Jill Scott brings her powerful voice (and openers Kem and DJ Jazzy Jeff) to Chastain Park Amphitheatre Saturday, June 30. Photo: Robb D. Cohen, www.robbsphotos.com
The Rev. Green stopped performing secular music for a time, but when he came back to R&B it was reason to celebrate. His soulful performances are a real pleasure to watch, though you don’t really watch them so much as experience them. The Blind Boys of Alabama will open the show, which is sure to give the evening a rousing gospel start.
8 p.m. June 29. $35-$55. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-233-2227.
Silky sandpaper might be an oxymoron, but it might be the perfect way to describe singer-songwriter Horne’s voice. It’s gritty, warm and soothing. With the Atlanta native’s 2011 album “The Whistler & The Majestic,” the songwriting is every bit as good as his terrific voice (which occasionally recalls Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold). Just sample the opening track “Come On, Come On” and you’ll be hooked.
8 p.m. June 29. $15; $12 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.
Jill Scott’s Summer Block Party
A few years ago, we recommended a Jill Scott show as the perfect first date concert, and that still stands. The classy yet sensual R&B of Scott will conjure up the perfect mood for debut dating bliss. Who could resist someone with the good taste to take them to a Jill Scott show? Add the jazz-inflected soul of Kem to the mix, and you can’t go wrong.
7 p.m. June 30. $85.75-$105.75; $49.75 lawn. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-233-2227.
Coldplay’s expansive rock is arena-sized, and it needs a space as big as the band’s soaring choruses. An arena also gives frontman Chris Martin the space he needs for his manic performances. In 2011, Martin and his bandmates added a fifth album to their catalog. “Mylo Xyloto” gave the band another No. 1 album and three more Top 20 U.S. singles, including “Princess of China,” a collaboration with Rihanna.
7 p.m. July 2. $49.50-$99.50. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 404-878-3000.
She’ll always be known as the gently spiritual mother of Lilith Fair, even if the 2010 attempt to revive the female-centric tour didn’t measure up to the fest’s 1997-99 heyday. With slumping ticket sales and some headliners dropping out, many shows were canceled that year (including Atlanta). McLachlan put together her own tour to promote “Laws of Illusion,” her first nonholiday studio album since 2003’s “Afterglow.” It’s still her most recent release.
7:30 p.m. July 3. $36-$56. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-233-2227.
Tab Benoit, Sol Driven Train
Louisiana blues guitarist Benoit has been an Atlanta favorite for many years. He recently won three top honors at the Blues Foundation’s 2012 Blues Music Awards, taking home the awards for Contemporary Blues Album for “Medicine,” contemporary male blues artist and the B.B. King entertainer of the year award. His latest release is “Legacy: The Best of Tab Benoit,” which is the perfect place to start for newcomers to this talented performer. Hard-touring Charleston quintet Sol Driven Train opens the show. You have to wonder if these guys have ever encountered a genre they can’t effortlessly sprinkle into their sprawling rock sampler platter. No matter what they bring in, the heart of the band’s sound remains distinctively Southern and supremely funky.
8 p.m. July 4. $15 in advance. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-875-1522.
Flo Rida, Cee Lo Green, B.o.B
An all-star lineup of hip-hop and R&B headlined by the current party-anthem king Flo Rida. The Florida-born rapper, singer and songwriter blasted into the big time with the T-Pain assisted “Low” back in 2008. That single topped the pop chart for 10 weeks. He’s still making big hits, including two Top 5 tracks from his latest album, “Wild Ones” (the title track and “Good Feeling”). Former Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley member Cee Lo is pretty much a household name now, thanks to his stint as a judge on NBC’s “The Voice” and the ubiquitous 2010 single titled (in its radio-friendly, cleaned-up version) “Forget You.” Decatur’s B.o.B saw his 2010 debut album bow at the top of the Billboard 200 chart on the strength of his No. 1 single “Nothin’ on You,” which featured Bruno Mars. His latest album, “Strange Clouds,” brings in more big-name guest stars, including Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, T.I., Chris Brown and Lil Wayne.
7 p.m. July 5. $35-$125. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.
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