The Avett Brothers
North Carolina boys have toned down the punky hootenanny aspects of their music on the recent major label debut, “I and Love and You.” The minute you think you’re missing it though, you notice how brilliant the songs and those perfect harmonies still are. The Avett Brothers are simply one of the best live acts making the rounds these days. Their joyous shows are a testament to the mood-transforming power of music.
8 p.m. Sept. 10. $25-$35. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-4949.
4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra
The sprawling jazz orchestra is exploring some new musical territory, playing original compositions and arrangements that meld West African-influenced rhythms with Eastern European klezmer melodies (all stirred into a melting pot full of disparate musical ideas). The ensemble includes a slew of musicians from other local bands. Trumpeter Roger Ruzow (of Gold Sparkle Band and many other adventurous Atlanta outfits) leads the ensemble.
9:45 p.m. Sept. 10. The Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge, 644 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta. 404-874-5756.
This Cuban guitarist began studying with his father at age 5. He came to the U.S. in 1995 and made his Carnegie Hall debut just four years later. With six albums to his credit (ranging from the music of Bach to traditional tunes from his native Cuba), he’s played sold-out shows all over the world, from Thailand to Spain.
8 p.m. Sept. 10. $23-$30. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-651-4727.
Charlie Wilson, Angie Stone
Former Gap Band vocalist Charlie Wilson’s latest album, “Uncle Charlie,” included collaborations with Babyface, T-Pain, Snoop Dogg and Jamie Foxx. R&B singer Stone has been flying just under the radar for most of her career, which dates all the way back to the early ‘80s hip-hop trio the Sequence. The Columbia, S.C., native is a polished performer, though, as she demonstrated in a technical difficulty-plagued set at Music Midtown back in 2004. Even when the sound system failed her, she kept the audience singing along.
8 p.m. Sept. 11. $25-$69. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-4949.
Justin Townes Earle
This show marks Earle’s third Atlanta appearance this year, but we’ll welcome him to town as many times as he’s willing to show up. This talented young singer-songwriter was named in honor of Texas songwriting legend Townes Van Zandt. That’s a lot to live up to, but he just keeps getting better. His latest album, “Midnight at the Movies,” is a stunning display of his songwriting prowess, packed with the grit and glory of hard living, recounted with warmth and wit. It’s what country music would sound like if Nashville hadn’t lost its soul.
8 p.m. Sept. 11. $18; $15 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404-875-1522.
Most folks probably think of Jon Anderson as the high-voiced, curly-haired pixie that fronted Yes. But he’s also had a long and varied solo career that demonstrates his formidable melodic talents. Of course, those with an aversion to lyrical hippie-babble should look elsewhere. Take, for example, the opening couplet from “Close to the Edge” (an early ’70s Yes song I’m actually very fond of): “A seasoned witch could call you from the depths of your disgrace, and rearrange your liver to the solid mental grace.”
8 p.m. Sept. 12. $30; $27.50 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
The flamboyant, big-voiced “American Idol” runner-up proved such a draw that, after the Symphony Hall show sold out, another Atlanta date was added tomorrow at the Tabernacle. Lambert will be joined by fellow “Idol” finalist Allison Iraheta.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 14. $39.50. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 15. $35. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.
Kings of Leon, the Black Keys
Since Tennessee boys Kings of Leon last hit Atlanta in October 2009, they took a few months off to finish up a new album (“Come Around Sundown,” set for an Oct. 19 release) and returned to the road in June. They’ve brought along the Black Keys, a band you’ve heard if you’ve seen HBO’s “Hung.” The Ohio drums-and-guitar duo’s “I’ll Be Your Man” is the show’s theme song. The Black Keys started by honing rock ‘n’ roll down to its greasy, grimy essence. Even with the wider palette of sound on 2008’s “Attack & Release” and this year’s “Brothers,” the music these guys make still has a heart of pure musky blues. Athens trio the Whigs opens the show.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 15. $29.50-$54.50. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 404-443-5000.
If you know the name Luke Doucet at all, you know it because he’s Sarah McLachlan’s guitarist. He’s a brilliant, under-the-radar talent making fine albums such as the heart-rending “Broken (and other rogue states)” and his latest, “Steel City Trawler,” which includes the “Ballad of Ian Curtis,” a striking, sad ode to the late Joy Division singer. Amid the ache and alcohol, his music brims with memorable turns of phrase, melodies that caress and Doucet’s beautifully understated guitar work. He opens a show that also includes The Deep Dark Woods and the Dirty Souls.
8 p.m. Sept. 16. $10; $8 advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404-875-1522.
Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
Dean Wareham’s long career includes Velvet Underground-influenced bands Galaxie 500 and Luna, the latter including bassist and now wife Britta Phillips. Phillips is along for these shows, too, which come just a few months after the reissue of Galaxie 500’s still-thrilling trio of albums, originally release between 1988 and 1990: “Today,” “On Fire” and “This Is Our Music.”
8:30 p.m. Sept. 16; 9 p.m. Sept. 17. $20; $18 advance. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.