SATURDAY, APRIL 28 

ANTIQUE EROTICA, HOT AUGUST NIGHTS -- Two pot-boilers team up for this show. Antique Erotica's steamy swing and suggestive after-midnight naughtiness should mesh well with Hot August Night's overblown Neil Diamond tribute. Over-the-top, campy fun. The Earl (Smith)

JOYCE BROOKSHIRE -- Born and raised in the Cabbagetown of the '40s, folk singer Brookshire is a late-bloomer as a performing songwriter, having released her first album in 1977. Last year, with the assistance of local songwriters Elise Witt and DeDe Vogt, Brookshire returned with Whatever Became of Me?, an eclectic folk CD deeply imbued with her music heritage and life stories. Tonight's concert finds Brookshire accompanied by friends in celebration of her 60th birthday. Trinity Methodist Church/265 Washington St. (Sarig)

TINSLEY ELLIS, KING JOHNSON -- See Ellis listing for April 27. This is a reunion of sorts as King Johnson guitarist/vocalist Oliver Wood toured with Ellis -- and recorded on Ellis' Alligator CD, Storm Warning -- before launching his current band back in 1994. Also, KJ bassist/vocalist Chris Long wrote a tune, "To The Devil For a Dime," that Ellis recorded for that same CD. Smith's Olde Bar (Powell)

FLAVA -- Gemini Entertainment and U.C.P. present Miami's George Acosta, an Ultra Recordings artist and DJ known for his style of hard, building trance and tech-house (see record review, ). Others on the bill include Spice, Brad Smith, Ulises and Sammie, Silver, Sikora, Hazeus with MC Sinista, Isis & Bombazi, Jeremy & Kia and Neos, whose styles range from breaks to progressive to drum 'n' basss. Studio Central (Ware)

KRISTEN HALL, ALICE PEACOCK -- Kristen Hall returns to her homestage tonight at Eddie's. Always a treat, Hall has been a leading member of the Decatur folk world for years now and continues to improve with every performance. Her raspy voice and homesick tales are a warm beacon in the sometimes generic world of singer/songwriters. Chicago resident Alice Peacock opens Hall's 9:30 show with songs from her '99 debut album, Real Day. Eddie's Attic (Smith)

SCRAPPY HAMILTON, CAVE CATT SAMMY -- Asheville's Scrappy Hamilton implement unique creative energy within the classic Ragtime style. Another anachronistic ensemble, Cave Catt Sammy takes on a country-oriented swing approach that's more authentic than adventurous. Get ready for a night of retro trap kits and upright bass spinning. Star Bar (Hutchinson)

HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH, THE JANUARIES -- Darius Rucker and his school of fish have weathered the critical backlash while consistently delivering live shows that keep the customers satisfied. Plus, they know a good hook when they hear one. The very L.A. openers' charming pastiche of groovy '60s lounge and retro go-go girl-group camp won't stand a chance against the Chastain chatterers. Chastain Park Amphitheatre (Horowitz)

INMAN PARK FESTIVAL -- Among the parades, arts and crafts and festival food, the event's main stage hosts Delta Moon's early Delta blues, the Swimming Pool Q's new wave pop, the Deluxe Vaudeville Orchestra's old-timey sound and the Atlanta Concert Band's brass, woodwind and percussion. Other stages feature the Metropolitan Atlanta Sax Quartet, Morgan Rowe, the Warren Project, the Blue Velvets and more. Inman Park (Keel)

K-CI & JOJO, JON B -- Late of Jodeci, K-Ci and JoJo have dumped the gritty R&B that validated them in favor of cranking out whitewashed soul music, in hopes of replicating the singular success of their modern-day wedding song "All My Life." Opener Jon B emerged in the mid-'90s as the protégé of Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and established himself as a successfully silky-smooth R&B performer/producer in his own right. While his often exceedingly seductive vocal style tends to push into slick territory, the young artist's hip-hop-inclined production skills have a tight, crafty sensibility. R&B pop crooner Case also performs. HiFi Buys Amphitheater (Whitaker/Hutchinson)

MONSTER MAGNET, BUCKCHERRY, PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC -- See Monster Magnet review. The heavily tattooed L.A. hard-rocking openers sound like Aerosmith before the Boston boys discovered Dianne Warren songs and started traipsing with Britney Spears. Raw, primal and pretention-free kick-ass guitar rawk guaranteed to get those hormones raging. Heavy-rock also-rans PMM come along for the ride. Masquerade (Horowitz/Sarig)

THE SCHARFF BROTHERS -- There probably needs to be a new name for that genre of late '90s pop personified by the Barenaked Ladies, the melding of quirky lyrics with acoustic roots and a ready-for-radio upbeat sound. Until such a moniker comes around, it'll suffice to say that the Scharff Brothers fit the unnamed category perfectly. Their addictive (if innocuous) hooks and strong sense of sibling harmony keep the format fresh, helping to explain why this specific sound keeps coming back. Somber Reptile (Butler)

SUBSONICS, ULTRABABYFAT, THE MOTO-LITAS, GROUP SEX -- Night two of the WRAS vs. Cinéfest benefit begins with an all-too-rare performance by Atlanta's underground all-stars Group Sex. Led by the dynamic Susan Tanner, Group Sex is a good-time band of friends often playing cheesy '80s covers. The Moto-Litas, redying for their upcoming Music Midtown debut, offer surf and garage rock with an Athens art-school edge. Ultrababyfat play songs from their new CD (see article, p. 72), and the Subsonics bring it all home with Clay Reed's quivery quake-and-bake oven of rock. Echo Lounge (Smith)

YAARAB SHRINE CIRCUS GOSPEL PREVIEW -- Four gospel singing groups perform to preview this year's Shrine Circus, being held May 4-13. For an evening of family entertainment, Rockmart's Heirborn, a Southern gospel male quartet, perform in traditional quartet style. Joining them will be Liberty, Willing Vessel and the Mike Leming Trio. Jim R. Miller Park/Marietta (Keel)

ANDALUZ: Aura

ANTHONY's-DECATUR: Keren Leppo

BILLY'S: Dave D

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson & the Shadows

BLUE RACCOON: Andrew Black Band

BORDERS-BUFORD: Harry Lester

BRANDYHOUSE: Ludowici, Jelly Roll

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four, local artists

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

CAJUN KITCHEN: Smash Nova

CALEDONIA LOUNGE-ATHENS: Greta Lee Band, Dodd Ferrelle & Tinfoil Stars

THE CHAMBER: Europa - modern dance music with DJ Gene Carbonell

CHASTAIN AMPHITHEATRE: Hootie & the Blowfish, The Januaries

CHECKERED PARROT: Spider Kelly Band

CHIP'S-WINDER: The Vibratones

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Dan Fielder

CJ'S LANDING: Tone Mutts

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

DARK HORSE TAVERN : Crown Electric, Johnny Hyde, Over October

DARWIN'S: Roger "Hurricane" Wilson CD release party

THE DERBY-JOHNS CREEK: Uncle Dirty

THE DERBY-NESBIT FERRY: Pat Ramsey

THE EARL: Antique Erotica, Hot August Nights

ECHO LOUNGE: WRAS Music Show Benefit with the Subsonics, Ultrababyfat, the Moto-Litas, Group Sex

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Kristen Hall (7 p.m.), Alice Peacock (9:30 p.m.)

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

EYEDRUM: Alison Kendra Hunt, Lowlife Quartet, Big Night Fortune Morning

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Jumpkings

FIREHOUSE: Second Hand Smoke

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Jazz night with Die Like a Dog

FRONT PAGE NEWS: Kevin Lewis & Beau Hall

FRONTERA MEX MEX: Karsten Durand and band

FUZZY'S: Barry Richman

GRAND OPERA HOUSE-MACON: John Prine, Pat McLaughlin

HEMINGWAY'S: Peter Mayer Group

HIFI BUYS AMPHITHEATER: K-Ci & Jo Jo with Jon B, Case & Sunshine Anderson

IF COFFEEHOUSE: Claire & Bain's Maple Yum Yum

INMAN PARK: Delta Moon, Swimming Pool Q's, Deluxe Vaudeville Orchestra, Atlanta Concert Band, A Volonte Winds Quintet, Metro Atlanta Sax Quartet, Morgan Rowe, Warren Project, Lexi Street, Blue Velvets

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Cathy Carlille

JAVA HOUSE: Greg Horne with guest John Doster

JIM R. MILLER PARK: Heirborn, Willing Vessel, Mike Leming Trio, Liberty

KAYA: Hip-hop with DJs Trama and Farenheit

KAZOO'S: Band X

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Crossover

LAZY DOG TAVERN: Blues Mafia

LIBBY'S CABARET: Christine Andreas

MASQUERADE: Monster Magnet, Buckcherry, Professional Murder Music

MICHAEL'S COFFEE: Ryan Kipp

MURPHY'S LAW: Kitchens & Farrell

9 LIVES SALOON: Mighty Fine Haggis, Edgewood, Andy Browne, Spout

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: Pussy Galore with DJs Kevin O and J-Luv

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Lachez Les

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

OLD BRIDGE: Live music

PECKERHEAD BREWERY-DOUGLASVILLE: Motor City Josh

PIPER'S PUB: Live music

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: Skerve, Minus, the Trick, Darwin's Waiting Room

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Mudsharks

POPPERS: Reddog

THE PUB: The Naked Truth

RED LIGHT CAFE: Yes Virginia

SAFARI BAR & GRILL: Derek St. Holmes

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

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Tinsley Ellis, King Johnson

SOMBER REPTILE: Scharff Brothers

SPORTS TIME BAR & GRILL: Live music

STAR BAR-L5P: Cave Catt Sammy, Scrappy Hamilton, Holy Smokes

STUDIO CENTRAL: Flava with George Acosta, Spice, Brad Smith, and more

SWEET MELISSA'S-DECATUR: One More Saturday Night with Schmee

TEN27: DJs Jamel and Jamed

TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH: Trinity Concert Series with Joyce Brookshire

UGLY MUG PUB: Seni & Desanto

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Jennifer Nettles Band with Doria Roberts

THE VAULT: Cyberia - electronica's dark side with DJ OMAC

WILD WING CAFE: The Unmentionables

WOODRUFF ARTS CENTER: Alan Gilbert directs the ASO

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