accessAtlanta

City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

Live music picks, June 4-10

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

FRIDAY
Diana Ross

She doesn’t top the charts like she used to, but this Motown diva is still a hit with the oldies-loving set. And you can’t go wrong with a catalog of hits that includes “Stop! In the Name of Love,” “Baby Love”  and “Where Did Our Love Go.”
8 p.m. June 4. $25-$69. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-4949.

SATURDAY
Cheap Trick

Popular in the ’70s for their irresistible power-pop (“Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me”), the band reached another generation in the new millennium in the opening credits of “That ’70s Show” with a cover of Big Star’s “In the Street.”
7 p.m. June 5. $45-$55. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 770-631-0630.

SATURDAY
Daughtry

Chris Daughtry’s mainstream rock has proven to be one of the more durable products of the “American Idol” star-maker machine. More proof that winning isn’t everything, since Daughtry came in fourth in season five.
7:30 p.m. June 5. $29.50-$39.50. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.

SATURDAY
Mono

The Japanese instrumentalists create slowly shifting soundscapes that sometimes erupt in a pulverizing rumble of percussion, bass and six-string squall. Even in the quietest moments, there’s always a sense that something terrifying lies right around the corner. With the Twilight Sad.
8:30 p.m. June 5. $14 advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

SUNDAY
Chayanne

The Puerto Rican pop singer’s career began in the waning years of the ’70s  with a stint in a boy band called Los Chicos. More than 30 years later, he’s still a regular presence on the Latin pop charts. He also had a brief moment of Hollywood stardom as the lead in the movie “Dance With Me.”
8 p.m. June 6. $60.50-$100.50. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Photo: Marcelo Hernandez / Associated Press

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Photo: Marcelo Hernandez / Associated Press

SUNDAY
Jethro Tull, Ian Hunter

It wasn’t Jethro Tull’s fault that the folks who were voting on the Grammys back in 1989 thought Tull was the optimal choice to win the brand new “best hard rock/metal performance” category. Tull was most definitely not metal, and though some of the band’s songs rock pretty hard, Tull isn’t hard rock, either. The band should have won a Grammy for 1971’s powerful “Aqualung,” but the Academy never gave out Grammys for best album that blends rock, folk and flutes. Former Mott the Hoople frontman Hunter has made a whole lot of great music in his time, but the one tune that most folks seem to remember is “Cleveland Rocks,” which was used as the theme song on “The Drew Carey Show” for a time.
7:30 p.m. June 6. $38-$50. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227.


MONDAY
Styx, Foreigner, Kansas

The rockers (guitarists Tommy Shaw and James “JY” Young) vs. melodic showman (Dennis DeYoung, no longer with the band) dynamic that made Styx special also fueled a couple of decades full of tension. It made for a very entertaining, train-wreck-like episode of “Behind the Music,” though. As for Foreigner, this is just a remnant of the group that you remember. Guitarist Mick Jones is the sole link to the original band. If you want to hear those songs and don’t care who’s singing and playing them, go for it. It’s probably just as good as a bar band re-creating “Hot Blooded” and the ultimate lighter-waving power ballad “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Kansas’s art-rock epics of the ’70s brought an American flavor to progressive rock, a genre dominated by Europeans. That touch of home probably contributed to the band’s chart successes, too, with songs such as “Dust in the Wind.”
6:30 p.m. June 7. $38.50-$68.50. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227.

Blitzen Trapper. Photo: Todd Roeth

Blitzen Trapper. Photo: Todd Roeth

WEDNESDAY
Blitzen Trapper

This Portland, Ore., band’s rock is folksy, fuzzy and adventurous, occupying a place where Pavement and the Band overlap. Blitzen Trapper plays Atlanta the day after the release of their fifth album, “Destroyer of the Void,” the follow-up to 2008’s beloved “Furr,” which appeared on many year-end best-of lists.
8:30 p.m. June 9. $17.50; $15 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

THURSDAY
Broken Bells

Shins frontman James Mercer joined forces with Danger Mouse (aka former University of Georgia student Brian Burton, also half of Gnarls Barkley) to create one of the year’s best albums. The duo’s self-titled debut is a rich and unusual blend of Mercer’s memorable way with melodies and Danger Mouse’s studio wizardry.
9 p.m. June 10. $26. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

One comment Add your comment

kevin

June 4th, 2010
2:37 pm

how old is dianna ross