Heritage Sandy Springs proudly presents a fundraising concert featuring the world-renowned Atlanta Rhythm Section! Join us on Sunday, October 14 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and at 5:45 p.m. for general admission. Tickets start at $40 with limited VIP tables at $450, as well as “meet & greet” upgrades!
From their start as the house band at the famed Studio One, to playing for tens of thousands of fans at festivals and arenas, Atlanta Rhythm Section earned their place as one of the top acts in country rock. The original members of ARS came together playing as the house musicians at the famed Studio One, recording home to such country rock greats as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dicky Betts, and 38 Special. The Rhythm Section would play on other group’s albums 3-4 days a week and work on their own songs in their off time. They were able to record their own record and that alum earned them a 2 record deal with MCA/Decca. The band recorded and released two albums with MCA before moving to Polydor and record number three, “Third Annual Pipedream”, followed in 1974. ARS’s third album presented a more accessible approach with a punched up but smoother sound and a variety of types of songs that would have both pop and rock appeal. It climbed to number 74 on the U.S. charts and gave the group their first regional hit, “Doraville”, which reached the Top 40. “Angel” was also released as a single and reached number 75 as a regional hit.
Released in January 1978, “Champagne Jam” was the breakthrough album that marked the zenith of music-making, critical support, and popular acclaim for ARS. Eight songs were showcased with the smooth pop production the group had been refining for years. The song writing and musicianship maintained the superior standards the band had established through its previous albums. The songs continued the pattern of blending beautiful melodies with shifting tempos and each of the songs clocked in at a moderate three to five minutes. The album proved to be very popular, hitting the Top 10 and quickly going Gold. The title track was released as a single and “I’m Not Gonna Let it Bother Me Tonight” made it into the Top 20. But it was “Imaginary Lover” that proved to be the band’s biggest hit, reaching number seven on the charts. A story (possibly an urban legend) has been told of a New York DJ who accidentally played the 33 rpm album cut of Imaginary Lover at 45 rpm and was inundated with calls asking about the new Stevie Nicks sung Fleetwood Mac song. Whether the story was true or not, the single and album both hit the Top 10, with the album going Platinum. The band rode wave of success well, producing more albums which netted them more Top 40 singles and cemented their reputation as amazing live performers. With 15 albums of outstanding songwriting and performances, ARS embodies all that the phrase “classic rock” implies.
We are proud to present No Solution (winner of the 2018 Sandy Springs Festival Battle of the Bands) as the opener for Atlanta Rhythm Section. No Solution will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. and they’re guaranteed to blow your socks off!
GATES: Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. for VIP and 5:45 p.m. for general admission. No early entry permitted.
SEATING: General admission is all lawn seating. Limited VIP tables are available. Attendees are welcome to bring camping/beach chairs and blankets. Please do not reserve an excessive amount of lawn space. No outside tables permitted.
EXTRAS: All ticket levels may purchase a Meet & Greet upgrade, and we’ll also have a raffle for a signed guitar!
SMOKING: Smoking inside the park grounds is strictly prohibited.
PETS: The only pets allowed on-site during are special-assist animals.
PARKING: The concert will be held at the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, located at 6110 Blue Stone Road. Parking is available at the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Activities Center, the Centre Court shopping center, and the Sandy Springs Place shopping center (all entrances are off Sandy Springs Circle). A $10 donation per vehicle is requested. Free handicap parking is available in marked spaces along Blue Stone Road and in the upper lot of the Heritage Sandy Springs building. Absolutely NO parking is allowed at CityWalk/Kroger.
REFUNDS: The event is rain or shine and ticket sales are final.
This concert is a fundraiser for Heritage Sandy Springs. Proceeds benefit the many community-focused programs of Heritage Sandy Springs, including educational and heritage programs, cultural enrichment activities, and events like the Sandy Springs Festival and Concerts by the Springs.