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Live music picks: May 4-9

Bonnie Raitt is touring behind her first new album in seven years, "Slipstream." She'll play the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, May 9. Photo: Marina Chavez

Bonnie Raitt is touring behind her first new album in seven years, "Slipstream." She'll play the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Wednesday, May 9. Photo: Marina Chavez

FRIDAY
Counting Crows

Counting Crows made some undeniably catchy and classic records during the past 15 years, but the 1993 debut, “August and Everything After,” is still the band’s high-water mark. The band’s latest release, “Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation),” is a collection of covers, including songs originally recorded by Gram Parson, Fairport Convention, Big Star and Teenage Fanclub.
8 p.m. May 4. $59.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

FRIDAY
Chris Young

Young was the winner of Season 4 of USA Network’s “Nashville Star” talent competition. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., vocalist was also the season’s only Southerner. He now has five No. 1 country singles on his resume, including “Tomorrow” and “You” from his 2011 album “Neon.”
9:30 p.m. May 4. $20-$100. Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678-473-1000.

500songsFRIDAY THROUGH MAY 12
500 Songs for Kids

The Songs for Kids Foundation is back with its annual fundraiser, which assembles a formidable array of talent to perform a list of 500 songs. In 2007, tireless man-about-town and musician Josh Rifkind started this concept, combining 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. 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.
Through May 12. $10; $20 May 12. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522.

Rachelle Ferrell performs at this year's Jazz Under the Stars Benefit Concert on Saturday, May 5. Photo: Jean-Christophe Bott / AP/ Keystone

Rachelle Ferrell performs at this year's Jazz Under the Stars Benefit Concert on Saturday, May 5. Photo: Jean-Christophe Bott / AP/ Keystone

SATURDAY
Rachelle Ferrell

She made her major-label debut in 1992, but the jazzy Ferrell has never achieved stardom in the world of mainstream pop. She doesn’t really have to, though, because this talented composer, arranger and pianist with a powerful six-octave vocal range can sure pack theaters with appreciative fans. She’s performing as the headliner for the Clark Atlanta University Guild’s 19th Jazz Under the Stars benefit concert.
7 p.m. May 5. $60. Harkness Hall Quadrangle on the Clark Atlanta University campus, 223 James P. Brawley Drive S.W. 404-880-8136.

MONDAY
Active Child

Former choirboy Pat Grossi melds synthetic beats, glistening harp and his angelic voice to craft a strangely beautiful hybrid of minimalist R&B, electronic experimentalism and heavenly chorale. His debut album, “You Are All I See,” generates its own hypnotic little world, like you’re swimming through Grossi’s own personal snow globe as the glitter swirls all around.
8:30 p.m. May 7. $12; $10 in advance. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

The newest member of the All-American Rejects' touring entourage is Dexter, guitarist Nick Wheeler's Boston Terrier mix. Check out the rescue pup's story at Petfinder.

The newest member of the All-American Rejects' entourage is Dexter, guitarist Nick Wheeler's Boston Terrier mix. Check out the rescue pup's story at Petfinder.

TUESDAY
All-American Rejects

These four Oklahoma boys self-released their self-titled debut, which later was picked up by DreamWorks Records. Then the irresistible “Swing, Swing” caught radio’s ear followed by the even more irresistible “Dirty Little Secret.” In 2009, the band reached a new Top 40 peak with “Gives You Hell,” which climbed to No. 4. Last month, the quartet unleashed a fourth album, “Kids in the Street” and the new single “Beekeeper’s Daughter.” Along for the tour is unofficial fifth band member Dexter, guitarist Nick Wheeler’s adopted Boston Terrier mix. Check out the tale of how Dexter became a touring rock star dog at Petfinder.
7 p.m. May 8. $23 in advance. The Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

WEDNESDAY
Bonnie Raitt

Though her first album was released in 1971, and she enjoyed some success through that decade, it wasn’t until 1989’s Grammy-winning “Nick of Time” that Raitt really hit it big. That album went to No. 1 and turned a whole new generation of fans on to her bluesy style. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s latest album, “Slipstream,” was released in April. It’s the first release on her own Redwing Records and comes seven years after its predecessor, “Souls Alike.”
7:30 p.m. May 9. $36.50-$91. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.

Shane Harrison / sharrison@ajc.com

2 comments Add your comment

kevin

May 4th, 2012
7:36 am

If your not first, your last RB!

Sarfdawg

May 4th, 2012
8:01 am

Not to be missed is Marc Cohn who is performing along with Bonnie Raitt next Wednesday. He will be every bit as good if not better.