar.

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Rapper T.I. says he only plans to release about two or three more albums.

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He told The Associated Press in a recent interview that he expects to release an album revolving around "trap music" this year. He's released nine full-length albums so far, and says he has "two or three albums left in him."


The 36-year-old from Atlanta added: "But it's definitely time to transition."


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Tuesday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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Col. Bruce Hampton died hours after taking part in a celebrity-filled birthday celebration Monday night at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.

The singer-guitarist turned 70 years old last week, and the event was honored with a four-hour show.

During the encore, Hampton collapsed while onstage and was taken to the hospital.

Shortly before 3 a.m., former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks confirmed on Facebook that Hampton had died.

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Atlanta musician Colonel Bruce Hampton turned 70 over the weekend, and he is celebrating tonight at the Fox Theatre with a concert.

Hampton will be joined by a long list of notable Georgia musicians, including members of the Allman Brothers Band, Widespread Panic and REM. Members of Phish and actor Billy Bob Thornton will also make an appearance. And they will all be engaged in the art of the jam.

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This weekend, the city is host to two big festivals and two big country stars.

Contributor Mara Davis and host emeritus Steve Goss are in to preview the concert calendar with "Mara's Music Mix."

City Lights: Hari Kondabolu; Colin Hay; And More

Apr 20, 2017
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Mice is the plural of mouse, geese is the plural of goose and celli is the plural of cello.

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Here in Atlanta, Celli is also a group of four female cellists who had so much fun playing together in groups like the Savannah Philharmonic that they decided to form their own ensemble. 

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This weekend's concert calendar includes some hometown country and a pair of '80s throwbacks. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead.

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Stephen Hough is heralded as a polymath. He is an acclaimed pianist and composer, but he is also a writer of poetry and prose.

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Hough is in Atlanta this weekend, performing on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s all-Rachmaninov program. That will featured Rachmaninov’s "Vocalise" and "Symphonic Dances," and Hough will performance the "Piano Concerto No. 1."

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One long-running indie rock band is looking forwards and back at the same time. The Athens-based group Five Eight has been around since the late 1980s and they're getting ready to release a new album. They're also the subject of a documentary about their history and return to one ill-fated record.

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The new album is “Songs for Saint Jude,” named for the patron saint of lost causes.

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This weekend's concert calendar includes a pair of bands who've gone from 1990s alt-rock weirdos to indie rock elder statesmen.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with "Mara's Music Mix."

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Orchestra Noir is Atlanta's all-African-American orchestra. The group has only been around for 10 months, but it is already redefining where classical music is performed and who its audience is.

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For one, Orchestra Noir appeared in a music video by Atlanta hip-hop stars Migos and 2Chainz. And the group’s next concert will feature not just their concerto competition winner but also Grammy-winning producer Bryan-Michael Cox.

Migos performs during the Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash 20 at Philips Arena on Saturday, June 20, 2015, in Atlanta.
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A student group at Emory shared a letter on Facebook Tuesday night that starts off: “It sucks. We're disappointed.”

After promising for weeks that the hip-hop group Migos would be performing on campus, the Student Programming Council learned it was a scam.

Julia Munslow, the editor of The Emory Wheel, said her staff noticed the conflict.

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This weekend's concert offerings include indie rock at the Variety and hip-hop at Phillips Arena.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with "Mara's Music Mix."

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Multi-Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is on the road with pianist Robert Levin. Their tour stops in Atlanta this weekend. The two are performing a program of music by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, along with contemporary works written specifically for them.

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Another recent endeavor of Hahn’s is presenting music outside of the concert hall: to a knitting class or to parents with newborn babies.


Sidney Lanier’s seminal poem was “The Song of the Chattahoochee.” So, perhaps he would have enjoyed the gesture of being the namesake for Lake Lanier, which dams part of the Chattahoochee.

Lanier was born in Macon, Ga. in 1842. He did not make it to 40, but left a profound impact on American poetry. And first and even foremost, he was a musician, composing songs and playing flute.

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This weekend is about comebacks, with some classic acts taking the stages of Atlanta's clubs and concert venues. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with Mara's Music Mix.

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The Georgia Senate honored Killer Mike on Friday morning. And the Atlanta rapper, businessman and political activist took the opportunity to speak not just about his involvement with Atlanta’s water infrastructure, which was the reason for the honor, but also about education, equity and opportunity in Georgia.

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Longtime touring musician Nick DiSebatian is encouraging Atlanta audiences to grab their dobros, fiddles and banjos and head to the Vista Room in Oak Grove.

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There, he and his co-conspirators are hosting an eight-week concert series dedicated to bluegrass music called Bluegrass & Beyond.

“It’s a traditional American music,” said DiSebastian, who’s dedicated much of his musical career to bluegrass. “It’s a homegrown music, and there’s a huge standard repertoire within it.”

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Cindy Wilson just wants you to have a good time.

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She is, famously, a founding member of The B-52s – the Athens, Georgia, band that formed in 1977 and has since become known as “the world’s greatest party band.”

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This weekend's concert calendar includes some big names, some big voices and big sounds.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with "Mara’s Music Mix."

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Big names from classic rock radio are hitting the city this weekend, including a man from down under and everyone's favorite Police.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at the concert calendar with "Mara's Music Mix."