FRIDAY, NOV 16 

BLUESTRING, CARBON LEAF -- Athens good-vibers Bluestring grasp at both the distinctive sax and fiddle interplay of the Dave Matthews Band and the funky rhythmic bass twist of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, but never quite reach the level of invention of either act. Still, their result is an appealing hybrid of styles that has its own moments of greatness. Carbon Leaf, a Celtic-influenced roots-rock band from Virginia, opens. Brandyhouse (Hutchinson/Sarig)

JUNIOR BROWN, JAMES MATHUS & HIS KNOCKDOWN SOCIETY -- The deep-voiced Brown long has been a critical favorite for his honest, Ernest Tubb-style western swing imbued with rockabilly, surf, jazz and even Hawaiian sounds. With the new Mixed Bag, his trademark guit-steel (the Frankenstein instrument he invented) gets a workout on tunes like "Catfish and Collard Greens," the spy-fantasy "Cagey Bea" and a rollicking cover of "Guitar Man." Opening, Squirrel Nut Zippers headman James Mathus brings his more blues-and-boogie-oriented side project, the Knockdown Society. Their second album, National Antiseptic, came out last month. Variety Playhouse (Ruggiero/Sarig)

CIRQUE DU CABARET 2 -- Local cabaret singer/pianist Robert Ray kicks off the sequel to his "Cirque du Cabaret" show with a three-night run. Songs by Elton John and a variety of show tunes make up the bulk of the performance, with a gospel medley and patriotic tribute adding some soul and topical sparks. Libby's Cabaret (Sarig)

GIRLS ON TOP II -- Iris Promotions, who provide Atlanta with the weekly locals-heavy ESP101 parties, present a night of drum 'n' bass, hip-hop, hard house, 2-step and progressive house from female DJs, including Jordana, Debbie D., Shortee and B:Roc. Downstairs, Silver, Shadrauch, MC Knctrnl, Sikora and D-Lemma hold it down. The Church (Ware)

HOT AUGUST KNIGHTS, CRACKED ACTOR, YUM YUM TREE -- Hot August Knights, talented and dedicated in their admiration of singer/songwriter Neil Diamond, take their name from his overblown live album Hot August Night. It's weird that a Neil Diamond tribute band can headline Smith's on a weekend, but not nearly as weird as a Dave Matthews Cover Band selling out the Variety. Cracked Actor play their own brand of fizzy alternative pop. The Yum Yum Tree, led by honey-voiced bassist Andy Gish, make their Smith's debut tonight with an opening set of candy-coated delights. Get there early and ask Gish for some of her free candy cigarettes. Smith's Olde Bar (Smith)

LEMONPEELER -- Sugary melodies held in place by a country-flavored pop jangle, Boston's Lemonpeeler tears away at rock 'n' roll's protective coating, revealing a simple, succulent essence. You can't help but feel invited to choke on its bittersweet and vulnerable pulp. Lenny's (Hutchinson)

MR. C -- Who knew? The man who gained prominence by rapping thinly veiled references to taking E with British acid-house stars the Shamen ends up an influential underground DJ. Strange but true: Mr. C is a leader in the tech-house movement, which combines the fiercely repetitive, stabile, almost sterile sound of techno with the fiery, emotional dance floor-friendly aspects of house. Martin Fry and local house leader Keiran also spin. eleven50 (Ware)

IVAN MORAVEC -- Another chance to hear keyboard greatness comes our way when legendary pianist (and Atlanta favorite) Ivan Moravec performs in recital. Heavily featured is one of the composers he tackles best, Chopin, with a performance of all 24 preludes and the Ballade in F Minor, Op. 52. Also included will be Debussy and Janacek. Spivey Hall (Brown)

WILLIAM RANSOM -- Ransom continues Emory's eight-part series of Beethoven concerts, in which a rotating cast of pianists tackles four of the composer's 32 piano sonatas. Ransom performs the sonatas numbered 25, 21, 30 and 23. Performing Arts Studio/Emory (Sarig)

THANKSGIVING ROCK FEAST -- A variety of local music-related companies have put together this first seasonal event to benefit the Sullivan Center, which helps families in need. The lineup of prominent local modern-rock acts includes DoubleDrive, Brand New Immortals, Minus, Another Man Down, the Enigmatics, The Yard, King Lear Jet, Sanctified and Lotustarr. Attendees also are entered to win various rock memorabilia. Hard Rock Cafe (Sarig)

WOGGLES, WONTONS, KABOCHACK -- The Woggles, Atlanta's reigning champions of Fleshtones-style retro-rock, headline a wild triple bill with a distinctly Far Eastern flavor. In the middle of the program are the Wontons, a Chinese fire drill of pyrotechnic garage-stomp, who draw as much inspiration from Iggy and the Stooges as they do from firecrackers and flashpots. Equally entertaining is the opener, Kabochack, an all-girl trio from Japan whose cookin' new CD is titled The King of Pumpkins. Star Bar (Nicoll)

WRAS BENEFIT -- This latest fund-raiser for Georgia State's much-loved indie-music beacon features an appropriately diverse bill. Rising rap duo Minamina Goodsong, Latin alt-rock group Diestra and rock acts Crybaby and Dropsonic lend a hand to 88.5 FM. Echo Lounge (Sarig)

ANDALUZ: Ruda

ANTHONY'S-DECATUR:

Frankies Blues Mission

APACHE CAFE: Bernard Linette Interactive Sextet w/Russell Gunn, Veronica Tate, Gary Motley

BAYOU:: The Blast

BILLY'S: Brian Wiltsey

BILTMORE BALLROOMS: Georgia Trust Preservation Ball with Mose Davis Trio, League of Decency

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson & the Shadows

BLUE RACCOON: Johnny Knox

BRANDYHOUSE: Bluestring, Carbon Leaf

BREAKERS-JONESBORO: Nillah, Mary Prankster

BRIDGES: The Sharp Four

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

CAJUN KITCHEN: Sana Blues Band

CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE KING: Atlanta Baroque Orchestra

THE CHAMBER: Alabaster - progressive hits

CHECKERED PARROT: Fyre & Rain

CHIP'S-WINDER: Sean Costello

THE CHURCH: Girls on Top II

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Russell Bryant

CJ'S LANDING: Rev 7, Chain Poets, YG Band

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

CLUB RARITY: DJ Das Wright

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

COTTON CLUB: Left Front Tire, Favorite, Tilden's Faith, Annapolis Red

COWBOYS: Chris Cagle

DADDY D'Z: Kindle Williams Sr.

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Eden, Acres, Merry's Eyes

DEUX PLEX: Apologetic Friday

THE EARL: Sweep the Leg Johnny, Rizzudo, Remuxers

EARTHLINK LIVE: Jennifer Knapp

ECHO LOUNGE: WRAS Benefit: Crybaby, Minamina Goodsong, Dropsonic, Diestra

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing Band Jazz Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Richard Bicknell, Denice Franke, A Few Degrees

ELEVEN50: Mr. C

EMORY PERFORMING ARTS STUDIO: William Ranson plays Beethoven Sonatas

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Ralph Ellis and friends

FLANIGAN'S: Cosmic Gypsies

FUNNY FARM: Mark Anthony

FUZZY'S: Motor City Josh

GEORGIA THEATRE-ATHENS: Keller Williams

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: Scott Thompson

HARD ROCK CAFE: Thanksgiving Rock Feast with DoubleDrive, Brand New Immortals, Minus, Another Man Down, the Enigmatics, The Yard, King Lear Jet, Sanctified, Lotustarr

HARRIS & JACK'S: Jabari Jazz Group

JACKALS-LILBURN: Pullman Porters

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

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Anthym

LAZY DOG TAVERN-LILBURN: Red Lea Band

LENNY'S: Lemonpeeler

LIBBY'S CABARET: Robert Ray's Cirque Du Cabaret 2

THE LIVING ROOM: Garage, House, Guest DJ's

LUBY'S: Battle of the Bands

MARY'S: Music videos with DJ Jigsaw

MASQUERADE: Jadabloom, Lasting Value, Chronic MD, Kindlespine

MCCOLGAN'S PUB: Live Music

MURPHY'S LAW: Alien

9 LIVES SALOON: Novocaine, One 30 Edge, Package, Silence

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

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Sammy Blue BandTHE OFFICE-NORCROSS: Uncle Don's Bullet-Proof Blues Band OLDE PECULIAR PUBLIC HOUSE: Ron Cooley and Hard Times

PECKERHEAD BREWERY: Eric Austin

PIPERS PUB: Last Band Standing

PLAYERS: JT Alessi and friends, The Strange

THE POETRY PLANET: Dinner and a Movie

QUEEN OF SHEEBA: Live jazz

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Waveform with Doc Samuels, Larry Jackson, Tom Woodruff

RED CHAIR THEATRE: Bedroom Farce

RED LIGHT CAFE: Dance of Gypsies

SCROOGE'S: Trick Stew

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: The Yum Yum Tree, Hot August Nights, Cracked Actor

SOMBER REPTILE: Neon Monk, 15th Summer, Zen Circus, Soultrap

SPIKE'S BRICK OVEN PIZZERIA: Traci Wynn Trio

SPIVEY HALL: Ivan Moravec

SPORTSTIME BAR & GRILL: Live Music

STAR BAR-L5P: The Woggles, The Wontons, Kabochack

SWEET DEVIL MOON: Mauricio Manuza

SWEET MELISSA'S-DECATUR: The Plug Uglies

TASTY WORLD-ATHENS: Octa P.U. and the Dangerous Dopesmokers, Annaray, Hayride

TEN27: DJ Drama and J-Sun

THREE DOLLAR CAFE-SNELLVILLE: Live Music

UGLY MUG PUB: Live Music

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Junior Brown, James Mathus and His Knockdown Society

THE VAULT: Retro Wave with DJ Caz10

VELVET ROOM: Spoiled Rotten, DJ Keri

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: New Educators

WILD WING CAFE: Flux Capacitor

WOODEN NICKEL: Hung Jury

YA YA'S CAJUN CUISINE: Kate and the Retreads

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