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Archive for April, 2012

Hot tickets: April 10

Georgia native Brantley Gilbert was one of the nominees for the Academy of Country Music's new artist of the year award, though he lost out to Scotty McCreery. He's seen here performing at the ACM's free Fremont Street Experience concert March 30. Gilbert will open for Toby Keith at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood Aug. 24. Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 14. Photo: Jeff Bottari / AP

Georgia native Brantley Gilbert was one of the nominees for the Academy of Country Music's new artist of the year award, though he lost out to Scotty McCreery. He's seen here performing at the ACM's free Fremont Street Experience concert in Las Vegas on March 30. Gilbert will open for Toby Keith at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood Aug. 24. Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 14. Photo: Jeff Bottari / AP

ON SALE NOW
Rachelle Farrell. 7 p.m. May 5. $60. Clark Atlanta University Guild’s 19th annual Jazz Under the Stars Benefit Concert. Harkness Hall Quadrangle on the Clark Atlanta University campus, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, SW. 404-880-8136.

Delta Classic Chastain season subscription packages are on sale.

  • June 13: Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, Andy Grammer. Time TBA.
  • June 16: Anita Baker. 8 p.m.
  • June 22: “Music of the Night: The Best of London’s West End Musical Theater.” 8 p.m.
  • July 11: Diana Krall. 8 p.m.
  • July 13: Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit, Marcy Playground. 7 …

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Noel Gallagher doesn’t ignore past while looking forward

Noel Gallagher performs at a recent concert wearing a jacket much warmer-looking than his garb at The Tabernacle Friday night. Photo credit: Yui Mok / Associated Press

Noel Gallagher performs at a recent concert wearing a jacket much warmer-looking than his garb at The Tabernacle Friday night. Photo credit: Yui Mok / Associated Press

A few songs into his set, Noel Gallagher had a quick interaction with a fan near the stage whose kid was attending her first concert.

 “It’s all downhill from here,” Gallagher smirked.

 For years the guts of Oasis, the stadium-filling (overseas) Britpop superstars, Noel Gallagher will always be known as the melodic maestro, the one who wrote those glorious guitar-jangle pop songs sung by his irascible brother, Liam.

 Their Cain and Abel routine eventually led to the demise of Oasis in 2009 and the brothers Gallagher went their separate musical ways – Noel with his High Flying Birds and Liam with Beady Eye.

 On Friday, Noel and the Birds (bassist Russell Pritchard, drummer Jeremy Stacey, guitarist Tim Smith – who hails from Atlanta – and a fill-in keyboardist for regular Mike Rowe, home with his wife and …

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Atlanta Jazz Festival announces performers

Musicians Russell Gunn and Kathleen Bertrand attended the preview party Thursday night for the 35th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. Photo credit: Robb Cohen

Musicians Russell Gunn and Kathleen Bertrand attended the preview party Thursday night for the 35th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival. Photo credit: Robb Cohen

Roy Ayers, the Robert Glasper Experiment,  Kathleen Bertrand and the Tito Puente Jr. Orchestra are among the acts that will anchor the 35th annual Atlanta Jazz Festival.

While the headliners will perform May 26-28 in Piedmont Park and a May 25 kickoff show with Johnny O’Neal will take place in the Mercer Ballroom at Loews Atlanta Hotel, the festival is breaking open the celebration with “31 Days of Jazz.”

Every day in May, jazz performances will occur in parks, restaurants, clubs and venues around Atlanta, including live jazz in Underground Atlanta and at Martinis & IMAX at Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

But the main weekend event – which is free – will showcase traditional and contemporary jazz on two stages from 1 to 11 p.m. each of the three days.

Along with music, a Go Green Jazz Eco Village will be in …

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First Look: “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” scores with honest, rustic tunes

GBDC_898x180Let’s start by saying this is not a review of “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.”

That would be here.

But given the pedigree of the musical talent – composer and lyricist John Mellencamp and musical director T Bone Burnett – attached to the show that debuted at the Alliance Theatre on Wednesday, we felt the songs in the production required and deserved their own deconstruction.

After all, Mellencamp and book writer Stephen King have toiled on this project for more than a decade, so naturally there is curiosity as to how well these 19 songs (and one reprise) frame King’s family ghost tale.

So this isn’t about the story or the set or the acting (though Shuler Hensley is pretty fabulous) or the King-ian plot twists. Just the music.

Well, it’s probably OK to mention that on Wednesday night, King was spotted sitting alone in the last row of the orchestra several minutes before show time and, during intermission, Burnett graciously gabbed with some fans who spotted his towering …

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Live music picks: April 6-10

Atlanta singer-songwriter Van Hunt celebrates the release aof a new live album with a show at the EARL Friday, April 6. Photo courtesy of Big Hassle

Atlanta singer-songwriter Van Hunt celebrates the release aof a new live album with a show at the EARL Friday, April 6. Photo courtesy of Big Hassle

TODAY
Van Hunt

This Atlanta singer and songwriter evokes the spirit of R&B greats such as Stevie Wonder and Curtis Mayfield, and in a just world he would be a massive multi-platinum superstar. Since he isn’t, you can see him in more intimate venues, where his soulful sound can envelope you. He’s celebrating the March 13 release of his first live album, “Live at the Troubadour 2011,” recorded at the storied Los Angeles venue.
9 p.m. April 6. $15. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

TODAY
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

The former Oasis guitarist and songwriter brings his current band to Atlanta for the first time. The tour follows the fall 2011 release of his first post-Oasis solo album, “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.” It’s a slightly more ornate take on his work with Oasis, but …

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Music Midtown to return in the fall

Music Midtown will return this fall, this time for a two-day engagement.

The Live Nation-produced event, which was resurrected last year for the first time since 2006, will take place Sept. 21-22 at Piedmont Park.

Last year’s show – also at the park – featured Coldplay and The Black Keys, as well as alt-rock acts Young the Giant and Manchester Orchestra.

The all-day event drew a crowd of about 40,000.

Who are you hoping to see at this year’s show?

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Hot tickets: April 3

Bon Iver -- aka Justin Vernon -- comes to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre June 8. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 6. Photo: D.L. Anderson

Bon Iver — aka Justin Vernon — comes to the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre June 8. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 6. Photo: D.L. Anderson

ON SALE NOW
Lullwater, the American Wheel, Legend Has It. 9 p.m. April 7. Vinyl. $10; $7 in advance. TA.
The Electric Sons, Noah, Mountain Lion. 9 p.m. April 27. Vinyl. $10; $7 in advance. TA.
Mateo and Friends R&B Showcase. 9 p.m. May 3. Vinyl. $15. TA.
Phynx, the Levee, Alchemy, Leah Marie. 9 p.m. May 4. Vinyl. $10; $7 in advance. TA.
Matthew Mayfield, David Ramirez. 9 p.m. May 11. Vinyl. $12; $10 in advance. TA.
A Tragedy Called Truth, FYN, Dark Water Rising, Prisca. 8 p.m. May 17. Vinyl. $10; $7 in advance. TA.

Delta Classic Chastain season subscription packages are on sale.

  • June 13: Gavin DeGraw, Colbie Caillat, Andy Grammer. Time TBA.
  • June 16: Anita Baker. 8 p.m.
  • June 22: “Music of the Night: The Best of London’s West End Musical Theater.” 8 p.m.
  • July 11: Diana Krall. 8 p.m.
  • July 13: Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit, Marcy …

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