Todd Snider, Holly Golightly
Nashville’s Snider (at left) can be snarky and snide, but he’s also witty, observant and even poignant. Of his latest album, “The Excitement Plan,” Rolling Stone writes that “[his] compressed story-songs are so vivid and knowing that they seem completely plausible, even the one … voiced by a piece of discarded junk mail that dreams of being a tree again.” Now a Georgia resident, British musician Golightly’s career began with all-girl garage band Thee Headcoatees in 1991, before striking out on her own in 1995. Her gritty, primitive rock aesthetic comes across like a mix of old acoustic country blues, early R&B, pre-British Invasion rock and rustic folk.
8 p.m. July 17. $22-$36.75. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
The Spinners were one of the biggest R&B vocal groups of the ’70s, with hits such as “Rubberband Man” and the No. 1 single “Then Came You,” which paired the band with Dionne Warwick. The group still includes founding members Bobbie Smith and Henry Fambrough.
8 p.m. July 17-18. $35-$55. The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 770-631-0630.
Bob Weir and RatDog
It’s a jam-rock lovers alfresco dream as Grateful Dead mainstay Weir and his band RatDog are joined by Moe and Perpetual Groove at the outdoor stage behind the Masquerade.
4 p.m. July 17-18. $35 (two day passes $65). Masquerade Music Park, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178.
Jefferson native and UGA grad Smith (at right) melds country, rock and blues and plays to packed houses across the Southeast. He gets the Bulldog faithful going with “Every Dawg” and keeps the spring-break spirit alive for the post-grad crowd with “If I Could Do It Again.”
7 p.m. July 18. $25. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Dr. N.W. 404-733-5012.
The buzz about talented young Atlanta singer-songwriter Deignan is blanketing the metro area like sausage gravy on a big fluffy biscuit. Don’t be surprised if he becomes the next John Mayer.
9 p.m. July 18. $8. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road. 404-875-1522.
This one-time L.A. cover band was transformed by former Animals frontman Eric Burdon. After hitting the Top 5 in 1970 with “Spill the Wine,” Burdon moved on. War continued to produce hit after hit during the ’70s (“Low Rider,” “Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”). The Average White Band, the Scottish funk outfit that opens the show, took the instrumental “Pick Up the Pieces” to the top of the pop chart in 1974.
8 p.m. July 22. $19-$59. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Dr. N.W. 404-733-5012.
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