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Atlanta Concerts this week: Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash, Frankie Valli


Anthony Hamilton and Fantasia

The soulful duo originally planned only a few dates together, but their joint outing was so successful that more shows, including Atlanta, were added. Brace yourselves for a “Proud Mary” cover from Fantasia and lots of “Cool” from Hamilton.

7:30 p.m. June 17. $41.50-$125. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499,

Atlanta Fest

The biggest Christian music festival in Atlanta launched Thursday, but there are plenty of heavyweights performing over the weekend. MercyMe, Natalie Grant and Danny Gokey highlight the Friday lineup, while Saturday will see Jeremy Camp, Tenth Avenue North and Building 429 take the stage. Other performers include Matt Hammitt and Atlanta’s OBB Friday and the Afters and Audio Adrenaline Saturday.

June 17-18. 10:30 a.m. $35 (daily ticket) or $85 (multi-day pass). Strong Rock Christian School, 4200 Strong Rock Parkway, Locust Grove. 1-888-407-6896,


Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash

The radio station’s 21st Birthday Bash is front-loaded with home talent, as T.I., Jeezy, Migos and Rich Homie Quan share the bill with Kevin Gates. Surprises are always expected (Nicki Minaj popped by last year). The radio station also will hold a block party with live performances Saturday afternoon at Centennial Olympic Park.

7 p.m. June 18. $10.79-$189. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Amplify Decatur

This outdoor festival not only will raise money for Decatur Cooperative Ministry, which helps families facing homelessness find stable homes and build healthy lives, it also has cobbled a noteworthy lineup. The Milk Carton Kids, Elephant Revival, Penny & Sparrow and Eliot Bronson will perform during the evening ticketed portion of the event. From noon to 3 p.m., music fans can experience the sounds of the Bitteroots, the Dammages, Kristen Englenz and Magic Birds in the same location for free.

5 p.m. June 18. $30-$100. Outside the MARTA plaza on the Decatur Square.

Brit Floyd

The well-regarded Pink Floyd tribute band is in the midst of its Space and Time PT2 Continuum World Tour. One of the band’s hallmarks is its attention not only to the musical detail of Pink Floyd, but its elaborate multimedia stage show. For this new round of dates, Brit Floyd has expanded its stage production as well as crafted a new light show and video design. On the music side, Brit Floyd will perform “Echoes” in its entirety, among other classics.

8 p.m. June 18. $31.50-$54.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499,


Kenny Rogers

The country icon’s the Gambler’s Last Deal tour will roll through the end of the year after launching May 13 in Minnesota. He will be joined by Linda Davis (“Does He Love You”) on all of his U.S. dates. The concerts will be packaged as a retrospective of Rogers’ 50-year career, enhanced with vintage photos and never-before-seen video clips. The singer plans to present all of his hits, but also perform songs that he hasn’t done in years.

8 p.m. June 19. $30.50-$60.50. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

“Weird Al” Yankovic

If you didn’t catch the Prince of Parody on his Mandatory Fun tour when he and his accordion rolled through Chastain last summer, it’s kind of, well, mandatory to see him during Round 2. Yankovic’s “Mandatory Fun” album, released in 2014, was the first comedy album in more than 40 years to hit No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and the first comedy album to debut in the top slot. The release, which included the instant classic “Word Crimes,” won a Grammy last year for best comedy album. Yankovic also is co-host and bandleader for the fifth season of IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!” show, which recently began its new season.

7:30 p.m. June 19. $49.50-$79.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499,

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

The enduring success of "Jersey Boys" has guaranteed that the music of Valli and the Four Seasons will live on through a couple of more generations. Now 82, the Newark-born Valli is steadily touring into next year and bringing a cavalcade of hits with him. Recent shows have included fan favorites such as "Grease," "My Eyes Adored You," "Sherry" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." Valli has toured with this version of the Four Seasons - Todd Fournier, Brian Brigham, Brandon Brigham, and Landon Beard - since 2008.

7:30 p.m. June 19. $65-$105. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, .



The Atlanta hip-hop star has struggled to reach the success he achieved a few years ago with the pop-tinged “Airplanes,” “Magic” and “So Good,” but he’s still grinding. Last summer, he released a “special project” called “Psycadelik Thoughtz” and, a few months ago, he issued a new tune, “Roll Up,” with Marko Penn.

With Scotty ATL and London J. 9 p.m. June 23. $15-$20. The Loft at Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 1-877-725-8849,

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