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Live music picks, May 14-19

Steve Wynn. Photo: Guy Kokken

Steve Wynn. Photo: Guy Kokken

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.

Little Feat

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.

Norah Jones

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.

Lady Antebellum (from left): Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood

Lady Antebellum (from left): Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood

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.

12 comments Add your comment

Support the great local bands too!

May 13th, 2010
2:13 pm

Attention System, Satellite District and the Drownout Sat night, May 15th at Vinyl!

king of mean

May 13th, 2010
2:14 pm

don’t forget Shelby Lynne at Variety on Saturday night either.


May 13th, 2010
2:46 pm

FYI- The Packway Handle Band is playing with the Infamous Stringdusters on May 19th and are MUCH BETTER THAN THEY ARE. Hands Down. GO! You’ll see.


May 14th, 2010
8:04 am

Don’t forget about the Sazbo Blues Band playing at the Dumpster sports bar in Lilburn tonight from 10:00p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Bring your friends!


May 14th, 2010
10:14 am

Ill be at the Dumpster watching SAZBO! Those guys rock!


May 14th, 2010
10:15 am

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May 14th, 2010
11:51 am

Sazbo gets my vote. You have GOT to check these guys out!

Ed Graham

May 14th, 2010
11:59 am

Gloria Gaynor AND the Village People TOGETHER?!?! Every gay bar in Atlanta will be EMPTY!!!


May 14th, 2010
12:05 pm

Also Big A and the Showers are the house band at the D. House. GREAT HOUSE BAND.


May 14th, 2010
12:09 pm

Big A rocks and likes the ribs……


May 15th, 2010
11:46 pm

Laura Marling on Tuesday at The Earl. Brilliant. YouTube her.

Richard Alpert

May 16th, 2010
4:21 pm

JSD is right, Packway Handle is an Athens bluegrass band and is one of the better shows you’ll see anywhere around. They do a single-mic style performance and the members each add a personality to the music. Very good guys if you get to say hello afterwards as well..