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Concerts: Brad Paisley, Indigo Girls, Grizzly Bear, the Whispers

buzzleavell1102.jpgChuck Leavell headlines the Capricorn Experience at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Photo: Fernando Decilli

FRIDAY
Capricorn Experience with Chuck Leavell with the Randall Bramblett Band, Wet Willie, Cowboy, Col. Bruce Hampton

Originally Macon-based, Capricorn Records was the label that brought us the Allman Brothers, the Marshall Tucker Band, Elvin Bishop and many more. In later years, Capricorn released albums by 311 and Cake. It was also home to Sea Level, the band formed by Chuck Leavell, who headlines this show. Keyboardist Leavell has played with the Allmans, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, John Mayer and the Rolling Stones.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 14. $30-$37.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta. 404-733-4900, classicchastain.com.

FRIDAY
Indigo Girls

Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have spent about a quarter of a century entertaining us — and making us think — with heart-touching songs and gorgeous harmonies. They began performing together as students at Decatur’s Shamrock High School (now a middle school).
8 p.m. Sept. 14. $49.50. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-876-5859, www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

SATURDAY
The Whispers, Russell Thompkins Jr. and the New Stylistics

The Whispers began in the ’60s, but it wasn’t until 1980 that the vocal group scored its first Top 40 hit with “And the Beat Goes On.” The band’s lineup hasn’t changed since the early ’70s, with one exception. Original member Marcus Hutson died in 2000 and the four remaining Whispers have vowed not to replace him, but to continue as a quartet. The early ’70s hits of Philadelphia R&B vocal group the Stylistics — including Top 10s “You Make Me Feel Brand New” and “I’m Stone in Love With You” — can still send shivers up the spine, largely due to the lovely falsetto of frontman Russell Thompkins Jr. Those gorgeous love songs still pack enough sweet, sweet love to make this a romantic’s dream night.
7 p.m. Sept. 15. $40-$65; parking $10. Wolf Creek Amphitheater, 3025 Merk Road, College Park. www.wolfcreekamphitheater.com.

SATURDAY
Gretchen Wilson

Get rowdy with the woman who took “Redneck Woman” to the top of the country charts in 2004, a hit that broke a two-year dry spell for women at the top of the country singles chart.
7 p.m. Sept. 15. Free; tickets required. Buford Community Center, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford. 770-945-6762, www.bufordcommunitycenter.com.

SATURDAY
Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra

Amanda Palmer is half of the theatrically inclined Boston-based Dresden Dolls. Both as part of that duo and in her solo career — she recently released another solo album, “Theatre Is Evil” — Palmer makes strange and wonderful music that weaves together German cabaret and the decadent early ’70s work of David Bowie and Lou Reed. It answers this heretofore unasked question: What if Kurt Weill and a ’70s glam rocker were both reincarnated in the body of a 21st century woman?
8:30 p.m. Sept. 15. $25; $22.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.

SATURDAY
Brad Paisley, the Band Perry, Scotty McCreery

Brad Paisley is the most consistently entertaining mainstream country artist of his generation. He’s joined by two young upstarts. The sibling trio scored a No. 1 country hit in 2010 with “If I Die Young, “ which was also a Top 20 pop hit and the Country Music Association’s single and song of the year. They followed that up with “You Lie,” which climbed to No. 2. The follow-up to that, “All Your Life,” put them back at No. 1. Scotty McCreery was the Season 10 winner of “American Idol,” which seems to have a knack for finding successful country stars — and personable young male singers.
7:30 p.m. Sept. 15. $40.50-$60.50; $25 lawn; $85 lawn four-pack. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-443-5090, www.livenation.com.

MONDAY
Grizzly Bear

It began as a bedroom-recorded, one-man project by Edward Droste. With 2006’s “Yellow House,” Droste recruited a band and ventured forth from his Brooklyn bedroom with his intricate and beautifully twisted electro-folk. In 2009, the band released the lush beauty “Veckatimest,” which pushed the band to new heights, both commercially and creatively. The follow-up, “Shields,” is set for release the day after this Tabernacle appearance.
8 p.m. Sept. 17. $32.50 reserved; $25 general admission. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.

TUESDAY
Ben Folds Five

North Carolina-reared Ben Folds is the musical descendant of Billy Joel and Elton John, a modern-day piano man with an acerbic wit. He’s released a long string of memorable work, including “Whatever and Ever Amen,” which featured the alt-rock ballad “Brick.” After going the solo route for a while, he’s back with his band mates in the Five.
8 p.m. Sept. 18. $39.50 reserved; $32.50 general admission. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022, tabernacleatl.com.

WEDNESDAY
John Hiatt & the Combo

Singer-songwriter John Hiatt has received the Americana Music Association’s lifetime achievement award for songwriting. That accolade was well-deserved, as attested by diverse and numerous artists who have covered Hiatt’s songs, including Chaka Khan, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers, Elvis Costello and Bonnie Raitt.
8 p.m. Sept. 19. Variety Playhouse. $35; $32.50 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354, www.variety-playhouse.com.

Shane Harrison, sharrison@ajc.com

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ozzfest

September 13th, 2012
2:51 pm

Sadly, Russel Carter yanked THE SHADOWBOXERS as opening act for AMY&EMILY and replaced them with Larkin Poe.

Finally we get them back home, and we have to settle for ‘em rockin for a song or two while backing up THE GIRLS.

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September 14th, 2012
7:45 am

I’ll be at ProgPower XIII today and tomorrow at Center Stage.