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Beyoncé helps organize surprise proposal, stops concert during 'Single Ladies'

One of Beyoncé's most well-known lyrics might be: "If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it."

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The 35-year-old singer stopped her concert in St. Louis on Saturday during the popular song "Single Ladies" to allow a concertgoer to do just that -- put a ring on it.

"I think (there's) somebody I need to bring on the stage," Beyoncé said during the song, prompting unsuspecting fans to scream in the hopes that they'd be chosen to join her.

"Is it you?" she teased, pointing to one audience member. "Is it you?" she asked, pointing to another. 

Before long, a man joined Beyonce and her two dancers onstage, and she handed him the microphone.

The man, John Silver, walked toward Ashley Everett, Beyoncé's lead dancer and dance captain, and embraced her.

"I feel like it's only right to come out here in front of my hometown and show you guys what the epitome of a young woman looks like," Silver told the crowd. "I know that you think don't I express my love to you in front of everybody, so I feel like what better time than now to do it in front of (a crowd of people)? ... Will you marry me?"

The couple embraced before being congratulated by Beyoncé.

A photo posted by Ashley Everett (@ashleycmeverett) on Sep 11, 2016 at 10:04am PDT

"Let's see if you can do the choreography after that," she said.

Everett, who took a few moments to collect herself, got back into formation and finished the choreography to "Single Ladies," flashing her new ring while doing the movements.

According to her website, Everett, who dropped out of Julliard to dance on tour with Beyoncé, has danced with the singer for the last 8 years and has also shared the stage with Robin Thicke, Usher, Ciara, Ne-Yo, LaToya Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Tina Turner. 

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Apple patent blocks iPhones from recording at concerts

Apple was awarded a U.S. patent in June for a system that can force iPhones into disabling video-recording functions at concert venues.

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The system uses infrared signals to send messages to the smartphones to force them to shut down video recording capabilities. Apple's patent illustration shows a phone at a concert with the words "recording disabled" on screen. 

Various artists have been outspoken about fans filming their shows, with many claiming that it spoils the experience for other fans.

During a show this summer, Adele publicly told a fan who was filming the performance: "You can enjoy it in real life, rather than through your camera ... I'd really like you to enjoy my show because there's lots of people outside that couldn't come in."

It's not known whether Apple plans to put the patent into use. 

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Yondr is another company with a mission to eliminate cellphone distractions at concerts.

The company creates "phone-free spaces" at events where attendees must seal their cellphones in one of the company's lockable pouches. The pouch stays locked inside the phone-free zone but unlocks once you leave it.

"If you haven't been to a phone-free show, you just don't know what you're missing. There's something about living in real life that can’t be replicated," Yondr founder Graham Dugoni told The Washington Post.

July 4th Fireworks and Events 2016

Fireworks will light up the sky all over metro Atlanta on July 4th. Cities and towns, parks, malls and other venues usually do more than set off rockets, sparklers and firecrackers, though. Many also host live music, games and other activities to help you party the day and evening away.

Here’s your guide to some of the best shows and events in town, with something for everybody - and something near everybody. Most are free.  

Read carefully, some events are July 2nd or 3rd.

 

 

City of Atlanta:

4th of July at Centennial Olympic Park. Gates open 6 p.m. July 4th. Fireworks begin around 9:40 p.m. Free. Live music. Centennial Olympic Park 265 Park Ave. W., Atlanta. www.centennialpark.com.

The finale of the evening is Centennial Olympic Park’s Fireworks Spectacular, Atlanta’s largest fireworks display synchronized to a special selection of patriotic and popular music.

For a full list of items prohibited at the park visit www.centennialpark.com

Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race: The 6.2 mile event kicks off the holiday with 60,000 runners making their way down Peachtree Street. Even if you don't have a race number, it's worth checking out. Event starts at 6:43 am on July 4th.

Lenox Square 4th of July.  Musical entertainment, food concessions, and fireworks show. July 4th. Fireworks at 9:40 p.m. Free. 3393 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta.  www.simon.com/mall/lenox-square

Red White & Brew. July 2nd. Celebrate the 4th early with unlimited beer, food, and live music while enjoying scenic views of beluga whales, manta rays and whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. 7-11 p.m. $65 ($50 for members), 21 and older only.  225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org.

Funbelievable Fourth. July 4th. The Georgia Aquarium’s family-friendly celebration with food, festivities, music, and of course, views of over 500 aquatic species. Enjoy a spectacular view of the Centennial Olympic Park firework show from the Aquarium’s rooftop. 7-10 p.m. $25 for adults / $20 for children ($22.75 / $18.20 for members). 225 Baker St., Atlanta. 404-581-4000. www.georgiaaquarium.org

 

 

Around the area:

Acworth's 4th of July concert and fireworks

Alpharetta’s July 4th Fireworks and Festivities

  • July 4th. Celebrate Independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., behind the Alpharetta Community Center. Fireworks begin at dusk. Wills Park 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta, 678-297-6130, www.alpharetta.ga.us

Athens - Independence Day Celebration

  • July 1st. Enjoy free music and festivities in the streets of downtown Athens, starting at 5 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Auburn July 4th Festival & Fireworks

  • July 2nd. 5 to 11 p.m. Family fun, food, games, music, and activities. Fireworks on July 4th. 1369 Fourth Ave., Auburn. www.cityofauburn-ga.org.

Austell - Six Flags Over Georgia

  • Thrilling rides and attractions, fun games and fireworks show. Guests who arrive 7/3-7/5 with a Coca-Cola can, can get in an hour early. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. on all three nights. www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia

Braselton- 4th of July Festival/Parade

Buford- Mall of Georgia 14th Annual Star Spangled Fourth

  • July 4th. Event opens at 5 p.m. Free concerts begin at 5 p.m. in the Village Amphitheatre. Fireworks display scheduled to begin at dusk. Post-fireworks screening of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (rated PG-13). www.simon.com/mall/mall-of-georgia

Calhoun-Northwest Georgia Fairgrounds

Canton

  • July 4th. Parade through downtown begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks show will be held at Riverstone with music and dancing. Fireworks begin at dusk. Location: Riverstone Boulevard, Canton, GA 30114, USA www.canton-georgia.com

Cartersville

  • July 4th. Fireworks Watch Hike. 8:15 PM - 10:00 PM @ Pine Mountain Recreation Area (West Trailhead).

Clayton County

  • July 2nd-4th. Enjoy live entertainment and fireworks at international park “The Beach.” Firework Show starts at dusk. $10 per person. 770-477-3766. www.claytonparks.com

Chamblee

  • July 4th. 5:00PM: Bike parade from Chamblee Middle School to the Keswick Park soccer field. Festivities and live music. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. www.chambleega.com

Covington

  • July 4th. Main Street Covington Independence on the Square. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. 770-385-2077. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Cumming

  • July 3rd Celebration at Cumming Fairgrounds, 6-11 p.m. Free admission and parking. Fireworks start at 9:30 PM. July 4th Steam Engine Parade at 10:00 AM.  www.cummingfair.net

Dahlonega

  • July 4th. Begins with the annual Firecracker 5/10k at 7 a.m. Live music and festivities up until fireworks begin at dark. Downtown Dahlonega & UNG Drill Field. Free. (706) 864-3711.  www.dahlonega4thofjuly.com

Dalton

  • July 4th. Festivities begin at 2:00 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. at Heritage Point Park. 1275 Cross Plains Trail, Dalton, Georgia. Free. Pool and splash pad open on July 4th from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with $2 admission.  mydprd.com

Decatur

  • July 4th. Pied Piper Parade. Decorate your wagon, ride your bike, skate or walk in this parade, line up begins at 5:30 p.m. Parade begins at 6 p.m. and ends at the Community Bandstand on the square, with a concert by the Callanwolde Concert Band at 7 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Free. 404-371-8386.

Douglasville

  • July 4th. “Living in America” Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. Fireworks at dusk. Free. 6695 Church Street Douglassville, GA 30134 (678) 449-3124.

Duluth Celebrates America

  • July 3rd. Music, food and festivities on Duluth Town Green. 6-11 p.m. Fireworks show at 10 p.m. (770) 476-3434. www.duluthga.net

East Point Hometown Celebration

  • June 30th-July 4th. Carnival at the East Point Commons across from East Point MARTA station. 3-11 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy art, food, and live music. Fireworks on July 4th at 9:30. 404-270-7059, www.downtowneastpoint.com.

Ellijay

  • July 2nd. Star Spangled Beach Party. Live music 3-9 p.m. Parade assembly 4 p.m. Parade starts at 6 p.m. $25 float entry fee. 

Gwinnett County - Gwinnett Braves vs. Norfolk Tides

  • July 4th. Fireworks extravaganza immediately after game. Game begins at 7:05 p.m.  gwinnettbraves.com

Griffin

  • July 4th. Independence Day Celebration - Parade at 10 a.m. on Taylor Street. Fireworks at dusk. Festivities will take place at the Kiwanis Fairground prior to fireworks at 1025 S Hill St. Griffin, GA 30224. www.cityofgriffin.com

Hampton

  • July 1st. Friday Night Drags and Fireworks at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Show starts at 9-10 p.m. $20 to drag race. $8 general admission. 1500 N. U.S. 41, Hampton. 770-946-4211 www.atlantamotorspeedway.com

Hall County - Fireworks at Laurel Park

  • July 2nd. Gates open at 9 AM. Sports facilities, playground, sprayground and dog park are open to the public. Fireworks begin at 8 p.m. $5 per car.  American Legion Fireworks Display - 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville.

Heard County

  • July 2nd. GMC SummerFEST. Food, festivities, music and fireworks on the Chattahoochee. 5 – 11:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. Court Square, downtown Franklin. Free. (706) 675-0560  www.heardchamber.com

Helen

  • July 4th. Fireworks start around dusk behind the Alpine Village Shoppes and Helen Welcome Center. (706) 878-2181. 8016 S. Main St. Helen, GA 30545

Henry County Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza

  • July 3rd. Festivities begin at 4 p.m, including a car show, 5k run, cornhole tournament, and children's area with inflatables. Fireworks at dusk. Richard Craig Park in McDonough, 125 S. Zack Hinton Blvd. (678) 432-4399  www.hcfireworks.com

Kennesaw’s Salute to America

  • July 3rd. Free admission. Concert starts at 6 p.m., fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Downtown Kennesaw. www.kennesawjuly3.com.

Lake Lanier

  • July 1st to 3rd at LanierWorld. July 1: Concerts from 3-11 p.m. July 2: Live music all day, fireworks at 10 p.m. July 3: DJ from 2-6 p.m. Fireworks at 10 p.m. 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford Ga. (770) 945-8787. www.discoverlakelanier.com

Lawrenceville

  • July 3rd. Prelude to the Fourth - Lawrenceville’s renowned Aurora Theatre will perform a Broadway Musical with a full orchestra, followed by a dazzling fireworks display! 7:30-10 p.m. 210 Luckie Street, Lawrenceville, 30046. (678) 226-2639  

Lilburn

  • July 4th. Sparkle in the Park. Music, food and fireworks. 5:30-10 p.m. At 7:30 GLOW will have a family-friendly concert.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket, coolers are allowed. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Lilburn City Park, 76 Main St., Lilburn. www.cityoflilburn.com

Marietta

  • July 4th. Fourth in the Park. Day-long celebration. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Parade, free live concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games, and fireworks finale. Fireworks when dark. Glover Park on the Marietta Square www.mariettaga.gov

Monroe

  • July 4th. Freedom Fest. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Athens Tech Campus, 121 Blaine Street. Free. Fireworks at dark. (404) 992-5050  monroedowntown.com

Newnan Rotary Club’s Independence Day

  • July 4th. Parade at 9 a.m. Newnan Rotary Club Fireworks celebration @ Drake Stadium. Free. Gates open at 5:30 festivities begin at 6 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. www.mainstreetnewnan.com

Norcross

  • July 3rd. Red, White & BOOM! 5-10 p.m. block party. Inflatables and vendors. Fireworks at dusk. Free. Lillian Webb Park, 5 College St., Norcross. 678-421-2000. aplacetoimagine.com

Peachtree City

  • July 4th. The parade begins at 9 a.m. on Peachtree Parkway at Braelinn Golf Course. Fireworks at Drake Field start at dusk. 151 Willowbend Rd. www.peachtree-city.org

Roswell's Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza

  • July 4th. Starts at 5:30 p.m. Carnival games, food and fun. Live music starts at 6 p.m. Sweet Apple Elementary School - 12025 Etris Road. Fireworks begin at dark. BBQ & Bluegrass 11 a.m to 5 p.m. on the Barrington Hall Grounds 535 Barrington Dr. www.roswellgov.com

Sandy Springs Fireworks Display

  • July 3rd. Parade 9 a.m Mount Vernon Rd Fireworks. Live music starts at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Viewing will be at Concourse Corporate Center Lawn: Five Concourse Parkway. Local residents are encouraged to pack a snack.  www.sandyspringsga.org

Snellville

  • Star Spangled Snellville. Independence Day Celebration on the Towne Green. July 4th starting at 4 pm. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. www.snellvillepride.com/

Stone Mountain

  • Fantastic Fourth Celebration at Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy the Lasershow Spectacular, followed by fireworks July 1-4 on the lawn. Attraction hours 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Laser show & Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. $15 daily parking pass or $40 for annual parking permit. U.S. 78 E., Stone Mountain. www.stonemountainpark.com

Sugar Hill

Tallapoosa

  • Fireworks will be at Helton Howland Memorial Park the night of July 2nd. On July 4th, the parade will begin at 1 p.m. in downtown Tallapoosa. 678.416.1401.

Villa Rica Fireworks Extravaganza

  • July 3rd. 5:00-10:00 p.m. The Villa Rica Sports Complex, 1605 Highway 61, Villa Rica. 678-840-1430.  www.villaricaparks.com

Woodstock’s Festival in the Park

  • July 4th. Freedom Run at 7:15 a.m. Parade at 10 a.m starts at Woodstock Elementary School on Rope Mill Road. Events after parade go until 3 p.m., at City Center. Fireworks at dusk behind the Target shopping center at Hwy 92 and I-575. www.woodstockga.gov.

Lauryn Hill fans can get refund for Atlanta concert

Lauryn Hill fans that attended the singer’s disastrous Atlanta show at Chastain Park Amphitheater can receive a full refund.

Hill showed up more than two hours late to a recent show at the venue and was only able to perform for less than 40 minutes due to the amphitheater’s 11 p.m. curfew. She later issued a statement telling fans that she will make it up to them. No further details have been released at this time.

  • Read our review here.

Live Nation’s Director of Marketing, Holly Clausen, said she can’t speak on all venues and musicians, but they’ve never had an artist show up nearly two and a half hours late to a scheduled show before, so they’ve never had to issue refunds in this manner.

“We’re doing this because she only performed for 37 minutes,” she said.

Clausen said it is “not for public knowledge” whether Hill was paid for the show.

Refunds are available at the point of purchase, including the venue’s box office, Ticketmaster and Live Nation, and Groupon.

Fans who purchased their tickets through the amphitheater’s box office will have to return on the date the venue is hosting a show. The next event is Willie Nelson’s May 20 concert. 

According to Baltimore’s Fox45, the singer has cancelled an upcoming show in Baltimore that was scheduled for May 12. She is scheduled to perform tonight (May 10) in Richmond.

Lauryn Hill apologizes to fans after 2-hour delay at Atlanta concert

Fans, musicians and media all weighed in on Lauryn Hill’s tardiness to her recent concert in Atlanta, causing the singer’s name to trend on Twitter for much of the day Saturday.

But the one person who remained silent was the singer herself.

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On Sunday, in a message posted to Facebook, Hill said she is "figuring out a plan" to make it up to fans who waited more than two hours to see her perform at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Friday. Due to her late arrival and the venue’s 11 p.m. curfew, the singer only performed for less than 40 minutes before her sound was cut off.

“I have nothing but love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show,” the Facebook message reads.

Hill, who's show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET, took the stage around 10:20 p.m. She was forced to stop singing during her set because of a strict curfew that the venue, which is located in a residential area, enforces.

The crowd booed the singer when she first started the show and when she was forced to stop singing.

While a fan video seems to show Hill blaming her driver for her tardiness, her Facebook message makes no mention of the driver. 

Hill said she will announce details about how she plans to make it up to fans as soon as she has them.

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Lauryn Hill apologizes to fans after 2-hour delay at Atlanta concert

Fans, musicians and media all weighed in on Lauryn Hill’s tardiness to her recent concert in Atlanta, causing the singer’s name to trend on Twitter for much of the day Saturday.

But the one person who remained silent was the singer herself.

On Sunday, in a message posted to Facebook,  Hill said she is "figuring out a plan" to make it up to fans who waited more than two hours to see her perform at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Friday.  Due to her late arrival and the venue's 11 p.m. curfew, the singer only performed for less than 40 minutes before her squad was cut-off.

“I have nothing but love and appreciation for the fans in Atlanta, and regret not being able to give you a full show,” the Facebook message reads.

Hill, who's show was scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET, took the stage around 10:20 p.m. She was forced to stop singing during her set because of a strict curfew that the venue, which is located in a residential area, enforces.

The crowd booes the singer when she first started the show and when she was forced to stop singing. 

While a fan video seems to show Hill blaming her driver for her tardiness, her Facebook message makes no mention of the driver. 

Hill said she will announce details about how she plans to make it up to fans as soon as she has them.

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Need Beyoncé tickets? AmEx and Uber are giving some away

Getting tickets to Beyoncé’s "Formation" World Tour has been harder than getting to the bottom of the “Becky with the good hair” controversy. Most of the shows are sold out. Unless you want to stand alone at one of the shows that still has available tickets, you’re going to have to shell out a couple hundred dollars minimum to nab a spot from which you can worship Queen Bey live.

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But you might be able to get around that. Wednesday -- when "Formation" kicked off in Miami -- American Express and Uber announced a partnership that gives anyone (not just card members) the chance to win two tickets to one of Beyoncé’s 21 remaining U.S. shows. Here’s how the promotion works:

On the day of the concert in a participating city, you can request the “FORMATION” view in the Uber app, using the promo code FORMATIONAMEX. You can then request a FORMATION ride, and you could receive two tickets and a round-trip UberX ride to the concert in the city. Uber and American Express have both said that the demand will be high, and getting matched with a FORMATION ride isn’t a guarantee of tickets.

>> Does Beyonce's 'Lemonade' allude to a rocky relationship with Jay-Z?

Sure, the chances of hitting the Beyoncé/Uber jackpot probably aren’t great, but it may be more likely than you being able to come up with enough money to buy your own tickets and transport to the concert, at this point. As much as it would probably feel worth it at the time, the aftermath of blowing your budget to see Beyoncé will probably be as unpleasant as it is to be Rachel Roy right now.

There’s some consolation for people who request these Uber rides and don’t end up getting Formation tickets: If you happen to have an American Express credit card and are enrolled in their Membership Rewards program, you can earn two times the rewards points when you pay for an Uber ride with your card.

>> Surprise! Beyoncé serves up 'Lemonade'; fans lose their minds

American Express isn’t the only credit card with this sort of deal. It’s always smart to check with your credit card issuer to see if they offer any discounts with a certain service or if you can maximize your rewards with certain purchases. Of course, spending for the sake of credit card rewards can be a dangerous strategy, because credit card debt is expensive and high credit card balances can kill your credit score. You can keep tabs on yours by getting your free credit report summary every 30 days on Credit.com.

Prince to play two Atlanta shows next week

Ready to party like it’s 1999? You’d better be — Prince is coming to the Fox Theatre next week to play two shows.

The Purple One will perform at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. April 7 as part of his “The Piano and the Microphone Tour.”

The repertoire will be culled from Prince’s 39-album catalog and each performance will have a unique set-list. He’ll play hits, B-sides and new material.

Every ticket purchased includes a CD copy of his new album “HITNRUN.”

The tour started Jan. 21 and has traveled to Sydney, Australia and Oakland, Calif., amongst other cities. In addition to classics from albums including “1999,” “Purple Rain” and “Sign o’ the Times,” set lists have also featured covers by Joni Mitchell, Paul Robeson and Ray Charles; songs Prince has written for other acts including The Time, Sheila E. and Vanity 6; and even a Thelonious Monk-style version of the theme to Batman.

Tickets range from $100-$350 and go on sale tomorrow at noon. They may be purchased by calling 855-285-8499 or online at foxtheatre.org. The Fox Theatre box office will be open at noon for in-person sales.

Customers are limited to two tickets per person, per show. Tickets may be picked up from the Fox Theatre box office on the day of the show. Pickup for the 7 p.m. show will begin at 10 a.m., and pickup for the 10 p.m. show will begin at 1 p.m.

Rolling Stones Cuba concert was mostly politics-free

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The Rolling Stones have officially brought their music to Cuba with a performance that seemed mostly free of a political agenda.

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For years, many Cubans listened to bands like the Stones in secret because their music didn't line up with the government ideology. But Friday's massive, free performance was meant to show that Cuba is opening up to the rest of the world.

According to the band's announcement, the concert at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana was "the first open-air concert in the country by a British rock band."

Frontman Mick Jagger and company mostly avoided any political statement during the show, except for acknowledging the band's presence in the country was a sign "times are changing."

Some estimates say nearly half a million people attended the celebratory performance.

The event capped off a week where a sitting U.S. president visited the country in nearly 90 years.

One concertgoer told The Guardian there is a feeling among Cubans that "something good" is happening.

But not everyone saw the concert as a sign of good things to come. One democracy activist said the government was using it as a symbol of an "opening that isn't really taking place."

And at least one world leader did take issue with the event — the pope, though it wasn't because of politics. The BBC reports he asked the Stones to postpone the concert because it conflicted with Good Friday.

The concert was a part of the Rolling Stones' America Latina Ole tour that is traveling through Central and South America.

They have also started a push to donate musical instruments and equipment to benefit Cuban musicians across all music genres.

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