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Archive for January, 2010

Spirited Crowd Celebrates Gift Of Music Concert with Hezekiah Walker & Yolanda Adams

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A modest but enthusiastic crowd was treated to the Gift of Music Live concert Saturday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. In addition to Bishop Hezekiah Walker and Yolanda Adams, the community benefit also featured choirs  from Voices of Faith, Beulah Baptist Church, Shiloh High School, Hopewell Baptist Church, the Friendship Baptist Church Praise Team, Holy Hip Hop artist MPH, Edward Long, Jr. and comedian Spike Davis. And while we weren’t there to cover it, Robb Cohen was handy with his camera. Click here for a complete photo gallery. And if you attended the show, tell us about what you saw.

(Photo Credit: Robb Cohen/ www.robbsphotos.com)  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit for Atlanta Concert Photography Galleries. by Atlanta Photographer Robb Cohen www.RobbsPhotos.com

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Live music picks, Jan. 29-Feb. 4

Yonder Mountain String Band. Photo: Tobin Voggesser

Yonder Mountain String Band. Photo: Tobin Voggesser

FRIDAY
Yonder Mountain String Band

This exuberant acoustic-based group has a rootsy sound, but the band is just as popular with jam-band fans as it is with traditional bluegrass lovers. The quartet’s latest release, “The Show,” expands the group’s sound (especially on the minimal, pulsing “Isolate”) and brings in former Elvis Costello and the Attractions drummer Pete Thomas for six of the album’s tracks.
9 p.m. Jan. 29. $32.25. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

McCoy Tyner. Photo: Gene Martin

McCoy Tyner. Photo: Gene Martin

SATURDAY
McCoy Tyner Trio

Tyner was the pianist in sax great John Coltrane’s classic quartet, the group that unleashed the intense, revolutionary “A Love Supreme” in 1964. Tyner’s made brilliant records of his own, including 1967’s “The Real McCoy,” since that landmark, and he’s still a fleet-fingered, percussive wonder at the keyboard.
8:30 p.m. Jan. 30. $32.50. Variety Playhouse, …

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Hot tickets, Jan. 26

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

The Drive-By Truckers are coming to Variety Playhouse on March 12-13. Photo: Jason Thrasher

The Drive-By Truckers are coming to Variety Playhouse on March 12-13. Photo: Jason Thrasher

ON SALE JAN. 28
Sherwood. 7 p.m. March 5. Masquerade. $12 advance. TM.
Wavepool CD Release Party. 8 p.m. March 20. Masquerade. $8 advance. TM.

ON SALE JAN. 29
The Drive-By Truckers. 8:30 p.m. March 12-13. Variety Playhouse. $27.50; $25 advance. TM.
Megadeth with Testament and Exodus. 7 p.m. April 21. The Tabernacle. $35. LN.
Porcupine Tree. 8 p.m. April 27. The Tabernacle. $25. LN.

ON SALE FEB. 5
The Album Leaf and Sea Wolf. 9 p.m. May 6. The Loft. $15; $13 advance. TA.

Daughtry will perform at Gwinnett Arena on June 5. Photo: Frank Ockenfels 3

Daughtry will perform at Gwinnett Arena on June 5. Photo: Frank Ockenfels 3

ON SALE FEB. 6
HIM. 7 p.m. May 3. Center Stage. $36. TM.
Daughtry. 7:30 p.m. June 5. Gwinnett Arena. $29.50-$39.50. TM.

UPCOMING SHOWS
Between the Trees. 6:30 p.m. …

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Robin Thicke serenades Patti LaBelle and Janet Jackson

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Robin Thicke made an appearance Friday night at Echelon 3000 Bistro in Stone Mountain. I say appearance because the show lasted all of five songs and about 15 minutes.

You may be wondering why Thicke, who in December released his latest album “Sex Therapy,” was performing at a nightclub. “They paid me!” said Thicke backstage before the show.

Well, Thicke and his lovely wife, actress Paula Patton, are expecting their first child in May so he is all about saving (and making) that money, he said, but he added that Atlanta is one of his favorite cities and that he was invited to perform by Janet Jackson “one of the coolest girls in Atlanta.”

janet jackson (the promoter!)

No silly. Not THAT Janet. This is Janet Jackson the promoter (pictured right), who was celebrating her birthday while several hundred of her closest friends (club patrons) crammed into Echelon to hear Thicke sing four of his hits plus one bonus song.

Thicke strolled onstage in shades and a black European cut suit singing “Shakin’ …

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Live music picks, Jan. 22-26

David Nail. Photo: Anthony Southam

David Nail. Photo: Anthony Southam

TODAY
David Nail

After a failed run at country stardom in 2002, David Nail returned and scored a Top 10 hit with last year’s “Red Light.” The Missouri-born singer was first signed to Mercury and completed an album that was never officially released. He finally got a debut album, “I’m About to Come Alive,” in stores in August 2009.
9:30 p.m. Jan. 22. $12-$100. Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678-473-1000.

FRIDAY
Bang on a Can All-Stars with Glenn Kotche

Percussionist Kotche (of Wilco) joins the edgy ensemble for a program of contemporary works. Among the pieces are Bang on a Can founder and artistic director David Lang’s “Sunray” and  Steve Reich’s “Music for Pieces of Wood,” originally composed for claves and re-imagined by the ensemble’s percussionist David Cossin. They’ll also perform several works by Kotche, including “Clapping Music Variations,” which is based on Reich’s 1972 duet for clapping …

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Mariah Carey performs at the Fox in Atlanta

mariahLeather, fur, metallics, shades, open-toe stilettos … and that was in the Fox Theatre lobby before the show started.

And the show did finally start at 9 p.m. when pop star Mariah Carey descended from high above wearing a gold bodice and fluffy white tulle skirt. Granted, almost all headliners start after ticket time – but the crowd had to sit through song after song after song by Michael Jackson and his brothers. Some in the exasperated crowd, which included grade-school girls and fashionable tweens, started booing during song breaks to get Ms. Mariah’s attention (it didn’t work).

Atlanta’s own music mogul Jermaine Dupri helped her open the party scene with “Shake it Off” from her immensely successful “Emancipation of Mimi” comeback album. With a perfect tan, she sashayed and pranced her way through songs and wardrobe changes – from the full gold ruching to a long gold halter gown to short silver sequined sheath with mini fur jacket to long black sequined …

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Hot tickets, Jan. 19

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

Snoop Dogg will perform at Center Stage on Feb. 10. Photo: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press

Snoop Dogg will perform at Center Stage on Feb. 10. Photo: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press

ON SALE JAN. 22
Snoop Dogg. 9 p.m. Feb. 10. Center Stage. $34. TM.
B.o.B aka Bobby Ray. 8 p.m. March 5. Smith’s Olde Bar – Music Room. $17.50 advance. TA.
Crime in Stereo. 7 p.m. March 9. Masquerade. $10 advance. TM.
Mayer Hawthorne and the County. 8:30 p.m. March 13. The Loft. $15. TA.
David Ryan Harris Band. 8 p.m. March 18. Smith’s Olde Bar – Music Room. $20 advance. TA.
Major Lazer. 7 p.m. March 28. Masquerade. $15 advance. TM.
A Day to Remember. 6:30 p.m. April 2-3. Masquerade. $20 advance. TM.
Allen Toussaint. 8 p.m. April 13. Variety Playhouse. $27.50; $25 advance. TM.
PJ Morton. 9 p.m. April 23. Center Stage. $25; $20 advance. TM.
Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes. 7:30 p.m. April 26. The Tabernacle. …

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Heston headlines Jazzbeat Sundays

HestonAtlanta’s own Heston took the stage Sunday night at Sambuca Jazz Café’s “Jazzbeat Sundays” for two well attended shows. The indie soul singer who hails from Dominica has gained quite a following since the 2008 release of his debut album “Storyteller” and a subsequent Indie Artist Award from BET J.

The second show began with a tribute to the late Teddy Pendergrass as members of Heston’s stellar band performed “Love TKO.” Then, joined by Heston, the 8-piece crew launched into his first song of the evening “Greatest Lover.”

I kept thinking that his raspy soulful voice reminded me of someone. My  table mate suggested Jaheim, but I was thinking of someone way more classic and legendary. And then it hit me.

“Who is the guy who sings, “Midnight Hour?” I asked.

“Wilson Pickett???” she said, after consulting the Blackberry.

“Yup, Wilson Pickett!”

She just looked at me skeptically.

Heston cites a variety of influences from Barbara Streisand to …

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3 Questions with Atlanta soul singer Heston

Heston_gD5LLzni_MYx_fullMaybe you haven’t heard the name Heston. But the Atlanta singer who classifies his style as soul, pop and house, hopes that will soon change. In 2008, the singer-songwriter released his debut album, “Storyteller,” on an indie label and sold 30,000 copies, he says.

On Sunday, he’ll bring his classic soul sound to Buckhead’s Sambuca. The 35-year-old has had pretty wide influences, and we talked with him about those influences as well as about living in Atlanta and artists he’d like to work with:

What brought you to Atlanta to live, and what keeps you here?

I was born on the Island of Dominica. After moving to the U.S. as a child, I lived in different cities before finding Georgia —  specifically Atlanta — and found it to be musically progressive. 

My beautiful son and daughter are also here and healthy music family, Atlanta is just a wonderful city 

You’ve said you’ve been influenced by artists such as Al Green, Bob Marley, Elton John and The BeeGees? That’s a pretty …

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Live music picks, Jan. 15-19

Those Darlins

Those Darlins

TODAY
Those Darlins

“If you don’t want a wild one, quit hangin’ ’round with me.” That’s from the debut album by these three Murfreesboro, Tenn.-based women and “Wild One” serves as the perfect theme song for Those Darlins. Their ragged, raw and sexually-charged marriage of honky-tonk and punk is a blast of attitude and innuendo. If you like your music clean, precise and note-perfect, Those Darlins aren’t for you, but if you think auto-tuned precision is over-rated, revel as it gets demolished by the trio’s infectious energy.
9 p.m. Jan. 15. $8.The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

SATURDAY
Asylum Street Spankers

The rootsy, nostalgic group is laugh-out-loud funny. It’s also packed with seriously talented musicians who travel easily from ragtime to blues to Western swing to rap. The Austin, Texas-based combo’s live shows are justly celebrated for providing a foot-stomping good time that nourishes body and soul. After …

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