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Live music picks: July 29-Aug. 4

The Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by singer-songwriter-guitarists Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi (fourth and fifth from left), returns to Atlanta for a show at Chastain Park Amphitheatre Saturday.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by singer-songwriter-guitarists Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi (fifth and sixth from left), returns to Atlanta for a show at Chastain Park Amphitheatre Saturday.

FRIDAY
Drivin N Cryin, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

This Atlanta outfit might not have a prolific recording career these days, but Drivin N Cryin still puts on one of the best shows in town. That’s just one reason why the band is the perfect choice to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Buckhead Theatre (the renovated former home of the Roxy) The Kevn Kinney-led band released “Great American Bubble Factory “ in 2009, which was the first album of new Drivin N Cryin material since 1997. There’s a tribute album in the works, with fellow musicians such as Collective Soul, Mastodon, Edwin McCain, Angie Aparo and Sister Hazel among those scheduled to contribute tracks. DNC is joined by former Drive By Truckers guitarist, singer and songwriter Isbell, who is still crafting evocative Southern gems in his solo work. With Futurebirds, Jonny Corndawg.
7 p.m. July 29. $25 in advance. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-843-2825.

SATURDAY
Buckhead Music Festival

Ready for a stomping good time? Don’t miss the headliners at this second day of the Buckhead Theatre’s one-year anniversary celebration. The swampy stomp of the Chickasaw Mudd Puppies first emerged from Athens in the early ’90s with a couple of albums produced by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. It was their high-energy live shows that earned them a devoted following, though, as Brant Slay stomped his feet and wailed on his harmonica, usually from a rocking chair, while Ben Reynolds rips a punky new path through the blues with his guitar. It’s the perfect way to spend a steamy Southern evening. The Chickasaw Mudd Puppies are scheduled to play at 9 p.m., but there will be bands performing all day. Check the venue’s website for a full list of artists. See our story on the venue’s first anniversary celebrations.
1 p.m. July 30. $14. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 404-843-2825.

SATURDAY
Tedeschi Trucks Band

Critically acclaimed blues-rock guitarist and singer Susan Tedeschi is a four-time Grammy nominee. Derek Trucks, guitarist for the Allman Brothers, also happens to be Tedeschi’s husband. The pair recently put their own bands on hiatus and joined together for this new project. The band released its first album, “Revelator,” in June. Rolling Stone’s review dubbed it a “meaty masterpiece.” With the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
8 p.m. July 30. $25-$69. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-733-4949.

SATURDAY
Robin Thicke, Kelly Rowland

Thicke might be today’s pre-eminent blue-eyed soul man, but his lineage is very white bread. His father is sitcom dad Alan Thicke of “Growing Pains” fame and his mom is actress-singer Gloria Loring. Rowland toiled in Beyoncé’s shadow in Destiny’s Child and she’s still overshadowed by her former band mate, but her new album, “Here I Am,” has already given her a boost. The second single from that album, “Motivation,” is a Top 20 pop hit and her first R&B No. 1 since 2002. With Jeremih.
8 p.m. July 30. $47-$127. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.

MONDAY
Vans Warped Tour

Punk rock summer camp is back again. Some of the highlights of the daylong fest include indie rapper Grieves, long-serving ska merchants Less Than Jake, the hip-hop-influenced alt-rock of Atlanta’s Family Force Five and Gainesville, Fla., outfit Against Me. Against Me just reissued “White Crosses,” the band’s 2010 album, with bonus tracks and an additional disc (called “Black Crosses,” naturally) of unreleased songs and alternate versions.
11 a.m. Aug. 1. $34-46. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 404-443-5090.

WEDNESDAY
Brian Wilson

It’s a miracle and a blessing that all the years of mental illness, drug issues and stage fright didn’t end the former Beach Boy’s career. Wilson created some of the most sublime pop music ever made, but he was silent for too many years. He’s been on a renewed creative roll since finishing the abandoned late ’60s masterpiece “Smile” in 2004.
8 p.m. Aug. 3. $25-$75. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-733-4949.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY
Keith Urban

Anyone who has stood in a grocery store checkout line knows Urban is married to actress Nicole Kidman and spent a little time in rehab. Urban’s rocked-up country is among the hottest selling stuff coming out of Nashville for much of this millennium. He scored his first No. 1 country hit in 2000 and his 11th and latest, “Without You,” this year.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 4-5. $25-$55. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.

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bigdawg

July 29th, 2011
9:59 am

WTF!?! Do you not know that 20k folks will be at Verizon Wireless Sunday for Further? You left out their concert in April, and, once again, you leave out their Sunday concert. And, except for the Trucks-Tedeschi band and Further, this weekend’s lineup is pretty weak.
Try broadening your horizons, sparky!

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July 29th, 2011
4:09 pm

311 on Saturday night. Huge show every summer

robert johnson

July 31st, 2011
3:40 pm

Tedeschi Trucks Band was outstanding. Very tight and kick-ass rock & roll. ST should not defer slide playing to her hubby as she is no slouch.