He’s been called John Mayer with a touch of hip-hop, and there are certainly similarities between the two. They’re both appealing singer-songwriters with a gift for hooks and melodies. And if you watch much TV, you’ve probably heard his music, especially if you’re a “Grey’s Anatomy” fan. And “Closer to Love,” the first single from his latest album, “The City of Black & White,” was featured in an episode of the locally filmed TV show “The Vampire Diaries.” With Jane Carrey.
8 p.m. July 30. $20. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
Boyz II Men, En Vogue
This bill offers the perfect blend of sweetness and sass. Boyz II Men are the kings of the sentimental R&B ballad and En Vogue’s biggest hits are finger-poppin’, dance-floor-filling fun. Of course, both acts can mix it up, tempo- and attitude-wise, but “End of The Road” and “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” practically define these groups.
8 p.m. July 30. $25-$59. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-4949.
Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton
Both of these guitarists made their first recordings in the ’60s, but the ’70s is where they really made their marks. Miller’s timeless hits — including “The Joker,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Take the Money and Run” and “Jet Airliner” — are familiar to folks who weren’t even born when these songs hit the charts. His greatest hits set is among the 100 biggest selling albums of all time in the U.S., with more than 13 million sold. Frampton’s biggest impact came with 1976’s “Frampton Comes Alive,” a double album set (that’s vinyl albums) that was, for a time, the biggest selling live album of all time.
8 p.m. July 30. $39-$76. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.
One Music Fest with Common, Goapele, De La Soul
The west side of Atlanta has become one of the hottest dining destinations in recent years and now it’s getting its own music and arts festival. The headliners have a definite R&B/hip-hop bent, but you’ll hear rock, pop, reggae and much more. The fest will have a visual art element, too, and the extensive line-up of DJs promises to turn the evening into a big dance party.
2 p.m. July 31. $40; $75 VIP (includes complimentary cocktails in all of the VIP Lounges from 2 to 8 p.m.). King Plow Arts Center, 887 West Marietta St. N.W., Atlanta.
Phil Perry, Jeff Lorber, Ronnie Lawsand Joey Sommerville
This day of smooth contemporary jazz should be as mellow and soothing as a cool breeze on a summer day. That’s a wonderful thing in the middle of an Atlanta summer. The show is part of Wade Ford’s Hot Fun in the Summertime Concert Series.
6 p.m. July 31. $25-$75. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road, Mableton. 770-819-7765.
“It feels right to us that the band should re-emerge at this time,” said frontman Neil Finn in a news release when Crowded House’s re-formation was announced in early 2007. It could also be seen as a tribute to drummer Paul Hester, who died in 2005. No matter the reason, it’s always a treat to hear perfect pop songs such as “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and “Weather With You.” The band has a new album, “Intriguer,” which, in many ways, could be seen as the first reunion album. 2007’s “Time on Earth” was originally intended as a Finn solo album, with the full band playing only on four tracks.
8 p.m. Aug. 1. $45. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
This Kansas singer-songwriter and critical favorite has remained just below the radar of the mainstream for 20 years. He’s been called a “songwriter’s songwriter,” a tribute to his impeccable melodic skills and lyrical gifts. He’s also proven himself as a first-class interpreter of the work of others, including a beautiful take on the Edison Lighthouse bubblegum classic “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” and an entire album of covers released in 2007 called “My Favorite Waste of Time.”
8 p.m. Aug. 3. $18; $15 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
The hometown favorites return to give us an advance taste of a new album. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will release their fourth album, “The Incredible Machine,” on Oct. 19, but the first single, “Stuck Like Glue,” hit radio this week.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 5. $34-$70.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.
Lilith Fair was a bust. Slumping ticket sales caused the cancellation of the touring festival, but headliner McLachlan is going it alone to promote her new album, “Laws of Illusion,” her first non-holiday studio album since 2003’s “Afterglow.”
8 p.m. Aug. 5. $38-$72.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227.