Atlanta Music Scene

Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta’s vibrant and evolving music scene. From hot new artists to Music Midtown to shows at the Tabernacle, she’s got you covered.

Atlanta Concerts this week: Goo Goo Dolls with Collective Soul, Kraftwerk


Wolf Creek Jazz Festival

With a three-day lineup featuring Boney James, Peter White, Will Downing, Gerald Albright and Kirk Whalum — among others — the jazz fest will spotlight an impressive array for fans of smooth jazz. Visit for the full daily lineups.

With Boney James, Gerald Albright, Pieces of a Dream and David Benoit. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2. Peter White, Euge Groove, Rachelle Farrell and more. 2 p.m. Sept. 3. Will Downing, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, Rick Braun and more. 2 p.m. Sept. 4. $50-$125 each day or $125-$325 for a three-day ticket. Wolf Creek Amphitheatre, 3025 Merk Road S.W., Atlanta. 1-877-725-8849,


Terry Bozzio

Depending on your age, you might know drummer Bozzio for his work with Frank Zappa and Jeff Beck, or you might remember him as the former husband of Missing Persons frontwoman Dale Bozzio, as well as that band’s sticksman. Bozzio is, undoubtedly, a monster drummer and will have a giant kit with him for this evening of solo drum music. And, to be clear, it isn’t all pounding — Bozzio is a master musician who manages to infuse his beats with melody.

8 p.m. Sept. 3. $20-$26. City Winery, 650 North Ave., Atlanta. 404-946-3791,


Goo Goo Dolls

Touring behind their latest album, “Boxes,” the trio from Buffalo, N.Y., still packs their live shows with a parade of the hits that made them radio staples in the ’90s and early ’00s. But, even though songs such as “Iris,” “Slide” and “Name” will spark the crowd’s reactions, the Goos deserve credit for maintaining a current chart presence with moderate hits “So Alive” and “Come to Me.” They’ll be joined by Atlanta mainstays Collective Soul, who will provide their own catalog of familiarity.

With Collective Soul and Tribe Society. 7 p.m. Sept. 4. $40-$65. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,



The German electro pioneers return to the U.S. for a brief tour that will illustrate their “belief in the cooperation of both men and machine.” The quartet of Ralf Hütter, Henning Schmitz, Fritz Hilpert and Falk Grieffenhagen will perform at 3-D concerts that the group describes as “a total work of art.”

8:30 p.m. Sept. 6. $36.50-$66.50. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, .


Bad Boy Family Reunion

Although Puff Daddy founded his Bad Boy Records in 1993, he didn’t begin celebrating the 20th anniversary of the label until last year’s BET Awards, with a 20-minute medley featuring his stable of artists. Now, Puffy and his crew are on the road, commemorating the glory days of Lil’ Kim, Mase, Mario Winans, Total, Carl Thomas, the Lox and French Montana with a six-week tour.

8 p.m. Sept. 8. $29.50-$165. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, .

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and entertainment news for print and online.