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Atlanta Concerts: Candler Park Music Festival, Michelle Malone



Candler Park Music and Food Festival

The two-day event has beefed up its lineup this year with a headlining trio of Drive-By Truckers, Leftover Salmon and Shovels & Rope. The alt-roots-indie-rock offering of music continues with J. Roddy Walston & the Business, the Infamous Stringdusters, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Southern Culture on the Skids, Seven Handle Circus, Cosmic Charlie (Grateful Dead tribute) and Webster.

Gates open at 4 p.m. May 29 and noon May 30. Free admission tickets are required for entry and available in advance at or at the gate, pending availability. The free ticket does not guarantee admission given the limited event space, so early arrival is suggested. Children under 16, accompanied by a ticketed adult, do not require admission tickets. Limit one per person. A $10 event wristband guarantees admission and also allows alcohol purchase and consumption for those 21 and older. A $40 VIP Experience ticket includes guaranteed admission, a reserved viewing area, private concessions and restrooms and complimentary bicycle valet. Available to those 21 and older only.


Dave Matthews Band

This is the 24th summer DMB has spent on the road — it’s also the first show of the season at Lakewood — and the band will return to the formula of last year’s tour, which also played Lakewood, and offer fans two separate sets, one acoustic, one electric. Matthews recently told Rolling Stone magazine that he’s approaching this road run with “a healthy combination of fear and excitement.”

7 p.m. May 30. $40.50-$85. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Michelle Malone

The fierce and feisty Malone is back with a new album, lucky No. 13, called “Stronger Than You Think.” Malone spent a chunk of 2014 performing with Sugarland’s Kristian Bush as part of his solo touring band and co-wrote the tune “When I Grow Up” with him on the new record. Amy Ray also joined Malone for a co-write and appearance on “I Don’t Wanna Know.” Since her Eddie’s Attic gig is an album release, you never know who might pop up onstage.

9:30 p.m. May 30. $22 (general admission advance), $26 (general admission at the door); $110 (reserved table for four). Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 1-877-725-8849,

Glenn Phillips Band

Atlanta institution Phillips is celebrating the 40th anniversary rerelease of his first album, “Lost at Sea,” and reuniting the band that recorded it. Fans will also be treated to hearing the album played live in its entirety for the first time. Those too young to remember might be interested to learn that upon hearing “Lost at Sea,” then-Virgin Records honcho Richard Branson flew to Atlanta in 1975 to sign Phillips as his first American artist on the label. Phillips will also perform rarely played songs from his second album, “Swim in the Wind.”

8 p.m. May 30. $15-$18. Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main St., Duluth. 404-478-2749,


Shelby Lynne

The Virginia-born, Alabama-raised Lynne came closest to mainstream success with her outstanding 2000 album, “I Am Shelby Lynne,” highlighted by the visceral Southern soul of songs “Your Lies” and “Gotta Get Back.” Lynne will perform that benchmark album in its entirety, as well as give fans a full listen to her new album, “I Can’t Imagine,” released earlier this month.

8 p.m. May 31. $30. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Jimmy Buffett

Last May, Buffett scaled down his island adventures and brought his show to Chastain Park Amphitheatre (he’s been a Lakewood staple for years). For a few of his dates on the “Workin’ n’ Playin’” tour — like this one — Buffett is bringing his tunes of sand, surf and booze indoors. This will mark his first appearance playing the arena in Gwinnett. This is also the year that Buffett celebrates the 40th anniversary of his “A1A” album, which includes the hit “A Pirate Looks at Forty.”

8 p.m. June 2. $36-$136. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 1-888-929-7849,


Barry Manilow

After four decades, one of the greatest songwriters in modern music is calling it quits for the road. Manilow’s “One Last Time!” tour will wrap in his hometown of Brooklyn, N.Y., on June 17, but first, there are anthems to be sung and smiles to be shared as he and his 13-piece band deliver his trove of well-worn classics. Manilow also recently launched an instrument drive for Gwinnett County Public Schools. Anyone who donates a new or gently used musical instrument will receive a pair of free tickets (with pre-selected seat locations) for his Gwinnett Arena concert. The venue will serve as the headquarters for the instrument drive through June 4. The instrument drop-off center is open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

With Dave Koz. 7:30 p.m. June 4. $19.75-$129.75. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 1-888-929-7849,

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