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Concerts: Carrie Underwood, Concrete Blonde, Chatham County Line

People-Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood plays Gwinnett Arena on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

FRIDAY
Chatham County Line Holiday Show
North Carolina’s Chatham County Line puts an alt-country spin on bluegrass and on Christmas. The band’s holiday celebration began 10 years ago as a party for friends and family, but in 2009, they decided to take it on the road.
8:30 p.m. Dec. 14. $18. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

The Bonaventure Quartet
If you’re looking for some music to warm a chilly winter night, here’s a fine choice. With the sultry, silky voice of former Lost Continentals frontwoman Amy Pike and the gypsy-jazz flavored guitar of Charles Williams, Bonaventure is a marvelous musical melting pot. They add Southern sass to the smoky jazz of Parisian cabarets between the world wars. The band is just about finished with a new album to follow up the excellent 2008 release “The Secret Seduction of the Grand Pompadour.”
8 p.m. Dec. 14. $15; $10 in advance. Steve’s Live Music, 234 Hilderbrand Drive, Sandy Springs. 404-418-6777.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY
Jeffrey Bützer and T.T. Mahony present Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
These Atlanta musicians are back again for the fifth year to perform Guaraldi’s classic jazzy score from the ’60s “Peanuts” holiday special. Chad Shivers and the Silent Knights also will be on hand with a run through the Ventures’ surf-inspired Christmas album.
9 p.m. Dec. 14-15. $12; $10 in advance. The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E., Atlanta. 404-522-3950.

SATURDAY
The Yacht Rock Holiday Special
It’s the holidays, ’70s-style. Specifically, beloved Atlanta cover band Yacht Rock Revue does that mellow soft rock that dominated AM radio and had a big presence in the Top 40 during that decade. It might be easy to sneer at some of those songs, but it’s hard to forget them. Anyone who was around during that time can probably sing along to a little Captain and Tennille, Hall and Oates, Boz Scaggs or even oft-forgotten tracks such as “Brandy” by Looking Glass. So break out your ugliest Christmas sweater and enjoy the kind of variety-show cheese not seen since the days of Donny and Marie and Sonny and Cher.
8 p.m. Dec. 15. $25; $20 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

“Celtic Christmas”
This holiday favorite brings the Christmas traditions of the Celtic lands in music, dance, poetry, song and stories. The long-running event moves to the Rialto Center this year. Among the performers at this year’s concert are Grammy nominated Irish guitarist/singer John Doyle and Scottish fiddler Jamie Laval. Appalachian flat-foot dancer Jesse Edgerton and multi-instrumentalist and humorist Joe Craven are also on hand.
8 p.m. Dec. 15. $25-$60. Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-413-9849.

Sonic Generator presents Tim Whitehead
Georgia Tech’s chamber music ensemble-in-residence, Sonic Generator, puts its pianist in the spotlight for a concert of contemporary piano music in an intimate gallery space. The program includes music by American composers Philip Glass, David Lang and the late Elliot Carter, who died in November at the age of 103.
8 p.m. Dec. 15. Free. {Poem88}, 1100 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta.

WEDNESDAY
Carrie Underwood
The winner of Season 4 of “American Idol” is also one of the franchise’s most successful artists. Her latest album, 2012’s “Blown Away,” provided her 11th No. 1 country hit, “Good Girl.”
7:30 p.m. Dec. 19. $46-$66. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-813-7500.

Concrete Blonde
L.A. post-punk survivors made their biggest impact in the late ’80s with the rampaging, Pretenders-like “Still in Hollywood.” Legend has it the band’s name was suggested by then-label mate Michael Stipe. The band actually disbanded in 2006, but the 20th anniversary tour for the 1990 album “Bloodletting” brought them back together.
8 p.m. Dec. 19. $27.50 advance; $30 day of show. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

By Shane Harrison, sharrison@ajc.com

6 comments Add your comment

NobodyImportant

December 13th, 2012
12:20 pm

My god. Carrie Underwood looks so painted with makeup… like a house with new vinyl siding.

Fred ™

December 13th, 2012
2:54 pm

NobodyImportant: Yeah but a PRETTY house lol.

Melissa: Thanks for the heads up. I’ve never heard of Chatham County Line but I zapped them on Youtube. Really nice sound. We actually have a night without child and I think I’ll try to go see them. There hasn’t really been a good place for Blue Grass since The Depot closed down so many years ago. They always got the best there. Musicians liked to play there and we loved to go hear them (no child then). Call me crazy, but the song I’m posting below has a little Grateful Dead feel. I don’t know why, I can’t put my finger on it……

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMaZEWxy3S8

brockep

December 13th, 2012
10:12 pm

I’ll be at the Holiday Hootenanny Sun at Variety.

Gresham Brown

December 13th, 2012
11:40 pm

But what about the black people?

kenneth c

December 19th, 2012
3:17 pm

Im like mr brown crazy question for you why no black artist are they not wanting to come to atl ?

yo yo ma-muh

December 19th, 2012
7:09 pm

they ain’t did cummin to etlanna bacawz they ain’t be called on da Obama fone and axed yet