Jesse Smith of Gentleman Jesse and His Men returns to Atlanta for a show at 529 in East Atlanta on Saturday, May 26. He’s been touring in support of his second album, “Leaving Atlanta.” Photo: Tim Song
KC and the Sunshine Band, the Trammps
Disco lives as these two titans of the genre come together at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. The Trammps’ moment in the spotlight came courtesy of the movie “Saturday Night Fever,” which included the band’s “Disco Inferno.” The song, a No. 11 hit, was the Trammps’ biggest, but the Philadelphia-based outfit had two previous Top 40 entries, “Hold Back the Night” and “Where the Happy People Go.” KC and the Sunshine Band was one of the disco era’s most successful acts, with five No. 1 singles between 1975 and 1980. Few songs evoke the disco years as immediately as “Get Down Tonight,” “That’s the Way (I Like It),” and “(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty.”
8 p.m. May 25. $30.50-$45.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-233-2227.
Cagle obviously listened to Southern rock growing up, and there’s a touch of Charlie Daniels Band in his rollicking up-tempo tracks. It’s been a few years since his last Top 10 country hit (“What Kinda Gone” climbed to No. 3 in 2008), but he got very close to that top tier again with 2011’s “Got My Country On,” which topped out at No. 12.
8 p.m. May 25. $15-$48. Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre, 5239 Floyd Road S.W., Mableton. 770-819-7765.
Justin Townes Earle
This talented young singer-songwriter (pictured right) was named in honor of Texas songwriting legend Townes Van Zandt. That’s a lot to live up to, but he just keeps getting better. His writing can be so personal that it sometimes feels like we’re eavesdropping on a personal conversation. His latest album, “Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now,” is another stunning display of his songwriting prowess, packed with the grit and glory of hard living, recounted with warmth and wit. It’s what country music would sound like if Nashville hadn’t lost its soul.
8 p.m. May 25. $35. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. 770-594-6232.
Gentleman Jesse and His Men
Anytime there’s a new Gentleman Jesse recording, it’s a reason to celebrate. Since this Atlanta musician released his second full-length album March 20, he’s been packing in the live shows both here at home and on the road. Jesse Smith’s blazing rock splices together jangly ’70s power-pop and the more melodic edges of vintage punk. In fact, much of “Leaving Atlanta” sounds like it could have come from that exact moment in music history when British pub rock crashed into punk. Anyone with an affection for Rockpile, Nick Lowe, Graham Parker or the like should definitely check it out.
9 p.m. May 26. $10. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-228-6769.
Memorial Day Jam 2012
It’s a Southern rock summit in Sandy Springs this weekend. Wet Willie got its start in Mobile at the tail end of the 1960s, and scored big in 1974 with the Top 10 hit “Keep On Smilin’.” Hometown hitmakers the Atlanta Rhythm Section first hit the Top 40 that same year with an ode to “Doraville” and would go on to place seven songs on the chart, including the Top 10 hits “So In To You” and “Imaginary Lover.”
3 p.m. May 28. $25. Sandy Springs Heritage Green, 6110 Bluestone Road N.E., Atlanta. 706-865-1214.
One of the Felice Brothers makes his solo debut with a self-titled new album that showcases his hushed, lyrical songs. Even In the album’s more upbeat moments, there’s a reverent stillness to these tunes. Felice (pictured left) delivers several of the quieter songs in a hypnotic quiver reminiscent of Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner, especially opener “Hey Bobby Ray.” Another highlight is “Sharon Tate,” his ode to the actress killed by Charles Manson’s followers. Like its subject, the song is a shimmering and haunted beauty.
8 p.m. May 29. $12.84. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
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