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Live music picks: March 11-16

Derek Webb plays an all-ages show at Smith's Olde Bar March 12. Photo: INO Records

Derek Webb plays an all-ages show at Smith's Olde Bar March 12. Photo: INO Records

Colin Hay

Hay has had a long solo career, but he’ll probably always be know as the frontman of Men at Work. It’s easy to think of that band as a dated ’80s relic, but put the group’s work alongside contemporaries like Kajagoogoo and A Flock of Seagulls and see which holds up better.
8:30 p.m. March 11. $22.50; $20 advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

The Chieftains

The multiple Grammy-winning band formed in the early 1960s and its members have become the foremost ambassadors of the Emerald Isle’s traditional music. Founder Paddy Moloney is still manning the Uilleann pipes and tin whistle, Matt Molloy is on flute, Sean Keane on fiddle and Kevin Conneff still bangs the bodhran, but the band promises more than 12 musicians on stage at all times during this tour. The spectacular is the group’s first U.S. tour since 2010’s marvelous “San Patricio,” which explored the common ground between the music of Ireland and Mexico.
8 p.m. March 11- 12. $25-$62. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000.

Asleep At The Wheel

Though often associated with its longtime home state Texas, this combo actually started life in West Virginia. The creme de la creme of Western swing bands has won eight Grammy Awards in a career that spans more than 40 years and founder Ray Benson is still the heart and soul of the band. The latest album, “Willie and the Wheel,” finds the band collaborating with old friend Willie Nelson, who encouraged Asleep at the Wheel’s move to Texas in 1973.
7 p.m. March 12. $25. The Grand Theatre, 7 Wall St., Cartersville. 770-386-7343.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Get swept up in the gorgeous harmonies of this acclaimed South African treasure. The group will probably always be best known in the United States for its work on Paul Simon’s “Graceland.” The Grammy Award-winning outfit has made loads of music on its own, all with the a cappella vocal ensemble’s immediately recognizable harmonic blend.
8 p.m. March 12. $41-$67. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-413-9849.

Derek Webb

Where so much of contemporary Christian music seems to be a pale imitation of mainstream pop, Derek Webb is an adventurous musician who happens create music with Christian themes (and sometimes, without Christian themes). There are other artists who might be put into that category, such as Sufjan Stevens, but Webb actually once worked within the Christian pop-rock scene. His latest album is a bit unusual even for him. It’s an instrumental work called “Feedback” subtitled “An Instrumental Electronic Album Based on the Lord’s Prayer.” This is an all-ages show.
6 p.m. March 12. $15 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road, Atlanta. 404-875-1522.

Marc Broussard

This powerful Louisiana singer, songwriter and guitarist is carving out his own musical territory while maintaining an admirable reverence for tradition. In 2007, he released “SOS: Save Our Soul,” a set of his own takes on classic Southern soul. With 2008’s “Keep Coming Back,” he returned to his own compositions for his third big-league album, which also marked his debut for Atlantic Records. The follow-up, titled simply “Marc Broussard,” is set for a June release.
9 p.m. March 12. $25. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

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.”
9:30 p.m. March 12. $30-$200. Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678-473-1000.

O.M.D. (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)

One of the best and most beloved synth-pop bands of the ’80s is back with the classic line-up that was the core of the group that produced everything from the 1980 debut album to 1986’s “The Pacific Age.” In addition to the tour, the band has a new album, “The History of Modern,” released in fall 2010.
8 p.m. March 14. $25. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

Lords of Acid

Those naughty Belgians in Lords of Acid still do the dark, sexually explicit techno-disco workouts that first got folks worked up as the ’80s gave way to the ’90s. It’s been more than 10 years since the group’s last new recordings, but there’s an album in the works for a 2011 release.
7 p.m. March 16. $20. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

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Hans Daniels

March 11th, 2011
3:18 am

We are bringing to life the old Abbey at the corner of Piedmont and North Ave this Saturday.
4 bands are locked and loaded.

1. It is free to get in (donations go to St. Pauls Presbyterian Homeless Ministry)
2. It is a BYOB (much cheaper)
3. Five bands will rock the house (starts @ 7pm)
4. Big college crowd
5. Corner of North Ave & Piedmont

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March 14th, 2011
7:39 pm
Dillard, Ga.
Great lineup !! March 18th and 19th.