Rodney 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
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.
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.
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.
Santigold, 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
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.
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.
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.
Diggy, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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