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B.B. KING, AL GREEN, ETTA JAMES Wow, what a triple bill. Each is a legendary headlining act in his or her own right, and even if they don't share the stage for a closing encore, the enticing possibility of a three-headed jam is enough to tempt even the most casual fan to pony up the bucks just in case that happens. Certainly all three have been known to coast through shows based on their stellar reputations, but if they get a shot of adrenaline from each other's sets, this might be a night of blues and soul you'll tell your kids about. $38.50-$68.50. 7 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-364-4272. -- Hal Horowitz

MARNIE STERN, CELEPHAIS, LID EMBA Brooklyn experimental-punk songstress Stern plays fast and furious art rock that is at once pleasant and totally invigorating. Each song takes shape like a clunky, giddy take on Sonic Youth circa Goo, imbued with a penchant for prog-rock. Oh yeah, and Zack Hill from Hella plays drums for Stern, too. Fantasy art-metal trio Celephais and Lid Emba also perform. $7. 9 p.m. Drunken Unicorn. -- Chad Radford

SOUL MEET W/ JENNIFER JOHNS, RAHBI At Apache Cafe, the fourth Thursday of the month is usually reserved for the Producer's Swap Meet, a showdown of the city's aspiring beatmakers. After midnight, however, the limelight will shift over to Soul Meet. National performers include Oakland, Calif., singer Johns, esoteric soul/hip-hop trio PPT and Houston, Texas, DJ Nimbus. On the Atlanta side, there's funkateer Rahbi, party rapper Sky Hy and stylish vocalist Chinkie Brown. Badge holders from the International Soul Summit, which jumps off this week at the Atlanta Marriott downtown, get free admission. $10. 9 p.m. Apache Café. 404-876-5436. -- Mosi Reeves


DEKALB SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH SUSAN TEICHER AND MARTHA THOMAS Although they began in classical and avant-garde music, piano duo Arthur Ferrante and Louis Teicher found a huge pop audience for themselves as one of the top-selling "easy listening" acts of the 1960s through their gimmick-free renditions of themes from popular films of the day, such as Midnight Cowboy, The Apartment and Exodus. Piano duo Susan Teicher (Louis' daughter) and Thomas have been reviving the Ferrante-and-Teicher repertoire. Fyodor Cherniavsky conducts the DSO. Senior/student discounts available. $25. 8 p.m. Marvin Cole Auditorium. Georgia Perimeter College Clarkston campus. 678-891-3565. -- Mark Gresham

DETROIT COBRAS, THE WILLOWZ The spirited soul-style revue of the Cobras dips classic R&B tracks in their Detroit-bred rock fryer for a real greasy treat. Frontwoman Rachel Nagy's husky vocal strut shimmies over reverb-drenched guitar and racing garage grit. The songs may not be their own but you'll not find a jukebox this hot anywhere. Live, psych-garage wall rattlers the Willowz bring a droning Mascis fascination to the Crazy Horse-inspired amble of their new album, Chautauqua. $15. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- Chris Parker

STAN RIDGWAY The official show title is "Stan Ridgway Celebrates Wall of Voodoo's Call of the West," a rather awkward yet descriptive account of the evening. The lead singer/songwriter revisits the disc on its 25th anniversary and at least you're guaranteed to hear "Mexican Radio" from the source. Yet the album's darker themes of alienation and lost hope laid out against brittle synths and Ridgway's distinctive nasal talk/sung vocals were frighteningly prescient, which makes it somewhat of a forgotten classic. The humorously named McJagger opens. $20. 8 p.m. Smith's Olde Bar. 404-875-1522. -- HH

WYNONNA With her mama Naomi, the Judds ruled country radio for more than a decade. Since embarking on her solo career, Wynonna has had plenty of commercial success, but her personal life has been like, well, a country song. That won't stop her from doing an energetic and hit-filled show, no matter how weird it may get. $22-$55. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheater. 404-249-6400. -- James Kelly


ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Even if you're not old enough to remember Leonard Bernstein's heyday as composer and conductor of the New York Philharmonic, this "Bernstein on Broadway" concert can awaken your pop retro-culture sensibilities to how his music for the stage helped define a public face for American orchestral music during the "Beat Generation." Robert Spano conducts the show, including selections from West Side Story, On the Town, Trouble in Tahiti and Candide. Lenny's daughter, Jamie Bernstein, will be on hand to relate personal backstage stories about her dad. $22-$45. 8 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-5000. -- MG

CHRISTMAS IN JULY W/ YULE LOG, THE NEEDLES, THE VILLAINS Hot as the log in the fireplace on Christmas Eve, the band of Star Bar regulars that comprise Yule Log will burn another one brightly as they raise humid hell for the post-drinkin'-age kids. The Needles and the Villains add to the aseasonal merriment and nothing says "Summertime Holiday Cheer" like a visit from Sasparilla the Singing Gorilla. $8. 9 p.m. Star Bar. 404-681-9018. -- Lee Valentine Smith

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