June Rocks

Events In June Represent Something Old and Something New

By Tripp Liles

For those of you looking to relive the glory days of hanging out at the arcade and riding in your cool friend’s Trans Am, I’ve got some great news. We have a couple of retro rock acts at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in June.
On June 14 Chicago and REO Speedwagon will hit the stage, hopefully not literally, as they perform a wide array of hits we would all remember. Chicago plans to perform their historic album Chicago II in its entirety followed by the “world’s longest encore” as the band jokingly refers to it, filled with their greatest hits. REO Speedwagon will be cranking out the hits and fan-favorites such as “In Your Letter,” “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Time For Me To Fly,” “Roll With The Changes,” “Keep On Loving You,” “Take It On the Run” and more.

Most of the musicians touring have been in and out of the respective lineups for decades so these shows should represent solid recreations of the old hits. I recommend several beers or perhaps leave your glasses at home with regards to the visuals… old rock stars die hard folks.

If you would rather see some newer music, there is a great opportunity to catch an up and coming jazz musician on July 7 in Roswell. The Joe Alterman Quartet will be performing as a part of the Riverside Sounds Concert Series at Riverside Park. Only 29 years old, Alterman has released four critically acclaimed albums, his most recent being 2017’s Comin’ Home To You. He studied music at New York University, where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Jazz Piano Performance and he is known to be a rising star in the jazz world. The show is free and there are food trucks and other activities for the whole family.

On June 28, at 7:30 pm, a Page from the Book Festival of the MJCCA, welcomes #1 New York Times bestselling author and Atlanta resident Emily Giffin, as she introduces All We Ever Wanted, her riveting new novel in which three very different people must choose between their families and their values. The book launch party will be “In Conversation” style with Atlanta media personality Mara Davis, and will be held at the MJCCA campus located at 5342 Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody. Giffin is the author of eight New York Times bestselling novels and five of them have been optioned for the silver screen, Something Borrowed having been the first to hit theaters in May 2011, starring Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin, and John Krasinski. Tickets include a pre-signed copy of the book, and a reception featuring wine, desserts, and light bites. For information, visit atlantajcc.org.