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Jazz Under the Stars at Clark Atlanta this weekend

Ok, true enough this city doesn’t have nearly the number of jazz clubs it should.

So that’s all the more reason to check out the 17th Annual Jazz Under the Stars concert at Clark Atlanta University on Saturday at 7 p.m.

In the past artists from Patti Austin to Wynton Marsalis have played the Under the Stars concert, which is an annual scholarship benefit. This year though, things will be a little different. Among the featured artists will be Clark Atlanta’s own jazz orchestra. This band has played the major jazz shows from Montreaux to North Sea to Kool Jazz in New York. So expect big sound and straight ahead jazz classics.

Show starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at 223 James P. Brawley Drive. Tickets are $50.

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Monica at home onstage at The W

It was almost 19 years ago that Atlanta music producer Dallas Austin discovered a young, preteen singer named Monica Arnold belting out a Whitney Houston tune at Center Stage. Ironically, this week that same singer — R&B’s Monica — was still giving tribute to Houston, “killing it” (in a good way) with “I’ll Always Love You” and “You Give Good Love” days after Houston was killing those same songs (in a not-so-good way) in a concert tour abroad.

In a 45-minute performance Thursday night at the W Hotel Midtown, Monica treated a couple of hundred fans to a free show as part of radio station V103’s Soul Sessions. The 29-year-old singer from College Park mixed old and new, starting the night out with “Still Standing,” the title cut from her new album released a few weeks ago. She then immediately headed back to 1995 to her debut single “Don’t take it Personal (Just One of Dem Days),” followed by “Before You Walk Out of My Life.”

For certain, fans were expecting to hear some of the …

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Monica Brings V103 Soul Session to W Hotel in Midtown

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V103 radio hosted their Soul Session featuring Atlanta native Monica Thursday night at the packed W Hotel in Midtown. If you were at the show, tell us your impressions and rate the show.

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Live music picks, April 30-May 3

FRIDAY-SATURDAY
Marvin Hamlisch

The composer of “The Way We Were” and “What I Did for Love” is one of the few artists who have all four of the major performing awards: an Emmy, an Oscar, a Tony and a Grammy. Hamlisch will both conduct and perform during this concert.
8 p.m. April 30-May 1. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000.

Kaki Kiing. Photo: Gregg Delman

Kaki Kiing. Photo: Gregg Delman

SATURDAY
Kaki King

Diminutive guitarist is an Atlanta native and Westminster graduate who has earned a place among the best contemporary six-string players. Back in 2007, Rolling Stone named the 20 new guitar gods, and King was the only female among them. She’s also scored several films and was nominated for a Golden Globe for the Sean Penn-directed “Into the Wild.” King is touring in support of her recently released fifth album, “Junior.”
8:30 p.m. May 1. $17.50; $15 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SATURDAY
Gipsy Kings

This French quintet known for …

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Hot Tickets, April 27

Rush comes to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Sept. 29. Photo: Andrew McNaughton

Rush comes to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Sept. 29. Photo: Andrew McNaughton

ON SALE APRIL 30
Rush. 8 p.m. Sept. 29. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. $40-$89. TM.
Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek with Kidz In The Hall. 9 p.m. June 14. The Loft. $25; $23 advance. TA.
Cool Tour 2010 featuring As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between The Buried and Me, Bless The Fall, The Acacia Strain and Cancer Bats. 4:30 p.m. July 13. The Tabernacle. $29.50. LN.
Melissa Etheridge. 7:30 p.m. July 23. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. $35-$100. TM.
Crowded House. Aug. 1. The Tabernacle. $45. LN.

50 Cent comes to the Tabernacle June 17. Photo: Carlos Ferrao

50 Cent comes to the Tabernacle June 17. Photo: Carlos Ferrao

ON SALE MAY 1
311. 6:30 p.m. July 17. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood. $20-$50. LN.
50 Cent. 8 p.m. June 17. The Tabernacle. $40. LN.
Hole. 8 p.m. June 30. The Tabernacle. $35. LN.

POSTPONED
Jakob Dylan & Three Legs featuring Neko Case and Kelly Hogan. 8 p.m. May 17. Center Stage.

UPCOMING SHOWS
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer …

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Elvis Costello finds his inner hillbilly

Elvis Costello at the Tabernacle. Photo: Robb Cohen

Elvis Costello at the Tabernacle. Photo: Robb Cohen

By James Kelly

Throughout a 33-year career full of groundbreaking musical adventures, Elvis Costello has tried on many different hats. Some have been incredibly successful, such as the original “angry young man” persona whose first three albums are New Wave totems. The “crooner” years were a bit more erratic, ranging from the esoteric classics with the Brodsky Quartet to the dynamic and emotional collaboration with pop icon Burt Bacharach. Buried in these many guises was a brief stint as a Nashville cat, when Costello was “Almost Blue” and channeling George Jones. It wasn’t his best work, but it showed a deep and sincere respect for traditional country music.

Fast forward about 20 years from his last country endeavor, and Costello is now wearing a yellow straw fedora and playing a hybrid of bluegrass, country, and hillbilly music commonly referred to as “Americana.” With a band of the finest acoustic pickers in the world, …

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Hall & Oates Bring Blue-Eyed Soul To Chastain

Rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm at Chastain Park Saturday night when Philly artists Daryl Hall & John Oates played their many hit songs. The Do What You Want, Be What You are Tour also featured fellow Philly singer-songwriter Todd Rundgren.  Robb Cohen was there with his camera. Check out the 15-photo online gallery:  Hall & Oates warm up crowd on a soggy Georgia eve . If you were at the show, tell us about what you saw. How did it compare to other Hall & Oates shows?

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Live music picks, April 23-29

My Morning Jacket are one of the most acclaimed live bands to emerge in the past decade.

My Morning Jacket are one of the most acclaimed live bands to emerge in the past decade.

TODAY
My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket’s sound has evolved over the years. Some fans have fallen away, uncomfortable with the changes, especially with 2008’s polished “Evil Urges,” the band’s most recent release. The mixed reviews of both fans and critics are probably just an inevitable byproduct of My Morning Jacket’s unwillingness to remain in one place for very long. The reverb-drenched haze of the group’s early years has given way to pop adventuring and an exploration of the vast array of influences that course through My Morning Jacket’s discography.
8 p.m. April 23. $33-$45. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-5012.

TODAY
Coheed and Cambria

You remember progressive rock, right? Coheed and Cambria certainly does. Anyone with a soft spot for Rush, Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin should find something familiar in the band’s catalog. There’s even a …

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Hot Tickets, April 20

ON SALE APRIL 23
The Wood Brothers.
8:30 p.m. June 18. Variety Playhouse. $17.50; $15 advance. TM.
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. 8:30 p.m. July 10. Variety Playhouse. $20; $17 advance. TM.
The Script. 8 p.m. Oct. 28. Variety Playhouse.$27.50; $25 advance. TM.

Frankie Beverly brings Maze to Chastain Park Amphitheater on May 18. Photo: Phil Bray

Frankie Beverly brings Maze to Chastain Park Amphitheater on July 16. Photo: Phil Bray

ON SALE APRIL 24
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Kevon Edmonds. 6:30 p.m. July 16. Chastain Park Amphitheater. $38-$78. LN.
John Mayer with Owl City. 7 p.m. Sept. 8. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood. $30-$63. LN.
Carrie Underwood. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27.  Gwinnett Arena. $35.50-$55.50. TM

UPCOMING SHOWS
Loud and Rich: Richard Thompson and Loudon Wainwright III. 8 p.m. April 20. Variety Playhouse. $32.50; $30 advance. TM.
Murder by Death. 7:30 p.m. April 20. Masquerade. $13 advance. TM.
Future Rock. 9 p.m. April 20. Vinyl. $12; $10 advance. TA.
Owl City with Lights and Paper Route (sold out). 8 p.m. …

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George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic Bring the Funk Party to Masquerade

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Musical icon George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic invaded a nearly full Heaven at the Masquerade Monday night. The show was scheduled to jam until 3 AM. Robb Cohen was there with his camera. Click here for a complete photo gallery. If you were at the show, tell us about what you saw. How did it compare to other George Clinton concerts?

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