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Live music picks: Aug. 26-Sept. 1

Former Atlanta musician and current New Yorker Shonali Bhowmik returns to town with her first solo album, "100 Oaks Revival." She'll play the EARL Tuesday. Photo: Demetrious Noble

Former Atlanta musician and current New Yorker Shonali Bhowmik returns to town with her first solo album, "100 Oaks Revival." She'll play the EARL Tuesday. Photo: Demetrious Noble

TODAY
Los Lobos

Once self-described as “just another band from East L.A.,” Los Lobos has been a reliably powerful rock ’n’ roll mainstay for nearly three decades. The band’s rootsy Mex-Americana is as powerful as ever on 2010’s “Tin Can Trust,” which was nominated for best Americana album at the most recent Grammy Awards and includes a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “West L.A. Fadeaway.”
8 p.m. Aug. 26. $39.50. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E. 404-876-5859.

Chrisette Michele, pictured here during here opening set for Charlie Wilson at Chastain Park Amphitheatre last month, will headline the One MusicFest. Photo: Raymond Hagans / Special

Chrisette Michele, pictured here during her opening set for Charlie Wilson at Chastain Park Amphitheatre last month, will headline the One MusicFest. Photo: Raymond Hagans / Special

SATURDAY
ONE MusicFest

This is the second year for this young music festival, which debuted last year at the King Plow Arts Center and moves to the Piedmont Park-adjacent Park Tavern this year. The headliner is Chrisette Michele, the sultry Grammy-winning R&B vocalist whose latest album is 2010’s “Let Freedom Reign.” Alternative rap pioneers the Pharcyde, hip-hop duos the Cool Kids and Foreign Exchange, Atlanta singer and songwriter Anthony David and former “American Idol” contestant Anoop Desai round out the lineup.
1 p.m. Aug. 27. $37. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-249-0001.

SATURDAY
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Vermont native Potter and her band signed with Hollywood Records in 2005 and have spent much of their time since then gathering a large and loyal audience one gig at a time. The folks who pick music for movies and TV shows seem to love the band’s bluesy, soulful rock, too. Potter’s songs have shown up on, among many others, “All My Children,” “One Tree Hill” and “Brothers & Sisters, ” and in the films “Tangled” and Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.” Potter duets with Kenny Chesney on “You and Tequila,” currently in the Top 10 on Billboard’s country singles chart. With the Wood Brothers.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 27. $25-$35. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-733-4949.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals headline Chastain Park Amphitheatre Aug. 27. Photo courtesy Hollywood Records

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals headline Chastain Park Amphitheatre Aug. 27. Photo courtesy Hollywood Records

SUNDAY
Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow

Before Kid Rock broke big in the late 1990s, did anyone think the music world was in need of a hip-hop/country-influenced Southern rock aficionado from Detroit? Kid Rock filled a void that no one knew existed. He’s probably the only artist who could release either a country album, a rock album or a rap album and no one would find it remarkable. This is his second area appearance this year, following a Gwinnett Arena show in March, but this time he’s bringing one-time duet partner Crow. The two had a Top 10 hit with “Picture” back in 2003. The lineup also includes Leroy Powell and the Messengers.
7 p.m. Aug. 28. $25.50-$75.50; special general admission lawn six-packs for $99. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 404-443-5090.

TUESDAY
Shonali Bhowmik’s 100 Oaks Revival

This former Atlanta musician lives in New York where she leads a band called Tigers & Monkeys, and works with comedy collective Variety Shac. The rock crunch of her bands, including Atlanta favorites Ultrababyfat, takes a back seat to her songwriting prowess and pop smarts on her solo debut “100 Oaks Revival.” Recorded in her childhood hometown of Nashville, the album is full of deft instrumental touches, especially the piano figures that dangle from “Shake It Rock ’n’ Roller” lending the song a sinister edge. The jaunty bounce of “Star Treatment” contrasts with the song’s mysterious monsters, scars and broken people. It’s a remarkable balancing act that makes for one of the album’s memorable highlights, but there’s a lot to love on “100 Oaks Revival.”
8:30 p.m. Aug. 30. $7. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

THURSDAY
Maroon 5, Train

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, “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,” wasn’t a hit factory like the band’s debut and the third, 2010’s “Hands All Over,” made a lukewarm showing in the hit department, too, until frontman Adam Levine got a regular TV gig on “The Voice” and increased the band’s profile. Now Maroon 5 has another Top 10 hit with “Moves Like Jagger” (featuring Levine’s TV co-star Christina Aguilera), the band’s first since hitting No. 1 in 2007 with “Makes Me Wonder.” Train’s latest album, “Save Me, San Francisco,” took them back into the upper reaches of the pop charts with the No. 3 hit “Hey Soul Sister.” Before that 2010 resurgence, the band’s most recent Top 40 hit was “Calling All Angels,” which hit No. 19 in 2003.
7 p.m. Sept. 1. $23-$99. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

7 comments Add your comment

nabo blabo

August 25th, 2011
2:49 pm

Where are the good bands?

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THE MAJOR

August 25th, 2011
4:25 pm

You forgot THE KURT THOMAS BAND playing Wednesday night at Wild Bill’s!!!!!

Bill Clinton

August 25th, 2011
5:27 pm

I wish I were in the Nocturnals.

Do they need a sax player?

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Stevie Ray

August 27th, 2011
12:30 pm

This is not your mama’s rock cover band !! Pretty Twisted live Sat night 9pm at Bullfrogz in Kennesaw

Matt

August 27th, 2011
3:24 pm

Come on down to Peachtree City tonight – Journey cover band extraordinares Departure play…gates open at 7, show starts at 8 with an opener – tickets $20 – http://www.ticketalternative.com/Events/14216.aspx to buy online!