Sunday, July 31, 2011

Robert Ray returns to Southside Theatre August 26 & 27

Former Broadway Performer and Award Winning NYC Cabaret Artist - Robert Ray - will perform for 2 nights only at The Southisde Theatre in the heart of Historic Fairbun - August 26 and 27. Showtimes are 8pm.

Ray is a native of Palmetto and an honor graduate from Campbell High School. After studying music at UGA Ray took a big leap of faith for a skinny kid from the farm and headed to New York city - where he landed a featured role in the Broadway Production of Oklahoma!

He later co-starred with John Davidson in the National Tour of the same show. Ray has also performed with such stars as Morgan Fairchild, Hele Hayes, Dick Cavett, Shirley Jones, Joel Grey, Sandy Duncan and Sarah Jessica Parker.

After Oklahoma! he started collecting rave reviews for his NYC Cabaret Show - "Robert Ray and the Rayettes" and recieved 4 New York Cabaret Nominations - winning 2.

"Robert Ray and the Rayettes" became one of Atlanta's top nightclub acts between 1980 and 1990, becoming the 1st local act to play the Hyatt Rengency's Club Atlantis and moving on to The Ambassador on Roswell Road and Gene and Gabe's Upstairs.

His current show will feature 3 fabulous female singers, although he nolonger refers to them as "Rayettes."

The show is called "Feeling Good" and will feature 5 of Atlanta's top Jazz Musicians.

The show will be performed in 2 Acts - with the 1st being a Sophisticated, New York Style set featuring some of the world's best-loved standards like Just in Time, Without a Song, Birth of the Blues, After You're Gone, Some Enchanted Evening and ..."Feeling Good."

The 2nd Act will open with a bass-thumping Disco Medley that will have you dancing in your seats - followed by some 70's goodies like Drift Away, Ain't Nobody and Carly Simon's Mockingbird.

But wait - the foot stomping and hand clapping will continue will some great old Gospel favorites like People get Ready, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, Just a Closer Walk, Precious Lord and his Eye is on the Sparrow.

"Feeling Good" will mark Ray's 3rd August to return to Fairburn. All his previous hometown shows have been complete sell-outs - so do not wait to get your tickets. General seats are $22 and can be purchased by going to:
For more info call 404-284-0967

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Mayor Kasim Reed and Live Nation’s Peter Conlon Announce the Return of the Music Midtown Festival

Music Fest Returns to the Meadow at Piedmont Park on Saturday, September 24, 2011 with Coldplay as Headline Act

Mayor Kasim Reed and Live Nation’s Peter Conlon on Wednesday announced the return of Music Midtown to the Meadow at Piedmont Park on Saturday, September 24, 2011.

The festival will feature two stages and a dynamic lineup of local and national artists, with Coldplay as the headliner. Other acts include The Black Keys, Cage the Elephant, Manchester Orchestra, Young The Giant, Band of Skulls, Joy Formidable, The Constellations, Mona and The Postelles.

From 1994-2005, the Music Midtown concert series attracted hundreds of thousands of people to the heart of the city for live music and wonderful food. This year, a portion of the proceeds from Music Midtown 2011 will go toward funding recreation centers and after-school activities for young people in the city as part of Mayor Reed’s Centers of Hope initiative.

“I am pleased to partner with Peter Conlon and Live Nation to bring Music Midtown back to our city,” said Mayor Reed. “Piedmont Park is a world-class venue that is perfect for a world-class music festival. This is an event that will bring energy and excitement to midtown and attract music lovers from across the city and state.”

Mayor Reed added: “I am also delighted to announce that proceeds from the concert will go to the Centers of Hope initiative. As a youth, I spent many afternoons playing sports and building positive experiences with coaches, mentor and peers at city parks and recreation centers. Those interactions were an integral part of my overall development. I believe that building mentally and physically healthy boys and girls reduces the need to mend broken men and women.”

Many of the city’s recreation centers and pools were closed in recent years due to budget cuts. During his first year in office, Mayor Reed reopened every recreation center in the city and began the process of transforming them into ‘Centers of Hope’ – safe, structured centers where young people can bolster their academic skills, engage in robust physical activities and develop character-building traits.

“It is exciting to finally announce the return of Music Midtown. Cities are defined by events like this and it is important to Atlanta to have a major music festival again,” said Conlon. “Major music events spotlight new talent and national favorites and most of all bring communities together. It is exactly what Music Midtown does.”

Midtown Music 2011 Details

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Citi® is the official credit card of Music Midtown. Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2011 through Citi's Private Pass® Program until 10 p.m. on Friday, July 15, 2011. For complete presale details visit

General admission tickets are $55.00, plus a $1.00 charge for the Centers of Hope. A limited number of VIP packages are available, and include:

VIP Package - $ 250.00/ticket

· Admission to the festival
· Private VIP entrance
· Private Hospitality Area with complimentary food and beverage
· Private Air Conditioned Restrooms

Super VIP Package - $ 1,000.00/ticket (Only 200 Available)

· Admission to the festival with complimentary commemorative t-shirt
· Private VIP entrance
· Valet parking
· Backstage Viewing Area of both stages
· Private Hospitality Area with complimentary food and beverage
· Private Air Conditioned Restrooms
· VIP Laminate

All tickets are subject to applicable service charges and acts, event time and date are subject to change.

For more information, visit or Produced by Live Nation in association with the City of Atlanta.