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Atlanta Concerts this week: TLC, One MusicFest



Lady Antebellum

With a fifth No. 1 album (“Heart Break”), a slinky country-soul single (“You Look Good”) and a tour that will wrap its North American leg this weekend in Nashville, Lady Antebellum has enjoyed a productive 2017. In a recent interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution , the band’s Hillary Scott said the fact that band members Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood hail from Augusta means Atlanta is always a special tour stop. Also, there’s a good chance you might see her shopping in Buckhead while in town.

With Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. $26.75-$60. Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000,


I Love the ‘90s – The Party Continues

Headlined by Atlanta’s four-time Grammy-winning group TLC, this offshoot of the “I Love the ‘90s” tour is hopeful that fans will want to relish in the nostalgia of smooth, smart songs from TLC (think “Creep,” “Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs”). The tour will also feature music from Naughty by Nature, Color Me Badd, Montell Jordan and SNAP! In an interview earlier this summer with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, TLC’s Chilli Thomas said fans can expect to hear a couple of new tunes from the group’s recently released album, “TLC.” But she and T-Boz will focus on a set list highlighting beloved chart-toppers.

With TLC, Naughty by Nature, Color Me Badd, Montell Jordan, and SNAP! 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9. $19.50-$99.50. Infinite Energy Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464,

One MusicFest

The eighth installment of the One MusicFest will spotlight a lineup including Jill Scott, Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Sean Paul, Jidenna, Kaytranada, Too Short, Tank and the Bangas. A highlight of this year’s fest is that it is expected to be the final performance for Yasiin Bey. Last year the artist announced he was playing his final shows this past December and January in New York and Washington D.C., but apparently had a change of heart. Last year’s One MusicFest boasted an OutKast reunion, so there is always the possibility of an unexpected guest or two.

Noon Sept. 9. $65-$155 (note that tickets for the pit in front of the main stage are general admission, there is no assigned seating other than the main stage). Lakewood Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Toto and Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo

Between Toto and Benatar (with guitarist husband Giraldo), fans are guaranteed a set list solidly packed with hits. Toto guitarist Steve Lukather said recently that after 40 years, there is no end in sight for Toto. To that end, the band is already preparing to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2018 with a worldwide tour called “40 Trips Around the Sun” that will be complemented by a new greatest hits collection. Plan to see them back here soon.

7 p.m. Sept. 10. $55-$110. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 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.