Atlanta Concerts this week: Blackberry Smoke, Kristian Bush, Lady Gaga


Blackberry Smoke

The Atlanta swamp-rockers return for the fifth edition of their annual benefit show, which, over the years, has generated more than $150,000 for children’s cancer research. The band is supporting its latest album, “Like an Arrow.”

With Jason & the Scorchers. 8 p.m. Nov. 24. $39.50-$59.50. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith

In what has become an annual tradition, the two titans of contemporary Christian music are spreading Christmas warmth through their extensive catalogs of holiday songs. They’re joined again this year by Jordan Smith, the season nine winner of “The Voice,” as well as the Georgia Symphony Orchestra and will incorporate songs from their most recent releases – Grant’s “Tennessee Christmas,” Michael W. Smith’s “The Spirit of Christmas” and Jordan Smith’s “Tis the Season.”

With Jordan Smith and the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. $39.50-$150. Infinite Energy Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464,


Kristian Bush

Even though he’s officially back with Sugarland partner Jennifer Nettles, the amiable Bush is staying true to his annual holiday tradition with a quartet of shows over two days. The round-robin-style setup on Sunday will allow longtime Zac Brown Band collaborator Wyatt Durrette and Nashville singer-songwriter Chris Gelbuda to showcase their talents, while Monday’s shows will feature Bush solo…unless any special guests pop in.

6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 26 with Wyatt Durrette and Chris Gelbuda; 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 27. Bush solo $25-$32. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 1-877-725-8849,


Lady Gaga

If her solid performance on the “American Music Awards” earlier this week was an indication, Gaga has bounced back fiercely from the pain issues that forced the postponement of the European leg of her “Joanne” tour earlier this fall. Expect to hear a full range of her catalog, from “Just Dance” (which seems like forever ago in 2008) to the “Joanne” corker “A-Yo.”

7:30 p.m. Nov. 28. Sold out. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Dead & Company

Indeed, the collection of Grateful Dead guitarist-singer Bob Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann; keyboardist Jeff Chimenti; former Allman Brothers bassist Oteil Burbridge and John Mayer attracts massive interest, considering the gang just sold out Lakewood this summer. Apparently, fans’ devotion runs as long as the band’s songs.

7 p.m. Nov. 29. $75-$570. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

98 Degrees

The quartet of Nick Lachey, Jeff Timmons, Drew Lachey and Justin Jeffre released a new Christmas album, “Let It Snow,” in October, a follow-up 18 years after their first holiday offering, “This Christmas.” The sure-to-be-wearing-tight-sweaters hunks will perform festive songs from those albums, along with ’90s-era hits such as “The Hardest Thing” and “Invisible Man.”

7:30 p.m. Nov. 29. $39.50-$89.50. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.