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Live music picks, July 30-Aug. 5

Mat Kearney headlines at Eddie's Attic on Friday.

Mat Kearney headlines at Eddie's Attic on Friday.

FRIDAY
Mat Kearney

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.

FRIDAY
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.

FRIDAY
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.

SATURDAY
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.

SATURDAY
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.

SUNDAY
Crowded House

“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.

TUESDAY
Freedy Johnston

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.

THURSDAY
Sugarland

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.

THURSDAY
Sarah McLachlan

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.

2 comments Add your comment

Deke

July 29th, 2010
3:12 pm

The people at Lilith Fair blamed the economy for poor ticket sales, but then Sarah McLachlan charges the same amount for her solo performance as was being charged for LF, and with that you got 5-7 different musicians. I don’t think that the economy was the problem (Phish sold 40K tickets in 15 minutes at $50 each), I think that society has moved on past Lilith.

Plus, the lineup (for the Atlanta stop, at least) was pretty weak :

Sarah McLachlan : win.
Indigo Girls : nice local draw, but they play here fairly often.
Court Yard Hounds : WHO?
Sia : WHO?
Loretta Lynn : ….seriously? Seriously….?
Janelle Monae : Hot up and coming artist, she’d probably sell a few tickets.
The Rescues : WHO?
Priscilla Renea : She is NOT part of Lilith Fair’s target market.
Gossip : WHO?
Corinne Bailey Rae : Decent fanbase, but she wouldn’t move a ton of tickets.

This lineup lacks star power in a HUGE way. The Lilith Fair shows of the 90s had one headliner after another on the stage. This was a great event in years past, but Lilith Fair dropped the ball in 2010.

Tommy

July 30th, 2010
1:21 am

Really? Loretta Lynn is a bigger deal than anyone else on that list. She is the only reason I had tickets to Lilith in the first place!