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Live music picks, Aug. 20-26

Kem is one of four talented R&B vocalists taking the stage at Chastain Park Amphitheater on Friday. The four singers will return for another show at the same venue on Sept. 2. Photo: Anthony Mandler / Universal Motown

Kem is one of four talented R&B vocalists taking the stage at Chastain Park Amphitheater on Friday. The four singers will return for another show at the same venue on Sept. 2. Photo: Anthony Mandler / Universal Motown

FRIDAY
Budweiser Superfest with Anthony Hamilton, Kem, Jaheim and Raheem Devaughn
North Carolinian Hamilton does vintage Southern soul better than just about any other contemporary vocalist. Play the man’s music in the depths of the Arctic, and you’ll be transported right back to the South. You’ll soon feel the need to whip up a mess of greens, get out a fan to banish the sultry air and sip a glass of sweet tea. After more than five years, there’s finally more of the jazz-inflected soul of Kem. “Intimacy: Album III,” the follow-up to 2005’s “Album II,” hit stores and online outlets earlier this week. Jaheim and DeVaughn, both talented singers crafting soulful and sensual R&B for adults, round out the bill. Another show has been added on Sept. 2.
7 p.m. Aug. 20. $38-$68. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227.

FRIDAY
Delbert McClinton
A regional favorite, this belter from Lubbock, Texas, has cultivated his own distinctive blend of blues, rock and country over nearly five decades. His first national attention came playing the familiar harmonica riff on Bruce Channel’s 1962 No. 1 hit “Hey Baby.” McClinton cracked the Top 40 under his own name in 1980 with “Giving It Up for Your Love.” The Grammy winner’s tunes have been covered by Emmylou Harris and Waylon Jennings, among others, and he’s recorded duets with Bonnie Raitt and Tanya Tucker.
8 p.m. Aug. 20. $36.50. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-876-5859.

SATURDAY
Scissor Sisters
Scissor Sisters have been putting a little fabulousness back into pop music since making a splash with the Elton-isms of “Take Your Mama” in 2004. The glammed-up and groovilicious quintet digs through the musical closet of the ’70s, reveling in stylistic snippets of the Bee Gees, Abba and David Bowie.
8 p.m. Aug. 21. $31. The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-843-2825.

SATURDAY
Maroon 5
The sweet pop-meets-R&B stylings of Maroon 5 brought the quintet a best new artist Grammy in 2005 and six Top 40 hits. The band’s second album, 2007’s “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,” wasn’t a hit factory like the band’s debut, “Songs About Jane,” but it still debuted atop the Billboard album chart. The third Maroon 5 album, “Hands All Over,” is coming in mid-September. With “American Idol” winner Kris Allen and British singer-songwriter VV Brown.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 21. $29-$54. $36-$46. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

Beth Orton comes to the Variety Playhouse Saturday. Photo: Anti- Records

Beth Orton comes to the Variety Playhouse Saturday. Photo: Anti- Records

SATURDAY
Beth Orton
The atmospheric beauty of this Brit singer-songwriter’s marriage of folk and electronica has made her a favorite of the adult alternative set. The 2006 release “Comfort of Strangers” (still her latest), scaled back on the electronics. The music was more organic, matching the plaintive warmth of her voice, but her songs are as beautiful and intelligent as ever. She recently signed a worldwide deal with Anti- Records (home of Neko Case, Tom Waits and Nick Cave) and is working on a new album.
8:30 p.m. Aug. 21. $25; $22.50 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

SATURDAY
All Night Drug Prowling Wolves
“Make It Right,” this Atlanta combo’s new CD, has a distinct whiff of punk’s first wave about it. If this wasn’t 2010, you might think these guys were the missing link between the UK’s pre-punk pub-rock and the all-out Clash-Pistols-Damned assault of 1977. They’ve crafted a catchy bunch of tunes, too. One spin and these songs will be knocking around your brain for days. The band celebrates the album’s release with this gig.
9 p.m. Aug. 21. $10. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

Brooks & Dunn are in the final stretch of their farewell tour. They'll be at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood on Sunday.

Brooks & Dunn are in the final stretch of their farewell tour. They'll be at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood on Sunday.

SUNDAY
Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert
Country’s most lauded duo seems to do no wrong in the eyes (and ears) of both country fans and the Nashville establishment. Between 1992 and 2006, they won best duo at the Country Music Association’s annual awards show every year except 2000 (when Montgomery Gentry took the honor). But this tour is being billed as the “Last Rodeo.” That’s because Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are going their separate ways after a final performance on Sept. 2 in Nashville. Lambert is one of country music’s brightest talents, a critical favorite who finally broke big with “White Liar” (a No. 2 country hit) and “The House That Built Me” (her first No. 1), both from her third and latest album, “Revolution.”
7 p.m. Aug. 22. $25-$55. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 404-443-5000.

SUNDAY
Donna Summer
Her recent nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have caused some consternation among rockers who still stand by the notion that disco was entirely useless. Even if you feel that way, the truth is that Summer’s career peak came with an album that might be the best early example of the fusion of rock and disco. “Bad Girls” married crunchy guitars, loping bass and a steady thump in a way that was far less self-conscious than efforts by rockers coming at it from the other direction (hello, Rod Stewart).
8 p.m. Aug. 22. $47-$67. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227.

Dave Wakeling brings the English Beat to the Variety Playhouse Wednesday. Photo: Jackie Butler

Dave Wakeling brings the English Beat to the Variety Playhouse Wednesday. Photo: Jackie Butler

WEDNESDAY
The English Beat
The English Beat (just the Beat in the U.K.) began as one of the second-generation ska bands — along with the Specials, Madness, the Selecter and show opener Bad Manners — in the wake of punk in the late ’70s. Like many of their contemporaries, the band added elements beyond straight-ahead ska over its original five-year, three-album life span, crafting memorable tunes such as “Save It for Later, “ “I Confess” and “Mirror in the Bathroom.” The current version of the band is led by original frontman Dave Wakeling.
8 p.m. Aug. 25. $25; $22.50 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

THURSDAY
Kevin Max
The once and (probably) future dcTalk member is touring behind a brand new solo album, “Cotes d’ Armor (True Rebels),” a collection of remixed and reinvigorated tracks from the already excellent 2009 EP “Crashing Gates,” along with a batch of new tracks.  Max’s recent work seems far removed from that of his dcTalk days and the more commercial work of his bandmates. Traces of synth-pop, British post-punk and experimental music inform much of his solo work, creating an unusual and captivating hybrid. As for dcTalk, one of contemporary Christian music’s most beloved bands, Max has hinted on Twitter that a tour might be in the works for 2011, just a little more than a decade after the trio went on hiatus.
8 p.m. Aug. 26. $10. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta. 404-522-0655.

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Judy Rowe

August 19th, 2010
11:07 pm

First Annual Georgia BluesFest featuring Johnny Winter with James Cotton – Saturday, 8/21, R-Ranch in the Mountains. Go to http://www.georgiabluesfest.com for more information.