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Musiq Soulchild Sells Out Center Stage

Taalib Johnson, born September 16, 1977, is better known by his stage name Musiq Soulchild or Musiq. The soul artist whose style blends contemporary R&B, soul, funk, alternative, blues, jazz and hip hop. is a native of Philadelphia. Musiq Soulchild has had 2 platinum albums, 2 gold albums and 7 hit singles. He has received awards from Billboard, BET, ASCAP, BMI, and Soul Train. Musiq has also earned award nominations from MTV, American Music Awards, NAACP, and 9 Grammy nominations, including 3 for his 2007 album Luvanmusiq. Besides being a successful recording artist, Musiq is notable for his creative and unique way of titling his albums and songs by ignoring the rules of capitalization, punctuation and spelling. 

Outside of music, he has been featured in television and print ads for McDonald’s, Nike, Coca-Col, Levi Strauss & Co. and The Gap. He also made a special appearance in The CW’s #1 comedy The Game on Monday, October 29, 2007.

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Live music picks Sept. 18-20

TODAY
Medeski, Martin, and Wood
Sometimes funky, sometimes flighty and always cool, these New York jazz eccentrics twist the genre into surprising new shapes. Their most recent release is the ambitious “Radiolarian Series,” which covers three separate discs. It demonstrates that the trio’s stylistic explorations are far from over.
8:30 p.m. Sept. 18. $25. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.
SATURDAY
Indigo Girls
Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have spent more than a decade entertaining us — and making us think — with heart-touching songs and gorgeous harmonies. The two musicians first began performing together as students at Decatur’s Shamrock High School (now a middle school). After many years on a major label, earning a Grammy and selling millions of albums, the duo is releasing music independently again.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 19. $33.50-$58.50. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W. 404-233-2227, www.chastainseries.com.
SATURDAY
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Hot tickets 9/15

Lenny Kravitz will play at the Tabernacle on Oct. 29. Credit: Silvia Izquierdo / Associated Press

Lenny Kravitz will play at the Tabernacle on Oct. 29. Credit: Silvia Izquierdo / Associated Press

LN = Live Nation, 1-877-598-8698, www.livenation.com
TM = Ticketmaster, 404-249-6400, www.ticketmaster.com
TA = Ticketalternative, 1-877-725-8849, www.ticketalternative.com

ON SALE SEPT. 17
Dashboard Confessional with New Found Glory, Never Shout Never and Single File. 7 p.m. Dec. 18. The Tabernacle. $33; $30 advance. LN.

ON SALE SEPT. 18
Lenny Kravitz. 8 p.m. Oct. 29. The Tabernacle. $55. LN.
Wolfmother with Heartless Bastards and Thenewno2. 8 p.m. Nov. 2. The Tabernacle. $28; $25 advance. LN.
Justin Nozuka with Sam Bradley. 8 p.m. Nov. 10. Center Stage. $20; $18 advance. TM.
The Benevento Russo Duo. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13. Five Spot. $17.50; $15 advance. TM.
Hatebreed. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Masquerade. $22.50 advance. TM.

ON SALE SEPT. 19
KISS with Buckcherry. 8 p.m. Oct. 26. Philips Arena. $19.50-$130. TM.
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. 8 p.m. Nov. 18. The Tabernacle. …

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Pet Shop Boys Draw Large Flock To Chastain

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British electronic dance music duo Pet Shop Boys consist of Neil Tennant on vocals, keyboards and guitar and Chris Lowe on keyboards and vocals. Their show at Chastain Park Saturday evening, September 12, was close to capacity with a devoted and enthusiastic following of fans who call themselves PET HEADS. The production was an elaborate blend  that included video screens , dancers and large white cubes that were used as projection screens and risers for the performers. The cubes were dramatically knocked down from a huge wall  into separate cubes and reassembled in various ways during the show.
 
Pet Shop Boys are in the midst of a world tour promoting their newest album entitled ‘YES’ and will head to Europe in the Fall and Winter. They have sold over 100 million records worldwide. Since 1986, they have had 42 Top 30 singles and 22 Top 10 hits in the UK, including four Number Ones: “West End Girls,” “It’s a Sin,” “Always on My Mind,” and “Heart.” At the 2009 BRIT Awards, …

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Creed & Staind Rock Out At Aaron’s Amphitheatre Saturday

Creed, Staind and Lo Pro performed at Aaron’s Ampitheatre on the Southside Saturday night, September 12, 2009. Here is an excerpt from Creed’s website explaining the course of events leading to this “reunion” tour:

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Five years ago, Wind-up Records recording artist Creed disbanded in what turned into an acrimonious split that left lead singer Scott Stapp and the rest of the band—guitarist Mark Tremonti, drummer Scott Phillips and bassist Brian Marshall—on opposite sides, each pursuing separate careers, with Stapp as a solo performer, the other three forming Alter Bridge.

After three, multi-platinum albums in 1996’s My Own Prison (6 million), 1999’s Human Clay (11 million) and 2001’s Weathered (6 million), the last two debuting at 1 on the Billboard Top 200, selling a total of more than 26 million in the U.S. alone, with hits like “My Own Prison,” “Torn,” “What’s This Life For,” “One,” “Higher,” “With Arms Wide Open,” “My Sacrifice” and “One Last Breath,” Creed had hit a …

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Perez Hilton Presents 3 Buzz Bands At Variety Playhouse

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Hilton, whose real name is Mario Armando Lavandeira, already has plenty to do running his gossip site, PerezHilton.com, and a fashion site, CocoPerez.com. His hard work is all part of a plan, he said, to expand his brand and become “the gay, Latino Oprah.” Pursuing such lofty goals has also resulted in a few high-profile controversies, including an alleged assault involving the Black Eyed Peas, numerous “outings” of purported gay entertainers,  and the media firestorm that surrounded his gay marriage question to former Miss California, Carrie Prejean. On June 25, 2009, shortly after Michael Jackson had gone into cardiac arrest, Hilton …

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Live music picks Sept. 11-17

Amy Grant. Photo: NBC Universal

Amy Grant. Photo: NBC Universal

FRIDAY

Amy Grant

Grant was one of the first and most successful contemporary Christian artists to go mainstream, putting together a string of Top 20 hits in the early ’90s, including the No.1 “Baby Baby.”

7 p.m. Sept. 11. $35-$75. The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 770-631-0630, www.amphitheater.org.

Chris Young

Young was the winner of Season 4 of USA Network’s “Nashville Star” talent competition. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., vocalist was also the season’s only Southerner. His self-titled debut was one of the better country releases of 2006, led by its gem of a first single, “Drinkin’ Me Lonely.” He’s just followed that up with second album, “The Man I Want to Be.”

9:30 p.m. Sept. 11. $10-$100. Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678-473-1000. www.wildbillsatlanta.com.


SATURDAY

Creed

Was the world really clamoring for a Creed reunion? This Florida post-grunge quartet is back and just the same as …

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Georgians nominated for CMA Awards

The Zac Brown Band poses with the award for top new vocal duo or group at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5, 2009. Photo: Jae C. Hong /AP

The Zac Brown Band has reason to celebrate with a big batch of something fried. Again.

The Dahlonega-raised frontman and his band scored four nominations from the Country Music Association, putting them in the company of fellow four-time nominees George Strait, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Jamey Johnson. The group took home the best new vocal group or duo award from the Academy of Country Music earlier this year.

Brown and his band are nominated in the new artist, vocal group and single of the year categories, the last for chart-topper “Chicken Fried.” Brown gets a solo nod for writing the song in the song of the year category.

Reigning vocal duo champion Sugarland will be in the running again for that crown, and the Atlanta pair will also compete in the album of the year category for “Love on …

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Hot tickets 9/8

Train will perform at the Tabernacle on Nov. 17. Credit: Sony/Columbia

Train will perform at the Tabernacle on Nov. 17. Credit: Sony/Columbia

LN = Live Nation, 1-877-598-8698, www.livenation.com
TM = Ticketmaster, 404-249-6400, www.ticketmaster.com
TA = Ticketalternative, 1-877-725-8849, www.ticketalternative.com

ON SALE SEPT. 11
Julian Marley featuring Stephen Marley. 9 p.m. Oct. 9. The Loft. $19. TA.
Sin City Fight Club — Redline Grand Prix. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Center Stage. $25-$60. TM.
Jay Brannen. 9 p.m. Oct. 20. Vinyl. $15; $13 advance. TA.
Trivium. 7 p.m. Oct. 29. Masquerade. $20 advance. TM.
The Cult. 8 p.m. Nov. 15. The Tabernacle. $32. LN.
Echo and the Bunnymen. 7 p.m. Nov. 15. Masquerade. $22.50 advance. TM.
AFI. 8 p.m. Nov. 16. The Tabernacle. $28; $26.50 advance. LN.
Train with Uncle Kracker. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17. The Tabernacle. $35; $31.50 advance. LN.

ON SALE SEPT. 12
Brett Dennen with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. 8 p.m. Nov. 14. The Tabernacle. $20. LN.

ON SALE SEPT. 19
KISS with Buckcherry. 8 p.m. Oct. 26. Philips …

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Jamie Foxx entertains Chastain Park Crowds This Weekend

 

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Multi talented Jamie Foxx entertained a near sellout crowd Saturday night, September 5, 2009, at Chastain Park Amphitheatre, on his Blame It Tour. This was the first of a two-night stint, and comedian Speedy warmed up the audience. The comedian-actor-singer was born Eric Marlon Bishop on December 13, 1967, in Terrell, Texas. After accepting a girlfriend’s dare, Foxx told jokes and did impressions at a comedy club’s open mic night in 1989. When he found that female comedians were often called first to perform, he changed his name to Jamie Foxx, feeling that it was an ambiguous enough name to disallow any biases. He chose his surname as a tribute to comedian Redd Foxx. This lead to his roles on In Living Color, Roc, and his own The Jamie Foxx Show in 1996.

Jamie Foxx made his film debut in the 1997 comedy, Booty Call. His first dramatic role came in Oliver Stone’s 1999 film Any Given Sunday, where he was cast in the …

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