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Ponderosa at Party in the Park! And Ticket Giveaway!

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Atlanta’s own Ponderosa will be a part of a great lineup at Centennial Olympic Park this Saturday!

Atlantan’s are accustomed to going to concerts at Centennial Olympic Park, but the difference here is that the Park is usually rented out as a venue, and this show is actually done by the Park itself – this is the first ticketed concert they have done in 10 years.

We have a quote from Joe Skopitz, Assistant General Manager, that explains why they are doing this, “Our goal is to encourage the community to support live entertainment in downtown Atlanta, raise awareness about other park events and to provide financial support for this iconic venue.”

Just a reminder, for those who still want to buy tickets (not everyone can be a winner!) they can purchase them in advance at www.ticketalternative.com – General admission is $25, VIP is $75. General admission tickets at the door are $30.

But some of you can be a winner… IF YOU WANT TO WIN TWO TICKETS TO PARTY IN THE PARK,  EMAIL US YOUR NAME! A winner will be chosen by random tomorrow  atlanta@thebackstagebeat.com

While you are sending us that email, go ahead and listen here to Ponderosa’s own Kalen and JT about the show, the band and more!

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Robert Earl Keen, One “Happy Prisoner”

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Photo: Darren Carroll

Legendary Americana singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen is on tour in support of his latest release, the bluegrass compilation Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions (Dualtone Records). Thirty years since his debut No Kinda Dancer, and twenty-six after taking the roots genre by storm on West Textures, Robert Earl pays tribute to his favorite music and artists with amazing interpretations of bluegrass standards. Joined by the likes of Sara Watkins, Natalie Maynes, Lyle Lovett Robert Earl is in good company on his 12th studio record.

Robert Earl talks with The Backstage Beat about cooking up the title for the album, recording outside of songwriting, advocating for fair artist compensation, his appearance on the Texas Monthly cover with Lyle Lovett, and more.

Be sure to see Robert Earl Keen in concert when he stops by Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse this Saturday, July 18. He’ll be joined by Ruston Kelly as well! Get your tickets here.

Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Cost: $25 Adv/ $27.50 Day Of Show

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You Can Go Home Again: Interview with Home by Dark’s James Casto

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Today, we bring you a delightful interview with James Casto, creator of songwriter concert series Home by Dark. A regular fixture at Chukkar Farms in Alpharetta, Home by Dark will embark on a new series at the Gwinnett Center for Performing Arts on June 13 to bring the best and brightest in engaging performers to music lovers in an intimate, homey setting. James communicates the Home by Dark experience so eloquently, and it’s a great comfort to know that the music world has such a series to further bridge the gap between performer and audience.

The upcoming show at Gwinnett Center features artists JP Williams and James David Carter, both of whom James sings the praises of as brilliant, captivating talents.

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When: Saturday, June 13 at 8 p.m.

Where: Gwinnett Performing Arts Center

Tickets for Home By Dark range from $20-50 and are on sale now. Buy tickets at GwinnettCenter.comAXS.com, The Arena box office or by calling (770) 626-2464.
 
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von Grey with KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble

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This Thursday, January 8, Atlanta’s von Grey head to Kennesaw State University for a special performance with the KSU Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. Not only will von Grey premiere new material with a symphonic arrangement, but proceeds from the event will also benefit KSU’s Proctor Scholarship. 

TBB spoke with Annika von Grey about the upcoming show, the band’s Loundfund campaign, and the girls’ year ahead.

Catch this amazing concert at KSU’s Bailey Performance Center. Grab your tickets here.

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