Thursday, August 2, 2012
Yes & Procol Harum Rock perform in Alpharetta.
Classic rock legends Yes and Procol Harum performed at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park on Tuesday, July 31. Did you attend the concert? What did you think of the performances? Tell us in the comments below. The original American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, performs next in Alpharetta. She is in concert with The Fray on Wednesday, Aug. 8. Carolina Liar is their special guest. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. That's an hour earlier than a lot of concerts at the amphitheater, so be forewarned. Visit the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre website for more information or to buy tickets. Prices start at $25 for lawn seats.
Monday, July 23, 2012
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performed with the group that brings back the sounds of The Beatles.
We'll never see The Beatles perform together again, as only Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are still alive. So Saturday night's performance by the Classical Mystery Tour with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in nearby Alpharetta is pretty close as it gets. The four members of the group do their best to sound just like the members of the iconic band. It's not the same, but it is very entertaining. They are able to provide renditions of many Beatles classics that sound very good, especially with the backing of a full orchestra. Many Beatles tunes make use of instruments other than the guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, so the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra played a big role in the evening. Conductor Martin Herman …
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald and Donald Fagen make up the trio, and they mostly pleased the light crowd at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Friday night.
A four-song encore did fans of the The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue a bigger favor than just letting these diehard fans hear even more songs from artists whom they loved - it also helped keep them dry. Lightning started striking all around Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park Friday night, July 20, with more than a few lightning bolts hitting on the property. That signaled a torrential downpour, and got fans moving out of their seats toward the center of the amphitheater. That high roof doesn't keep the rain off you if there's even the slightest breeze when you are near the edges. But the night wasn't about the storm, it was about the music. It's been two years since The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue last played in Alpharetta…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Four '90s bands – Cracker, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Blues Traveler and Barenaked Ladies – cranked it up at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre last night.
You might think the ‘90s were all grunge and flannel. But you’ve just forgotten about those lazy Sunday afternoons with a beer in your hand and Blues Traveler on the CD player. Or the time you took a road trip across two states to see a Barenaked Ladies concert. In a bit of nostalgia, four bands reminded us that the ‘90s weren’t just about Pearl Jam, as they brought the Last Summer on Earth tour to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. With complaints about the July heat and humidity, some concertgoers might have wished it were in fact the last summer like this one. But when the music was cranking, they seemed to forget about the weather, as Blues Traveler and Barenaked Ladies easily competed for the headline act. While the sun…
Sunday, July 15, 2012
The rock 'n roll legends performed at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta, Saturday night.
Saturday night the prevailing hairstyle at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta might have included a lot of gray. But that didn't mean the place wasn't rocking, as Crosby, Stills and Nash were performing hits - and even new music. The legenday trio started out with some of their most popular hits, but I was more focused–pun intended–on getting some good photos for the few songs I was allowed to stand on the far side in front of the stage. I was told I was being placed so far to the side of the stage because CSN didn't really want to see me. I could understand that, when David Crosby admitted no one gets into music for the money, or the music. For them it was women so many years ago. "We learned to love the music," he said. The …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Barenaked Ladies drummer Tyler Stewart talks to Patch about the band's new album, Steven Page's departure and ... having fun.
When you’ve been with someone for two decades, you have to find ways to keep it fresh. So obviously, you break into song about the hot dog vendor outside or the vintage clothing store you went to earlier in the day. In short, anything is game at a Barenaked Ladies show, says the band’s drummer, Tyler Stewart. “We like to have fun and there’s a lot of spontaneity and improvisation,” Steward told Patch by phone from his home in Toronto. They’re a band that is known for having fun, whether it’s making up songs onstage or writing theme songs for TV shows such as “The Big Bang Theory.” At one concert, as John Popper of Blues Traveler played harmonica, the members of BNL surprised him by appearing onstage wearing nothing but gold lame thongs, …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The pre-teen classical singer performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Alpharetta.
I learned something valuable about myself at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra summer season opening concert at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in North Fulton, Sunday. My patience runs out after 2 hours. The concert, with classicial singer Jackie Evancho joining the orchestra, and newcomer Josh Page as well. I think. But two songs into the concert, it was always the same thing. Ms. Evancho, now 12-years-old, was discovered by most of the United States through the America's Got Talent TV show competition. On Sunday night, she performed many of the songs from her CD, "Dream With Me," plus other songs which showcased her talent. It's incredible that such a young, tiny performer can have such a big voice, and that was clearly on display when she …
Friday, March 23, 2012
It's a classic rock season at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre this season, with bands like the Eagles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Styx and REO Speedwagon - plus a few new favorites.
Feeling nostalgic? A visit to Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park this upcoming season may be a chance to recapture your youth with several classic rock concerts, including some bands that have reunited. The 2012 concert season kicks off April 29 with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. And the ‘70s bands continue through the summer with Styx, Ted Nugent, the Eagles and Crosby, Stills & Nash. There is also a Beatles tribute band joining the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Or, if you’re looking for more contemporary music, you can find Foster the People and Barenaked Ladies performing there for the first time. And for your deadhead fix, the jam band Furthur, founded by former Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir, will take the …
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Blondie And The Romantics perform at Encore Park.
Friday night was a flashback of the eighties type at Verizon Wireless Encore Park. Rock Icon Blondie performed to a sparse but enthusiastic crowd. The concert was promoted by radio station B98.5 as Blondie for Boobies in support breast cancer awareness. Debbie Harry aka Blondie began her musical career in the 1960s. In the mid-'70s she met boyfriend and guitarist Chris Stein and formed the band. Over the next decade and a half the band achieved international commercial success in large part to the, better left to be forgotten, disco age by producing the chart topping albums "Parallel Lines," "Eat to the Beat" and "Autoamerican." At Friday night's concert, Ms. Harry at the age of 66 looked great and sounded even better. Blondie played all …
Friday, September 23, 2011
Pop icons who formed more than 30 years ago released new CD this month.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Blondie will perform in Alpharetta just a little more than a week after the release of "Panic of Girls" in the United States on CD and digital download. The band will be in concert on Friday, Sept 23 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. Tickets are still available, some in prime seating areas. The pop icons of the '70s were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. The face of the band has always been Debbie Harry, the lead vocalist. U.S. fans helped Blondie's "Heart of Glass" go platinum in 1978, with the album selling more than 20 million copies For fans who are interested in the bonus tracks, other versions are available as imports, including the U.K. regular issue and Collector's Pack and the German Deluxe 2CD …