AMG Weekend Picks: Noot D’Noot, Cowboy Junkies, The B-52s, Soulphonics and More!

It’s been a scorcher of a week, and now we’re in the final sprint for the weekend! There’s a great selection of gigs coming up in the next few days, from local rock to returning legends. And of course there is the matter of a certain little on sale for Guided By Voices on Saturday morning (get your tickets HERE).

Thursday, July 22 – Joan Armatrading at Variety Playhouse

Legendary folk singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading is in a league of her own, and will command the complete attention from the whole audience in Variety Playhouse, so be prepared to get immersed in her unique storytelling style.

Friday, July 23 – Noot D’Noot at The EARL

Atlanta’s favorite 10-to-12-piece funk fusion group, Noot D’Noot will be joined by local disco-punk rockers Judi Chicago for the last time in a while, as Judi Chicago is going away for a while (one of them is off to New York, and they’ll all be searing for the “New Sound” apparently). Not to mention the fact that it’s Noot D’Noot’s album release party, so it’ll be a hugely fun shindig for all.

Friday, July 23 – Melissa Etheridge at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

A true survivor, Melissa Etheridge has been proving to be a tough girl, making it through breast cancer, separation with two partners and motherhood. See the fighter play her award-winning music and be inspired.

Saturday, July 24 – Cowboy Junkies at Variety Playhouse

Although the Canadian group reached their peak (sales-wise) in the ’90s, Cowboy Junkies‘ blend of blues, country, folk, rock and jazz has kept a loyal fan-base following all their subsequent releases, and their Saturday show will surely fill the house.

Saturday, July 24 – The B-52s at The Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater

What can’t be said about Georgia heroes The B-52s? Big wigs, big sounds, big dances, big personalities – we love this band’s southern-fried take on New Wave, which continuously comes back to the playlist time and time again. Shimmy the night away to “Rock Lobster,” “Love Shack,” “Rome” and loads more down in Peachtree City Saturday night.

Saturday, July 24 – Soulphonics & Ruby Velle at The EARL

The lovely Ruby Velle and her Soulphonics have been taking Atlanta by storm with their kick-ass blend of funk, soul and R&B. And with a opening set by Weapons of Audio, who play their last show as an Atlanta-based band, since they are following Judi Chicago’s Travis Thatcher to New York, you need to get yourself to this night of melding sounds and a whole lotta cool.


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