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Live music picks, May 7-13

Perpetual Groove

Perpetual Groove

TODAY
Perpetual Groove

The hypnotic sound of this Savannah-born band stretches across the jam-rock spectrum, taking in jazz, reggae, rock, country, blues and just about anything else that gets in its path. Luckily, these guys have enough ideas to sustain their sprawling auditory travels, and their dynamic instrumental workouts.
8:30 p.m. May 7. $22.50-$25; $20-$22.50 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

TODAY
Van Morrison

There are still very few albums that match the audacious chamber-soul of Morrison’s 1968 masterpiece “Astral Weeks.” It’s autumnal beauty is draped in strings and sweetened by the gooey caramel of Morrison’s voice. Its appeal seems to transcend generational boundaries, as does Morrison’s even more popular work of subsequent years, including “Moondance,” “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)” and “Into the Mystic.”
8 p.m. May 7. $69-$125. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

SATURDAY
ZZ Top

These guys celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2009, proving that Texas boogie and songs about sharp-dressed men are timeless. With Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights.
7:30 p.m. May 8. $35-$65. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227.

Zac Brown. Photo: C. Taylor Crothers

Zac Brown. Photo: C. Taylor Crothers

SATURDAY-SUNDAY
Zac Brown Band, Levon Helm Band

Before these Georgians became a national phenomenon and the Grammy winners for best new artist, Zac Brown and his band built a dedicated and fervent fan base in the Southeast, show by show. Even before he was a star, Brown was a charismatic performer and an all-around nice guy who could turn just about any crowd into loyal followers. Success seemed inevitable, and it’s well-deserved. And some long-overdue accolades have come to the Band’s beloved drummer, Levon Helm, in recent years. Both 2007’s “Dirt Farmer,” his first solo studio recording in 25 years, and 2009’s “Electric Dirt” brought him richly deserved Grammy Awards.
8 p.m. May 8-9. May 8 show sold out. $25-$49. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

SUNDAY
Saliva

This Memphis quintet’s Korn-y modern metal seems engineered to take up space on rock radio between the asinine stunts and the commercials. Every once in a while you get a whiff of originality, though, when the band’s Southern roots begin to show.
7 p.m. May 9. $16 advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

Minus the Bear. Photo: David Belisle

Minus the Bear. Photo: David Belisle

MONDAY
Minus the Bear

Nearly three years passed between this Seattle quintet’s previous album, “Planet of Ice,” and “Omni,” which was released this week. With surprising twists and deft instrumental touches, Minus the Bear makes nimble, jazz-tinged and electro-dance-informed indie rock that’s never wimpy. It’s perfect for late-night sessions with the headphones.
8 p.m. May 10. $22.50; $20 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

TUESDAY
Ryan Bingham

Texas troubadour Bingham has the kind of voice — and songwriting chops — that should take years of hard living to achieve. He isn’t yet 30, but years on the rodeo circuit helped put some of those miles on Bingham. His music vibrates with the hard, brittle heat of the West Texas border country. It would make a fine soundtrack for reading Cormac McCarthy. And speaking of soundtracks, Bingham provided two songs for the film “Crazy Heart,” and one of them, “The Weary Kind,” won both a Golden Globe and an Oscar.
8 p.m. May 11. $15 advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404-875-1522.

WEDNESDAY
David Bromberg and Jorma Kaukonen

Back in the ’60s, Kaukonen was the Jefferson Airplane’s guitarist. He contributed some of the psychedelic era’s most stunning and beautifully textured guitar work (see the gorgeous “Good Shepherd”), giving the band a depth that many of its contemporaries lacked. Of late, he’s been exploring acoustic country blues. That’s just one of the many styles in multi-instrumentalist Bromberg’s arsenal. Over the course of more than 40 years, Bromberg has collaborated with Willie Nelson, Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan and George Harrison, among others.
8 p.m. May 12. $27.50; $25 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Ray Wylie Hubbard. Photo: Todd Wolfson

Ray Wylie Hubbard. Photo: Todd Wolfson

THURSDAY
Ray Wylie Hubbard

He’s one of the pillars of Texas music, but Ray Wylie Hubbard is more like a hidden support than an exposed beam. There’s both yin and yang in his observational songs, where the sacred exists alongside the profane. He’s probably best known for the song “Up Against the Wall, Redneck Mother,” most successfully recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker in 1973. Hubbard was part of the outlaw country movement of the ’70s, but his recent work is drenched in the blues.
8 p.m. May 13. $15 advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404-875-1522.

Sharon Jones. Photo: Steven Dewall

Sharon Jones. Photo: Steven Dewall

THURSDAY
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

This diminutive soul dynamo sang with various groups and did some session work in the ’70s, but she didn’t make much impact until she hooked up with a bunch of much younger New York musicians in the late ’90s. The 54-year-old Jones was born in Augusta but moved to New York soon after her birth, though she still spent a lot of time in her early years here in the South. She’s now released four albums of retro-soul goodness with the Dap-Kings, in between stints on the road playing to packed venues in the United States and Europe.
8:30 p.m. May 13. $25. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

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Da Mick

May 6th, 2010
3:38 pm

And If you can’t afford to go to one of these shows, come check out The Rockingbirds, performing some of the greatest music ever recorded from the 60s and early 70s at Tony’s American Grille & Tap, on Holcomb Bridge Road, in Roswell, this Saturday night == NO COVER! You won’t hear music like this performed live anywhere else.

Check em out: http://www.myspace.com/rbirds

Da Mick

May 6th, 2010
3:41 pm

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blindcrush

May 6th, 2010
4:55 pm

…or Blind Crush at Front Page News-Midtown Saturday Night at 10pm-2am. http://www.blindcrush.net

eastbound and down

May 11th, 2010
12:20 pm

saw van morrison earlier in the year in baltimore. major letdown. also saw hot tuna with bromberg a few years ago and i still prefe jorma solo or just hot tuna. but i was never a huge bromberg fan. i dig a lot of stuff van does, but the show was a disappointment.