BEENIE MAN -- "Who am I?" he asks. Besides "the girls dem sugar," Beenie Man is, perhaps more than any other current reggae artist, someone who has been able to secure a foothold in the U.S. pop consciousness. Having recorded with Wyclef and Mya, and scoring some hits of his own, Beenie continues to ride high as a dancehall phenomenon as he embarks on tour supporting his most recent disc, Art & Life. The Atrium (Sarig)
CHOCOLATE SOUL -- The latest installment of the regular new-soul and hip-hop party features old-school rap legend Slick Rick as headliner. Best known for his appearance on Doug E. Fresh's hit "La-Di-Da-Di," and for his attempted-murder jail sentence, Rick is out free and bringing his nearly forgotten brand of hip-hop showmanship and swagger to downtown Atlanta. Also on the bill: local jazz/soul act Afroblue and mainstay DJ Kemit. Studio Central (Sarig)
COFFEE HOUSE BENEFIT -- Atrium Jazz Trio performs at 8 p.m. in a coffee house environment, during this benefit for the First Existentialist Congregation. A $5 minimum donation is requested. First Existentialist Congregation (Sarig)
ALICE COOPER -- Although the under-the-stars Chastain "experience" is entirely wrong for Cooper's hopelessly dated shock-rock, the fact he's still slogging through the same old warhorses (singing "I'm Eighteen" at 52 oughta be outlawed) has gotta be good for a few yuks. His schtick was the blueprint for countless idiots such as Marilyn Manson, but all the fake blood, plastic guillotines and slimy cobras in the world won't make his proto-metal any fresher. Chastain Park Amphitheater (Horowitz)
DRILL TEAM -- Basically the much-missed Tweezer minus one stringy-haired songwriter, Drill Team swear the new material is different, hence the name change. But with formidable screecher Timmy at the helm, the overall vibe should have a familiar visceral edge to it. The Earl (Foy)
EL PUS, SLANGBANGER, JUSTIN HALE -- A night of hip-hop/rock cross-polinators, headlined by El Pus, who dress their clever pop songs in a live-instrument/rap setting. Also on the bill: Heavy rock-rappers Slangbanger and paleskin hip-hop live band Justin Hale. Smith's Olde Bar (Sarig)
FUNKY METERS -- See listing for Oct. 20. Variety Playhouse (Powell)
GEORGE JONES -- Considered by most to be the best singer in country music, Jones has lived the life he describes in his songs and is a real survivor. Recent shows have been pretty predictable, clocking in at about an hour and featuring the obvious hits, but the last time he played Lanierland he did almost 90 minutes and pulled out some real gems. He loves the venue and gives a bit more when he plays there. Lanierland (Kelly)
'N SYNC -- And the money just keeps on coming. 'N Sync is currently making their second lap around the U.S. in support of their sophomore release, No Strings Attached. Their live show is surprisingly good, with floating stage portions and people dangling from the ceiling. Too bad the music isn't quite as invigorating. Also, watch for the hobo costumes in the bizarre first sequence, in which the band members all dress like Carol and Marcia on the "The Brady Bunch" when they sang "Me and My Shadow." Philips Arena (Whitaker)
WILLIE NELSON -- A Willie and Family concert is an experience every fan should have at least once in their life. Sure, he plays a bunch of the same ol' songs, but for his own sake he does them differently than the way they were recorded. Lately he has been adding some classy jazz instrumentals from his Day & Night CD, and some blues tunes from the most recent release, Milk Cow Blues. Throw in some covers of Hank, Lefty, Kris and whoever else crosses Willie's mind, and you have an almost three-hour history of country music laid out in front of you. Simply put, it's stunning. Classic Center/Athens (Kelly)
NORTH GEORGIA FOLK FESTIVAL -- Acclaimed flat-picking acoustic guitarist Norman Blake (no slouch on mandolin and fiddle either) headlines this festival presented by the Athens Folk Music and Dance Society. Also performing are the Georgia Mud Cats, North Georgia Bluegrass Band, Moira Nelligan, John Machinot and Michael Robbins, as well as the Buddy O'Reilly Band. Music runs from 2-9 p.m.; tickets are $6. For more information, call 706-613-8394. Sandy Creek Park/Athens (Sarig)
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