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BOB MARLEY TRIBUTE -- Day two of this festival celebrating the honorable Robert Nesta Marley brings veteran act the Meditations to the stage. Having sung back-up on several of Marley's tunes, the group offers the festival a direct link to the late reggae ambassador. Joining the Meditations at this day-long event are Natti Lovejoys, Small Ax and Dawa Theatre. A-HOP/West End (Hutchinson)

DELTA MOON -- Lap steel guitarist Tom Gray and slide guitarist Mark Johnson fuel the sinuous rhythms of Delta Moon. Johnson got the idea after seeing a New Orleans Jazzfest performance by slidemeisters Ry Cooder and David Lindley. The band, which features Gina Leigh on vocals, updates the old-time blues of Fred McDowell, Tommy Johnson, Slim Harpo and others with danceable vigor. Fat Matt's Rib Shack (Powell)

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, RANDY WEEKS -- The Drive-By boys remain one of the most consistently interesting local bands, treading a strange thin line between roots country and Skynyrd-esque '70s Southern rock, though their sound is also laced with elements of grunge and often illuminated by flashes of songwriting genius. Opening act Randy Weeks is a country/pop songsmith (and former member of the Lonesome Strangers) whose "Can't Let Go" was memorably covered by Lucinda Williams. Star Bar (Nicoll)

HALCYON -- Florida's bright and juicy answer to the Indigo Girls, this fresh young duo is alive with energy and "you-go-girl" spirit. They're doing two shows, with Laura Siersema opening the late set. Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)

HYBRID, CARL COX -- Both considered pioneers in their genres, Carl Cox and Hybrid perform at Liquid Groove. World-renowned Cox commands your attention with a style that pounds a healthy, relentless rhythm of progressive house and trance. Live act Hybrid -- Mike Truman, Chris Healings and Lee Mullins -- have over seven years released several progressive trance singles and also remixed popular tracks for musicians from BT to Filter. After releasing a full-length, Wide Angle, Hybrid enjoyed the opening slot on Moby's last major tour. Catch two of England's real shakers and movers as they appear for a rare moment under one roof. Tabernacle (Morin)

JENNIFER NETTLES BAND, WILL HOGE -- Former Soul Miner's Daughter vocalist Nettles takes more than a few cues from Janis Joplin, flexing her considerable rock vocal prowess with operatic highs and lows. Meanwhile, Tennessee troubadour Hoge launches into Van-Morrison-meets-the-E-Street-Band histrionics that come off more like Southside Johnny fronting the Shadows of Knight. See Hoge review, p. 83. Variety Playhouse (Nicoll)

LOCALITY 04 -- This ongoing, evolving showcase of street-level avant garde takes it back underground to Eyedrum's basement to showcase the music of the Flakes, Protozoa Rex, Bodega Ray and DJs Gnosis, Rasheed and Decibaka. From disco to discord to drum 'n' bass. Projections are handled by Justin Hughes, Rob Parham and Oliver Smith. Eyedrum (Ware)

JOHN SCOTT -- Director of Music at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, organist John Scott has manned the pipes there for close to two decades. Named "International Performer of the Year" in 1998 by the American Guild of Organists, Scott was the first British performer to win the J.S. Bach Organ competition in Leipzig, Germany. Spivey Hall (Hutchinson)

STEWART AND WINFIELD, THE FOUNTAINS, GREG HESTER -- Athens faves Stewart and Winfield are akin to Memory Dean after a few hundred listens to Exile on Main Street. Warm harmonies and tight instrumentation mark these guys as pros with a fistful of hummable tunes and an easygoing air. The Fountains, also from Athens, are a little more out in the country, but with an equally catchy edge. Twin brothers Gary and Jeffrey Andrews front this low-key folk-oriented quartet and their music resonates with a sense of fraternal warmth. While there are millions of pop variations in Athens, and the Fountains' is hardly the most unique, it manages an understated authenticity. Greg Hester, old pal of these Athenians, opens the show with a brief set of his sepia-toned originals. PlanetJam Cotton Club (Hutchinson/Smith)

SUPERCHUNK, SPOON - Despite seminal contributions to rock's noisy, strum-und-kerrrang heyday, the once mighty 'Chunk began sounding pretty weary a few years back. Which is what made 1999's Come Pick Me Up such a pleasant surprise. Weaving a newfound, day-glo pop sensibility into their trademark, hyper-kinetic bellicosity seems to have completely rejuvenated these indie stalwarts. Austin's Spoon works a similar noise/punk/pop angle with as much vigor, if not inspiration, as their Chapel Hill tour mates. See Spoon article, p. 77. Echo Lounge (Robertson)

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK -- Sweet Honey in the Rock are a cappella angels, for sure, but their outlook is more earthbound than ethereal. With only their voices and some basic percussion, this Grammy-winning group of African-American women weaves elements of gospel, blues, jazz, even sign language, into their rich, congregational choral-style singing. Their well-known harmonies soar toward the heavens, but their subject matter has always been rooted in the struggle and hardship, love and celebration of African-American history. Sisters Chapel/Spelman College (Kelly)

KELLER WILLIAMS -- Gaggles of blissed-out, spinning hippies float up the steps to Smith's music room to experience the wonder of this one-man jam band from Colorado. The curtains part as the musician stands trance-like, center stage. Eyes closed, his long-haired, bearded head is tilted way back as if basking in a warm sunbeam. As he plays his 12-string acoustic guitar and sings of clouds and open sky, you notice he's barefoot. Smith's Olde Bar (Smith)

ANTHONY'S SPORTS BAR

The Blast

BILLY'S: Mike Renna

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson and the Shadows

BLUE RACCOON: Blue Grass Jam followed by Mardi Gras party with Hoo Doo Blue

BRANDYHOUSE: LOA, 6 Degrees

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four, local artists

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

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

CHECKERED PARROT: Johnny Reed

CHIP'S-WINDER: The Chicago Rhythm & Blues Kings

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

COSMOPOLITAN: DJ Ted Fortenberry

DARK HORSE TAVERN : Blacklight Posterboys, 13 Stories, Lester's Farm

DARWIN'S: Eric Culberson and Erock

DILLONS: Andrew Leonza

THE EARL: The Woggles, moto-Litas and Model Citizen

ECHO LOUNGE: Superchunk, Spoon

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Halcyon, Laura Siersema

EYEDRUM: Locality 04 with Flakes, Protozoa Rex, Bodega Ray, DJs Gnosis, Rasheed and Decibaka

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Delta Moon

FIREHOUSE FOOD & SPIRITS: 285

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: Baile Latino 2001 DJ Carlitos Morales and Big Revo of IPP

FUZZY'S: Mike Veal

GARDEN HILLS COMMUNITY CENTER: Barney's Goat, Emerald Rose, the BorderCollies

HEMINGWAY'S TROPICAL BAR & GRILL: Frogz

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: J-Birds featuring J.T. Speed

JAVA HOUSE: John Doster and friends

JOHNNY'S PIZZA-KENNESAW: Tracy Newton

KAYA: Bronner Brothers Party featuring Fat Man Scoop

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Stage Coach

LAZY DOG: Big Al Jano and the Blues Mafia

LUBY'S: Special guests

MASQUERADE: Apoptygma Berzerk, Godmodule, Negative Format

MELLOW MUSHROOM-BUFORD: Dave Williams

METROPOLITAN BAR: The Sun Machine

9 LIVES SALOON: Universal Overdoes, Skerv, End of Existence, Fold

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

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Chick Willis Band

PHUNKY PHISH TAVERN: Instant Karma

PIPER'S PUB: Jim Asbell

PLANETJAM COTTON CLUB: Stewart & Winfield Band, the Fountains, Greg Hester

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Crooked Johnson, Garret Factory, Whooping Cranes

POPPERS: Steve Hawkins Georgia Jam with Bear Sauls

RED LIGHT CAFÉ: Heavy Medical Hardware, Tribe, Mad Kate

SAFARI BAR & GRILLE-WINDER: Uncle Don's Bullet-Proof Blues Band

SISTER'S CHAPEL: Sweet Honey In The Rock

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Keller Williams

SPORTS TIME BAR & GRILL: '70s & '80s dance music

STAR BAR-L5P: Drive By Truckers, Randy Weeks

SWEET MELISSA'S-DECATUR: The Wild

SWISSOTEL: Graham Jackson, Jr.

10TH & MYRTLE: Ian Schumacher

UGLY MUG PUB: Uncle Dirty

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Jennifer Nettles Band, Will Hoge

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

WILD WING CAFÉ: '80s dance party

WOODEN NICKEL: TBA

YA-YAS: Dikki Doo and the Zydeco Crew

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