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Atlanta Concerts this week: Pitbull with Enrique Iglesias, John Mellencamp



Chicago and the Doobie Brothers

Chicago trombonist James Pankow said the band recently enjoyed a celebratory dinner to commemorate its 50th anniversary and, like many veteran acts, acknowledged that he never knows when a tour might be the final one. Fans of both Chicago and their touring mates of the summer, the Doobie Brothers, will receive the ideal scenario – each band performing a separate set and then hitting the stage together for an encore of songs from their respective catalogs.

7:30 p.m. June 23. $25-$125. Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000,


Sheryl Crow

On her 10th studio album, “Be Myself,” Crow re-visits the breezy pop that established her as a dominant voice of the mid-‘90s with robust albums such as her self-titled tour-de-force and “The Globe Sessions.” Crow, who detoured more down a country lane with 2013’s “Feels Like Home,” is back to incisive, topical lyrics couched in guitars on this current release – though fans can be assured that her set list sprints across her entire nearly-25-year recording career.

8 p.m. June 25. $34-$104. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias

The bromance between the two Latin-American superstars remains strong, as they bring their dual catalogs to Duluth for the third time in seven years ( last summer Pitbull simmered with Prince Royce at Philips Arena ). A party is always guaranteed when Mr. Worldwide is onstage with his slight, albeit infectious, pop hits (“Fireball,” “Timber,” “Don’t Stop the Party”), while Iglesias remains a master of the smoldering come-on while crooning “Bailando,” “Hero” and his current international smash, “Súbeme La Radio.”

With CNCO. 7:30 p.m. June 25. $29.95-$139.95. Infinite Energy Center 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. (770) 626-2464,


John Mellencamp

After a lengthy, successful run with his “Plain Spoken” tour, which played the Fox Theatre in 2015, Mellencamp has recruited a couple of old friends to join him on this “Sad Clowns & Hillbillies” run. During a recent interview with Howard Stern , Mellencamp expressed apprehension at predominantly playing outdoor venues for the first time in ages. Good luck, buddy.

With Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter. 7:30 p.m. June 27. $55.50-$245. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Vans Warped Tour

The 23rd installment of the Vans Warped Tour presented by Journeys is a raucous mashup of legacy acts and up-and-comers. Leading the lineup are Sick of It All, CKY, GWAR, the Adolescents, Strung Out, T.S.O.L., Hatebreed, Emmure, Anti-Flag and the Ataris. Some of the contemporary acts include American Authors, Andy Black, Beartooth and Dance Gavin Dance. The event takes place in the parking lot and the main stage and is completely general admission.

11 a.m. June 29. $42.50-$52.50. Lakewood Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. Lakewood Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way, 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.