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Concerts: Scream tour, Rodney Crowell, Foreigner, Santigold

64535422Rodney Crowell plays two show at Eddie’s Attic on Aug.31, spotlighting songs from “Kin,” his recent collaboration with author Mary Karr. Photo: Getty Images

FRIDAY
Rodney Crowell

Crowell’s songs have been big country hits for others, including “Ashes By Now” and “’Til I Gain Control Again,” but he also enjoyed a string of No. 1 hits of his own in the late ’80s. Despite that success, he’s always seemed more of an alternative country presence, acclaimed by his peers and working just outside of the Nashville mainstream. His latest album, “Kin,” finds him working with memoirist Mary Karr (“The Liar’s Club”). Crowell authored his own memoir, “Chinaberry Sidewalks,” which was published last year.
7 and 9 p.m. Aug. 31. $30. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

FRIDAY
Downtown Touchdown Concert

College football seasons gets going with a couple of big games at the Georgia Dome this weekend. To go along with the Tennessee vs. North Carolina State and Auburn vs. Clemson games, Centennial Olympic Park hosts concerts with Phillip Phillips, Lonestar and Cody Webb on Friday (Aug. 31); and Smash Mouth, Sister Hazel, Heidi Newfield and the Lost Trailers on Saturday (Sept. 1).
5 p.m. Aug. 31; 2 p.m. Sept. 1. Free. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. N.W., Atlanta.

FRIDAY
Foreigner, Night Ranger

Foreigner is just a remnant of the group that you remember. Guitarist Mick Jones is the sole link to the original band. If you want to hear those songs and don’t care who’s singing and playing them, go for it. It’s probably just as good as a bar band re-creating “Hot Blooded” and the ultimate lighter-waving power ballad “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Night Ranger had six Top 40 hits in the 1980s, but most folks remember just one of them. “Sister Christian” never really dropped out of the public consciousness, but when it was used in a memorable scene in “Boogie Nights,” it was forever tied to visions of crazed drug dealers and popping firecrackers.
8 p.m. Aug. 31. $25-$75. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-733-4900.

69881338Santigold, touring in support of her recent sophomore album “Master of My Make-Believe,” headlines the third annual One Musicfest at Masquerade Music Park. Photo: Getty Images

SATURDAY
One Musicfest

This growing annual festival is back for its third year with a lineup that includes Santigold, Big K.R.I.T., Marsha Ambrosius, Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane and Doug E. Fresh.
Noon Sept. 1. $42. Masquerade Music Park, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.

SATURDAY
Music at the Mountain

Stone Mountain gets in on the music festival action with a lineup of great local talent, including Michelle Malone, the Shadowboxers, Roxie Watson, Caroline Aiken, Larkin Poe and Katie Armiger. The show is a benefit for the Urban Pet Project and Animal Rescue League of Northwest Georgia.
1 p.m. Sept. 1. $12-$40; parking $10. Stone Mountain Park, U.S. 78, Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690.

SATURDAY
The Atlanta Labor Day Music Festival

Enjoy a day of R&B with “American Idol” winner Fantasia, Joe, Tony Terry and Dru Hill. The show will be hosted by comedian Lightfoot.
6 p.m. Sept. 1. $45-$75. Wolf Creek Amphitheater, 3025 Merk Road, College Park.

Scream Tour comes to the Fox TheatreDiggy, son of Run DMC’s Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, will have the young girls shrieking at the Fox Theatre, just as he did in February during the Scream tour’s previous stop here. Photo: Raymond Hagans

SUNDAY
Scream Tour Next Generation Part 2 with Diggy, OMG Girlz, Jawan Harris

Another year, another batch of pop-R&B shriek-magnets. That title isn’t just hyperbole, it’s a warning. There will be lots of screaming girls. Returning from the last tour is Diggy, aka Daniel Dwayne Simmons III, son of Run DMC’s Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, and the OMG Girlz, a female trio put together by Tameka “Tiny” Harris, wife of Atlanta rapper T.I.
6 p.m. Sept. 2. $39.50-$50.70. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-881-2100.

WEDNESDAY
Dead Can Dance

20th-century goth-kid fave reunited in 2011 , releasing some live tracks recorded during a brief return to the road in 2005. This month, the duo released “Anastasis,” its first studio recording since 1996.
8 p.m. Sept. 5. $48-$98. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.

THURSDAY
The Jesus And Mary Chain

This Scottish outfit, led by brothers William and Jim Reid, turned howling guitars, grinding rhythms and simple but catchy pop melodies into one of the most distinctive sounds of the ’80s and ’90s.
8 p.m. Sept. 6. $30; $27.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

THURSDAY
Chris Isaak

The California crooner and actor brings his distinctive, Roy Orbison-influenced voice and a catalog that stretches back to his 1985 debut album “Silvertone.”
8 p.m. Sept. 6. $43-$73. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.

THURSDAY
Owl City

Owl City, primarily the work of Minnesota native Adam Young, scored an unexpected No. 1 hit in 2009 with the synth-pop confection “Fireflies.” He gained a big following through his MySpace page before signing with Universal Republic for his major label debut album, “Ocean Eyes.” “All Things Bright and Beautiful, “ his follow-up to “Ocean Eyes,” was a bit of a sales dud. The just released “The Midsummer Station” should help turn that around, if only because the single “Good Time” features Ms. “Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen.
8 p.m. Sept. 6. $24; $21 in advance. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

Shane Harrison, sharrison@ajc.com

7 comments Add your comment

John Johnson

August 30th, 2012
3:10 pm

You have obviously not heard Foreigner recently. Most of us original fans love this group and some even think it is better. To compare them to a “bar band” is an insult. Do some research before you write.

J King

August 31st, 2012
10:29 am

no mention of the protest Saturday at Centenial Park for Project 9-6-1. Might be fun to see them and the Smashmouth Fans.

pb

August 31st, 2012
1:52 pm

Who is Santigold? She looks cute in the picture, but what kind of music does she sing? Guess I have just lost touch with the pop music world!

OtistheDrunk

September 1st, 2012
10:18 am

I agree with John Johnson….you surely (I hope) would not call JOURNEY a bar band cuz Steve Perry is missing so the same should be said about FOREIGNER not having Lou Gramm any longer. Both bands sound great and IMHO pretty darn close to original with their lead vocalists….although I prefer earlier Journey singer Steve Augeri to current Arnel BUT that’s a whole other debate we don’t need to start here! lol Steve Augeri is Steve Perry with a perm..loved him! :)

concerned citizen

September 1st, 2012
10:12 pm

No mention of Celebrate Freedom, only the largest free concert featuring 16 artists at the Jim Miller park in Marietta. That was supposed to be mentioned in the Saturday slot, Shane. Since it is an annual event, you now have a heads up for next year! The AJC readers should know about all the options, not just those you choose to promote.

Keith

September 4th, 2012
3:02 pm

Granted it isn’t the original line up but the current version of Foreigner put on a great performance at Chastain.

Oscar Meyer

September 5th, 2012
11:15 am

No mention of the Genitorturers Weeniefest?