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Live music picks, Feb. 19-25

Packway Handle Band. Photo: Jessica Horwitz

Packway Handle Band. Photo: Jessica Horwitz

FRIDAY
Packway Handle Band

Phenomenal vocal harmonies, bluegrass chops and a rock-informed sense of abandon are getting the Packway Handle Band noticed. If you’re a fan of the Avett Brothers or Nickel Creek, you need to check out these guys. The band is hitting the road in support of a new album, “What Are We Gonna Do Now?,” released on Feb. 2.
8 p.m. Feb. 19. $12-$15. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY
The Vic Shows: A Celebration of Vic Chesnutt’s Life and Music

Georgia lost one of its most brilliant songwriters on Christmas Day 2009 and many of the late Vic Chesnutt’s colleagues are gathering this weekend to pay tribute in “The Vic Shows.” Among those scheduled to perform are Five Eight, Jack Logan and Kelly Keneipp, Dave Barbe, Todd McBride and Rob Veal, Kelly Hogan, Flash to Bang Time and John Keane (tonight); Centro-matic’s Will Johnson, Elf Power, Victoria Williams, Howe Gelb, Patterson Hood, Mercyland, Guy Picciotto and Mt. Zion, Lambchop, Tenement Halls, Mark Linkous and Jeffrey Richards (Saturday).
8 p.m. Feb. 19-20. $10 in advance. 40 Watt Club, 285 W. Washington St., Athens. 706-369-8399.

SATURDAY
Goodie Mob

This is the new date for a show that was canceled last weekend due to the inclement weather. Tickets from the earlier date will be honored.
These Southern rap originals reunited for a show at the Masquerade Music Park last fall and now Cee-Lo (who has had big success as half of Gnarls Barkley), Khujo, T-Mo and Big Gipp are on a national tour. These are the guys that gave us the phrase the Dirty South, which is the title of a Big Boi-assisted track from the group’s 1995 album “Soul Food.”
9 p.m. Feb. 20. $35. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

Dave Wakeling of the English Beat. Photo: Jackie Butler

Dave Wakeling of the English Beat. Photo: Jackie Butler

SATURDAY
The English Beat

The English Beat (just the Beat in the U.K.) began as one of the second-generation ska bands — along with the Specials, Madness, the Selecter and others — in the wake of punk in the late ’70s. Like many of their contemporaries, the band added elements beyond straight-ahead ska over its original five-year, three-album lifespan, crafting memorable tunes such as “Save It for Later,” “I Confess” and “Mirror in the Bathroom.” The current version of the band is led by original frontman Dave Wakeling. Groundbreaking Los Angeles outfit Fishbone shares the bill. The band, which includes original frontman Angelo Moore and founding bassist John Norwood Fisher, is marking the 25th anniversary of its breakthrough single, “Party At Ground Zero.”
9 p.m. Feb. 19. $20-$22. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

TUESDAY

Tegan and Sara. Photo: Pamela Littky

Tegan and Sara. Photo: Pamela Littky

Tegan and Sara
These twin sisters from Canada are building a catalog of some of the most intense and personal music to be tagged with the indie-rock label, the most recent being their sixth album “Sainthood.” The White Stripes released a version of Sara’s song “Walking With a Ghost” back in 2005, giving the sisters a big boost.
8 p.m. Feb. 23. $30. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

THURSDAY
Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women

This roots-rock journeyman and former Blaster has gathered a new batch of backing musicians, all of them seasoned musicians and all of them women, for his latest album and tour. The band includes steel guitar and dobro virtuoso Cindy Cashdollar, who has toured with Van Morrison and Ryan Adams, and Seattle singer-songwriter Christy McWilson.
7 and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 25. $20-$25 . Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

THURSDAY
Pat Green

Texas singer-songwriter Pat Green brings the outlaw country music of the ’70s into the new century, adding a big dose of heartland rock. His latest album, “What I’m For,” was released in 2009. It was his second for Sony-affiliated BNA Records, but that was his last album with the label, since they parted ways last September. That’s no big deal for an artist such as Green. He was selling out shows and moving plenty of CDs on his own before his major label debut in 2001 with Universal. Major label or not, he’ll probably keep doing just that.
8 p.m. Feb. 25. $22.50. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

George Strait. Photo: Vanessa Gavalya

George Strait. Photo: Vanessa Gavalya

THURSDAY
George Strait, Reba McEntire

67 million albums and 57 No. 1 singles (the most chart-topping hits by any artist in history) attest to George Strait’s popularity. The first No. 1 was in 1982 and the most recent in 2009, bearing witness to his enduring appeal. With 33 albums certified platinum, he has more million-sellers than anyone not named Elvis Presley or the Beatles. Reba McEntire is no slouch when it comes to selling records and maintaining a career, which has included six seasons as the lead in a  sitcom on network television. Coincidentally, McEntire’s first No. 1 country hit was in 1982 and her most recent in 2009, too.
7 p.m. Feb. 25. $73.50-$93.50. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 404-878-3000.

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