It may not be fall officially, but the cool and soothing sounds of the Rippingtons might make you feel autumnal. The smooth jazz outfit has been bringing the mellow vibe for more than two decades with guitarist and sole constant Russ Freeman leading the way.
8 p.m. Sept. 5. $35. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.
Kate Campbell, Claire Holley, Decatur resident Caroline Herring and multiple Grammy winner Mary Chapin Carpenter will pay tribute to author Eudora Welty. You can’t go wrong with four singer-songwriters as talented as these women, each one a musical storyteller of remarkable talent. This show was first performed earlier this year in Welty’s hometown of Jackson, Miss., in the days surrounding the 100th anniversary of her birth. Holley, Campbell and Decatur resident Herring all grew up in Mississippi, while Carpenter’s “Halley Came to Jackson” č a song and a children’s book č was inspired by a story from Welty’s memoir, “One Writer’s Beginnings.”
8 p.m. Sept. 5. $25. Presser Hall, Agnes Scott College, 141 E. College Ave., Decatur. 404-471-6430, www.decaturbookfestival.com.
WRFG Labor Day Blues Barbecue
One of the major annual fund-raisers for community radio station WRFG will feature performances by some of Atlanta’s best blues talent, including Mudcat, Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, E.G. Kight and Chicago Joe Jones.
1 p.m. Sept. 7. $15; $12 in advance through www.wrfg.org; ages 12 and under free. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. N.E. 404-249-0001, www.wrfg.org.
Throw Me the Statue, the Brunettes
The Cure’s gloomy side gets most of the attention, but Throw Me the Statue is a reminder of the sprightly yet still challenging post-punk pop Robert Smith and Co. made in their earliest days. If you loved “Jumping Someone Else’s Train” (or early XTC), check these guys out. The Brunettes call their music “boy/girl melodrama pop” and that seems just about right for the cuddly tunes with an edge crafted by these New Zealanders.
9 p.m. Sept. 7. $10. The Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce de Leon Place. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net.
Perez Hilton Presents
If you can get past the name of the gossip-spewing presenter of this traveling musical showcase, there are treasures beneath the self-proclaimed Queen of All Media’s vanity. New Zealand’s Ladyhawke — aka Pip Brown — makes ’80s-tinged electro-pop with hooks as big as all outdoors. Ida Maria’s rock is more straightforward and guitar-centric, her gruff voice hinting at what Cat Power might sound if Chan Marshall sped things up. Semi Precious Weapons are glam-rock revivalists from New York with a hefty metallic crunch and a flamboyant frontman.
8 p.m. Sept. 10. $21. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.