BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
The ginger Brit seems like such an affable guy, you can only cheer his success. His “÷” album (pronounced “Divide”) has spawned “Shape of You” — his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 — and the arguably stronger “Castle on the Hill,” which entered the charts at No. 6. That feat crowned him as the first artist to have two singles make simultaneous Top 10 debuts in the 58-year history of the Hot 100 chart. Tour mate James Blunt, of “You’re Beautiful” fame, recently told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that opening for Sheeran is “the best gig in the world.”
With James Blunt. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25-26. $39.50-$99.50. Infinite Energy Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464, www.infiniteenergycenter.com.
The Louisiana blues man turned 81 in July, but he’s still incredibly active. He released “Born to Play Guitar” in 2015, and the following year picked up a best blues album Grammy for his efforts. He’s also been hopscotching around the country all summer with a simple message - to keep the blues alive.
With Quinn Sullivan. 8 p.m. Aug. 25. $47.50 ($45.50 for members). Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-876-5859, www.atlantabg.org.
As long as Ms. LaBelle is taking the stage, we’ll be singing “Voulez vous coucher avec moi,” along with her as soon as she slides into “Lady Marmalade.” The Godmother of Soul, 73, is as vital as ever. In recent years she competed on “Dancing with the Stars,” played a guest role on “Empire” (as herself, of course), shared her wisdom on NBC’s “The Voice,” has built a pie kingdomand, in May, released her first jazz album, “Bel Hommage.” But no worries, she’s still belting “New Attitude” and “On My Own” in concert.
8 p.m. Aug. 26. $45. Wolf Creek Amphitheater, 3025 Merk Road SW, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com.
You know you’ve achieved greatness when your career stats include the fact that 56 of your songs landed on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998, making you second only to Aretha Franklin among female singers with the most hits. Warwick, 76, is a replacement performer for Paul Anka, who had to pull out of his scheduled date at The Fred earlier this summer. But with her stash of Burt Bacharach favorites (“Alfie,” “What the World Needs Now,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart”) and her other slinky favorites ready to roll, there shouldn’t be any complaints.
8 p.m. Aug. 26. $50-$100. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 1-877-725-8849, www.ticketalternative.com.