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Atlanta Concerts this week: Run the Jewels, Charlie Puth


Charlie Puth

The New Jersey singer-songwriter broke through last year with the ubiquitous hit he shared with Wiz Khalifa, “See You Again,” from “Furious 7.” But the singer-songwriter-producer — who is determined to keep the focus on musical integrity — continues to visit the charts with follow-up hits, including “One Call Away” and “We Don’t Talk Anymore” (with Selena Gomez), both from his debut album, “Nine Track Mind.”

With Joel Adams and Hailey Knox. 7:31 p.m. Oct. 1. $25. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Project Pabst

The Atlanta debut of the festival spotlights the only local show of the year from Run the Jewels, as well as a set from fellow hometown favorites Mastodon. The Atlanta gathering is the third festival date for the Project Pabst concert series — Denver and Portland played host to events earlier this year, and Philadelphia will close out the series Oct. 8. Also on the bill: Santigold, NOFX, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, the Internet, Real Estate, Titus Andronicus and more. Along with two main outdoor stages, the Earl and 529 will offer additional live music.

Noon Oct. 1. $55 (21 and older). East Atlanta Village, Flat Shoals Avenue S.E. and Glenwood Avenue S.E., Atlanta.

Many Rivers to Cross

It’s an ambitious undertaking, producing a festival that blends music with a call for racial and social justice. But the inaugural Many Rivers to Cross music and arts fest, created by Harry Belafonte’s social justice organization, aims to attract those interested in discourse, as well as music lovers, with a lineup including Dave Matthews, Carlos Santana, T.I., Macklemore and Public Enemy. Belafonte’s daughter Gina, who is co-director of, likens it to Woodstock meets “We Are the World” 2.0.

Noon Oct. 1-2. Limited offer: $40 for two-day general admission; $85 single-day general admission, $200 single-day VIP; $350 two-day VIP. Bouckaert Farm, 9445 Browns Lake Road, Fairburn. 1-877-987-6487,


Rae Sremmurd

This is the first headlining tour for New Orleans duo Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi, who are supporting their new sophomore album, “SremmLife 2.” The sometime Atlanta residents will be joined by hometowner Lil Yachty, who unveiled a new 15-song mixtape called “Summer Songs 2” in July.

8 p.m. Oct. 2. $35. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Eric Johnson

The guitar wizard is hitting the road to support his first acoustic solo album, “EJ.” While Johnson is known for his guitar pyrotechnics and intricate technique, he’s turning more introspective on his latest release, which includes nine original songs and four covers, including Simon & Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair,” on which he plays piano.

8 p.m. Oct. 6. $20-$35. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

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