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WEDNESDAY, NOV 28 

DR. DAN -- Like his inspiration Herbie Hancock, the phenomenal keyboardist and co-founder of the Fiji Mariners is as comfortable jamming on acoustic piano as with the funky electronics that form the majority of his catalog. Although a little of his fusion goes a long way -- and Dan's occasional vocals are weak -- he's talented and diverse enough to keep an audience captivated for two long sets. Smith's Olde Bar (Horowitz)

CHRIS LEE BAND, GIRL CHRIS, ALLISON KENDRA HUNT -- The biggest attraction of the Chris Lee Band might be his drummer, Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, but North Carolina native Lee is a cool blue-eyed soul crooner in the Paul Weller mold. On his recent album, Plays and Sings Torch'd Songs, Charivari Hymns & Oriki Blue Marches (released on Shelley's Smells Like Records), Lee serves up a good selection of steamy, tortured-soul blues-rock. Girl Chris features that girl Yellow from Insane Jane, who also knows a thing or two about dramatic vocals. Yellow's muscular pipes may even cause the dining mob in The Earl's frontroom to stop and take notice. Allison Kendra Hunt also knows how to tame a din of noise, defying the typical female singer/songwriter stereotype by using her beautiful voice to overcome the odds at this usually noisy club. The Earl (Smith)

MAZARIN, AEREOGRAMME -- Drawing on the psych-pop folk tradition and abundant warm-and-sunny California melodicism, Mazarin mastermind Quentin Stoltzfus embellishes his pop portraits with coursing fields of fuzz, noise and found sounds. They roll in and out like tides -- some high in the mix, others low -- barely audible breakers brushing against the edges of awareness. One-time drummer for the Azusa Plane, Stoltzfus' songcraft never neglects the hook and rings with the same naive joy one associates with Mo Tucker or the Good Humor man. MJQ Concourse (Parker)

ROBERT MIRABAL -- Native American renaissance man Robert Mirabal -- a musician, flute maker, author and actor -- presents his elaborate show, which combines Native American dance and storytelling with live music informed by various styles and cultures. It's the sort of mid-brow stuff passing as highbrow that PBS eats up -- hence Mirabal's popular PBS special. To many of us, it just sounds like New Age and middle-of-the-road rock dressed in the symbols of a culture most of us know shamefully little about. Too little, that is, to judge this show as jive. Variety Playhouse (Sarig)

ANDALUZ: Flamenco Company of Atlanta

BAYOU ROOM: Donna Hopkins

BLIND WILLIE'S: Neal Pattman

BRIDGES: Piano with Bruce

CAJUN KITCHEN: The Czars

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFE: Joe Gransden

CJ'S LANDING: Open Mic

CLUB GENO'S: The Brethern

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Romeo's Delight, Royal 7, Down Curv

THE EARL: Chris Lee Band, Girl Chris, Allison Kendra Hunt

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Bonaventure Quartet with Amy Pike

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Ryan Shupe & the Rubber Band, Adam Rhinehart

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Electromatics

FUEL: The Soul Lounge

THE GRAPE AT VININGS: William Porter

KARMA: Cream

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

THE LIVING ROOM: R&B, Funk, Acid Jazz, House

MASQUERADE: Witchery, Catastrophic, Martyr A.D.

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Metropolitan Wednesdays

MJQ CONCOURSE: Mazarin, Areogramme

THE NEW BEER MUG: Ladies Nite- DJ & Dancing

9 LIVES SALOON: Bitch with special guests

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

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Daniel "Mudcat" Dudeck

THE POETRY PLANET: Bare Soul Wednesday

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Waveform with Doc Samuels, Larry Jackson, Tom Woodruff

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: An Evening with Dr. Dan

SOMBER REPTILE: LMC, Falsted, Texture

STAR BAR-L5P: JJ-180, DJ Swivel, DJ Quiz

SWEET DEVIL MOON: Mauricio Manuza

TASTY WORLD-ATHENS: Entropy, Ghost Trane (Fine and Tasty)

THREE DOLLAR CAFE-SNELLVILLE: Trivia

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Robert Mirabal

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

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: The Surprize Blues & Soul Band

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