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BET Music Matters Party in Atlanta

Prior to the BET Hip Hop Awards, a party was held by BET Music Matters, the initiative that highlights emerging new artists by showcasing their talents through live performances including special appearances at BET events, monthly showcases and the Music Matters Tour. Several BET Hip Hop Awards nominees, along with other artists and music industry vets, attended the party held at the 12th Hotel in downtown Atlanta.
 
Uncle Snoop (Formerly known as Snoop Dogg)

BET Hip Hop Awards Rehearsals in Atlanta

The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards were held in Atlanta on Sept. 28th, and on the Friday before the show rehearsals were held for some of the performers including Uncle Snoop (formerly known as Snoop Dogg), Meek Mill, Yo Gotti, Rocko and Rich Home Quan. Production of the show set all lighting and sound, choreographed the artists on stage and prepared the Atlanta Civic Center for the taping of the show.
 
Lee Brice

Lee Brice at the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta, GA

Country star Lee Brice brought his rockin' show to the North Georgia State Fair in Marietta, GA. Brice, a favorite among the female fans, treated the crowd to songs from his albums Love Like Crazy and Hard To Love, including his number one hits "A Woman Like You," "Hard To Love" and "I Drive Your Truck". Brice began his career as a songwriter, penning hits for artists like Jason Aldean and Garth Brooks. Lee Brice brings high energy to the stage and keeps fans on their feet with his powerful...
 
Vince Gill

Styx, Vince Gill, 5th Dimension and More at the NY State Fair

The 5th Dimension, featuring Florence LaRue, performed at the New York State Fair's Chevy Court Stage in a heatwave that felt more like down 'South' rather than in those 'Yankee' states. They brought out the smiles and tears as they performed their iconic songs 'Up, up and away', 'Stone Soul Picnic' and 'Wedding Bell Blues'. Throughout their performance they connected with the crowd which was evident by the number of people who sang-along. Not to be outdone, they even poked a...
 
Luke Steele

Empire of the Sun at The Tabernacle in Atlanta

Australian electronic dance music duo Empire of the Sun brought their theatrical stage show to The Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta. They performed for a packed venue of fans, many of whom dressed in costumes like their favorite band, complete with face paint and more. The walls throbbed with the deep beat of the music which included songs from their latest release, Ice on the Dune, as well as their hits from Walking on a Dream. Among fans in the house were cast members of Dumb ...
 
Kid Rock

Kid Rock and ZZ Top at Aaron's Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA

Detroit rapper / rocker Kid Rock, along with legendary rockers ZZ Top, made a stop on their tour at Aaron's Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA., where they performed for a sold-out crowd. Following up on his promise to provide inexpensive tickets and vending items, Kid Rock provided fans with $20 tickets and low-cost hot dogs and beer. Opening the evening was ZZ Top, comprised of Billy Gibbons, Dusty...
 
Mumford & Sons and The Vaccines in Concert in Atlanta

Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines and Bear's Den in Atlanta

Sometimes it sucks being a girl; putting on makeup, fixing the hair just right and (egad!!!) choosing which pair of stiletto heels to wear with the shirt and skirt. In other words, it means I sometimes run late and don't get to where I need to be on time. Such was the case last night at the Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road show in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, when we missed the start time of the opening act, Bear's Den. Hence, no photos of them. Even though we didn't...
 
Local Natives

Local Natives at Live on the Green in Nashville

L.A. band, Local Natives came to Nashville to perform at Live on the Green, which is a free show that is located near Nashville’s City Hall. The show was packed with dedicated fans and local citizens. The band finished their European tour, and now commencing another tour in the United States. Taylor Rice (vocals, guitar) stated, “We feel that Nashville is our homecoming show…” which made the audience cheer. They performed their hits songs from their albums Gorilla Manor, and Humming...
 
Muse in Concert in Duluth, GA

Muse With Cage The Elephant at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, GA

I'm a rocker chick! I love good rock 'n roll bands like AC/DC, Foreigner and all the rest of the classic groups with whom I grew up. That said, bands like Muse and Cage the Elephant are opening my eyes to the new generations of rock bands that have had the torch passed to them. I'm finding myself broadening my horizons, and enjoying the pleasure of great shows with performers like these two bands I caught last night in Duluth, GA. Opening the show was Bowling Green, Kentucky's Cage the...
 
Rival Sons

Rivals Sons Rocked Out Nashville All the Way

Rival Sons, based in southern California, kicked butt like the true Rock 'n Rollers they are to a packed house at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville. They performed songs like "Wild Animal" and "All the Way" from their latest album, Head Down. They also performed their hit single "Pressure and Time", which drove their fans to a frenzy as the music pounded the rafters. The show ...
 
Fight or Flight

Fight or Flight Performed at Nashville’s Exit/In

Fight or Flight gave powerful yet intimate performance at Nashville’s Exit/In. They performed to a relatively large crowd that is obviously fans of Disturbed and Evans Blue. The group performed songs from their new album A Life By Design?. They are currently on their fist tour, and are excited to meet new fans and fans from their previous bands. Performing at well sized venues, Fight or Flight are comfortable to say that they are fighting through to get more fans through their music.
 
Cheech and Chong in Atlanta

Cheech & Chong at Chastain Park in Atlanta

Legendary comedy duo Cheech and Chong made a stop on their new tour at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, where they chatted about there careers while telling jokes, and performed with Tower of Power and WAR for a venue full of both old hippies and new fans. Opening the show was Shelby Chong, Tommy's wife, who joked about her life with the funnyman. Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are working on a sequel to Up In Smoke, with a release date yet to be announced.
 
Josh Todd

Buckcherry in Wisconsin

Buckcherry has never been a band afraid to live up to the stereotype of “sex, drugs and rock-n-roll”. However in recent years, the ratio of sex and drugs to rock-n-roll has become considerably more and more unbalanced in favor of rock-n-roll. This was evident as soon as they took the stage at Rock USA in Oshkosh, WI and delivered a proverbial punch in the face to the crowd with a scorching ten-minute rendition of their first major hit “Lit Up”. From that point on, vocalist Josh Todd and guitarist
 
Zacky Vengeance , Synyster Gates

Avenged Sevenfold in Wisconsin

Formed in 1999, Avenged Sevenfold hit the ground running, and judging by their performance at Rock USA in Oshkosh, WI, they have yet to slow down. With a background that included an enormous replication of their winged skull logo and seemingly-unending pyrotechnics, A7X (as thy are known by their fans) gave the capacity crowd exactly what they expected. In support of their latest release (2012’s Hail to the King), the metal heavyweights from Huntington Beach, CA stopped only occasionally...
 
A.J. McLean, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter

Backstreet Boys, Jesse McCartney and DJ Pauly D At Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Atlanta, GA

Having grown up in the '70's and '80's with classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and others, I never could understand the attraction my seven year old daughter had to the boy bands when The Backstreet Boys broke onto the national scene in 1996 with their self-titled debut album. After all, it was something completely different from my own musical tastes. That said, seventeen years later I found ...
 
Slightly Stoopid

Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere and Tribal Seeds at The Tabernacle in Atlanta

San Diego's folk, rock, reggae and blues band, Slightly Stoopid, along with support acts Atmosphere and Tribal Seeds, made a stop on their tour at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, where they performed for a packed venue in a pot smoke hazy hall. Young fans ranging in age from 15 to 30 came dressed to thrill and sang and danced along with the beat-heavy music.
 
Jimmy Eat World Performs at Music Marathon Works

Jimmy Eat World Performs at Marathon Music Works in Nashville

Jimmy Eat World gave a power rocked performance at Nashville's Marathon Music Works. They performed songs from their latest album Damage and their popular songs from their nostalgic album Bleed American. Fans, both young and seasoned, enjoyed their performance, and sang along to their favorite songs. Jimmy Eat World continues on with their tour hitting cities like Chicago, London, and San Francisco.
 
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OneRepublic, Mayer Hawthorne and Serena Ryder at Chastain Park Amphitheater in Atlanta

Having never seen any of the three acts performing on August 15 at Chastain Park Amphitheater, I wasn't sure of what to expect when I arrived - especially considering the variety I saw in the crowd waiting at the doors; lots of teenager girls, mid-twenties couples, and a number of older singles and couples (and no, not all of them were the parents of the teenage girls). I knew it was supposed to be a pop/rock show...
 
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