This rock quintet, formed at Ohio State University, had already built a major following through word-of-mouth buzz about its well-attended live shows, but they remained a well-kept secret to most of the world. Then came last year’s “All Sides,” which included “Shattered (Turn the Car Around),” the band’s first Top 40 entry and a No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Album Adult Alternative chart.
8 p.m. Aug. 21. $35. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.
Blue October, Switchfoot
Blue October emerged just as the prospects for another post-grunge rock band seemed dim (circa 2000). Against the odds, they’re around nearly a decade later, exploring a more interesting way forward for a sub-genre that seems stuck in a Nickelbackian, though lucrative, dead end. San Diego rock band Switchfoot is one of the most successful mainstream graduates from the Christian rock market.
8 p.m. Aug. 21. Masquerade Music Park, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178.
Sound Tribe Sector 9
Atlanta-born quintet, mixes current dance-music genres, jazz and hip-hop with the elasticity of a jam band. Now based in northern California, the venues get bigger and bigger for these guys. For this homecoming, they’ll be playing downtown at the Tabernacle tonight and moving up to the much larger Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Saturday.
9 p.m. Aug. 21. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
8 p.m. Aug. 22. $19.75-$39.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.
The Jonas Brothers
You’ll probably hear the screaming girls from one end of metro Atlanta to the other. These boys’ curly locks — especially those of mini-heartthrob Nick — are tween catnip. You’ve been warned. Oh, and the music, well, at its best, it sounds like a pasteurized Fall Out Boy/Maroon 5 hybrid.
8 p.m. Aug. 22. $29.50-$89.50. Philips Arena, One Philips Drive. 404-878-3000.
Big and Rich
These guys were the prime movers behind Nashville’s Muzik Mafia, a musical support group made up of artists, producers, writers and industry professionals that helped put Gretchen Wilson, Cowboy Troy and many others onto the country charts. But the duo formed by these two co-founders, John Rich and Big Kenny, might be the Mafia’s most enduring success story.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. $19- $49. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Pkwy., Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.
Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire
Horns rule as Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago join forces. These two bands were among the biggest brass-driven hit-makers to emerge during the ’70s. The rock and pop leaning Chicago scored 35 Top 40 hits between 1970 and 1991, while the R&B and funk powerhouse Earth, Wind and Fire took 16 tracks into the chart between 1974 and 1983.
7 p.m. Aug. 25. $39.50-$89.50. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Dr. N.W. 404-733-5012.
The Flaming Lips
The Flaming Lips are one of the few true progressive rock bands left. Everything they do seems to point forward, toward some futuristic music that isn’t fully formed yet. And they’re translating into terms we can understand.
7:30 p.m. August 26. $43. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Dr. NW, Atlanta. 404-733-5012.