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Free tribute to celebrate life of Atlanta music promoter Alex Cooley
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ATLANTA -- The life of legendary Atlanta concert promoter Alex Cooley will be celebrated Saturday night in Atlanta.

Cooley, a longtime fixture in the local and national music scene, passed away Dec. 1. He was 74.

The tribute will be held at the Tabernacle from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will feature performances and tributes from Blackberry Smoke, Drivin N Cryin, Kristian Bush (of Sugarland) and more acts. The event is free, but a ticket is required. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis through Ticketmaster. Click here for more. 

Cooley is credited with promoting the Atlanta International Pop Festival in 1969 and 1970. Those shows featured Led Zeppelin, Joe Cocker, B.B. King, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and dozens more acts. He went on to open Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom, bringing acts such as Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen to Atlanta, and later booked talent at the Great Southeast Music Hall. He was inducted in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 1987, and awarded a Grammy HEROES Award in 2004. He served on the Board of Governors for the Georgia Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Artists and Sciences. In recent years, Cooley owned Eddie's Attic in Decatur.

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