Singer-songwriter Estelle returns to Atlanta. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Atlanta Concerts this week: Estelle, Babyface with Keith Sweat

FRIDAY

John McCutcheon 

The Wisconsin native has been revered in folk-music circles since the mid-‘70s and he hasn’t lost his desire to craft songs that are motived by politics and social issues. Last year he released “Ghost Light,” his 39th studio album, on which he plays hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulcimer and fiddle.

7 p.m. Feb. 8. $25-$30. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 1-877-987-6487, www.eddiesattic.com

SATURDAY

G. Love and Special Sauce

It’s been 25 years since Garrett “G. Love” Dutton and his Special Sauce mates – Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens and Jimmy “Jazz” Prescott – began touring and recording. Their funky blend of blues, rock, hip-hop and jazz have kept them indefinable since their 1994 self-titled debut album. Though they gained a college radio following with “Cold Beverage” and “Baby’s Got Sauce,” the band has always been more about their live shows than the charts. 

With Ron Artis II and The Truth. 8:30 p.m. Feb. 9. $24-$39. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. 1-877-987-6487, www.ticketfly.com

MONDAY

Estelle 

In 2009, the British soul/hip-hop/dance singer won a Grammy for her collaboration with Kanye West, the sumptuous “American Boy.” She captured the U.S. R&B charts a few more times over the years with “Thank You” and “Conqueror” (featuring Jussie Smollet) and in September landed in the Top 5 of Billboard’s reggae album chart with her current release, “Lovers Rock,” the backdrop for this “Experience Lovers Rock Live” tour.

8 p.m. Feb. 11 Sold out (wait list available). City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791,  www.citywinery.com/atlanta/

THURSDAY 

Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Keith Sweat 

There will be much crooning and swooning when the two suave R&B stars team for the Valentine’s Day pairing they’ve dubbed “Lovers and Friends.” Babyface has written and produced more than two dozen No. 1 R&B hits in his career and New Jack Swing king Sweat has a string of hits dating to the late-‘80s as well.

With MC Lightfoot. 8 p.m. Feb. 14. $60-$150. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, www.foxtheatre.org

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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.  
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