Spring is here, summer is coming and soon there will be music in the air.

The largest outdoor concerts planned in Reporter Newspapers communities this spring and summer will be held, of course, at Chastain Amphitheatre in Buckhead. There, big-name performers from the Indigo Girls to Smashing Pumpkins and from Harry Connick Jr. to Sting are scheduled to play in the coming months.

But Chastain shows can be pricey – tickets to see Sting or Connick can run to more than $100 apiece. So here’s a sampling of places music fans can find inexpensive, or even free, concerts this spring and summer in or near Reporter Newspapers communities.


The Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, at 4484 Peachtree Road, will host cellist Brad Ritchie in a performance of Claude Bolling’s “Suite for Cello and Jazz Piano Trio” on May 12. The show begins at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $10, but are free for museum members and Oglethorpe faculty, staff and students.

For more information: museum.oglethorpe.edu/programs.htm

Oglethorpe hosts other concerts, too. Here’s a sampling, as provided by Oglethorpe professor Brent Runnels:

– 8 p.m. April 26, University Singers Spring Concert, Conant Performing Arts Center, free.

– 8 p.m. April 30, International Day of Jazz featuring Jazz Orchestra Atlanta’s 16-piece big band, Conant Performing Arts Center, $10.

– 8 p.m. May 2, Oglethorpe Concert Winds Spring Concert, Conant Performing Arts Center, free.

– 8 p.m. May 4, Georgia Philharmonic Concert, Conant Performing Arts Center, tickets $26-$11.

For more information: www.oglethorpe.edu, www.jazzorchestraatlanta.com, www.georgiaphilharmonic.org/season.html


The Fourth Friday concert series at City Hall in downtown Chamblee starts May 24. Shows last from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. Admission is free. The performers scheduled are:

– The Tams, June 24.

– Rupert’s Orchestra, June 28.

– Kinchafoonee Cowboys, Aug. 23.

For more information: 770-986-5016.


The Dunwoody Nature Center starts its 2013 evening concert series with a spring concert on May 18. The series continues with shows on June 15, June 29, Sept. 21 and Oct. 5. The concerts, held in the center meadow, are free for members, with a small charge for admission for non-members. The center is located at 5343 Roberts Drive.

For more information: www.dunwoodynature.org

Sandy Springs

Heritage Sandy Springs’ annual Concerts by the Springs series hits its 17th birthday this year. The free concerts draw hundreds of fans to the entertainment lawn at Heritage Green, 6110 Bluestone Road. The shows are scheduled on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. This year’s schedule features:

– The Tams, May 12

– Gwen Hughes and the Retro Jazz Kats, June 2

– The A-Town A-List, July 14

– The Mustangs, Aug. 4

– The Kinchafoonee Cowboys, Sept. 8.

For more information: www.heritagesandysprings.org

Heritage Sandy Springs also plans a second series of concerts this year. The new series, called Rhythm and Blues, replaces the former Wine Down Wednesdays series, and promises to present regional roots music.

Shows are scheduled for one Thursday each month from May through August. Performances are scheduled from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the entertainment lawn at Heritage Green, 6110 Bluestone Road. Tickets cost $5 for those 21 and older, and $2 for those aged 13-20. Admission is free for those aged 12 and younger.

The schedule features:

– Seven Handle Circus, May 29

– von Grey, June 27

– The Corduroy Road, July 25

– Old You, Aug. 29

For more information: email: events@heritagesandysprings.org

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.