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Live music picks Aug. 28-Sept. 3

Randy Houser

Randy Houser

Randy Houser

“Boots On” has made Houser the first new male country artist to reach the Top 10 country singles chart this year, but it wasn’t his first Top 10 success. He was one of the writers of “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” the Trace Adkins-recorded tribute to the tush that hit No. 2 on the country chart in 2006.

10:30 p.m. Aug. 28. $15-$30. Cowboys, 1750 N. Roberts Road, Kennesaw. 770-426-5006,


“Crüe Fest 2: The White Trash Circus”

Secure your daughters, Atlanta, because the kings of excessive ’80s metal, Mötley Crüe, are back. The band’s stupid-but-fun head-banging pop-metal often takes a back seat to the sex and decadence that surrounds them.

5 p.m. Aug. 29. $29.50-$95. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-443-5000,



Or the Van Hagar Peppers featuring Joe Satriani. This supergroup – former Van Halen members vocalist Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Joe Satriani - make surprisingly effective riff-rock. It’s nothing you haven’t heard before, but these guysare pros who know how to pound out shake-the-rafters anthems.

7 p.m. Aug. 30. $40-$45. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022,


Depeche Mode

In 1980, Depeche Mode was a quartet of  British boys with poofy hair, synthesizers and sprightly electro-pop. After original songwriter Vince Clark left to form Yazoo, the music became much darker and gloomier. By 1990, Depeche Mode was one of the biggest bands in the world, creating the perfect soundtrack for disaffected youth who weren’t quite depressed enough for the music of the scary Goth underground.

7 p.m. Sept. 1. $29.50-$83.50. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-443-5000,


B.B. King

The aging King spends a lot of time seated these days during his shows, but even from a chair at center stage, he and his trusty six-string Lucille are a commanding presence. The charismatic entertainer once known as the Beale Street Blues Boy, always raises goose bumps when he launches into “The Thrill is Gone,” and that alone is worth the price of admission.

7 p.m. Sept. 2. $20-$49.75. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. 770-819-7765,


Lee “Scratch” Perry

His career began in the 1950s, but Jamaican trailblazer Perry is best known for the work he created after setting up his own Upsetter label in the late ’60s. In the ’70s, he began experimenting with studio techniques and was one of the pioneers of dub. It was a new and twisted take on reggae (which Perry also helped instigate) distinguished by instrumental tracks that seem to appear and disappear randomly. Rafter-rattling, echo-laden bass and drums are punctuated with stinging snatches of guitar and horns that sometimes skitter off into the stratosphere.

8:30 p.m. Sept. 3. $22.50-$25. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354,

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