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Concerts: Dave Koz, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Justin Townes Earle

113012 winter concertsADave Koz brings along a few of his famous friends for a Christmas concert at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Friday, Nov. 30. Photo: Greg Allen

FRIDAY
Carolina Chocolate Drops

These young African-American musicians are keeping the traditional string-band music of the Carolina Piedmont alive. Since they released “Genuine Negro Jig” in early 2010, Justin Robinson has departed the band and three new musicians have joined founders Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons. Human beatboxer Adam Matta, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and cellist Leyla McCalla are on board for “Leaving Eden,” the follow-up to the band’s debut. With the Two Man Gentlemen Band.
8 p.m. Nov. 30. $22; $20 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour
Things will be smooth, mellow and festively seasonal as pop-jazz fusionist Koz and his friends fill the Cobb Energy Centre with the Christmas spirit. Joining Koz this year are pianist and composer David Benoit; Javier Colon, winner of NBC’s “The Voice”; and Sheila E.
8 p.m. Nov. 30. $38-$78. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.

SATURDAY
Japandroids

This British Columbian duo generates an awful lot of sound for a two-piece. Even more impressive is the melodic invention they add to the garage-rock clang on “Celebration Rock,” an album that received even more glowing praise than the band’s debut. Expect to see it on many year-end best-of lists in the coming weeks.
9 p.m. Dec. 1. $15. Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. N.W., Atlanta.

Winter Wonder Jam
This series of shows kicks off with Justin Townes Earle, a talented young singer-songwriter who was named in honor of Texas songwriting legend Townes Van Zandt. That’s a lot to live up to, but he just keeps getting better.     He’s joined by Deer Tick’s John McCauley.  Dec. 8 brings Marc Broussard, David Ryan Harris and Ben Deignan to the park. AWOLNation plays Dec. 15 and a still undetermined artist will play Dec. 22.
6:30 p.m. Dec. 1. $15; $10 in advance. Atlantic Station’s Central Park, 18th Street and E. District Avenue, Atlanta.

SUNDAY
Dan Bern

Bern’s a folksy troubadour with a rock ’n’ roll heart and the all too rare skill of combining humor and intelligence. Sometimes he rocks with a Tom Petty-like heartland rumble; at other times he delivers  musings with quiet acoustic backing.   “Drifter,” released earlier this year, is his first studio album in six years, but he’s making up for the wait with another new album of baseball-themed tunes called “Doubleheader.”
8 p.m. Dec. 2. $25; $20 in advance. Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Theatre, 3116 Main St., Duluth. 404-478-2749.

TUESDAY
99X Mistle Toe Jam 2012 with Bush

After fronting British grungy-come-latelies Bush in the ’90s, Gavin Rossdale married No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani and formed the blandly Bush-like Institute.
Then Rossdale went solo, with slightly better musical results, but he found himself trying to sell last decade’s goods to a world that pays far more attention to his wife. So now we get Bush 2.0, the Nostalgia Years. With Civil Twilight.
7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. $30-$60. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

2 comments Add your comment

miekal

November 29th, 2012
2:40 pm

EW. YUCK! This is the best Atlanta has to offer?

RyanMi

November 30th, 2012
11:26 am

“EW. Yuck?” miekal, kind of a mean comment. Just because your favorite acts don’t happen to be touring right now, or stopping in Atlanta? There’s a lot of great music out there. Some of it appeals to many, some of it appeals to a more specific group. But that’s just the beauty of it. It’s not “YUCK,” it’s variety, and it’s talented people expressing their talents in individual ways. I imagine it’s more “YUM” even though I haven’t even heard of most of these acts. :)