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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.