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Atlanta Rhythm Section Highlights Suwanee Event

Popular group with roots in '70s scheduled for Town Center Park stage Saturday.

Updated 2:20 p.m., Sept. 30, 2011

Just when you thought in Suwanee was about to become an oldies radio station, a new twist is added for Saturday.

The Atlanta Rhythm Section, a revamped version of the group that gained fame in the 1970s, is headlining the Celebrate Service Music Festival. The band is scheduled to take the amphitheater stage at 7:30 p.m.

However, that caps an entire day of music at the park. The North Gwinnett Drum Line and the 12Stone Band are among the other performers listed. Music is expected to start at 10 a.m.

The event, sponsored by Amigos for Christ charity of Buford, also lists a 30-mile bike ride and a frisbee tournament as attractions.

According to website information, the Atlanta Rhythm Section reunited in 1996. Their "Southern rock" hits included "Champagne Jam" and "Imaginary Lover." Dean Daughtry, Paul Goddard and Rodney Justo are back from the original lineup. Vocalist Ronnie Hammond died in March 2011

Tim September 30, 2011 at 02:44 PM
The current lineup has Rodney Justo - lead vocalist on the first album before Ronnie Hammond became the lead vocalist. Also, the original bassist Paul Goddard is in the current lineup.
Steve Hammond October 01, 2011 at 12:09 AM
Keep the music alive, best wishes to all the current members of the group! Great people great musicians! Wish I could be there to enjoy. I am sure everyone will have a " Large Time"
Steve Burns (Editor) October 01, 2011 at 10:53 AM
Tim, another vigilant reader also alerted us to the current ARS lineup, and I've included this in the story. Thanks!

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