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Live music picks, Aug. 13-18

Trey Songz headlines at the Fox Theatre on Friday. Photo: Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com

Trey Songz headlines at the Fox Theatre on Friday. Photo: Jason Getz, jgetz@ajc.com

TODAY
Trey Songz, Monica

His fourth album is scheduled for release next month, but R&B singer Trey Songz could have made a career being the name after “featuring” on many hit singles and popular tracks. Ludacris, Drake, Rick Ross, Mary J. Blige and Yung Joc are among those who have employed Songz on a track. Drake returned the favor on “I Invented Sex,” a No. 1 R&B hit from his third album, “Ready,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The anticipation for “Passion, Pain and Pleasure” is running high, leading Billboard magazine to put him on the cover of the Aug. 6 issue with the headline: “How a label’s perseverance and some songs about sex created an R&B star.”
7:30 p.m. Aug. 13. $52.20-$87.10. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.

Charlie Daniels and his band are part of the Sean Hannity Freedom Concert at the Gwinnett Arena on Friday. Photo: Associated Press

Charlie Daniels and his band are part of the Sean Hannity Freedom Concert at the Gwinnett Arena on Friday. Photo: Associated Press

TODAY
Sean Hannity Freedom Concert

The Charlie Daniels Band is back for a return engagement after being part of last year’s show. Joining the fiery fiddler are Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and contemporary Christian pop mainstay Michael W. Smith. The touring show is a benefit for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, which provides education funding for children of American military service members killed or disabled in the line of duty.
7 p.m. Aug. 13. $42-$52. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY
Strange Daze Music and Arts Festival

The Moon and Pluto presents a two-day survey of Atlanta’s local music scene, with more than 40 artists performing. Whether you like it metallic, mellow, experimental, electronic, danceable or simply catchy, there’s sure to be an act to tantalize your eardrums.
3 p.m. Aug. 14-15. $10; $15 for a two-day pass. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

SATURDAY
Rick Springfield

Former soap star Springfield scored 16 Top 40 hits between 1981 and 1988 (and another in 1972, before he became Noah Drake on “General Hospital”). He’ll forever be associated with his sole No. 1 hit, “Jessie’s Girl.”
8 p.m. Aug. 14. $35-$89. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000.

Erykah Badu, who plays the Fox Theatre on Saturday, is shown performing earlier this month at Chicago's Lollapalooza festival. Photo: Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press

Erykah Badu, who plays the Fox Theatre on Saturday, is shown performing earlier this month at Chicago's Lollapalooza festival. Photo: Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press

SATURDAY
Erykah Badu

Every once in a while, Badu unleashes one of the year’s best R&B albums with little hoopla. Of course, there are plenty of fans out there eagerly awaiting each new release, but a musician as talented as Badu deserves a little more fanfare. And when she blesses us with something as fine as this year’s “New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh),” there ought to be trumpets and fireworks.
8 p.m. Aug. 14. $25-$65. Chastain Park Amphitheatre,4469 Stella Drive N.W.,Atlanta. 404-733-4949.

SUNDAY
Jackson Browne, David Lindley

One of the finest singer-songwriters of the ’70s, Browne has had a bit of a resurgence of late. His 2008 release, “Time the Conqueror,” became his first Top 20 album since 1983’s “Lawyers in Love.” Browne, 61, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Even if you’re not familiar with the new material, those gems of his early years are always worth revisiting, including timeless classics such as “Doctor My Eyes,” “Running on Empty,” “Before the Deluge” and “These Days.” He’s joined here by longtime collaborator David Lindley in a tour to support “Love Is Strange,” a live album recorded during a tour of Spain in 2006 and credited to both Browne and Lindley.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 15. $45.50-$65.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227.

WEDNESDAY
Asia

Remember the days of supergroups, when members of big bands joined forces to create a whole new musical enterprise? This was one of the supreme supergroups. If you’re a fan of progressive rock, you’ll probably be a fan of a least one of the members of Asia. Steve Howe was in Yes; John Wetton was in King Crimson and UK; Carl Palmer was one-third of Emerson, Lake and Palmer; and Geoff Downes was in Yes and the Buggles. These guys even managed to hit the Top 40 four times in the early ’80s, and “Heat of the Moment” was a Top 5 hit. That song was introduced to a new generation by “South Park” resident and cartoon brat Eric Cartman, who used the song in an address to Congress in the episode “Kenny Dies.”
8 p.m. Aug. 18. $40; $35 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

WEDNESDAY
Heart

After spending a brief time as the Lovemongers, the sisters Wilson have been trading as Heart again for the better part of this decade. More than 30 years after they first appeared, “Barracuda,” “Magic Man” and “Crazy on You” still send a tingle up the spine. Neko Case, originally scheduled to open for Heart, has canceled her August dates. Edwin McCain is now the opener.
8 p.m. Aug. 18. $29-$59. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-4949.

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Castrologist

August 13th, 2010
2:42 pm

The most bang for your buck is happening in Midtown tonight. Jim Hodgson, Joanna Duff, Coventry Road and The Low June play the Atlanta Room at Smith’s Olde Bar. When? 7 p.m. (doors) 8 p.m. showtime. — Price: $8 — http://bit.ly/9PjOus

Gator Man

August 13th, 2010
4:31 pm

Lets see Hannity, made 30 million last year, Rush L. made 50 million last year.

So I guess he will be here next.

Donna

August 14th, 2010
11:16 am

WHERE ARE PICS OR REPORT ON THE TOM PETTY CONCERT! CONCERT WAS 8/11 AND STILL NOTHING, I GUESS US WHITE FOLKS IN THE ALT ARE JUST OUT OF LUCK!!!

Tracy

August 15th, 2010
7:37 am

bunny

August 23rd, 2010
10:44 am

monica offits be ugly as hell