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Atlanta Concerts this week: Journey, Selena Gomez


Peter Wolf

The sometimes-J. Geils Band frontman was slated to open the new City Winery Atlanta at Ponce City Market, but another round of construction delays means another round of relocated concerts. (Find a list of all of the affected shows at the Music Scene blog at Wolf will wind up at the ornate Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theatre, where he and his Midnight Travelers will perform selections from his excellent new album, “A Cure for Loneliness.” Some J. Geils favorites might make a cameo, and it’s almost certain that Wolf’s zippy bluegrass rendition of “Love Stinks” will receive a live airing.

8 p.m. June 3. $40-$55. Egyptian Ballroom at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta.

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly

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It wouldn’t be summer in Atlanta without an appearance from Frankie Beverly and Maze. This year, the R&B-soul perennials have recruited Atlanta native Gladys Knight to join the party (Knight performed at Chastain last summer with the O’Jays on board the love train). Not much changes at a Maze concert, and that’s just the way fans want it. As long as they can sing along with “Back in Stride” and “Joy & Pain,” all will be right in the world.

With Gladys Knight. 7 p.m. June 3. $59.75-$125. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Dolly Parton

The country giant is readying her first major tour in 20 years. Her Duluth show is the second date of the run, which will roll through the end of the year and coincide with the release of her 43rd album, “Pure & Simple With Dolly’s Biggest Hits.” The double-CD, due Aug. 19, features several new songs — some of which she plans to play in concert — as well as enduring fan favorites. Its title is indicative of the type of tour Parton plans to present — largely acoustic, with no ostentatious stage production, just Parton and three band members.

7:30 p.m. June 4. $55-$95. Infinite Energy Center (formerly Gwinnett Arena), 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464,

Alan Parsons Live Project

The ’70s prog-rockers known as the Alan Parsons Project, led by songwriter-producer Parsons and Eric Woolfson, turned more introspective and pop-leaning in the ’80s with hits including “Games People Play,” “Eye in the Sky” and the achingly beautiful “Time” and “Don’t Answer Me.” Years before Woolfson died in 2009, Parsons had changed the touring band’s name to Alan Parsons Live Project to distinguish it from the work he had created with Woolfson.

8 p.m. June 4. $45-$100. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 1-877-725-8849,


Cyndi Lauper

When asked in a recent interview why she decided to turn her potent vocals to country music, Lauper responded in her typical New Yawkese: “Well, why not? It was on my bucket list!” She explained that she wanted to work with music exec Seymour Stein and he suggested Lauper record a country album focusing on the 1950s and 1960s. The result is “Detour,” and while her shows will feature songs from the album such as Wanda Jackson’s “Funnel of Love” and Patsy Montana’s “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” fans also will receive their dose of hits, as well as the Prince-penned “When You Were Mine,” from her 1983 debut, “She’s So Unusual.”

With the Peach Kings. 8 p.m. June 5. $35.50-$99.50. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Ellie Goulding

It’s been four years since the blonde, British songstress introduced herself to the U.S. with the gently pulsing Top 40 track, “Lights.” Since then, she’s gone dark with “Burn,” tapped into her sensual side with “Love Me Like You Do” from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack, and explored a heavier electronic sound with “On My Mind” and “Something in the Way You Move.”

With Matt and Kim. 7 p.m. June 6. $29.50-$59.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000,


Journey and the Doobie Brothers

Multi-act classic rock bills have become a staple on the summer shed scene (as in the recent Styx, 38 Special, Don Felder collaboration) and this one, dubbed San Francisco Fest, will give fans plenty of singalong material for the night. The Doobies currently feature founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, along with John McFee, John Cowan, former Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne, drummers Tony Pia and Ed Toth and sax player Marc Russo. As for Journey, the impressive Arnel Pineda is still handling lead vocals, while Neal Schon, Ross Valory, Jonathan Cain and Steve Smith anchor the anthems.

With Dave Mason. 7 p.m. June 8. $30-$160. Lakewood Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Selena Gomez

The 23-year-old singer-actress hit the road in early May for her Revival tour, which will keep her cruising around the world through the end of the year. Current hits from last year’s “Revival” album — including “Same Old Love” and “Hands to Myself” — are featured in the show, as well as past earworms “Come and Get It” and “Who Says.”

With Bea Miller and DNCE. 7:30 p.m. June 9. $35-$96. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers the Atlanta Music Scene and entertainment news for print and online.

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