Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3
One of the founders of Los Angeles band the Dream Syndicate revisits his former band’s two finest moments with these shows. Wynn and his band will play “Medicine Show” tonight and “The Days of Wine and Roses” on Saturday. The Dream Syndicate were part of the neo-psychedelic underground of the mid-’80s in L.A., but the band owed a bigger musical debt to the gritty experimentalism of the Velvet Underground than the V.U.’s psychedelic contemporaries.
9:30 p.m. May 14-15. $15. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave, Atlanta. 404-228-6769.
The laid-back yet funky California group Little Feat still conjures magic from a mix of musical genres, from New Orleans boogie-woogie to bluegrass-tinged country, and a back catalog rich in the songs of the late, great Lowell George. “Dixie Chicken” and “Willin’” are timeless classics that still thrill more than 35 years after they first appeared.
8:30 p.m. May 14. $31. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
Gloria Gaynor,the Village People
Gaynor will forever be associated with two big hits, the No. 1 “I Will Survive” and the No. 9 hit “Never Can Say Goodbye.” There are worse things to be associated with. As for the Village People, who would have thought these caricatures would still be flogging this shtick more than 30 years after they first appeared? It’s undeniable kitschy fun, but just who are the Village People these days? Remarkably, three of the group’s original members are still on board. David Hodo (aka the construction worker), Felipe Rose (aka the Indian) and Alex Briley (the soldier).
7 p.m. May 15. $45-$55. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 770-631-0630.
With a low-key approach unhampered by genre divisions, this young vocalist and pianist burst onto the public stage with her big-selling Blue Note debut in 2002. She’s drawn comparisons to a diverse range of artists from Joni Mitchell to Patsy Cline to Billie Holiday. Those artists all hail from a different era; Jones herself seems to belong to a time when music was more craft and less product.
8 p.m. May 15. $48-$58. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.
Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum
Longtime country hitmaker Tim McGraw’s the headliner here, but Lady Antebellum is one of the hottest bands in the music business at the moment. It’s rare for a band to get nominated for an award before releasing its debut album, but that’s what happened to Lady Antebellum. The trio was among the nominees for the Academy of Country Music’s top new duo or vocal group in 2008, and Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, both from Augusta, and their bandmate Hillary Scott went home with the award. Two years later, this Nashville-based outfit has risen to No. 2 on the all-genre Billboard 100 with “Need You Now,” the title track from the group’s second platinum album.
7 p.m. May 15. $25.75-$65. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 404-443-5000.
The Infamous Stringdusters
The Stringdusters hit the bluegrass world like a bolt of lightning, taking the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Awards for both album (tied with “Lefty’s Old Guitar” by J.D. Crowe & The New South) and song of the year with debut “Fork in the Road” and its title track.
8:30 p.m. May 19. $15; $12 advance. Five Spot, 1123 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-223-1100.