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Friday, May 28, 2010

Chad Rad's weekend concert picks May 28 - 29

Fri., May 28 -- Dream brothers Gil Mantera and the Ultimate Donny wield the cutting edge of electro, synth-pop party soundtracks with a soft-focus image and a white leather disposition. The Party Dream's sound is a breezy, dance floor throwback to the Miami Vice decade that's cut from a cloth of vibrant, '80s pop beats and over-the-top sex jam crooning that takes shape in a scene of feathered hair, big bass and billowing clouds of smoke machine ambiance. Guyliner and Sunbears open the show. $10. 9 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950.

Fri., May 28 -- The Letters Organize, Whores, Wolves and Jackals. $?. 9 p.m. 529. 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769.

Fri., May 28-Sat., May 29 -- Memorial Day weekend is upon us once again, which means it's time for BUBBAPALOOZA. The Star Bar's annual redneck rock 'n' roll and hillbilly punk throwdown fires up to raise funds for the family of founder Gregory Dean Smalley, who died from complications related to HIV several years back. Brace yourself for a weekend of performances from the Blacktop Rockets, Slim Chance & the Convicts, Dex Romweber Duo, Charlie Pickett and dozens of others. And don't forget, there's gonna be a whole mess of barbecue courtesy of Slope's in the vinyl lounge. $10-$15. Fri., 9 p.m.; Sat., 6 p.m. Star Bar. 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018.

click to enlarge Photo courtesy Jeffrey Bützer
  • Photo courtesy Jeffrey Bützer

Sat., May 29 – Innocent When You Dream: The music of Tom Waits, featuring performances by Big Eyed Beans from Venus (Capt. Beefheart Tribute), Jeffrey Bützer & the Bicycle Eaters.

Tom Cheshire (All Night Drug Prowling Wolves, West End Motel) and Jeffrey Bützer (Jeffrey Bützer and the Bicycle Eaters, Midwives) will be joined by George Wallace (a Fight to The Death): guitar, banjo -- T.T. Mahony (Standard 8): piano, organ --William J. Brigsby: bass -- Claire Lodge: guitar, melodica.

The combo will perform songs from the Waits catalog ranging from favorites "Hoist That Rag" and "I don't Wanna Grow Up" to the slightly obscure "Just the Right Bullets", keeping some of the tunes faithful to the original versions and putting their own spin on others. So bring an umbrella, your leather boots, a bible and some rope.

$8. 9 p.m. The Earl. 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950.

Sat., May 29 – Psychedelic Furs, She Wants Revenge. $26.50. 8 p.m. Masquerade.

Sat., May 29 – Neil Young, Bert Jansch. $75-$225 (cough). 9 p.m. The Fox Theatre. 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100.

Sat., May 29 -- Mondo Homo has a whole day of musical performances from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m., covering everything from hip-hop and disco to punk, electro and rock and roll, all under the direction of Sissy Nobby.

2-4 p.m. Le Sexoflex, Athens Boys & Sissy Nobby

4-6 p.m. Cat Eyez, Nefertiti & Diamond Lil Band

6-8 p.m. Dangerous Ponies & 8 Inch Betsy

8-10 p.m. Shunda K & Spooky Qs

10 p.m.-12 a.m. Skim Village, Dirty Excuse & Invincible (& Special Guests)

Watch more videos from acts performing this year.

$15. 2 p.m. – 1 a.m. Eyedrum, 290 MLK Jr. Drive SE. 404-522-0655.

Sat., May 29 – WonderRoot 2 year Anniversary Party. House Cats, Buffalo Bangers, Untied States and the Back Pockets. $5. 8 p.m. (after the Bike Race). WonderRoot. 982 Memorial Dr. 404.254.5955.

Sat., May 29-Sun., May 30. And last but not least, The Atlanta Jazz Fest is going on in Piedmont Park. Free. Sat.-Sun., 2-10 p.m. 400 Park Drive.

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