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TV toy hospital coming to the Children’s Museum of Atlanta By Isabel Hughes isabel.hughes @gwinnettdailypost.com
Children looking to experience the magical toy hospital in Disney Junior’s “Doc McStuffins” will have the opportunity to do so later this year at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The Peabody Awardwinning television series is coming to the Children’s Museum in exhibit form June 8, and the museum is expecting it to excite young patrons. The exhibit will run through Sept. 8. A “highly interactive” English and Spanish bilingual experience, “Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit” will transport children and families from Doc’s backyard clinic to the McStuffins Toy Hospital. There, families are invited to help Doc perform check-ups and diagnose toy patients while learning about healthy habits, compassion and nurturing care. “Doc McStuffins serves as a great role model to children and adults, encouraging them to explore the importance of taking care of their own bodies as well as caring for others,” said Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s Executive Director Jane Turner. “Through imaginative play, we hope our visitors will learn more about health, science and medicine and discover that children can be anything they want to be when they grow up.” “Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit” was produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Disney Junior, as well as Riley Children’s Health at Indiana University Health. The goal of the exhibit, Chief Operating Officer for Riley’s Children’s Health, Paul Haut, said, is to provide an opportunity for children to become comfortable in a health care setting. “It is a heavy order to convince children that going to see the doctor is not scary,” Haut said. “But it can be done through educational and interactive experiences, which help them understand that what we do is help keep people healthy. By teaching visitors about healthy habits, such as practicing good hand hygiene, exercising regularly and eating well, we hope this exhibit
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Peabody Award-winning television series “Doc McStuffins” is coming to the Children’s Museum in exhibit form on June 8, and the museum is expecting it to excite young patrons. The exhibit will run through Sept. 8. will put children’s minds at ease, while supporting our mission to keep all children healthy.” Disney Junior’s “Doc McStuffins” is an imaginative animated series about a 6-year-old girl who communicates with and heals stuffed animals and broken toys out of her backyard playhouse clinic and in the magical McStuffins Toy Hospital. Created and executiveproduced by Chris Nee, a Humanitas Prize and Emmy Award winner, the series has been lauded globally for its modeling of good health practices and teaching young viewers the importance of taking care of oneself and others. “Doc McStuffins has already made a tremendous impact on how children see themselves and their possibilities by way of our popular TV series,” said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president and general manager of Disney Junior. “We are delighted to now bring the show’s messages of care and compassion directly into communities across the country. We look forward to having young visitors experience Doc’s playhouse clinic and toy hospital and learn firsthand about caring for themselves and others.” For more information or to buy tickets, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org.
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‘Native Gardens’ to lay roots at Aurora Theatre By Jon Gallo Staff Correspondent
IF YOU GO
What: native gardens Bart Hansard and CaroWhere: aurora theatre lyn Cook are husband and When: may 2 through wife on stage again after a June 2 five-year break. Showtimes: 8 p.m. “We are wonderful tuesdays through together and we play well saturday, 2:30 p.m. off each other,” Cook said. saturdays and sundays “We have built a great relaTickets: start at $20 and tionship and chemistry.” can be purchased online Five years after the duo at auroratheatre.com or starred as Vince Lombardi by calling the Box office at and his wife Marie, in “Lom678-226-6222. discount bardi,” a show that played at matinees are may 14 to 21. the Aurora Theatre in 2014, Cook and Hansard, who are not married to each other in venue from May 2 to June 2. real life, are together again “Native Gardens” is a in “Native Gardens,” which comedy based in historic will play the Lawrenceville Washington, D.C., where
two couples and next-door neighbors each have competing visions for their backyards, with each wanting a different landscape. Cook and Hansard play older couple Virginia and Frank Butley, while Christian Gonzalez and Fedra Ramirez-Olivares play their younger neighbors, Pablo and Tania Del Valle. The couples couldn’t be more different. Pablo is a lawyer and Tania is pregnant and studying for her Ph.D in anthropology. Frank is a retired government worker, while Virginia is an engineer for Lockheed Martin, one of the country’s largest defense contractors. “Virginia’s life is so not
my world,” said Cook, who lives in Clarkston. “In my job as an artist, I go from project to project and Virginia works at Lockheed Martin. We have different world views, and I’m playing someone who gets up and works a corporate job every day, which isn’t something I do.” Cook said the age difference between the Butleys and the Del Valles makes “Native Gardens” attractive to the audience. “There’s a character for people of all ages to connect with so they have a way into the story,” Cook said. “It’s a story about the younger generation wanting to do things
that maybe the older generation isn’t ready for and how the older generation brings life experiences that maybe the younger generation doesn’t want to hear.” “Native Gardens” uses the couples’ debate over gardening as an avenue to discuss several of today’s most pressing topics, including the American Dream, entitlement, ethnicity, diversity and discrimination. The play was written by Karen Zacarías, a twotime recipient of the New Voices Award, as well as the National Latino Play Award and the 2010 Steinberg Citation for Best New Play. “Native Gardens’ is an
uproarious comedy that sneaks up on you,” Director Daniel Jáquez said. “Before they can even realize it’s happening, audiences will find themselves identifying with the characters and their desire to create a home as well as the effort required to connect with neighbors who are not like them. As someone once said, ‘truths are better served with comedy.’ Karen Zacarias, with her wonderful sense of humor and gift to create lovable characters, has crafted a joyous comedy about planting native plants in a community known for its manicured gardens — instant neighbor dispute!”
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SPRING ARTS PREVIEW
Alliance Theatre announces 51st season productions By Isabel Hughes
Though Alliance Theatre’s 51st season is enough cause for celebration, the Atlanta theatre recently announced that all its productions in the 2019-20 season will be performed on the theatre’s newly-transformed performance space, the Coca-Cola Stage. The 51st season will begin in September with “Becoming Nancy,” a huge-hearted new musical that weaves a story of family bonds, first loves, and the courage it takes to find your own spotlight. Based on the best-selling British novel by Terry Ronald, the world premiere musical boasts an exciting international creative team, with direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell, a book by Elliot Davis and a score by the songwriting team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. Also this fall, the Alliance will produce “Small Moth Sounds” in its 200seat Hertz Theatre. The Off-Broadway hit comedy and 2016 Critics’ Pick is written by Drama Desk Award winner Bess Wohl and directed by Alliance Artistic Director Susan V. Booth. In “Small Moth Sounds,” six strangers in search of serenity meet at a silent wellness retreat for what they hope will be a lifechanging five-day experience. Filled with insightful humor, this unique and compassionate new play asks how we address life’s biggest questions when we can’t say a word. “It takes courage to be human,” Booth said. “Tempted to say, ‘in these times,’ but I don’t know that there’s ever been a time when it didn’t take courage to do and be all the things that make us the messy stew we call human. And our 51st season at the Alliance embraces, celebrates, and takes a cleareyed measure of a slew of ‘em.” For the holidays, the Alliance will produce two Atlanta favorites. On the Coca-Cola Stage, the Alliance will host the
“Becoming Nancy” is one of Alliance Theatre’s 2019-20 productions, the theatre recently announced. 30th annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” which, as in previous years, will be filled with live music and an all-star Atlanta cast. On the Hertz Stage, the Alliance will welcome home performer Courtenay Collins, who returns to the theatre from her Broadway performance in “The Prom.” In January 2020, the Alliance will produce the American premiere of the award-winning musical, “Maybe Happy Ending.” Set in late 21st century Seoul, two obsolete helperbots are living an isolated existence in a robots-only housing complex. When the two discover each other across the hall, they have a surprising connection that challenges what they believe is possible for themselves, relationships, and love. On the Hertz Stage, the Alliance will produce “Seize The King,” award-winning playwright Will Power’s propulsive, timely and modern reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s “Richard III.” The San Diego City Beat
described the play as “a sharp, lyrical script that blurs the line between the past and the present, while positing that ambition and depravity are not the province of merely one king, one country or one moment in time.” Also coming next year is “53% Of,” which was written by Steph Del Rosso, this season’s winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. It will receive its world premiere on the Hertz Stage in March 2019. Inspired by the finding that 53% of white women voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, “53% Of” is a humorous, even-handed and honest examination of Americans on both sides of the debate about what will truly make America great again. Closing the season on the Coca-Cola Stage, the Alliance will produce Lynn Nottage’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Sweat.” Based on Nottage’s extensive research and interviews with residents of
Reading, Pennsylvania, Sweat is a topical reflection of the present and poignant outcome of America’s economic decline. SWEAT will be directed by Atlantabased director and actor Tinashe Kajese-Bolden. In addition to the Alliance productions on the Coca-Cola Stage and Hertz Series, the theatre will offer three productions for youth and families: “Max Makes A Million,” a world-premiere based on Maira Kalman’s charming children’s book; “Ghost,” the Alliance’s fall production for middle and high school audiences based on the popular young adult novel that was a National Book Award finalist for young people’s literature and named one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read; and “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience,” a tail-shaking, empowering message of individuality, with classic Mo Willems humor for all ages. “Each one of those shows holds a mirror up to our
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“Courtenay’s Cabaret: Home for the Holidays,” top, and “A Christmas Carol,” above, are two of Alliance Theatre’s 201920 productions, the theatre recently announced. emotional and psychological selves – finding joy, fear, love and drama in equal measure,” said Booth. “So yes, it takes courage to be human. Which is why it can feel every kind of right to sit with our fellow humans and lock arms and hearts around the endeavor. It’s what theatre does best –
and what maybe – yes, at this moment – need most.” Season tickets for the Alliance’s 51st season are on sale now. Single tickets for “Max Makes A Million” are also on sale now. Single tickets for the rest of the season will go on sale in August 2019. For more information, visit alliancetheatre.org/seasontickets.
‘Double Dare Live!’ highlights Fox Theatre’s spring schedule By Jon Gallo Staff Correspondent
The TV show that made the choice for contestants to “answer the question or take the physical challenge” is coming to Atlanta. “Double Dare Live!” the longtime Nickelodeon game show hosted by Marc Summers and Robin Russo, is hitting the road again after last year’s successful fall tour. The show, known for its trivia questions, messy physical challenges and wacky obstacle course will take the Fox Theatre stage May 9 at 7:30 p.m. as part of a national tour. “Hosting the ‘Double Dare Live!’ tour couldn’t be any more exciting, and I look forward to continuing to bring the fun and messiness of ‘Double Dare’ to audiences across the country,” Summers said in a press release. “Doing the show again with my sidekick Robin will fulfill childhood dreams of the generation that grew up with us and introduce this classic show to the next generation.” “Double Dare” premiered on Nickelodeon on Oct. 6, 1986, and was the network’s longest-running game show before entering syndication in 1988. That year, Nickelodeon debuted “Family Double Dare” and broadcast another spinoff to the original, “Super Sloppy Double Dare,” a year later before changing the show’s name to “Double Dare 2000.” The show returned to Nickelodeon last summer and has ranked among the most popular shows among children between the ages of 6-11. The show is hosted by digital creator and actress Liza
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The show, known for its trivia questions, messy physical challenges and wacky obstacle course will take the Fox Theatre stage May 9 at 7:30 p.m. as part of a national tour. Koshy, with Summers providing color commentary. In the live version, two teams picked of selected members of the audience will go head-tohead. They’ll answer questions and conquering challenges, with the winner facing the obstacle course, which has been know to
feature giant booger-filled noses, pies to the face and green slime, lots and lots of slime. Contestants must be at least 10 years old to participate on stage. The Fox Theatre, however, has something for everyone this spring. Al Green, a 13-time Grammy Award winner and Rock
‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer, plays on May 3, with hardcore rockers Judas Priest taking the stage five days later. British standup comic Eddie Izzard performs on May 11 at 8 p.m. before rockers Greta Van Fleet headline two nights — May 12 and 13 – at 8 p.m. before
Tyler Perry’s “Madea Farewell Play Tour” has six shows from May 23 to 26. Mexican rock duo Rodrigo y Gabriela will bring their Mettavolution tour on June 1 at 8 p.m. Those who buy two tickets will get a copy of the duo’s new CD, “Mettavolution,” shipped to their residence.
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SPRING ARTS PREVIEW MUSIC AVAILABLE IN CITIES THIS SUMMER
JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS
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Gwinnett’s cities to overflow with music By Curt Yeomans curt.yeomans @gwinnettdailypost.com
Joan Jett, Clint Black, Trace Adkins, Sister Hazel, The Tams and Blood, Sweat and Tears are coming to cities near Gwinnett residents this summer. And so are a lot of other musicians. Twelve cities around the county are planning to host at least one music concert this summer. Some cities will even host music concerts over the next few months. Sugar Hill will have some of the highest profile names with Clint Black and Trace Adkins performing together on May 4, followed by Joan Jett and the Blackheart on June 1 and Blood, Sweat and Tears on Aug. 3. Tickets to the Clint Black and Trace Adkins and Joan Jett concerts are no longer available on ticket websites, but seats can still be obtained for the Blood, Sweat and Tears concert. But Sugar Hill is not the only city that will host acts with recognizable names this summer. Peachtree Corners, which
now has an outdoor concert venue at its Town Center development, is set to host ’90s rock band Sister Hazel on May 25 as part of its concert series. The city will also host a Bluegrass and Derby event on May 4 to celebrate the Kentucky Derby — which will be shown during the event. Rounding out Peachtree Corners’ concert series will be Queen tribute band Queen Nation with a fireworks show June 29 and Departure on July 27. Lawrenceville’s summer concert series will include The Tams on Aug. 23. The band is known for some of its hits from the 1960s, including “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy” and “What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am).” Other entries in Lawrenceville’s summer concert series include Allman Brother tribute band End of the Line on May 17, Prince tribute group Purple Madness on June 21 and Zac Brown tribute band 20-Ride on July 26. Norcross can boast the largest number of musical performances this summer — 14 in all — between the
annual BluesBerry Beer and Blues Festival on June 15, the city’s summer concert series in Thrasher Park and Jazz in the Alley series in Betty Mauldin Park and an international music concert by the Gwinnett Symphony Jazz Ensemble that will feature Jose Manuel Garcia on June 1. The Jazz in the Alley series will include a performance by Grammy nominee Rod Harris Jr. on June 22. Meanwhile, the summer concert series will include bands that pay tribute to a wide range of artists from Jimmy Buffett to the Bee Gees and Bob Seger. Snellville will also host multiple tribute bands this summer, including ones that pay homage to the Eagles, Bon Jovi, Billy Joel and Foreigner. Lilburn will host Yacht Rock Schooner on June 1 and Foreigner tribute band Head Games on Sept. 7. Buford will host Bon Jovi tribute band Slippery When Wet on May 4, the Gregg Allman Laid Back Legacy on June 22 and Wet Willie Featuring Jimmy Hall on July 27.
CITY OF SNELLVILLE PUBLIC HEARING FY-2020 BUDGET On Monday, May 13, 2019 the Mayor and City Council will hold a Public Hearing at 7:30 p.m. to give its citizens the opportunity to provide written and oral comments on the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget. All citizens are urged to attend this Public Hearing on May 13, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Snellville City Hall, located at 2342 Oak Road, Snellville Georgia. The proposed budget is available for inspection at Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, Snellville, Georgia during regular business hours from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. or on the City website at www.snellville.org.
The Mayor and City Council will consider adoption of the Fiscal Year 2020 budget on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, Snellville, Georgia. Melisa Arnold, City Clerk City of Snellville
The city’s community center will also host Winter Dance Party: Tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper on May 9-10, although the May 10 show is already sold out. The concert recreates the show that Holly, Valens and the Big Bopper performed on tour together before their deaths in a plane crash. Duluth will host Tom Petty tribute band The Petty Breakers on June 8. Grayson will host its annual Gimme Shelter benefit concert to raise funds for the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry on June 8 in the Grayson Ampavilion with Jimmy Buffet tribute band A1A serving as the headline entertainment. The Lanier Jazz Band, Young Elvis and the Blue Suedes and the Fly Betty Band will also perform at the ampavilion this summer. Meanwhile, Suwanee will hold several music festivals in May and June. The Suwanee Jazz Fest leads the way on May 11, followed by the Music Festival in the Park on May 18, Red, White Bluegrass and Bach on May 24 and the Suwanee Summer Porch Jam on June 21. All but the Suwanee Summer Porch Jam will be held at the Suwanee Town Center. The porch jam will be held in Old Town Suwanee with musical performances at several locations in that area, including Everett’s Music Barn. But Suwanee’s festivals will serve as the prelude to the city’s annual August Concert and Wing Festival on Aug. 10. The city has not yet announce the headline act for this year’s concert, but headliners in recent years have included Spin Doctors and Gin Blossoms. Two cities that are partially in Gwinnett are also hosting concerts this summer. Loganville will kick off its Groovin on the Green series with the Swingin’ Medallions on May 17 and subsequent concerts will be held once a month through September. Meanwhile, Braselton will host The Vintage Vixens, Wayward Sons, and Hamrick and Haynes and Lance Peace this summer.
Braselton • June 8: the Vintage Vixens, 7 to 10 p.m. on the Braselton town green, 9924 davis St. • July 13: wayward Sons, 7 to 10 p.m. on the Braselton town green • Aug. 10: Hamrick and Haynes and lance peace, 7 to 10 p.m. on the Braselton town green Buford • MAY 4: Slippery when wet: the ultimate Bon Jovi tribute, 6:30 p.m. at the town park amphitheater, 2200 Buford Highway. admission is free and event will include a viewing of the Kentucky derby. • MAY 9: winter dance party tribute to Buddy Holly, ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper, 8 p.m. at the Buford community center theatre, 2200 Buford Highway. admission is $30 to $35 and can be purchased through bufordcommunitycenter.com. • JUNE 22: the gregg allman laid Back legacy, 7:30 p.m. at town park amphitheater. admission is free. • JULY 27: wet willie Featuring Jimmy Hall, 7:30 p.m. at town park center amphitheater. admission is free. Grayson • JUNE 8: gimme Shelter benefit concert featuring a1a (a Jimmy Buffett tribute band), 6 to 10 p.m. at the grayson ampavilion, 475 grayson parkway. event benefits Southeast gwinnett cooperative ministry. tickets are $20 for general admission, $55 for Vip and $450 for a Vip table of eight and can be purchased at bit. ly/2ie0zht. • JUNE 22: lanier Jazz Band, 7 to 9 p.m. at the grayson ampavilion. admission is free. • JULY 13: young elvis and the Blue Suedes (elvis tribute group), 7 to 9 p.m. at the grayson ampavilion. admission is free. • AUG. 3: Fly Betty Band, 7 to 9 p.m. at the grayson ampavilion. admission is free. Duluth • JUNE 8: the petty Breakers, 8 to 10 p.m. on the duluth town green. admission is free. Lawrenceville • MAY 17: end of the line (allman Brothers tribute band), 8 p.m. at the lawrenceville lawn, 210 luckie St. admission is free. • JUNE 21: purple madness (prince tribute), 8 p.m. at the lawrenceville lawn. admission is free. • JULY 26: 20-ride (Zac Brown tribute band), 8 p.m. at the lawrenceville lawn. admission is free. • AUG. 23: the tams, 8 p.m. at the lawrenceville lawn. admission is free. Lilburn • JUNE 1: yacht rock Schooner (with opening act the last chance riders), 6 to 9:30 p.m. at city park, 76 main St. admission is free. • SEPT. 7: Head games (Foreigner tribute band), 6 to 9:30 p.m. at city park. admission is free. Loganville • MAY 17: Swingin’ medallions, 7:30 p.m. on the town green • JUNE 21: common ground, 7:30 p.m. on the town green • JULY 19: rhythm nation, 7:30 p.m. on the town green • AUG. 16: electric avenue, 7:30 p.m. on the town green • SEPT. 20: tribute (allman Brother tribute band), 7:30 p.m. on the town green Norcross • MAY 24: Voltage Brothers, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at thrasher park, 93 park drive. admission is free. • JUNE 1: an international music celebration concert by the gwinnett Symphony Jazz ensemble, featuring Jose manuel garcia, 7 p.m. at thrasher park. admission is free. • JUNE 7: liverpool legends, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at thrasher park. admission is free. • JUNE 15: BluesBerry Beer and music Festival, 3 to 10 p.m. in Betty mauldin park, 65 lawrenceville St. admission is free. • JUNE 21: rupert’s orchestra, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at thrasher park. admission is free. • JUNE 22: rod Harris Jr., 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Betty mauldin park. admission is free. • JULY 12: the System (Bob Seger tribute Band), 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at thrasher park. admission is free. • JULY 26: the Bee gees gold, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at thrasher park. admission is free. • JULY 27: greg robbins and remey williams, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Betty mauldin park. admission is free. • AUG. 9: the motones, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at thrasher park. admission is free. • AUG. 17: yemiconga and the 4Komers, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Betty mauldin park. admission is free. • AUG. 23: the downtown Band, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at thrasher park. admission is free. • SEPT. 6: a1a, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at thrasher park. admission is free. • SEPT. 28: unknown lyric, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Betty mauldin park. admission is free. Peachtree Corners • MAY 4: Bluegrass and derby, 5 to 9 p.m. in the peachtree corners town center, 5200 town center Boulevard. event includes bluegrass music performances and a viewing of the Kentucky derby, a hat contest, bocce ball, sack races and cornhole. • MAY 25: Sister Hazel, 8:30 to 10 p.m. in the peachtree corners town center. admission is free. • JUNE 29: concert on the green and Fireworks featuring Queen nation, 8:30 to 10 p.m. in the peachtree corners town center. admission is free. • JULY 27: departure, 8:30 to 10 p.m. in the peachtree corners town center. admission is free. Snellville • MAY 25: Head games (Foreigner tribute band), 6 to 9 p.m. on the Snellville towne green, 2342 oak road. concert tables cost $150 and can be purchased at snellvilletourism.com. • JULY 20: ultimate eagle tribute — on tHe Border, 7:30 p.m. on the Snellville towne green. concert tables cost $150 and can be purchased at snellvilletourism.com. • AUG. 17: Slippery when wet (Bon Jovi tribute band), 7:30 p.m. on the Snellville towne green. concert tables cost $150 and can be purchased at snellvilletourism.com. • SEPT. 28: the Stranger (Billy Joel tribute band), 7:30 p.m. on the Snellville towne green. concert tables cost $150 and can be purchased at snellvilletourism.com. Sugar Hill • MAY 4: clint Black and trace adkins with special guest John Berry, 8 to 11 p.m. at the Bowl at Sugar Hill, 5039 w. Broad St. tickets are sold out. • JUNE 1: Joan Jet and the Blackhearts, 8 p.m. at the Bowl at Sugar Hill. tickets are no longer available. • AUG. 3: Blood, Sweat and tears, 8 p.m. at the Bowl at Sugar Hill. tickets can be purchased at bit.ly/2uym30V. Suwanee • MAY 11: Suwanee Jazz Fest, 6 to 10 p.m. at Suwanee town center park, at the intersection of Buford Highway and lawrenceville-Suwanee road. participating groups include unknown lyric, Hameia crawford, anonymous da Band and danii round. general admission is free. Vip tables cost $300 and can be reserved through www.ngaa4arts.com. • MAY 18: music Festival in the park, 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Suwanee town center. admission is free. • MAY 24: red, white, Bluegrass and Bach, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Suwanee town center. event includes orchestral and bluegrass music as well as a salute to veterans. admission is free. • JUNE 21: Suwanee Summer porch Jam, 6 to 9:30 p.m. on main Street in old town Suwanee. the event is part of worldwide make music day celebrations and is designed to be similar to a summer block party with musicians performing at venues around old town Suwanee. admission is free. • AUG. 10: august concert and wing Festival, 5 to 10 p.m. at town center park.