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Live music picks: April 27-May 3

Dreams So Real, seen here in a promo shot from the band's days on Arista Records in the late 1980s, has reformed for a few shows. The Athens band will play Smith's Olde Bar on Saturday, April 28.

Dreams So Real, seen here in a promo shot from the band's days on Arista Records in the late 1980s, has reformed for a few shows. The Athens band will play Smith's Olde Bar on Saturday, April 28.

FRIDAY
Over The Rhine

The Ohio husband-and-wife duo has been quietly making thoughtful, absorbing albums for about 20 years. The latest is “The Long Surrender,” which Paste magazine calls “a lovely, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting musical mosaic” while pointing to the line “All my favorite people are broken” as a kind of thesis for the record. It’s Americana with an extra touch of class and elegance, but swaddled in a cloak of darkness. It recalls the duo’s earlier “Drunkard’s Prayer,” a soul-baring work that chronicles a rocky patch in the couple’s marriage and the journey back to happiness.
8 p.m. April 27. $30. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

SATURDAY
Poncho Sanchez and Terence Blanchard

Conga master Sanchez teams with one of today’s finest trumpeters to pay tribute to a long-ago collaboration with the album “Chano y Dizzy,” a 2011 release that inspired this tour, which is dubbed “Cubano Be! Cubano Bop! A Tribute to Chano Pozo and Dizzy Gillespie.” Pozo was the first in a long line of Latin percussionists in Dizzy Gillespie’s band and despite the fact that he was with Gillespie’s band for barely a year, it was one of the seminal moments in Latin jazz and Pozo’s influence on Gillespie’s work would be felt for years.
8 p.m. April 28. $41-$67. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-413-9849.

SATURDAY
Beach Boys

It took the band’s recent 50th anniversary to finally bring the long-absent Brian Wilson back into the touring fold. He had already done work with fellow original Beach Boys Mike Love and Al Jardine on the 2011 issue of the complete sessions for the original “Smile” album, which was abandoned in 1967. For many years, the touring version of the band had just Love as the sole remaining original, though longtime Beach Boy Bruce Johnston remains part of the act. Jardine is also on board for the tour, along with David Marks, who was a Beach Boy for the band’s first four albums and left in 1963 (returning briefly in the late ’90s).
8 p.m. April 28. $35.50-$75. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-233-2227.

Rodrigo y Gabriela will bring their guitar magic to the Tabernacle on Saturday, April 28. Photo: Tina Korhonen

Rodrigo y Gabriela will bring their guitar magic to the Tabernacle on Saturday, April 28. Photo: Tina Korhonen

SATURDAY
Rodrigo y Gabriela

This Mexican duo creates a beautiful and unusual blend of acoustic guitars that incorporates classical, Latin and even metal influences. Their self-titled album was a No. 1 hit in Ireland, where the pair first achieved success. That 2006 album, their first international release, included covers of Metallica’s “Orion” and Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven.” The duo’s 2012 album, “Area 52,” found the guitar-slinging pair recording in Havana with a 13-piece Cuban orchestra.
8 p.m. April 28. $35. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

SATURDAY
Dreams So Real

Back in the ’80s, R.E.M. wasn’t the only jangle in town. Dreams So Real was one of the Athens scene’s finest, and was often mentioned in the same breath as the city’s big success story. R.E.M.’s Peter Buck produced the first Dreams So Real album, “Father’s House,” and the band eventually signed to Arista Records for “Rough Night in Jericho.” But Dreams So Real was no R.E.M. clone. In fact, DSR seemed to meld the disparate elements of Athens music, blending the power pop jangle with pre-’80s rock classicism and just a touch of the nervy energy of the city’s artier musical elements.
8 p.m. April 28. $15 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY
Kids Rock for Kids

In 2007, tireless man-about-town and musician Josh Rifkind started a fundraiser that combined 500 artists with Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 best rock songs. It’s been going strong ever since, with a new themed list each year. This year, the organizers have come up with a list of the 500 most beautiful songs of all time and the event will take place May 3-12. The money raised goes to Rifkind’s Songs for Kids Foundation, which brings musicians to hospitals, special-needs camps and other places that cater to kids in need. But before that main event, there’s a new element to the festivities. Kids Rock for Kids showcases artists who are younger than 19, most of them much younger, along with kids from the Songs for Kids Records Program. That program teaches hospitalized children how to write and record original songs. The kids work with producers and songwriters to put their personal stories and ideas into musical form.
1 p.m. April 28-29. $10; $20 for both days. The Loft, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

SUNDAY
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Consistently entertaining, distinctively American and an often underrated songwriter, Tom Petty has amassed a singular body of work that few can match. His emergence in the mid-’70s was greeted with the then-popular “new Bob Dylan” pronouncements. But Petty and the Heartbreakers sounded a lot more like the Byrds tangling with the Rolling Stones, with Dylan as referee. “Mojo,” which hit stores in 2010, was Petty’s first new album with the Heartbreakers since 2002’s “The Last DJ.” It was another in a long line of quality albums (Petty’s 16th, including three solo releases).
7:30 p.m. April 29. $35-$125. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

WEDNESDAY AND MAY 4
The Eagles

It might seem odd, but this version of the Eagles has now been going longer than the band’s original run through the ’70s. That 1971-1980 period produced six albums, including one of the best-selling albums of all time, “Hotel California,” and provided the content for a “Greatest Hits” collection that has been in a jousting match for the No. 1 best-selling album in the U.S. with Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” for years now. Since Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Co. reunited in 1994, they’ve released just one studio album and one live album. But in the ’70s, people bought albums. Lucky for the Eagles, they still buy concert tickets.
8 p.m. May 2 and 4. $65-$185. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.

THURSDAY
Nick Lowe and His Band

He had just a brief moment in the Top 40 spotlight with 1979’s “Cruel to Be Kind,” but that’s no measure of the man’s greatness. He wrote “(What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” and he’s been making amazing and memorable rock ’n’ roll for more than four decades. And he’s still making stellar music with his latest album, “The Old Magic,” a model of maturity and grace that proves Lowe’s way with a memorable melody is as powerful as ever.
8 p.m. May 3. $30; $27.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Shane Harrison / sharrison@ajc.com

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April 26th, 2012
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