WEDNESDAY, JULY 4 

ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA -- Directed by Robert Spano, the ASO presents patriotic favorites such as "The Star Spangled Banner," "Patriotic Sing-Along" and "Stars and Stripes Forever" to honor Independence Day. The day's festivities kick off with the Salute 2 America parade at 1 p.m. and conclude with fireworks bursting in air at 9:30 p.m. Centennial Park (Keel)

BENEFIT FOR DONNIE MCCORMICK -- Known around Atlanta for tapping out a rhythm on a chicken coop and anything else in the building, Donnie McCormick has made quite an impact on the music scene, playing with the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. Paying tribute tonight are Slim Fatz, Bo Weevil, Mudcat, the Breeze Kings, King Johnson, Robert Page, Eddie Tigner leading the Northside Big Band and others. Door proceeds will help McCormick in his downtime after suffering several heart attacks in April. Northside Tavern (Keel)

CONVERGE -- Local abstract/freeform collective Kula Recordings present another free ambient gathering in the park. DJs Subtle, Lewis & Maston, Ecotekh and Little Jen, with guests Bethany and Cullen Cole, let demure downtempo tunes flow at the Old Waterfall in Grant Park. Grilled goodies and fresh fruit will be provided. Grant Park/Cherokee Avenue (Ware)

FAITH & DISEASE -- This spare and sleepy Seattle goth duo has been perfecting the art of melancholy for the past 10 years or so, propelled by Dara Rosenwasser's ghostly vocals and solid (if soporific) arrangements. Think Cocteau Twins meets Loreena McKennitt. Nomenclature Museum (Butler)

OCELOT, HARICOT VERT -- Atlanta-based Moodswing Records celebrates July 4 with a record-release extravaganza. Opener Haricot Vert's name and half its lyrics are French. But the group's debut release, Les Moyennes Des Folklore, recorded with Brian Paulson (Slint, Polvo, Seam fame) at Atlanta's Zero Return studio, sounds more like it's from the land of Indie Rock, Chapel Hill. Headlining, local instrumentalists Ocelot shoot off their quiet storm on a night of independence. Star Bar (Harold)

NATHAN SHEPPARD -- The son of a Baptist minister, Sheppard's musical tastes have evolved from church hymns to a unique combination of soulful acoustic folk-rock. His latest album from New York-based Lost Cat Records, Different Places, showcases Sheppard's unique vocals, catchy melodies and introspective lyrics. A nice break from formulaic mass-produced music. Luby's Sports Bar/Lawrenceville (Mossman)

VIRJIN -- Seks presents one of their most successful regular guests, Slacker, for a special Independence Day celebration. A skilled producer and remixer, Slacker brings some of the best progressive house from the other side of the Atlantic. Seks resident Gene Carbonell also spins in the main room, while Janus of TranceBreaks sedates the Asylum. The Chamber (Ware)

AHOP: Family Culture Night with Corey "Zooman" Miller

ANDALUZ: Flamenco Company of Atlanta

ATHENS FIREWORKS SHOW: King Johnson

BILLY'S: Heather Luttrell

BLIND WILLIE'S: The Shadows

BRANDYHOUSE: Col. Bruce Hampton & Codetalkers, Nitti, Sipe, Cunningham Trio; Ike Iziks & friends

BRIDGES: Piano with Bruce

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Live entertainment

CENTENNIAL PARK: ASO

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Pursuance with Lee Hogan & Dan Furman

CLUB GENO'S: The Bretheren

COMEAUX'S: Sal gentile & Rick Bell

COWBOYS: Darrin Robbins, Kickback

DARWIN'S: Open blues jam with Blues Barons

DEUX PLEX: Neo-Soul Wednesday with DJ Cha-Cha

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Bonaventure Quartet

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Elephant, Liquid Pie

1848 CAFE: Jazz with Yusef Sharif

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Electromatics

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: New South Jazz

KARMA: Cream

KASTAWAYS-MARIETTA: Motor City Josh

KAYA: Wind Down Wednesday - live jazz, spoken word, poetry

LUBY'S: Nathan Sheppard

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Metropolitan Wednesdays

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: Faith and Disease, Reunion - featuring dark wave, ether pop and trance

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Benefit for Donnie McCormick with Slim Fatz, Mudcat, Breeze Kings, King Johnson, Pead Boy, Steven Talkovich and Friends, others

PEASANT UPTOWN: The Steven Charles Jazz Duo

RED LIGHT CAFE: Open-mic

SAMBUCA JAZZ CAFE: Minau

SPORTSTIME: Karaoke

STAR BAR-L5P: Ocelot, Haricot Vert

SWEET DEVIL MOON: Mauricio Amaya

TASTY WORLD-ATHENS: Lost Cat, The Goods

UGLY MUG PUB: Team Trivia

VININGS INN: Ian Schumacher

VIOLETTE RESTAURANT: Jus Jazz featuring Dave Wallis, Eddie Taylor, Dan Coy, Shack Lewis, Rita Graham

WHISKER'S-DUNWOODY: Stepdaughter

WOODEN NICKEL: Party with live music

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