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Atlanta Concerts this week: Butch Walker, Fifth Harmony, Drake and Future


Tori Kelly

The burgeoning singer-songwriter will take the makeshift stage after the Braves’ matchup with the Washington Nationals (first pitch is 7:10 p.m.). Kelly, who released her debut album, “Unbreakable Smile,” last year, has nicked the charts with the modest pop hits “Nobody Love” and “Should’ve Been Us.”

Concert is free with the purchase of a game ticket. A game ticket/field pit pass package is available at the website. Turner Field, 755 Hank Aaron Drive S.E., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Robin Meade

The star of HLN’s “Morning Express” is celebrating her 15th year as host of the show this fall and making her City Winery debut this weekend. Meade performs her country-tinged pop regularly in Atlanta and will be backed by Nashville’s Sixwire.

8 p.m. Aug. 20. $22-$30. City Winery, 650 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-946-3791,

Butch Walker

Georgia native Walker gives a nod to “The Outsiders” with his upcoming eighth studio album, “Stay Gold” (due Aug. 26). The forthright performer-producer used his last album, “Afraid of Ghosts,” to work through the death of his father, but returns to upbeat “greaser rock ’n’ roll” on this latest.

With the Wind + the Wave, Suzanne Santo. 8 p.m. Aug. 20. $30. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


In a recent interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seal mentioned that he’s enjoying this current run of live dates because “it’s a very groove-based, rhythmic show.” Along with fan favorites “Crazy,” “Prayer for the Dying” and “Kiss From a Rose,” expect to hear a few cover songs sprinkled throughout the set — most likely from a Seal favorite, Hall & Oates.

8 p.m. Aug. 20. $29.50-$89.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, .

Yacht Rock Revival

Break out the captain’s hats, because it’s time for the annual soiree steered not by Julie Your Cruise Director, but Atlanta’s Yacht Rock Revue. For this year’s gathering of all things lite-rock, the band has recruited another stellar lineup of musical smoothies, including Juice Newton, Ambrosia, Stephen Bishop, Peter Beckett and Ronn Moss of Player, Robbie Dupree, Matthew Wilder and a farewell performance by Atlanta’s Starbuck.

5:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $40 (21 and older only). Piedmont Park, 400 Park Drive, Atlanta. 404-249-0001,


Fifth Harmony

The quintet behind the pop hits “Worth It” and “Work From Home,” which recently garnered an MTV Video Award nomination for best collaboration video, are stocking their set list with songs from their new second album, “7/27,” as well as their debut, “Reflection.” Harmonizers, as the group’s fans are known, will be thrilled to know that the girls have an elaborate stage production to complement the music.

With JoJo and Victoria Monet. 7 p.m. Aug. 23. $25.45-$75.45. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, .


The Bacon Brothers

Michael Bacon is a TV and film composer, and his brother Kevin is, well, yes, Kevin Bacon — six degrees and all. The siblings have played together since they were kids, but joined the professional circuit in the mid-’90s with a musical style that blends country, folk and pop. Earlier this month, they released a vinyl 45 of a new song, “Driver.”

7 and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24. $40-$55. City Winery, 650 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-946-3791, .


Jill Scott

Perennial favorite Scott returns and is still promoting her summer 2015 album, “Woman,” which spawned the hits “Fool’s Gold” and “Back Together.” The R&B-singing Philadelphia native will have more reasons to smile onstage — she and beau Michael Dobson married in June.

With Georgia Me. 7 p.m. Aug. 25. $46.50-$126.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, .

Drake and Future

Drake is already having another stellar year with his “Views” album, which he will spotlight on the Summer Sixteen tour with Atlanta rapper Future (and “special guests” not yet named). Drake performed in Atlanta last fall as one of the main stage headliners at Music Midtown. Last month, he and Future publicly supported their pal Gucci Mane with a surprise appearance at Gucci’s homecoming concert at the Fox Theatre.

7 p.m. Aug. 25-26. $49.50-$179.50. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, .

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