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JOSHUA BELL -- See listing for Thurs., Feb. 28. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center(Brown)

CAROLINE & THE RAMBLERS -- Kicking out Western swing at its most swingin', Caroline is backed by the crackerjack Ramblers, most of whom keep their chops well-polished in the popular local side project Sonoramic Commando. Echo Lounge (Nicoll)

CORNBREAD -- See Earshot, p. 93. CJ's Landing (Sarig)

DAVID CROSS, ULTRABABYFAT -- Former Atlantan Cross is best known for his hilarious stint on HBO's "Mr. Show" comedy series. Tonight he'll do his ribald stand-up routine with support from opening act Ultrababyfat, who are traveling with Cross on the Southern leg of his national tour. 40 Watt Club/Athens (Smith)

DENNIS QUAID & THE SHARKS -- Go ahead and laugh at the recent batch of movie stars (from Jack Black to Russell Crowe) passing themselves off as musicians on national tours. But zip your lip when it comes to Dennis Quaid. Remember, this is the guy who successfully portrayed Jerry Lee Lewis in Great Balls of Fire and whose first wife (before he got tangled up with Meg Ryan) was P.J. Soles, star of Rock and Roll High School. Expect ballsy, straight-up, all-American rock from Quaid and his band. Masquerade (Nicoll)

EMORY CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY -- William Ransom, one of Atlanta's most gifted and versatile musicians, once again brings together a group of his friends and colleagues to celebrate the gracious art of chamber music. As always, Ransom's off-the-cuff communicative skills and erudition are sure to be a highlight. Michael C. Carlos Museum (Brown)

ENSEMBLE SAN ELASTIQUE -- Gold Sparkle Band trumpeter Roger Ruzow's ever-changing ensemble bounces back with yet another different lineup. This time, Ruzow is joined by guitarist/bassist Andrew Burnes and drummer Brian Fielden, both from the former Atlanta trio San Augustin. Eyedrum (Khalid)

PINBACK, HER SPACE HOLIDAY, SEAWORTHY -- A band so nice, they booked 'em twice, San Diego's Pinback return to The Earl for two renderings of their delicate concentric pop in one night. They may be almost slow-core, but they're no bore. At the 6:30 p.m. show, Her Space Holiday bares heartbreak-beats and fuzzy melodic memories for the 18-plus crowd. Well-seasoned 21-plus patrons are treated to Athens' Seaworthy, Macha member Josh McKay's latest project, which offers less dulcimer but an adequate amount of drone in its explorations of melancholy. The Earl (Ware)

THE SAMPLES -- What started out 15 years ago as a fresh synthesis of Police-style reggae, meaningful lyrics and tight improvisation has devolved into uninspired monotony. Myriad lineup changes have left this Boulder, Colo., outfit barely hanging on 10 years past its expiration date. Better they call themselves "The Simples." Take a pillow. Variety Playhouse (Prusin)

STAR ROOM BOYS, GRETA LEE BAND -- Stars collide as the Boys come to the Bar for their CD release party; see article, p. 87. Former local Greta Lee brings her group down from Nashville for an alt-country reunion. Star Bar (Sarig)

TURTLE ISLAND STRING QUARTET -- See article, p. 90. Spivey Hall (Sarig)

WAYNE SHORTER -- Shorter is a landmark tenor and soprano saxophonist, and one of jazz's most effective composer/songwriters. An alumnus of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1959-'63), the Miles Davis Quintet (1964-'70) and Weather Report (1970-'85), he later worked with Joni Mitchell and Carlos Santana. Accompanying Shorter: Danilo Perez (piano), John Patitucci (bass), Brian Blade (drums). A Q&A session with performers follows the show. Rialto Center/ GSU (Powell)

CHERYL WHEELER -- With a deep, emotive voice reminiscent of a more folksy Mary Chapin Carpenter and a vibrant way with words, Wheeler shifts -- sometimes radically -- from typically introspective mopey folkie to funny, often self-deprecating humorist. It's that dichotomy that sets her apart from the lovelorn singer/songwriter pack. Red Light Cafe (Horowitz)

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