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Live music picks, Jan. 22-26

David Nail. Photo: Anthony Southam

David Nail. Photo: Anthony Southam

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.

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 hands, “Clapping Music.”
8 p.m. Jan. 22. $50. Emory University Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 N. Decatur Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-727-5050.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

The records are an adequate, if diluted, representation of the strutting, street-carnival funk that is DDBB’s stock in trade, but live is where this band really thrives. It’s always a raucous event anywhere these guys play, and this weekend you get two chances to party with this brass-kicking ensemble.
8 p.m. Jan. 22-23. $20-$25. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404-875-1522.

Cowboy Mouth, Junior Brown

Drummer and vocalist Fred LeBlanc has described his band this way: “If the Neville Brothers and The Clash had a baby, it would be Cowboy Mouth.” It’s doubtful that this ferociously energetic New Orleans party band’s joyous rock and LeBlanc’s powerful presence can be fully captured on tape. These guys are at their best in front of an audience. You have to see Cowboy Mouth in its natural habitat to fully appreciate it.
9 p.m. Jan. 23. $22-$25. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

Monotonix. Photo: Matt Dunlap

Monotonix. Photo: Matt Dunlap


The hard-rocking, heavy-hitting Israeli trio is gaining a reputation as one of the most ferocious live acts in the world. The band’s latest release, “Where Were You When It Happened?,” swirls a bit Stooges, a touch of Black Sabbath and some Jesus Lizard into a gloriously sludgy rock ’n’ roll mess.
9 p.m. Jan. 23. $8-$10. The Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce de Leon Place, Atlanta.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

The quickest way to musically evoke World War II? Play something by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Lush, lovely and swingin’, the music created by Miller and his big band is a timeless joy. It’s hard to believe that his time at the top spanned only about three years. After a precipitous rise in 1939, Miller and his civilian orchestra had a successful run of hits — including “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Moonlight Serenade” — before Miller volunteered for military service, where he led a modernized Army Air Force Band. He never made it back to civilian life. His plane disappeared over the English Channel in December 1944. He was traveling from the U.K. to Paris to play for soldiers who had recently liberated the French capital. His legacy lives on in this officially sanctioned band, led by trombonist Larry O’Brien since 1988.
3 p.m. Jan. 24. $40. Spivey Hall, 2000 Clayton State Blvd., Morrow. 770-960-4200.

‘The Soldier’s Tale’

The Atlanta Chamber Players are joined by some of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s actors for a performance of this 1918 theatrical work set to music by Stravinsky. It’s based on a Russian folk tale about a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book with great powers. The program also includes works by Bach and American composer Elliott Carter, who recently celebrated his 101st birthday.
7:30 p.m. Jan. 26. $20; $10 students. The New American Shakespeare Tavern, 499 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-874-5299.

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