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Live music picks, March 5-10

Gordon Lightfoot. Photo: John Russell / AP

Gordon Lightfoot. Photo: John Russell / AP

TODAY
Gordon Lightfoot

It’s easy to forget just how memorable some of this Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter’s work is until you put a few of his gems together in a row: “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Carefree Highway,”  “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” each one a Top 10 hit.
8 p.m. March 5. $38-$75. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000, www.atlantasymphony.org.

TODAY
Fresh Fest Old School Reunion Tour

Take a trip back to a time when rap was young and a bit more carefree. The lineup for this night of nostalgia includes Salt-N-Pepa, Biz Markie, Whodini, Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane and Slick Rick.
8 p.m. March 5. $42.50-$74. Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-523-6275, www.atlantaciviccenter.com.

TODAY
Noot d’ Noot

Noot d’ Noot blends psychedelia and R&B as if they were natural bedfellows, and frankly, they are (just ask Funkadelic). Think a touch of OutKast and the New York-based mutant disco of the turn of the ’80s melded with modern indie rock.
9 p.m. March 5. $8. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950, www.badearl.com.

TODAY-SATURDAY
They Might Be Giants

The two Johns — Flansburgh and Linnell — known as They Might Be Giants have been recording their verbally dense and often humorous songs (“Anna Ng,” “Istanbul [Not Constantinople]”) since the mid-’80s. The success of early-’90s albums such as “Flood” gave way to record-buyer apathy less than halfway through that decade, but the duo has remained a popular and entertaining concert draw. In recent years, they’ve also moved into making music for kids with the albums “No!,” “Here Come the ABCs” and an appearance on Nickelodeon’s “Blue’s Clues.” That’s why they’ll do two shows, an afternoon gig for families and an evening concert for the grown-ups.
8:30 p.m. March 5; 2 p.m. March 6. $20-$22. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.

Bassekou Kouyate. Photo: Thomas Dorn

Bassekou Kouyate. Photo: Thomas Dorn

SATURDAY
Bela Fleck’s “The Africa Project”

Adventurous banjo man Fleck journeyed to Africa to investigate the origins of his instrument. Some of the musicians he met there join him for this tour, including Mali’s Bassekou Kouyaté. Kouyaté plays the ngoni, an ancestor of the banjo. He and his group, Ngoni Ba, make a marvelous chiming sound by blending four ngonis. Check out the ensemble’s latest album, “I Speak Fula,” released last month.
8 p.m. March 6. $36-$62. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-651-4727, www.rialtocenter.org.

SATURDAY
Matthew Kaminski

For four years, the Braves used pre-recorded music at their games after Carolyn King Jones retired in 2005 after 17 years as the Braves organist. But something was missing, so last season they brought in Kaminski, who seems to be a big hit with the fans. Now he’s releasing a new CD. He’s a jazz organist at heart, so that’s what you’ll hear on this new album, “Taking My Time.”
9 p.m. March 6. $7. The Red Light Cafe, 553 Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta. 404-874-7828, www.redlightcafe.com.

SUNDAY
Max Raabe Palast Orchester

Talk about old-school. Raabe and his big band recreate the sound of Germany between the World Wars. The ensemble performs music from the era, but also re-imagines contemporary songs in the style of that period.
7 p.m. March 7. $35-$65. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100, www.foxtheatre.org.

Ani DiFranco. Photo courtesy Music Allies Media Resources

Ani DiFranco. Photo courtesy Music Allies Media Resources

SUNDAY
Ani DiFranco

Earnest and disarmingly humorous,  singer-guitarist DiFranco is the epitome of the independent artist, building a loyal following through touring and releasing her work on her own label, Righteous Babe.
7:30 p.m. March 7. $36. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.

MONDAY
Over the Rhine

This Ohio husband-and-wife duo has been quietly making thoughtful, absorbing albums for more than a decade. Their latest studio release is 2007’s “The Trumpet Child,” which Paste magazine calls a “wonderfully concise American music sampler.” It’s Americana with an extra touch of class and elegance.
7 and 9:30 p.m. March 8. $20-$25. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976, www.eddiesattic.com.

WEDNESDAY
Open Wings — Broken Strings Tour
Ed Kowalczyk, Art Alexakis and Leigh Nash are all best known as the voice of their respective bands. Kowalczyk has been the singer and songwriter for Live since the early ’90s, but he’s been working on his first solo album, which is expected by the end of 2010. Alexakis made Everclear a radio staple in the late ’90s and beyond with songs such as “Wonderful,” “Father of Mine” and “Santa Monica (Watch the World Die).” Nash is the sweet-voiced frontwoman for Sixpence None the Richer, which hit No. 2 back in 1999 with “Kiss Me.”
8 p.m. March 10. $25. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365, www.centerstage-atlanta.com.

4 comments Add your comment

Boogers floating in your soup.

March 5th, 2010
2:34 pm

From that picture it looks more like “The Wreck of the Gordon Lightfoot”.

Benton Arsenic

March 5th, 2010
3:42 pm

Gordon Lightfoot is indestructible. He may not look as young as he did in 1975 (do you?), but he’s the real deal. I’m really looking forward to the show tonight.

Boogers floating in your soup.

March 8th, 2010
8:11 am

YES! As a matter of fact I do.

Annie

March 8th, 2010
11:33 am

I have a huge respect for Gordon Lightfoot’s songwriting ability and great body of work, but let’s face it….that show was really bad!! Probably the worst show I have ever seen, and I have seen ALOT! If I hadn’t been trapped in the middle of an aisle, I would have left by the third song. It was torture watching that trainwreck all the way through to intermission. I felt robbed. :(