BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers
“The Summer of Living Dangerously” tour finds Steely Dan on its first major outing since the Sept. 27 death of band co-founder and guitarist-bassist Walter Becker. At the tour kickoff in Charlotte last weekend, Steely co-captain Donald Fagen made reference to his departed friend during the encore, while leading the band through the Dan’s ‘70s classics. The Doobie Brothers, as always, can be counted on to provide their own parade of reliable hits, such as “Black Water” and “China Grove.”
7:30 p.m. May 19. $25-$299.50. Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
Live From Here with Chris Thile
The multi-instrumentalist who cut his teeth in Nickel Creek and gained more critical acclaim with the folk-bluegrass quintet The Punch Brothers has hosted the newer version of “A Prairie Home Companion” for two years. This will be the first live Atlanta broadcast of “Live From Here” and include guests Father John Misty, Neko Case, comic Rory Albanese and Madison Cunningham.
5:45 p.m. May 19. $35-$85. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.
Willie Nelson & Family with Alison Krauss
It will be a night of gritty and glass-like vocals when these contrasting singers take the stage. Nelson unveiled a new album, “Last Man Standing,” on April 27. Krauss, who played Chastain last fall with David Gray, released her most recent solo album, “Windy City,” last year.
7:30 p.m. May 20. $30-$125. Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
The 20-year-old singer-songwriter behind the breakout debut, “American Teen,” is actually a Georgia native – he was born in Fort Stewart – but grew up around the world with a military mom. Songs such as “Young Dumb & Broke” and “Love Lies” have escalated his profile to the point of headlining arenas. The animal lover is also donating $1 donation from every ticket to local animal shelters at each tour stop.
With PrettyMuch. 8 p.m. May 22. $30.95-$60.95. Infinite Energy Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.