This powerhouse Atlanta-born blues-rock guitarist returned to his longtime label Alligator in 2005 with a fiery live set called “Highwayman.” Two years later, “Moment of Truth” put him back in the studio for another in a series of acclaimed albums, prompting this from a reviewer in Billboard: “In the last five years, no one has released more consistently excellent blues albums than Atlanta’s Tinsley Ellis, and his latest project once again validates his status.” His most recent album, “Speak No Evil,” came out in 2009.
8:30 p.m. March 30. $20; $17.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
When Shimabukuro pronounces ukulele, it’s a beautiful murmur floating on a tropical breeze: ooo-koo-lay-lay. The more common pronunciation lands on the ear with a comical thud: you-kuh-lay-lee.