Weekend Picks 7/25-7/27: O’Brother, Michael Bolton, and more!

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It’s already the last weekend of July! We picked 10 shows for you to attend this weekend, but to find the full list click here.

Friday, July 25th

Mel Tillis @ Mill Town Music Hall

Country music legend, Mel Tillis, started performing in the early 50’s with a group called The Westerners while serving as a baker in the United States Air Force. Mel Tillis has been in the music/entertainment business now for 50 plus years.

Tickets are $30. Doors open at 6:30pm. Online, phone and outlet sales close at 4pm.

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Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ @ Smith’s Olde Bar

Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ is the only band to share a stage with Lynyrd  Skynyrd, Sonic Youth AND Neil Young  in the same twelve-month period. Drivin’ N’ Cryin’s Whisper Tames the Lion was the lowest debut in the Billboard Top 200 albums chart the same week that Dark Side of the Moon fell off that chart for the first time since its release.

General admission tickets start at $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the show. Show starts at 8pm.

**There is another show on Saturday at the same time and place**

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O’ Brother @ The Drunken Unicorn

Comfort zones are overrated—just ask the five members of the Atlanta-based rock outfit O’Brother. When they decamped from their home turf in early 2013 to take over a rented house on wintry Long Island, the idea wasn’t just to update the hard-edged sound they’d achieved on their debut full-length Garden Window with producer Mike Sapone. Also, right from the opening ambient guitar strains of the leadoff track “Come into the Divide,” there’s a confident and resolute intention behind O’Brother’s new sound!

Premium reserved tickets are $15. Show starts at 9pm. Online and phone sales close at 4pm.

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Saturday, July 26th

The Artist ElJay @ The Loft

El-jay Williams Jr. (born December 18, 1983), known mononymously as ElJay, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and actor. ElJay started his journey to fame in the late 1990s as a choreographer for Good Life Entertainment.

General admission seats are  $20 in advance and $25 day of show. Doors open at 6:30pm. Online and phone sales close at 5:30pm day of show.

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Michael Bolton @ The Fred

Michael Bolton, the multiple Grammy Award-winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist, who has sold more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide, continues to tour the world every year, all while writing, recording and taping for a wide array of projects spanning music, film, television and theater

General admission is $50. Doors open at 7pm. Online and phone sales close at 4pm day of show.

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Voodoo Visionary @ Vinyl

Voodoo Visionary is an improvisational funk/dance band from Atlanta, GA. Deep grooving bass, funky ever-changing drum beats, smooth rhythm lines, and screaming guitar solos come together to create a sound the group calls psychofunk. Voodoo Visionary has a uniquely blended sound that’s guaranteed to put the boogie in your shoes.

General admission tickets are $7 in advance and $10 day of show. Doors open at 8pm. Online and phone sales close at 6pm day of show.

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The Fresh and Onlys @ 529

San Francisco’s Fresh & Onlys are back, following up 2012’s stunning Long Slow Dance with Soothsayer, a special digital and 12” vinyl installment release. “Strong”, “solid” or “dependable” might not be the most buzz-worthy words in the current musical zeitgeist, but in an age where so many bands are masking songs with muddied production and studio trickery, it’s refreshing to hear some truly great songwriting and musicianship shine through.

General admission tickets are $10. Doors open at 9pm. Online and phone sales close at 6pm day of show.

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Sunday, July 27th

Songs of Water @ Eddie’s Attic

Songs of Water’s distinct and evocative sound carries roots from the most ancient of cultures. This seven-piece ensemble delicately blends instrumentation from across the globe in a uniquely American context. The uncommon use of the hammered dulcimer melodically leads many of the group’s instrumental pieces, followed by the resonance of various acoustic instruments and a brooding foundation of heavy percussion. Layers of orchestral strings and sparse vocals create a cinematic appeal to the otherwise raw expression of musical composition.

Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 at the door. Table seats are $10 and must be purchased in multiples of 4. Doors open at 6pm. Online and phone sales close at 3pm.

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Hero the Band @ Smith’s Olde Bar

It’s a true “family affair!”.  Atlanta pop rockers Hero the Band consists of four blood brothers who are all multi talented and focused together on one big dream. Justin Barnett, Jerramy Barnett, DJ Barnett, and Nick Barnett were raised in a musically inclined family where their parents, several uncles, aunts, cousins, and grandparents sang. With music in their blood, the brothers started singing in their church at an early age, and eventually formed Hero the Band in 2008.

Tickets are $10. Starts at 8pm. Online and phone sales close at 2pm.

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Park Pet Supply 15th Anniversary w/ Rod Hamdallah

Rod’s original musical elements are rooted in Blues, Garage Rock and Early Country. Low-fidelity, dark storytelling and Eerie American Folk Music make up the songwriting process. Rod’s original musical elements are rooted in Blues, Garage Rock and Early Country. Low-fidelity, dark storytelling and American Roots Music play a big part in the song writing.

Tickets are $7. Doors open at 8pm. Online and phone sales close at 6pm.

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