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FRI/April 06 

ATLANTA DOGWOOD FESTIVAL -- Dogwood entertainment coordinator Caroline Aiken hosts this night-before-the-fest kick-off, which features performances by the Jennifer Perry Combo, Fransisco Vidal Band and Cooper Tisdale Band. More in-depth festival coverage. Park Tavern (Horowitz)

BILL WHARTON AND THE INGREDIENTS -- From Jimmy Buffet's "Cheeseburger in Paradise" to the Fat Boys, music and food have enjoyed a close relationship, but nothing quite like the shtick of the "Sauce Boss" Bill Wharton. The proprietor of a line of hot sauces, Wharton uses his uptempo blues shows as a marketing vehicle for his product (or is it the other way around?). Gimmicky? Yes. But he does cook up gumbo for the crowd at all his performances. Chip's/Winder (Hutchinson)

OTEIL BURBRIDGE -- Georgia's most accomplished bass player has served as bottom-end supplier for the Aquarium Rescue Unit for nine years and the Allman Brothers for four. He's recorded with everyone from Trey Anastasio to Victor Wooten, and has his own new release on Nile Records. Oteil and the Peacemakers is an awesome debut, and the bass magician's new band is a tour de force of funk and fusion. Brandyhouse (Layden)

FIVE-EIGHT, JOHNNY HYDE -- A study in contrasts tonight. Athens' Five-Eight are one of the college town's longest-running rock bands. Onstage, the often-comedic trio mix total chaos and dementia bookended seemlessly with tunes from their shockingly mature and subdued The Good Nurse. Ever-changing rocker Johnny Hyde has morphed himself into an arena-rock god in the past year or so, with a big guitar sound and Midi flourishes. The Todd Dees Band opens. Echo Lounge (Smith)

THE FROGS -- Whether pretending to be black or gay or even sporting bunny costumes, Milwaukee brothers Flemion -- aka The Frogs -- have been skewering expectations for two decades. Their new album -- the duo's sixth -- sounds like early T. Rex meets Ween, and is their most pop-oriented effort yet, although with twisted songs such as "Nipple Clamps" and "Fuck Off," it isn't exactly MTV ready. We only hope the Frogs can top the outrageousness of their two opening acts: the fur-costumed performance artist 8-Track Gorilla and the growling, clamorous noise-rock duo Hubcap City. The Earl (Horowitz/Nicoll)

KEN WATTERS GROUP -- Bandleader/trumpet man Watters and his quartet apply a classic jazz aesthetic to a broad scope of material, much of it outside the confines of the genre. See Take Five. Churchill Grounds (Powell)

MICHELLE MALONE -- At 7 p.m., Malone performs in-store and signs copies of her new CD, Hello Out There. Also see listing for April 4. Borders Books and Music/Midtown (Sarig)

MARIA MULDAUR -- See listing for April 5. Atlanta History Center (Horowitz)

MYSSOURI -- Michael Bradley unveils his latest lineup of bandmates, as well as batch of his deep, dark and brooding songs. Dischord/Slowdime act Canyon opens. Eyedrum (Sarig)

SLEEPY LABEEF -- There's no snoozin' when the 6-foot 7-inch Labeef charges through his set of blues, rockabilly, surf, country, folk and Chuck Berry rockers with that deep, grumbling baritone voice and an eclectic approach that makes all his covers sound like LaBeef originals. An under-appreciated American classic, the big man is a walking musical encyclopedia and an electrifying performer. Blind Willie's (Horowitz)

SOULHAT, BLUE MOUNTAIN -- A frat-friendly jam band spawned in Texas that has spent the better part of 10 years touring the country, Soulhat are another extended improv-funk band from Smith's seemingly bottomless pit of them. Oxford, Miss.'s Blue Mountain are far more challenging, offering a back-porch mix of Southern-Gothic rock and bluegrass. Smith's Olde Bar (Smith)

TAJ MAHAL AND THE PHANTOM BLUES BAND -- In his fourth decade of music, 59-year-old Taj Mahal keeps getting better, distilling his brew of blues, Caribbean and African influences to a unique essence that is deceptively complex. It's all about roots, he's telling us, and it's expressed through rhythm and attitude. Variety Playhouse (Powell)

TRAVIS TRITT -- Two years have passed since Georgia native and country music's traditional renegade artist Travis Tritt has toured with a new album. He's back and better than ever as evidenced in his newest project, Down the Road I Go. Tritt is known for his gutsy, pedal-to-the-metal shows. Fox Theatre (Forrest)

TRUCKADELIC, BILLY JOE WINGHEAD -- The crazy Dixie-fried country/rockers of Truckadelic celebrate two important events tonight: The release of their new CD Hey Y'all ... Watch This! and the 51st birthday of their elfin rhythm guitarist, Billy Rat (see article). The bill also includes the Oklahoma weirdos Billy Joe Winghead, whose act includes a Theremin, of all things. Star Bar (Nicoll)

ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER: Maria Muldaur

BILLY'S: Brian Jones

BLIND WILLIE'S: Sleepy Labeef

BLUE RACCOON: Bill Sheffield & the Ringtail Rounders

BORDERS-KENNESAW: Harry Lester

BORDERS-MIDTOWN: Michelle Malone

BRANDYHOUSE: Oteil & the Peacemakers, Dirty Buck

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

THE CHAMBER: Alabaster - progressive hits

CHECKERED PARROT: Spider Kelly

CHIP'S-WINDER: Bill Wharton and the Ingredients

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Ken Watters Group

CJ'S LANDING: Drifting Through

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

COMEAUX'S: Blues in the House

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Elephant, Personal, Antigone Rising

DARWIN'S: Forrest McDonald, Raymond Victor & the 3D Blues Band

THE DERBY-NESBIT FERRY: Lotsa Poppa

THE EARL: The Frogs, 8 Track Gorilla, Hubcap City

ECHO LOUNGE: Five-Eight, Johnny Hyde, Todd-Dees Band

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing Band Jazz Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Michael Tolcher, Ray Bonneville, Jo Serrapere, Jim Page, Mimi Holland, Scotty Melton

1848 CAFE: Jazz Trio (upstairs)/synergy

EYEDRUM: Myssouri

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Eric Austin Band

FIREHOUSE FOOD & SPIRITS: Redd Clay

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Junior Brown, Cafeteria

FOX THEATRE: Travis Tritt, Clay Davidson

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Lachez Les

FUZZY'S: Mike Veal

GEORGIA THEATRE-ATHENS: Cory Morrow

GWINNETT UNDERGROUND: Kringeshaw, Manic, Disarray, Stereo Pulse

HEMINGWAY'S: Alley Katz

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Gypsy Moon

KAYA: Northern Exposure with V-103's Frank Ski, DJ Kemit, Buddy and J-Nice playing house and hip-hop plus soul/funk

KAZOO'S: Rupert's Orchestra

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

LAZY DOG TAVERN: Magpie

LUBY'S SPORTS BAR: Warehouse

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

MASQUERADE: 2 Skinnee J's, Al's Not Well, Gruvinhi

MELLOW MUSHROOM-BUFORD: Andrew Leanza

9 LIVES SALOON: Skerv, Tangerine, the Stimulants, the Accusations

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: SoCo Audio Fridays - DJs Michael Scott and Marcos Pieras

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Frankie's Blue Mission

PHUNKY PHISH: Tanglewood

PIPER'S PUB: Livin' Large

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, Bare Jr.

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Noble Jones

POPPERS: Blue Mafia

RED LIGHT CAFE: Dance of the Gypsies

SCROOGE'S: Radio Free Dixie

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Soulhat, Blue Mountain, Hello Dave

STAR BAR-L5P: Truckadelic, Billy Joe Winghead

SWISSOTEL: Graham Jackson, Jr.

UGLY MUG PUB: Storm Warning

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Taj Mahal and The Phantom Blues Band, Sammy Blue Band

THE VAULT: Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

WOODEN NICKEL: Bullet Proof

ya-ya's: Fred Nash, Mark Holder and the Co-Defendants

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