Atlanta Concerts: Paul McCartney, Wiz Khalifa

Get back, 'cause Macca is finally headed our way! Photo: AP/Eric Gay.
Get back, 'cause Macca is finally headed our way! Photo: AP/Eric Gay.

Credit: Melissa Ruggieri

Credit: Melissa Ruggieri

Get back, 'cause Macca is finally headed our way! Photo: AP/Eric Gay.


Australian Pink Floyd

Perhaps the most acclaimed Pink Floyd tribute band, the group has been performing since 1988 in Australia. Last year’s tour celebrated the 40th anniversary of “Dark Side of the Moon,” but for this new “Set the Controls” jaunt, fans were able to choose the songs they wanted to hear by voting on the band’s website, In addition to the 10-member band, expect a dazzling light show and multimedia effects.

8 p.m. Oct. 10. $39.50-$49.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499,

Drive-By Truckers

The Athens alt-rockers are touring behind their 10th studio album, “English Oceans,” released earlier this year, their first new album in four years. As usual, singer-guitarist Patterson Hood split songwriting duties with guitarist Mike Cooley, who also sings on a Hood-penned song. Openers St. Paul & The Broken Bones are gathering much buzz from their debut album, “Half the City Half,” a collection of Memphis-soul-meets-Motown songs that has sold more than 50,000 copies since its February release.

With St. Paul & The Broken Bones. 8 p.m. Oct. 10. $33.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Widespread Panic

The Athens-based jam rockers are some of the most impressive road warriors. Singer John Bell admitted in a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it’s “never fun to leave home.” But the magic of the music pushes him through. “When you’re playing and engaged, it’s as fun as it’s ever been. I pretty much look down or close my eyes (onstage). It helps more with the imagery with the lyrics.” Panic fans can look forward to a new release from the band likely next year.

7:30 p.m. Oct. 11. $47.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000,

Wiz Khalifa

It might be Kennesaw State University’s homecoming concert, but anyone (18 and older) is invited. Khalifa, the Pittsburgh native who burst into the hip-hop stratosphere with the 2011 homage to his city, “Black & Yellow,” has since been nominated for five Grammy Awards and recently released his fifth studio album, “Blacc Hollywood,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. The rapper has been busy on the singles chart as well, with “We Dem Boyz” and “Promises” making plenty of noise.

With Ty Dolla Sign and Lil Bibby.7 p.m. (gates open). Oct. 11. $35. Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University, 3300 George Busbee Parkway N.W., Kennesaw. 470-578-4849,


Lisa Loeb

Believe it – it’s been 20 years since “Stay” catapulted Loeb to indie-pop stardom. Not only is she responsible for the geek-chic movement in the ’90s (she also made eyewear super cool and now has her own line of products), but Loeb has branched out in recent years and embraced the world of children’s products with a couple of kid-centric albums and books. Oh, and add one more thing to her list of accomplishments: She also sells her own brand of coffee, Wake Up! Brew, named after her song, “Everybody Wake Up.”

8 p.m. Oct. 13. $20. Vinyl at Center Stage. 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Boy bands united! Jordan Knight and Nick Carter are doing their own thing. Photo: Getty Images


Nick Carter and Jordan Knight

The history between Backstreet Boy Carter and New Kids on the Block’s Knight runs deep – or at least four years. The pair’s respective groups collaborated on the album “NKOTBSB” in 2011 and a subsequent tour, but now two of the acts’ most popular members are trying their own thing. Carter and Knight, going by the stage name “Nick & Knight,” released an eponymous album in September, which moved a paltry 9,100 copies its first week. But chances are the guys’ built-in female fan base will support them in droves.

8 p.m. Oct. 14. $38.50. The Loft at Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Paul McCartney

When the venerable Beatle was forced to reschedule several of his U.S. tour dates — including Atlanta — because of a virus that felled him in May, our chests tightened just a bit. Would this mark the beginning of the end of McCartney’s almost continual touring? At age 72, were the rigors of the road understandably wearing on him? Nope. The man returned to the stage in early July and proceeded to unveil a nearly three-hour, 40-song master class in pop perfection.

8 p.m. Oct. 15. $29.50-$254. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

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