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Live music picks: May 18-24


One of music’s perennial road warriors, , the Dave Matthews Band, celebrated its 20th anniversary last year by taking its first-ever break from summer touring. But the boys are back on May 22 at Aaron's Amphitheatre.

One of music’s perennial road warriors, , the Dave Matthews Band, celebrated its 20th anniversary last year by taking its first-ever break from summer touring. But the boys are back on May 22 at Aaron’s Amphitheatre.

FRIDAY

Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys. The legendary banjo player, 85, brings his “Stanley Style” of picking and old-time bluegrass to an intimate spot.

9 p.m. Friday. $23 (advance), $25 (day of show). The Loft at Center Stage, Atlanta.

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan. Jason Aldean, the country boy from Macon, had an unqualified smash with the release of his fourth album. It’s sold more than 2.5 million copies since November 2010, spawned five radio hits — including the unusual pairing with Clarkson and “Dirt Road Anthem,” co-written by Georgians Colt Ford and Brantley Gilbert — and earned a best country album Grammy nomination. Aldean has sold out two nights at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood – the first time in his career he’s had two back-to-back sellouts.

7:30 p.m. May 18-19. Both shows sold out.

SATURDAY

Funk Fest with New Edition, Doug E. Fresh, SWV (6 p.m. Friday); Erykah Badu, Raheem DeVaughn, Loose Ends, El DeBarge and Special Ed (5 p.m. Saturday). $55 (general admission), $75 (reserved seats), and $175 (VIP). This is the 18th year for the festival that began as a small gathering in Mobile, Ala. Obviously, their specialty is a deft blending of old-school and neo-soul.

Two-day pass is $90 (GA), $130 (reserved) and $350 (VIP). Wolf Creek Amphitheater, College Park.

“Party in the Park” with Flaming Lips, Young the Giant, Awolnation, Dawes and Ponderosa. Do you really want to miss an opportunity to see the band that just released blood-infused vinyl copies of its latest album? If that doesn’t sway you, how about the prestige of attending the first ticketed concert at the park in a decade?

3 p.m. Saturday. $25 (advance), $30 (at gate) and $75 (VIP). VIP is 21 and older. Children 6 and under free with ticketed parent. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.ticketalternative.com. Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta.

TUESDAY

Dave Matthews Band. One of music’s perennial road warriors celebrated its 20th anniversary last year by taking its first-ever break from summer touring. But the boys are back for a new round of shows that will likely spotlight some songs from their upcoming album.

7 p.m. Tuesday. $40.50-$75. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, Atlanta.

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John

May 17th, 2012
10:32 pm

Can you confirm if the Sweet Auburn Music Festival is also this weekend?