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Live music picks, July 23-29

Marc Broussard opens for Chris Isaak at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Saturday.

Marc Broussard opens for Chris Isaak at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Saturday.

SATURDAY
Noot d’ Noot

Noot d’ Noot blends psychedelia and R&B as if they were natural bedfellows, and frankly, they are (just ask Funkadelic). Think a touch of OutKast and the New York-based mutant disco of the turn of the ’80s melded with modern indie rock. The Atlanta 10-piece has a new album of mind-bending soul called “From Ever Since.” Judi Chicago and DJ Gnosis join the band for this CD release gig.
9 p.m. July 23. $8. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

SATURDAY
Chris Isaak,   Marc Broussard
The California crooner and actor is always a favorite with the crowd at Chastain. This time, the broodingly handsome vocalist brings along talented opening act Broussard. Broussard is a soulful Louisiana singer, songwriter and guitarist who is carving out his own musical territory while maintaining an admirable reverence for tradition.
8 p.m. July 24. $19-$69. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-4949.

The B-52s rock the Fred in Peachtree City on Saturday. Photo: Joseph Cultice

The B-52s rock the Fred in Peachtree City on Saturday. Photo: Joseph Cultice

SATURDAY
The B-52s

The B-52s took a long time between albums before releasing “Funplex” in 2008. When predecessor “Good Stuff” was released in 1992, Miley Cyrus wasn’t even born. The Athens-born party band continued to perform during the intervening years, and that’s where this dance-centric outfit shines brightest.
7 p.m. July 24. $45-$55. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 770-631-0630.

SATURDAY
Cowboy Junkies

These Canadians create what has been described as somnambulist rock. That doesn’t mean their melange of rock, blues, folk and country doesn’t sound energetic on occasion, but it’s the leisurely largo of 1988’s “The Trinity Session” that remains the band’s definitive statement. That distinctive sound owes much of its beauty to the lovely, if logy, vocals of Margo Timmins.
8 p.m. July 24. $37.50; $35 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SUNDAY
John Hiatt

Singer-songwriter John Hiatt has received the Americana Music Association’s lifetime achievement award for songwriting, and he’ll bring his catalog of award-winning tunes back to Atlanta Botanical Garden, where he played to a sold-out crowd two years ago (just months before he picked up that award). That accolade was well-deserved, as attested by diverse and numerous artists who have covered Hiatt’s songs, including Chaka Khan, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt and Steve Earle. Webb Wilder opens the show.
8 p.m. July 25. $36.50. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-876-5859.

SUNDAY
Bad Company

Unlike Bad Company’s brief 1999 reunion, this isn’t the original foursome. Unfortunately, that can never be. Bassist Boz Burrell died in 2006, but vocalist Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke are on board.
8 p.m. July 25. $48-$58. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227.

THURSDAY
Vans Warped Tour

It’s a summertime institution, this touring punk-rock revel. This year, the lineup includes Alkaline Trio, Andrew W.K., We the Kings, GBH, Pennywise, Sum 41, Every Time I Die, Reel Big Fish and dozens more.
Noon July 26. $32.96. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 404-443-5000.

THURSDAY
Santana

There’s no denying the brilliance of Carlos Santana’s guitar work. His luscious, elongated tone is instantly recognizable and always a joy to hear. Whatever surrounds him, Santana, shamanlike, will still conjure beautiful music from his six-string. With Steve Winwood.
7:30 p.m. July 29. $57.50-$97.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227.

Bonerama will raise the roof at Smith's Olde Bar on Thursday.

Bonerama will raise the roof at Smith's Olde Bar on Thursday.

THURSDAY
Bonerama

This New Orleans combo is a joy to behold. With a three-trombone front line, this big, brassy group has won rave reviews all over the place. After seeing the band at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2007, “Rolling Stone’s” David Fricke wrote that Bonerama “definitively answer[s] the age-old musical question: What Would Black Sabbath sound like with the P-Funk horns instead of guitarist Tony Iommi?”
8 p.m. July 29. $15 advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522.

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Voice of Reason

July 27th, 2010
12:36 pm

Shane…please get the facts straight…the Issak/Broussard show has already occured…