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Concerts: Willie Nelson, Ellie Goulding, Justin Bieber, Keane

Photo_EllieGoul_300RGBBritish musician Ellie Goulding, who scored a No. 2 hit with the single “Lights,” will play the Tabernacle Friday, Jan. 19. Photo: Meeno / Universal Music Group

FRIDAY
Fred Eaglesmith

With an uncompromisingly independent vision, Eaglesmith continues to release under-the-radar gems, both live and in the studio, but there’s no substitute for seeing the man in person. His latest album, “6 Volts,” is a tribute to the early days of rock ’n’ roll. It’s a powerful piece of work, recorded live in the studio with one microphone to a reel-to-reel tape machine. The analog setting suits his hearty country-folk sensibility. There’s a raw energy in tracks such as “Betty” and the title track, where the lead guitar slices into the foreground and electrifies the room. The title of the album refers to the power supply for the early transistor radios, which became a part of the public consciousness about the same time as rock ’n’ roll.
8 p.m. Jan. 18. $20; $18 in advance. Eddie’s Attic, 515 N. McDonough St., Decatur. 404-377-4976.

Ellie Goulding
The British singer-songwriter’s ubiquitous single “Lights” took more than 30 weeks to reach No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The percolating pop tune is the title track from her first album, which originally was released in February 2012. The long trek to the top meant not much time separated that triumph from the release of her second album, “Halcyon,” which hit stores in October.
8 p.m. Jan. 18. $35. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

SATURDAY
The Yacht Rock Revue and Friends

What started as a goof has turned into a career for the guys in Yacht Rock Revue. Known for covering the light-rocking tunes of the ’70s and early ’80s, the band is about to venture into recording similarly styled originals on its debut EP, which will be released in late February. But first the band is back doing another show of full-album re-creations. This time, it’s Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” the soundtrack to “Easy Rider” and XTC’s “Black Sea.”
8:30 p.m. Jan. 19. $20; $15 in advance. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra
Pianist O’Farrill started the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Lincoln Center, but in recent years he’s been working under the auspices of his own Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. Since striking out on his own, he’s released three albums, each garnering a Grammy nomination. His 2008 album, “Song for Chico,” a tribute to his bandleader father, won the award for Best Latin jazz album.
8 p.m. Jan. 19. $42-$68. Rialto Center for Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-413-9849.

SUNDAY
Bryan Adams

Adams is still in acoustic mode on this continuation of his “Bare Bones” tour, as he was on his past two visits to Atlanta. Expect to hear stripped-down versions of many of the Canadian Music Hall of Famer’s Top 10 hits, including “Run to You” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You.”
8 p.m. Jan. 20. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.

Willie Nelson
He’s one of the greatest country artists to ever walk the planet. Nelson, who turns 80 this year, first gained fame as a recording artist in the mid-’70s with “Red Headed Stranger” after many years as a successful songwriter. That career-making record brought the amazing songwriter and his distinctive vocal talent to the masses. His son’s band, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, will open the show.
8 p.m. Jan. 20. $47.50-$57.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

WEDNESDAY
Justin Bieber

The Canadian-Atlantan returns to town to sing for the masses of screaming tweens (and older teens who are growing up with him) that are sure to gather at Philips Arena. The show is sold out, despite the fact the he was just here for Power 96.1’s Jingle Ball in early December. If you didn’t score a ticket, have no fear: He’ll be back at Philips in August.
7 p.m. Jan. 23. $39.50-$89.50. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 404-878-3000.

THURSDAY
Keane

This Brit outfit seemed to emerge in the shadow of Coldplay, but the group rose above the frequent comparisons with some fine songcraft and the angelic voice of Tom Chaplin. Keane’s debut, “Hopes and Fears,” was the No. 2-selling album of 2004 in the U.K. In 2007, bassist Jesse Quin joined the trio on its third album, “Perfect Symmetry,” and became the official fourth member in 2011. The quartet is touring behind its fourth album, “Strangeland.”
8 p.m. Jan. 24. $29.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-659-9022.

Gino Vannelli
Here’s a real blast from the past. It’s been more than 30 years since this Canadian singer-songwriter hit the upper reaches of the U.S. pop charts, but if you were around in 1978, you probably remember his No. 4 hit “I Just Wanna Stop” (with the chorus that continues “and tell you how I feel about you, babe”). In 1981, he hit the Top 10 one more time with “Living Inside Myself” and never again troubled the folks who put together the Top 40. He came close with “Black Cars” in 1984, which stalled at No. 42, but the 60-year-old soft-rocker continues performing and recording.
8 p.m. Jan. 24. $40; $37.50 in advance; $75 VIP ticket with meet and greet and preferred seating. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Shane Harrison, sharrison@ajc.com

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