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Concerts: Sugarland, Jason Mraz, Midnight Star, Duran Duran

68083993Jason Mraz headlines Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood Saturday, Aug. 18. Christina Perri opens the show. Photo: Getty Images

Los Enanitos Verdes

This rock trio from Argentina made its recorded debut back in 1984. The band broke up for a brief period in the early ’90s when bassist and vocalist Marciano Cantero released a couple of solo albums, but returned to touring and recording together in 1992. The band made it to the U.S. in the late ’90s with a couple of Grammy-nominated albums, including “Tracción Acústica,” which revisited some of the group’s most popular songs in live acoustic mode.
8 p.m. Aug. 17. $30-$35. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

Jason Mraz

“Are you ready to lite-rock?” Mraz joked from the Music Midtown stage in 2004. And that’s basically what he does, but he does it with a distinctive flair, a deft melodic touch and a superior voice. Back then, he had a devoted following, but now he’s a major headliner with a pair of Top 10 singles and a platinum album to his name. Whether the audience is big or small, he’s always been a charismatic live performer. His latest album, “Love is a Four Letter Word,” was released in April. With Christina Perri. Check out our interview with Mraz.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 18. $39.50-$59.50; $23 lawn. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-443-5090.

Sunset Jazz

Will Downing, Lalah Hathaway, David Sanborn, Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright and Norman Brown will create the perfect soundtrack for a sultry evening, filling Chastain Park Amphitheatre with jazz-inflected R&B.
6 p.m. Aug. 18. Sold out (($25-$89). Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-733-4900.

Big Mike Geier’s Elvis Royale featuring the Kingsized Orchestra and Dames Aflame

It’s been 35 years since his death, but it seems that nothing can dull the king’s shine. Singer-actor Mike Geier and his Kingsized Orchestra are keeping the memory of the King alive with a pair of annual tributes that are among Atlanta’s most entertaining nights of the year. The festivities are gussied up with an injection of Vegasy cheese by the glamorous Dames Aflame burlesque troupe.
8:30 p.m. Aug. 18. $26. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

The Greatest Yacht Rock Revival in the Universe

Atlanta’s Yacht Rock Revue, masters of the soft-rocking ’70s, will be joined by some of that decade’s hit makers. Gary Wright (“Dream Weaver,” “Love is Alive”), Robbie Dupree (“Steal Away”), Larry Hoppen of Orleans (“Still the One,” “Dance With Me”), Peter Beckett of Player (“Baby Come Back”), John Ford Coley (“I’d Really Love to See You Tonight”), Elliot Lurie of Looking Glass (“Brandy”), Walter Egan (“Magnet and Steel”) and Starbuck (“Moonlight Feels Right”) will all get an assist from the guys in Yacht Rock Revue. Break out your favorite captain’s hat for what’s sure to be a smooth and celebratory sail into the past.
4 p.m. Aug. 18. $30; $25 in advance; $45 Semi-Important Person ticket. Park Tavern, 500 10th St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-249-0001.

Midnight Star, Lenny Williams, Cherrelle

It’s kind of surprising that electro-R&B outfit Midnight Star only scored one Top 40 hit (“Operator”), despite sending a long list of memorable booty-shaking tunes into the upper reaches of the R&B chart through the ’80s, including “Freak-a-Zoid,” and “No Parking [On the Dance Floor].” Williams was the vocalist for Tower of Power during the band’s most commercially successful period in the early ’70s and went on to have solo hits of his own. Cherrelle is best known for her Top 40 duets with Alexander O’Neal in the late ’80s.
8 p.m. Aug. 18. $25; $15 in advance. VIP $35; $25 in advance. VIP Tables $300. Amphitheater at Riverdale Town Center, 7200 Church St., Riverdale. 770-909-5300.

Duran Duran

In the early ’80s, when the M in MTV meant music, Duran Duran was the ultimate video band, pretty glam boys with catchy hits and exotic, inescapable videos. The music holds up surprisingly well, though, both onstage, where these guys still thrill, and on album. “Rio,” in particular, still oozes glamor and remains a memorable hook-fest from start to finish.
8 p.m. Aug. 19. $55-$65.50; $35.50 lawn. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-733-5012.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Sporadically brilliant ’60s revivalist Anton Newcombe isn’t always as good as he thinks he is. But he often is. He made a fascinating subject in “Dig!,” a documentary on his love-hate rivalry (real or imagined) with Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor. Newcombe said the film was a bunch of lies, and the tiff was good publicity for both the movie and for him.
8 p.m. Aug. 20. $20; $18 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.
Ted Nugent

It’s a guitar-riff-a-rama and a double-entendre-thon with the Motor City Madman, but at least he’ll be onstage doing what first brought him fame. His political pronouncements have overshadowed his music in recent years.
8 p.m. Aug. 22. $39; $34 in advance. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.


The hit-making Atlanta duo’s current tour is called “In Your Hands.” Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush left the set lists for the shows up to the fans. If you’re one of those fans, you might want to catch this show, since it could be a while before the next one. It’s about time for a new album, since the band’s most recent release is still 2010’s “The Incredible Machine.” But the more immediate event is the pending arrival of a Sugarland baby. Nettles is due in November.
Aug. 23. $40.50-$79.50; $89.50 general admission pit; $30.50 general admission lawn. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 404-733-5010.
Shane Harrison,

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urban redneck

August 17th, 2012
4:24 pm

i love my uncle ted. crazy SOB.

Rock and Roll

August 19th, 2012
10:12 am

Ted Nugent is the show to see! I’ve seen Uncle Ted 100 times since 1970 including May of this year when he opened for REO and Styx! Nobody rocks with the sheer intensity of Nuge! He has Derek St Holmes back in the band and this show will rock hard! Don’t miss it! Golf cart rides with his drummer ‘Wild Mick Brown” after the show.


August 22nd, 2012
10:57 am

I’d rather drink a warm bucket of piss than listen Nugent. Cat scratch fever one of worst songs ever.


August 22nd, 2012
12:04 pm

Typical liberal comment by you moolissa about the Ted Nugent. Funny you don’t do that to liberal artists. Find a new job. Your bias will keep you awake at night. How about midnight shift at MickyD’s? Obviously, that’s all you are qualified for.


August 22nd, 2012
1:48 pm

The Nuge can (still) steady bring it on that Gibson Byrdland.

Hot Sauce

August 22nd, 2012
2:02 pm


August 22nd, 2012
4:00 pm


1) A techie
2) A Phish person

That’s enough for me.

I’ll be sending a bucket of warm piss to your table.


August 22nd, 2012
4:05 pm


Cat scratch fever should be should only be used on prisoners at GITMO. Maybe next time Ted is “hunting” enclosed animals, that big bada** will accidentally shoot himself in the rear.


August 22nd, 2012
4:30 pm


Maybe you should be inducted to GITMO, sounds to me like you would fit in perfectly.


August 22nd, 2012
5:07 pm


For a fat girl, you sure don’t sweat much…


August 22nd, 2012
5:08 pm


You get inducted into things like Hall of Fames, ect.
I’ve never heard of a prison you get inducted into…

Melissa Ruggieri

August 22nd, 2012
6:03 pm

Jessica – if you read a little closer, you’ll see that I don’t write the weekly concert roundups – my colleague Shane Harrison, whose name is on here a couple of times, does. Although I’m not really sure what you think is so ‘liberal’ about pointing out that Uncle Ted has a political viewpoint that he isn’t afraid to share.