FRIDAY, JULY 27 

PAT BENATAR -- Best known as a spandexed, early MTV-era rock-mama, Benatar branched out into challenging projects after the salad days wilted. Hesitant forays into jump blues and R&B, along with tributes to Harry Chapin and even Edith Piaf expanded her envelope, but not her popularity. Classy and talented, Benatar has aged more gracefully than the majority of her peers or audience, who likely will be satisfied with the hits. Tabernacle (Horowitz)

CHUCK BERRY -- If Elvis is King, then Chuck Berry must be God. Besides providing the genre with its most basic lyrical conceits (adolescence, sex and, naturally, cars), Berry also defined the way its principle instrument (electric guitar) should sound. Yeah, he's just doing it for the money. Yeah, he probably will have some sloppy, third-rate pick-up backing him up. But how often do you get the opportunity to see God in person? Hail, hail rock 'n' roll (and amen!). Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater (Robertson)

LESLIE BERRY -- The deceptively demure outer layer of this South Carolina songwriter conceals a wicked social commentator. Berry's observational tunes are wrapped in an easy-to-swallow outer casing. Borders/Austell (Smith)

RANDALL BRAMBLETT -- This Athens-based multi-instrumentalist veteran and noted sideman (Gregg Allman, Traffic, Sea Level) has fitfully released albums that highlight his gruff, brooding, R&B-infused vocals and moody, sinewy songs. He's promoting an excellent new release that continues the tradition and adds simmering funk to the mix. A shadowy figure who deserves more recognition, Bramblett is a low-key local treasure. Smith's Old Bar (Horowitz)

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, HICK'RY HAWKINS AND SIDEMEAT, AMY PIKE AND THE LAST COLD BEER -- East Atlanta is gonna sound a lot like the Star Bar when this earthy alt-country triple bill lights up Flat Shoals Road. The Drive-By Truckers play rock 'n' roll in the tradition of Skynyrd and Charlie Daniels. Hick'ry Hawkins has been known to sneak Ramones and heavy metal covers in between Hank Williams-inflected originals. Former Continentals vocalist Amy Pike is also on hand to serve up her own house brand of cry-in-your-beer cheer. The Earl (Nicoll)

CHRIS FORTIER -- Progressive trance favorite Chris Fortier -- who some may know as Florida producer Fade -- is a crowd pleaser, the kind of DJ who tosses in enough anthems to carry an audience through lesser-known tracks. He leans toward darker, deeper material, throwing in a fair share of breaks. Local Gene Carbonell of the Chamber's "Seks" complements Fortier's style well, leaning toward those European bangers. eleven50 (Ware)

H-FOUNDATION -- EarthLink Live's "Habit" series of electronica events continues with the first Atlanta appearance of Chicago tech house DJs Halo & Hipp-E, performing together in the plush EarthLink arena as H-Foundation. Also representing on the turntables are the deep and soulful Andre Perry and Kevin O. EarthLink Live (Ware)

JENNIFER NETTLES BAND, KIT RODGERS -- Nettles is still at it. The former Soul Miner's Daughter vocalist has garnered a massive following in the Southeast with frequent tours and she recently ventured down to Central America in June to help construct a school building for a community in Guatemala. Kit Rodgers opens. Eddie's Attic (Smith)

AN EVENING WITH GLEN PHILLIPS -- Not Atlanta's own wizardly maestro instrumental guitarist, but rather that other Glen Phillips, lead singer of the band Toad the Wet Sprocket. His smooth, full voice lit up hits such as "Walk on the Ocean," though rarely displayed the impish humor which the Sprocket's name (a Monty Python reference) suggested. Currently pushing a solo CD, Abulum, Phillips plays two sets tonight. Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)

REHAB -- Occupying that rare space where the traditions of classic Southern rock and Dirty South hip-hop meet, hometown-headz Rehab pull together a unique regional flavor. Drawing from their experiences with drug addiction and depression, the duo has carved out a lyrical style that oozes with intimacy and catharsis. Following an ongoing mini-tour of the South, the group hits the road with the Warped tour next week. Masquerade (Hutchinson)

SPARKLEDRIVE -- Throw Sara McLachlan in front of the Go-Go's, add some sugary snap-crackle-pop songs and you have an effervescent mix that will inject glossy cartoon charm even to the claustrophobic, dingy basement they're playing. With a snazzy website, colorful animated video and a perky blond female lead singer oozing infectious charm, can MTV ignore them? Probably, but just in case, catch 'em now before they're jaded. Dark Horse Tavern (Horowitz)

SWAG -- Take a couple of Mavericks, a Wilco dude and maybe a Cheap Trickster and stir them together. What you end up with is a surprising power-pop supergroup that delivers music closer to the mid-'60s Beatles/Beach Boys sound than anything they did separately. Rich harmonies and elegant melodies define the Swag approach, and it's pretty awesome. Echo Lounge (J. Kelly)

ANDALUZ: Rudah, Flamenco Guitars

ANTHONY'S-DECATUR: Over the Wires

APACHE CAFE: Black Hole Party

ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER: Delta Moon

BAYOU ROOM: Crystal Clear

B-52'S: Dance the Night Away with DJ Chuck

BILLY'S: Brent Lundy

BORDERS/AUSTELL: Leslie BerryBRANDYHOUSE: Bluestring with Basement

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four

CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK: Cake

THE CHAMBER: Alabaster - progressive hits

CHECKERED PARROT: Modern Men

CHIP'S-WINDER: Blue Sunday

CJ'S LANDING: Dash Riprock with Cory Morrow

C.K.'S GRILLED PIZZA: CK's Jazz Combo

CLASSICS: Bear and the Bobcats

COMEAUX'S: Blues in the House

THE CONTINENT II-CLARKSTON: "Swing out groove" with Sue Wilkinson, Greasy Rib, Mel'N

CLUB RARITY: DJ Das Wright

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

COWBOYS: Trace Adkins

DADDY D'Z: Kindle Williams Sr. and Blue Soul

DAILEY'S DOWNSTAIRS: Atlanta Blaze

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Hot August Nights, Suburban Love Junkies, Sparkledrive

THE DERBY-NESBIT FERRY: Lotsa Poppa & Atlanta Heat

THE EARL: Drive by Truckers, Hick'ry Hawkins and Sidemeat, Amy Pike and the Last Cold

EARTHLINK LIVE: Habit with H foundation featuring DJs Halo and Hipp-e, Andre Perry, Kevin O

ECHO LOUNGE: SWAG featuring members of Wilco, Cheap Trick, and the Mavericks, Slowearth

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing Band Jazz Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Glen Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket, Jennifer Nettles Band, Kit Rodgers

1848 CAFE: Live Band; Jazz

eleven50: Chris Fortier

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Angie Aparo, The Incredible Moses Leroy

FREDERICK BROWN AMPHITHEATER: Chuck BerryFRONT PAGE NEWS: Zydefunk

FUNNY FARM-ROSWELL: Joe Morrison

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: William Porter

HANK AND JERRY'S-CONYERS: Uncle Don's Bullet-Proof Blues Band

HARVEST CAFE: Three Weird Sisters

HEMINGWAY'S TROPICAL BAR AND GRILL: Live Entertainment with the Back Beats

THE HIGH NOTE: The Gary Motley Trio

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Deep Blue Sun

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: Bullee

LOCA LUNA: RUA 6

LUBY'S: Tentill Four

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

masquerade: RehabMCCOLGAN'S IRISH PUBLIC HOUSE: Sabin

MONTANA'S: Alien

MURPHY'S LAW: Southbound

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: House music

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Mudcat

PECKER HEAD BREWERY: Cathy Carlisle, Delta Moon

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: Hal 9000, Ashen

PLANET Q: Kardinal Offishall

POPPER'S: Eric Austin

QUEEN OF SHEEBA: Live jazz

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Tony Winston Jazz Trio

ROXY: John Leguizamo Live

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Jacque Lesure

SCROOGE'S: Picasso

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Randall Bramblett Band, Tommy Thompson Band, Legend of the Giant Squid

SPIKE'S BRICK OVEN PIZZERIA: Traci Wynn Trio

SPIVEY HALL: Georgia ACDA annual summer concert

SPORTSTIME: Bliss

STAR BAR-L5P: Leslie Berry, Austell Borders, The Blazers, Gravyboat

SWEET DEVIL MOON: Mauricio Amaya and Music of the Andes

THE TABERNACLE: Pat Benatar, Jennifer Nettles, Dominic Gaudious

TEN27: DJ Drama and J-Sun

UNDERGROUND ATLANTA: "The Great Atlanta Blues Revue"

VALS: Sling A Cat

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Kate Clinton

THE VAULT: Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: 285

WILD WING CAFE: Rollin' In The Hay

WOODEN NICKEL: The Vent

YA YA'S CAJUN CUISINE: Caroline & the Ramblers

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