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Atlanta Concerts this week: Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy, Meghan Trainor


Gwen Stefani

Following the success of her new album, March’s “This Is What the Truth Feels Like,” Stefani decided to embark on her first tour since 2007. “My goal is to get out there and connect with people and have this exchange of love,” she recently told reporters. Fans might want to thank a certain male country star for this reinvigorated Stefani.

With Eve. 7 p.m. July 29. $29.95-$149.95. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000,

Angie Aparo

The Atlanta singer-songwriter known for his robust voice — and for writing Faith Hill’s showcase ballad “Cry” — will perform two nights at the cozy Eddie’s Attic to record a live album. Each set will be unique and include some newer material.

With Ali Blake and Caroline Glaser. 9:30 p.m. July 29-30. $15-$20. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 1-877-725-8849,


Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson

After Georgia native Phillips won “American Idol” in 2012, he became one of the rare recent “Idol” winners to launch a successful career, thanks to the Dave Matthews-lite hits “Home,” “Gone, Gone, Gone” and “Raging Fire.” He’s working on his third studio album, while Nathanson, of “Come on Get Higher” fame, supports his latest album, “Show Me Your Fangs.”

With A Great Big World. 7 p.m. July 30. $69.50 ($67.50 for members). Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-876-5859,


Peter Frampton

Although he’s spending part of his summer sharing a bill with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Frampton’s Atlanta stop will be a solo endeavor (albeit with a full band). The guitar wizard is celebrating the 40th anniversary of his seminal “Frampton Comes Alive!” album, so fans can expect to hear the famed talkbox, as well as chestnuts such as “Do You Feel Like We Do” and “Show Me the Way.”

7:30 p.m. Aug. 2. $29.50-$82.50. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, .

Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy

Talk about a guitar lover’s conundrum: Do you go to Frampton at Cobb Energy or the awe-inspiring pairing of Beck and Guy at Chastain Tuesday night? If you opt for the latter, expect a hailstorm of expertly conjured blues. At the duo’s recent show in New York, Guy, 79, took the stage first (Beck joined him for a few minutes at the end of Guy’s set). Beck, who just released “Loud Hailer,” his first new album in six years, played with a backing band and blues-rock singer Rosie Bones.

8 p.m. Aug. 2. $35-$75. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, .


Masters of the sprightly pogo-punk-rock that smeared the airwaves in the late ’90s and early ’00s, Blink is singing a similar tune with a different voice. Matt Skiba, formerly of Alkaline Trio, replaces Tom DeLonge on vocals and guitar on the band’s new album, “California,” its first since 2011. The other key Blink-ers — vocalist-bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker — remain, tattooed and ready to rock.

With A Day to Remember and the All-American Rejects. 7 p.m. Aug. 2. $37-$97. Lakewood Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Meghan Trainor

It’s moved beyond “All About That Bass” for the songwriter-turned-performer, who was forced to cancel her Atlanta appearance last summer because of a vocal cord issue. Her second album, “Thank You,” loaded new hits in her arsenal, with the spunky “No” and “Me Too.”

With Hailee Steinfeld and Common Kings. 7 p.m. Aug. 4. $25.45-$55.45. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., 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.