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Atlanta Rhythm Section. Photo: Courtesy
Atlanta Rhythm Section. Photo: Courtesy

By Evan Da Silva

Atlanta Rhythm Section will be performing at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Sunday, March 29 with doors opening at 5 p.m. and the show beginning at 7 p.m.

Originating in Doraville, Ga., ARS formed in 1970 after the future bandmates worked together on a Roy Orbison recording session. The group’s first two albums with Decca Records failed to make the splash the group was hoping for and subsequently led them to join Polydor Records in 1974. After three more unsuccessful albums the group finally hit their stride in 1977 with their single “So In to You,” which made it into the U.S. Top 10. The album A Rock and Roll Alternative, which included the breakthrough single, eventually went gold.

ARS followed the success by producing another strong effort with Champagne Jam in 1978, which again propelled the band into the Top 10 and later went platinum, thanks to the single “Imaginary Lover.” The string of success would earn the group a performance for President Jimmy Carter at the White House.

After a break leading well into the mid-’90s, ARS rerecorded their biggest hits in the live-in-studio album Atlanta Rhythm Section ’96. At this same time the band would be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and would also be honored in September 1996 at the Georgia World Fair Congress Center.

Current band members include Dean Daughtry on keyboards and vocals, Rodney Justo providing vocals, Steve Stone and Justin Senker playing bass, Jim Kneeling on drums and percussion and David Anderson on guitar.

The Coach House is located at 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. Tickets are $25 and dinner reservations with priority seating are also available. For tickets or more information call 949.496.8930 or go to

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