JOSHUA BELL -- Most notable for his lead performance on the Oscar-winning score for The Red Violin, classical violinist Joshua Bell performs selections by Schubert, Ravel and others to a sold-out crowd. In addition to the critical praise Bell's virtuosity has garnered, he was recently honored by that powerhouse of classical music criticism, People Magazine, who named him one of their "50 Most Beautiful People in the World." Spivey Hall (Hutchinson)
MICHAEL BRECKER -- Grammy-nominated Verve recording artist Michael Brecker sits in on sax with the Emory All-Star Jazz Ensemble after teaching a master class earlier in the afternoon. For tickets and information call 404-727-5050. Emory University Performing Arts Studio (Ware)
DIXIE ROCKABILLY RUMBLE -- Headlining this four-band show is the sensational Marti Brom, a sultry Texas firebrand whose "uptown hillbilly" act improbably combines nightclub-singer sophistication with wild moonshine-fueled songs. Also on the bill are Atlanta's own Blacktop Rockets, along with the Stillmen (an authentic Sun Records-sounding rockabilly act from San Francisco) and the incendiary Jersey trio King Kerosene. A vintage car show is held in the parking lot at 3 p.m. Star Bar (Nicoll)
DR. FUNKINHEIMERZ FUNKYLAB OF VIRTUAL SCIENCE -- From the name, it appears that this get-together of Southeastern (mostly Florida) DJs will be dropping science. Headliners are Doc Roc, two-time Southeast DMC champion turntablist; Trixie, bringing the jump-up jungle; Smoke, breaking out the funky breaks; Omar, giving a lesson in nu skool breaks; and a lone Atlantan, Kyla, spinning drum 'n' bass. Breakbeat alchemy indeed. Globe Theater (Ware)
RICHIE HAWTIN, JOHN ACQUAVIVA -- Just up the road and over the river from techno's birthplace, Detroit, Canadian Hawtin -- along with John Acquaviva -- has produced some of the world's most acclaimed acid-washed techno on labels Plus 8 and M_Nus. As F.U.S.E. Hawtin did early hardcore, then developed in subtlety as Plastikman. But as shown on his recent release, Decks, EFX and 909, Hawtin can trade sparseness for sprawling, layering track after track with on-the-fly effects for a rich, individual mix that is anything but minimal. Acquaviva's sets can go from low-key to tech-house to a Detroit take on disco. Local DJ Jeff Joseph also spins. DeKalb-Atlanta Center/4166 Buford Hwy. (Ware)
EKOOSTIK HOOKAH -- The gods of jam rock are fickle tyrants, destining certain acts for packed-arena greatness and damning others to perpetual empty-bar anonymity, often with seemingly little consideration for talent or work ethic. Ekoostik Hookah is one of those jam rock acts caught on the bubble. While their vocal component may fall a few steps behind, they can float around an atmospheric improvisation with the "best" in the biz. Smith's Olde Bar (Hutchinson)
FIVE MORE DEAD, ARMANI DEATH MACHINE, CONSTRUKT -- Five More Dead are a lumbering heavy rock band known for outrageous stage antics and costumes. Tonight, they welcome new bassist Laurie G-force, formerly of Pinkeye and the Living Abortions. While also doing time in Liars Club, G-force should be a force to be reckoned with during tonight's hard-hitting death match. For some reason, Atlanta's Armani Death Machine (formerly Crossbreed) decided to blend stormy death rock with trip-hop (naysayers can insert your own joke here). Norfolk, Virginia's hard-ass openers Construkt build tension with a jack-hammer intensity as they bring the pain. 9 Lives Saloon (Smith)
MATTHEW KAHLER, DEZERAY'S HAMMER -- Kahler is still riding high on his successful co-write with Shawn Mullins, and everywhere he goes he seems to be building a larger following because of it. Reliable and comfortable, Kahler's mellow music should be a staple of adult contemporary radio, but alas, they're only concerned with fluff. South Carolina's Dezeray's Hammer offer a polite and breezy, guitar-dominated set of well-written pop songs. Eddie's Attic (Smith)
MIKE KELLY QUARTET -- See Take Five. Churchill Grounds (Powell)
ORIGINAL HARMONY RIDGE CREEK DIPPERS -- See article. Variety Playhouse (York)
Q AND NOT U -- Washington D.C.'s Q And Not U are in good company and better form on their debut Dischord full-length, No Kill No Beep Beep. Comparisons can't help but be made to other Washington-area bands, namely Fugazi and the Dismemberment Plan, but Q And Not U do their own take on the twitching, tempo-shifting punk/funk hybrid. They throw in handclaps and throw out the over-intellectualizing of bands such as Les Savy Fav. Fuzzy riffs cascade down the same walls on which shrieking singer Chris Richards bounces, and the mix is expertly navigated with flair by the jazzed rhythm section. Q And Not U's every sound is pulled taut but never cut short. The Earl (Ware)
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