Live music picks

By Melissa Ruggieri - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution


Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band

With Eli Young Band and Kacey Musgraves. Simply put, the megawatt country show of the summer. Chesney already proved he could rattle the roof of the Georgia Dome at his June 2012 barn burner with Tim McGraw. Now Mr. “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” returns with a new show and, at least in Atlanta, new pals sharing the bill — hometown heroes the Zac Brown Band. Can we request that they break out their fiery version of “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”?

5 p.m. Aug. 3. $39.50-$199.50. Georgia Dome, 1 Georgia Dome Dr. N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Matchbox Twenty and Goo Goo Dolls

It seems like the most obvious pairing ever, but, surprisingly, until this tour launched in June, the two radio-friendly acts never shared a bill before. Though the Goo Goo Dolls open every night, it is technically a co-headlining bill (the bands have more than 30 hits between them, so even if you aren’t a huge fan of one or the other, you’re bound to be able to sing along). Both MB20 and the Goos have new albums to support (“North” and “Magnetic,” respectively), but recent set lists demonstrate a healthy appreciation for their hits.

7 p.m. Aug. 3. $14-$95. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000.


Jonas Brothers

They’ve been replaced by One Direction on the teen heartthrob-ometer and aren’t quite at the we’re-mature-musicians-now level of Hanson, but the JoBros can always be counted on for an energetic show stocked with poppy anthems. If you haven’t seen Joe, Kevin and Nick in a few years, you might be surprised.

7 p.m. Aug. 4. $35.50-$79.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000.

American Idols Live!

It is a matter of fact, not opinion, that “American Idol” has lost some of its luster. Ten dates on this tour were canceled in June because of the catch-all “production scheduling changes” and, while the Top 12 contestants on this year’s musical summer camp outing possess plenty of talent, have you heard much buzz about Candice Glover or Kree Harrison?

7:30 p.m. Aug. 4. $33.50-$66. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 1-888-929-7849.

Crystal Bowersox

While a fresh crop of “Idol” upstarts takes the stage in Duluth, on the other side of Atlanta Bowersox, the 2010 runner-up to Lee DeWyze (we’re still not sure how that happened, either), will unleash her gutsy, bluesy vocals during two shows at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur. Her second album, “All That for This,” released in March, was just the start of a solid year for the powerhouse singer. This fall, she heads to Broadway in the starring role in “Always … Patsy Cline.”

7 and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 4. $15 (advance), $20 (at the door), $75 (reserved table for four). Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 1-877-725-8849.


The Melvins

With Honky. The punk rocker Melvins, regarded for their extreme influence on Nirvana and Soundgarden, are celebrating their 30th anniversary and supporting their April release, the covers album “Everybody Loves Sausages,” which offers remakes ranging from the Jam to the Scientists and David Bowie. Originals Buzz Osborne (vocals, guitar) and Dale Crover (drums) are still in the band, along with bassist Jared Warren and second drummer Coady Willis, both members since 2006.

8 p.m. Aug. 5. $17 (advance), $19 (at door). The Loft at Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.


Adam Ant and the Good the Mad & the Lovely Posse

With Prima Donna. When Ant performed at last fall’s Music Midtown, he unleashed punchy versions of retro faves “Stand and Deliver” and “Desperate But Not Serious” with the help of his visually entertaining band with the convoluted name. He’ll likely keep the crowd-pleasers in his set, but he’s also promoting his new album, “Adam Ant Is the Blueback Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter.” Remember when albums used to be called, like, “Pump” or “Nevermind”?

8 p.m. Aug. 6. $27 (advance) and $32 (at door). Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 404-885-1365.

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