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Atlanta Concerts this week: Lauryn Hill, Scorpions


Lauryn Hill

The mercurial R&B star didn’t make many friends at the Grammys this year after ditching a surprise appearance at the last minute. But Hill wouldn’t be Hill if headlines didn’t include her name. She’s been a regular presence in Atlanta lately — at last year’s OneMusic Fest and a 2014 concert at the Tabernacle — and her appearances always suggest an interesting evening ahead.

8 p.m. May 6. $30-$75. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Stephanie Mills and Jeffrey Osborne

Between them, Mills and Osborne might be responsible for the creation of several thousand babies. Their silken R&B is a mood-setter for sure, but with a combined hit list that includes “Two Hearts,” “I Feel Good All Over,” “Never Knew Love Like This Before,” “You Should Be Mine” and “Love Power,” they manage to keep toes tapping as well. With Howard Hewett.

6:30 p.m. May 7. $35-$95. Wolf Creek Amphitheatre, 3024 Merk Road S.W., Atlanta. 1-877-725-8849,


While most ’80s rock bands relied on their cheekbones (hello, Mr. Bon Jovi) or well-coiffed hair (talking to you, Bret Michaels) to strengthen their appeal, these German headbangers relied on old-fashioned guitar wizardry and thundering drums to make their mark. Yep, they can still “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” but they’ll also want to “Return to Forever” to promote their latest release. With Living Colour.

7:30 p.m. May 7. $35-$55. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

The Avett Brothers

The recently named inductees into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame released the live album “Live, Vol. Four” at the end of 2015, but fans are eagerly awaiting the band’s first album of new material since 2013. It’s tentatively expected this summer, and again features production work from Rick Rubin. Their extensive tour will keep them on the road in the U.S. through July. With Brett Dennen.

7:30 p.m. May 7. $39.50-$52.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000,

Lisa Kelly

The “Voice of Ireland” returns to a venue she frequents — likely because it’s in the same city that houses her Lisa Kelly Voice Academy. The former Celtic Woman songbird always spotlights her roots at her live performances, and it is more common than not to see her share the stage with some of her students.

8 p.m. May 7. $35-$65. Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, 201 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City. 1-877-725-8849,

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