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Live Music Picks July 31-Aug. 6

Grupo Fantasma. Photo: Crawford Morgan

Grupo Fantasma. Photo: Crawford Morgan

TODAY

Grupo Fantasma

This big band of joyous noisemakers from Austin, Texas, treats showgoers to unforgettable performances with a rootsy, horn-driven mix of Latin, rock and reggae styles. The novel approach and monstrous bag of tricks never overshadow the booty-shaking intent of it all. The sprawling combo’s latest album, “Sonidos Gold,” was nominated for a Grammy in the best Latin rock or alternative album category.

8:30 p.m. July 31. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.

SATURDAY

Green Day

More than a decade after taking punk into the mainstream, Green Day scored a Grammy for best rock album with 2005’s “American Idiot.” It became the band’s biggest success since its 1994 breakout “Dookie,”

which sold more than 10 million copies. The trio followed that Grammy winner with this year’s similarly ambitious “21st Century Breakdown,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in May.

7:30 p.m. Aug. 1. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500, www.gwinnettcenter.com.

Gary Lewis and the Playboys

Revisit the ’60s with one of that decade’s oft-forgotten stars. This band, led by the son of comedy legend Jerry Lewis, strung together seven Top 10 hits in 1965-66 and had five more Top 40 hits before the end of 1968.

8 p.m. Aug. 1. $30-$62.50. Villages Amphitheater, 301 Lafayette Ave., Fayetteville. 770-460-0686, villagesamphitheater.com.

Blondie's Deborah Harry at a 2004 performance in New York. Photo: Dean Cox / Associated Press

Blondie's Deborah Harry at a 2004 performance in New York. Photo: Dean Cox / Associated Press

SUNDAY

Blondie, Pat Benatar and the Donnas

It’s been a while since the band’s hit-making heyday in the early ’80s, but Blondie still has all the crucial parts: guitarist Chris Stein, keyboardist Jimmy Destri, vocalist Debbie Harry and one of the most distinctive drummers in rock, Clem Burke. Blondie will be joined by big-voiced Benatar, who is still accompanied by her longtime guitarist and husband Neil Giraldo. The Donnas are among a younger generation of female rock outfits that owe a major debt to their pioneering touring partners.

7 p.m. Aug. 2. $33.50-$48.50. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W. 404-233-2227, www.chastainseries.com.

Ricardo Arjona

His career spans more than 20 years and this Guatemalan is one of Central America’s biggest stars. His name is finally becoming more familiar to the rest of the world thanks to a Grammy Award for best Latin pop album for his 2005 release “Adentro.”

7:30 p.m. Aug. 2. $59-$129. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500, www.gwinnettcenter.com.

THURSDAY

Jackson Browne

One of the finest singer-songwriters of the ’70s, Browne has had a bit of a resurgence of late, touring behind his 2008 release, “Time the Conqueror.” Upon release, it became his first Top 20 album since 1983’s “Lawyers in Love.” Browne, who turned 60 last October, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Even if you’re not familiar with the new material, those gems of his early years are always worth revisiting, including timeless classics such as “Doctor My Eyes,” “Running on Empty,” “Before the Deluge” and “These Days.”

8 p.m. Aug. 6. $35.50-$55.50. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W. 404-233-2227, www.chastainseries.com.

2 comments Add your comment

Top Dawg

August 4th, 2009
11:13 pm

We’ll be there Thursday night to rock Chastain with Jackson Browne!!!

Tashi

May 13th, 2010
6:10 am

Hey Top Dawg, I will be in the event fixed on Aug / 12 / 2010 8:00 pm at Vancouver, British Columbia. do, you too have plans. we booked the tickets a week back at http://www.gettickets.ca/. am not sure if tickets are still available. lets enjoy the night with a big band.