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FRIDAY, APRIL 27 

PETER BROTZMANN/HAMID DRAKE DUO -- Veteran avante garde tenor saxophonist Brotzmann teams with highly regarded drummer/percussionist Drake. Free jazz, yes; free admission, no ($10). For more information, call 404-421-2031. First Congregational Church (Powell)

CEE KNOWLEDGE & THE COSMIC FUNK ORCHESTRA -- It's impossible to describe this instrumental hip-hop collective without noting frontman Cee Knowledge's previous incarnation as Doodlebug of multi-platinum Digable Planets fame. But CK&TCFO should be recognized as more than just a follow-up solo act. Bringing live performance of the heavy jazz-sample vibe that characterized Digable Planets, Knowledge has traded a lower profile for a more progressive, organic musical ethic that's still quite digable. Brandyhouse (Hutchinson)

EARTHFEST BENEFIT -- Lindsay Smith headlines a show benefitting the Georgia Conservancy, produced by the Student Alliance for Georgia's Environment, a group of Parkview High School students. Guitarist Jeff Petermann and bassist Charles Holmes join Smith onstage to perform original songs from her CD Tales From the Fruitbat Vat. Parkview High/988 Cole Drive, Lilburn (Keel)

TINSLEY ELLIS -- As Atlanta's most famous -- and best -- R&B/blues rocker, Ellis keeps plugging away. He's working on an Eddy Offord-produced album, so expect new material mixed with favorites. A passionate, exciting and relentless performer, the classy Ellis keeps the energy high and the extraneous guitar flash low. Smith's Olde Bar (Horowitz)

GARGANTUA, CATFIGHT! -- Night one of the two-day benefit for Georgia State's cultural institutions -- WRAS vs.Cinéfest -- begins with the cinematic throttle of the thundering Gargantua and the revved-up garage rock of Catfight! Tonight's performance benefits Cinéfest; short films are screened between the acts. Echo Lounge (Smith)

AMANDA GARRIGUES, SONYA VETRA, WEAKLAZYLIAR -- A triple bill of harmonious contrasts. Floridian Garrigues returns to Atlanta after a successful national tour in support of her recent album Groundswell. Garrigues' often mesmerizing tunes take on an even more haunting glow when stripped of the gloss of production. Sonya Vetra's upbeat outlook is refreshingly vibrant. Tonight she's backed by Jeep Hook, the colorful British guitarist known for his work with '80s new wave band Talk Talk. Weaklazyliar most likely will perform some of the tunes Hook produced for their '99 release, Yesterday Night. Red Light Café (Smith)

GRETA LEE BAND -- Pure country sweetheart Greta Lee returns to the Attic for an early (7 p.m.) show. Her sassy twang has a Budweiser kick to it, even when the sun's still up. She'll be trying out some new material from her upcoming album. Eddie's Attic (Smith)

KELLY HOGAN, GLORY FOUNTAIN -- It's a welcome homecoming every time former Atlantan Hogan returns. The cagey chanteuse is constantly in a state of change, which makes every show compelling. Hogan can belt with the best of 'em, but she also can quiet a rowdy crowd. The Chapel Hill quartet Glory Fountain spew forth a hybrid of styles as well. No stranger to the Atlanta scene, singer Lynn Blakey once was a member of Holiday with Athens legend Linda Hopper of Oh OK. Star Bar (Smith)

LOCAL SALAD -- In conjunction with When the Wind Blows, the 2001 Atlanta Biennial at the Contemporary, this evening of music will include up-and-coming local acts Flash to Bang Time, Andy Browne and Crybaby. CL contributor Lee Smith curates the music. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (Hutchinson)

PAUL MELANCON -- Former Radiant City pop wiseguy Melancon plays a generous supply of tunes from his wonderfully understated album Slumberland. Equal parts Michael Penn and Walt Whitman, Melancon's satisfyingly sweet tunes are full of allegory and literate humor. Anthony's Music Hall (Smith)

OF MONTREAL -- See article. Eyedrum (Hutchinson)

MICHELLE PENN -- Sometime Atlantan singer/songwriter returns to her adopted hometown to unveil her third and latest CD, 2 Good 4 U, with a 9:30 p.m. set. The Lilith Fair grad may B 2 conventional for some, with her acoustic strumming, folk-rock touches and strong but nondescript voice. Her songs bear repeated listening, though, particularly standouts from the new record such as "Avalon." Eddie's Attic (Sarig)

TWILIGHT JAZZ -- Kicking off the weekend-long twilight cycling event is an evening of jazz in front of the legendary 40 Watt Club. Opening the event is the African American Choral Ensemble, followed by UGA jazz professor Steve Dancz and friends. The concert's featured act is jazz drummer Winnard Harper. Washington Street, Athens (Hutchinson)

WOGGLES, VENDETTAS -- The Woggles' frantic frontman Manfred Jones is easily the hardest-workin' singer on the scene, and his band sounds like a Nuggets box set that sprung to life after being struck by lightning. The Vendettas are a Cramps-like rock band fronted by Buffi Aguero (White Lights, Subsonics) who's at full-throttle here herself. The Earl (Nicoll)

ANTHONY'S-DECATUR: Paul Melancon

APACHE CAFE: Mannspeaks

BILLY'S: Dirt

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson & the Shadows

BLUE RACCOON: Bill Sheffield and the Ringtail Rounders

BRANDYHOUSE: Cee Knowledge, Homemade Jam

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

THE CHAMBER: Alabaster - progressive hits

CHECKERED PARROT: The Talk

CHIP'S-WINDER: Hadden Sayers

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Dale Fielder

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

THE CONTEMPORARY: Local Salad: Georgia Music 2001 with Flash to Bang Time, Andy Browne, Crybaby

DADDY D'Z: Kindle Williams Sr.

DARK HORSE TAVERN : 4 Souls, Jumbo Wood, Grasshopper

DARWIN'S: Liz Melendez

THE DERBY-JOHNS CREEK: Uncle Dirty

THE DERBY-NESBIT FERRY: Brad Large

THE EARL: The Woggles, the Vendettas

ECHO LOUNGE: Cinéfest presents Gargantua, Catfight!

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing Band Jazz Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Greta Lee Band (7 p.m.), Michelle Penn CD release party (9:30 p.m.)

1848 CAFE: T. Woods Jazz Trio (upstairs); Odd Man Out (downstairs)

EYEDRUM: Of Montreal, Marshmallow Coast, Bingotrappers

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Blues Boy Slim

FERNBANK: Martinis and IMAX with Rick Massengale Trio

FIREHOUSE: Second Hand Smoke

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH: Peter Brotzmann/Hamid Drake Duo

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Jennifer Nettles Band, Soup

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Lachez Les

FUZZY'S: Barry Richman

HEMINGWAY'S: A1A

IF COFFEEHOUSE: Clock & the Radio (Clark Vreeland)

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Roger "Hurricane" Wilson CD release party

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: Band X

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Crossover

LAZY DOG TAVERN: Blues Mafia

LIBBY'S CABARET: Christine Andreas

LOWER LEVEL-CLARKSTON: Greasy Rib

MARY'S: Videos with DJ Jigsaw

MASQUERADE: Two Ton Jack, Superjak, Novocaine, Self Motivational Speaker

METROPOLITAN PIZZA BAR: Impromptu

MONTANA'S: Alien

MURPHY'S LAW: Kitchens & Farrell

9 LIVES SALOON: 5 More Dead, Salt Circle, Piece, Shady's Leash

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: Fly Girl Party with DJ Miss Bliss

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Lee Griffin Band

THE OFFICE: Uncle Don's Bullet-Proof Blues Band CD release party

OLD BRIDGE: Live music

PARKVIEW HIGH SCHOOL: Earthfest Benefit with Lindsay Smith

PECKERHEAD BREWERY-DOUGLASVILLE: Motor City Josh

PIPER'S PUB: Live music

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: Rockin' Cotton Showcast with Flipswitch, Section 8, Driven, 9 From 10

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Maxwell Lumas Street

POPPERS: Reddog

THE PUB: The Naked Truth

RED LIGHT CAFE: Weaklazyliar with Amanda Garrigues, Sonya Vetra, Jeep Hook

SAFARI BAR & GRILL: Derek St. Holmes

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Chris Chandler & the Southern Charm & Swing

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Tinsley Ellis, Ghost Trane

SOMBER REPTILE: Shockplate, Slip Agent, Hognot

SPORTS TIME BAR & GRILL: Live music

STAR BAR-L5P: Kelly Hogan, Glory Fountain

SWEET MELISSA'S-DECATUR: Rose Hill, the Void

TEN27: DJ Drama and J-Sun

UGLY MUG PUB: Seni & Desanto

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Deep Banana Blackout, Janah

THE VAULT: Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

WASHINGTON STREET-ATHENS: Twilight Jazz with African-American Choral Ensemble, Steve Dacz & friends, Winnard Harper

WILD WING CAFE: Gordon Shay Band

WOODRUFF ARTS CENTER: Alan Gilbert directs the ASO

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