LAURIE BERKNER -- Hailed as the "Ani DiFranco of kids' music," Berkner's may just be the only person in the world with two nose-piercings who's interested in entertaining your children -- at least in a way you'd approve of. She performs twice today -- at Underground for an 11 a.m. Generation Arts Month kickoff mini-concert, then at Woodruff Arts Center's Rich Auditorium for a 3 p.m. show. Call 770-772-5572 for details. Underground Atlanta/Rich Auditorium (Sarig)
BITCH, DIXIE WITCH -- This should satisfy your itch for some good, loud Southern rock 'n' roll. Both Bitch and the Witch play it loud, fast and loose, offering an ass-kickin' swig of radiator-distilled rawk. Whoop 'n' holler and pass that doobie, bro. Star Bar (Smith)
SHEMEKIA COPELAND, ERIC GALES -- With husky pipes the equal of Koko Taylor or Etta James in their prime, blues belter Copeland -- the daughter of late guitarist Johnny -- owns the stage the moment she opens her mouth. This youngster exudes ballsy rough-and-tumble confidence -- and she doesn't take guff from no-good men. Six-string hotshot Gales aims for Hendrix territory, but his over-busy playing sounds more like washed-out Living Colour. Cotton Club (Horowitz)
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS -- Patterson Hood and company make a pit-stop at home during their ongoing -- perhaps never-ending -- tour in support of their much-acclaimed opus, Southern Rock Opera. Live, the Truckers' Southern rock is even more powerful, their tales even more operatic. Smith's Olde Bar (Sarig)
FLOORESSENCE -- Karma asks, "Are you experienced?" No? Care for a life-affirming experience? Then visit the Asian underground and Goa psychedelic trance playground for a night. Your guides include Todd Laden, Naveed Ashraf, Sharaab and CSX, plus visuals by Tony K. Karma (Ware)
RACHEL GARLIN -- Currently touring the country in a van that runs on french-fry grease for fuel (yes, really), Rachel Garlin conveys the expected pro-Earth political message. Yet, despite her Dido-esque voice, Garlin's sweet vocals more closely resemble a preachy whine when she sings about corporate oppression and alternative fuels. Java House (Kuldell)
JOHNNY CASH TRIBUTE -- See article, p. 89. Lenny's (Horowitz)
SANDOR SZABO QUARTET -- This chamber quartet of orchestral proportions features Hungary's Szabo on 16-string guitar, along with Greece's Erik Hinds on bass-toned 18-string h'arpeggione, Colin Bragg on six-string classical guitar and Blake Helton on an unknown number of drums. Earthshaking Music (Khalid)
UMPHREY'S MCGEE -- It's always nice when the kids get a charge out of bands that know their way around their instruments. And without a doubt, this young, technically accomplished Chicago-based sextet can play. And like any jam band with their busy fingers on the fluttery pulse of a post-Deadhead nation still mourning Jerry and Phish, Umphrey's McGee go out of their way to prove they can play ... and play -- as if making music was more endurance test than craft. Our fingers hurt just listening to these guys. Variety Playhouse (Rowland)
VINYL BOY 4.5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY -- Celebrating more than four years of packing the Playhouse and beyond, Vinyl Boy Productions presents one of the biggest Southeastern crowd-pleasers of the last 10 years: DJ Icey, the Orlando King of Breaks. Also on the bill: Miami's Edger V, bringing progressive house; the entrancing Prophecy collective; Cali's Sage and E-Sassin, laying down jungle beats; DJs Stryfe and Santana; dropping hard-hitting high-tempo house; five more "headliners"; and 16 local DJs. The Globe (Ware)
WHITE LIGHTS, TWITTERING MACHINE -- Still aglow over the warm reception their superb debut album is receiving, the White Lights illuminate the darkness of the local alt-goth scene with a lush, full sound, deftly merging the richness of The Velvet Underground and Nico with the bold sass of bandleader Buffi Aguero's previous work in the Vendettas. Also on the bill: fellow locals Twittering Machine, who augment their crooked alt-chamber sound with the drumming of Aquarium Rescue Unit jammer Jeff Sipe. The Earl (Nicoll)
I'm pretty sure he was 19.
3 people apparently love handing over an extra 40% in fees for nothing in return…
Dang. I thought they would name some actual headliners.
Forgot to mention that Iggy did a stellar show @ the Agora in the spring…
Their fees were onerous, to say the least. $16 per ticket for "convenience," and it's…