CL's picks for best week's shows 

WED/29

DR. JOHN, NEVILLE BROTHERS Two of New Orleans’ legendary acts bring the Big Easy’s earthy funk, blues, jazz and world gumbo to the sophisticated confines of Chastain. Dr. John is touring behind his best and angriest release in years and the Nevilles simply don’t know how to put on a lackluster show. Continues Saturday. $19-50. 7 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. 404-733-4949. www.classicchastain.com. — Hal Horowitz

BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO Buckwheat’s back, touring behind his finest studio album in years. Sure, there’s plenty of Louisiana zydeco, but it’s mixed with a rock, R&B and funk edge that has made the accordion master the most recognizable international ambassador for this music since the legendary Clifton Chenier. $15. 6 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — HH

BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW With androgynous, effects-laden vocals and trippy swirls of synth, drums, guitars and bass, the musical output of Black Moth Super Rainbow is as intriguing and ambiguous as its name. The band brings its electro-tinged psych-pop to town tonight with an opening set by Serengeti & Polyphonic. $10. The Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. —Jonathan Williams

THUR/30

BOB DYLAN, JOHN MELLANCAMP, WILLIE NELSON AND FAMILY, THE WIYOS Chevy booster John Cougar’s gift with a hook outstrips his lyrical skills, but Dylan more than compensates, though close listening is required to catch his reworked classics. Nelson’s taste runs the gamut from outlaw country to pop, rock, and reggae. $34.50-$84.50. 5:30 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. 404-733-5013. www.vzwamp.com. — Chris Parker

FRI/31

GARY MOTLEY TRIO CL's 2003 critic's pick for “Best Local Jazz Pianist,” Motley performs with acoustic bassist Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers. His latest CD, Renaissance: A Tribute to Oscar Peterson, was released this year. $12-$15. 7:30 p.m. Callanwolde Arts Center. 404-872-5338. www.callanwolde.org. —Mark Gresham

RASCALL FLATTS, DARIUS RUCKER Life is full of great mysteries, like how lame Rascall Flatts can be so damn popular. Seriously people, what are you drinking? Former Hootie dude Rucker can sing, and only slightly changed his tune for country charts. $31-$72. 8 p.m. Aaron’s Amphitheater. 404-443-5090. www.livenation.com.
— James Kelley

TOM JONES Still dead sexy even as he approaches his 70th birthday, Jones has been working it longer than most of us have had it. A charismatic performer who exudes pure energy, Jones is a living, loving musical legend. $25-$75. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-817-8700. www.ticketmaster.com. — JK

TOUBAB KREWE Two nights for Toubab. Asheville’s answer to world beat-jam music is an instrumental fusion delight, meshing slinky West Africa rhythms with an improv sensibility that sounds and feels authentic. Interlocking percussionists keep the bubbly beats danceable for a fusion quintet with a distinctive approach that never feels forced. $15. 9 p.m. Smith’s Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. — HH

SAT/1

THE DAMNWELLS, JOSHUA FLETCHER, PASADENA The Damnwells combine a little twang, rich harmonies, pop hooks and increasing polish on their third LP, One Last Century, available for download from their site. Though lacking the quirky charm of previous releases, it’s quite catchy. $10-$12. 9 p.m. Vinyl. 404-885-1365. www.vinylatlanta.com — CP

GREEN DAY, KAISER CHIEFS Following American Idiot with another political-minded concept album risks pretension, but Green Day's muscular pop smarts cover many sins. British imports the Kaiser Chiefs’ spike new wave-tinged rock with equal parts wit and whimsy. $25-$49.50. The Arena at the Gwinnett Center. 770-813-7500. www.gwinnettcenter.com. — CP

KATHLEEN BERTRAND A native Atlanta vocalist who ranges from mainstream jazz to high-energy gospel, Bertrand headlines a group of local artists in this sixth annual “Jazz at Ebenezer” as part of the National Black Arts Festival. Free. 7:00 p.m. Ebenezer Baptist Church. 404-688-7300. www.historicebenezer.org/Home.html. — MG

FLUX FAREWELL TO BAZZAAR After five years as one of Atlanta’s most diverse nightclub destinations, Bazzaar closes its doors after tonight’s grand finale. DJs Brett Long and Vicki Powell spin house, techno and retro dance tunes while Jason Jupiter and other special guests perform. Free. Bazzaar. 404-885-7505. www.bazzaaratlanta.com. — JW

WITHERED, BLOODY PANDA, THE FUNERAL PYRE, DARK CASTLE, CLINGING TO THE TREES OF A FOREST FIRE Atlanta death metal underdogs Withered spearheads an evening of scorching, grinding riffs, and sweat-soaked helicopter headbanging. St. Augustine, Fla.'s Dark Castle is the dark horse show stealer in the running. $8-$10. The Drunken Unicorn. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net. — Chad Radford

SUN/2

BLONDIE, PAT BENATAR, THE DONNAS Proving that old punks can gain credibility, Debbie Harry and company have gracefully aged into a nostalgia act that can still bite. Benatar was a hottie with hits, and the rocking Donnas are the new bad girls. $33.50-$48.50. 7 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-233-2227. www. chastainseries.com. — JK                        

RICARDO ARJONA A former educator and basketball player, Guatemalan pop-singer Arjona's thirteenth album, Adentro, won a 2006 Latin Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Album and a 2007 Grammy for Best Latin Pop Album. $59.00 - $129.00. 7:30 p.m. The Arena at the Gwinnett Center. 770-813-7500. www.gwinnettcenter.com. — MG

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