Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta City Council declared January 4th as Alex Cooley Day in the city. Cooley was posthumously given the Phoenix Award, the highest honor one can receive from the mayor. Cooley, arguably the most active and influential concert promoter in Atlanta history, died on December 1st at his home in Florida at age 75.
Meanwhile, a tribute concert and celebration of Cooley’s life is set for Saturday, January 9th at the Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta. Atlanta acts Blackberry Smoke, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ and Kristian Bush will perform, with more expected to be announced. While this is a free event, a ticket is required for admission. Tickets (reserved seating on the balconies only) are available through ticketmaster.com while they last, with no service fees added. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the celebration scheduled for 7-9 p.m.