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Atlanta Concerts this week: Leon Bridges, Charlie Puth

FRIDAY

Needtobreathe 

The quartet from South Carolina is a little bit alt-rock, a little bit Southern rock and a little bit country. Their last full-length album, “Hard Love,” arrived in 2016, but in July, the guys released the four-song EP, “Forever On Your Side (Niles City Sound Sessions).” The title track charted on Christian and rock radio, so it’s safe to say they are a multi-crossover band. 

With JohnnySwim and Billy Raffoul. 7 p.m. Aug. 24. $25-$79.50. Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. 

 

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SATURDAY 

Yacht Rock Revue 

Back in its infancy, this gathering of lite-rock fans often donning nautical attire and always singing along to “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” gathered in a shade-devoid parking lot to get their smooth groove on. Now in its eighth year, the annual soiree spearheaded by Atlanta’s favorite vessel for the songs of The Little River Band, Steely Dan and other head-nodding favorites returns to the comparatively expansive venue at Chastain. Special guests this year are Denny Laine of Wings; Jeff Carlisi of 38 Special; Peter Beckett of Player; Elliot Lurie of Looking Glass; and Albert Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult. 

8 p.m. Aug. 25. $18.50-$46.50. State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive NW, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. 

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SUNDAY 

Rick Springfield 

In a summer packed with live ‘80s favorites, this is the heartiest lineup of the bunch. Springfield, who played Atlanta in December for an acoustic show, remains in peak guitar-windmilling form with his full band, plowing through chestnuts such as “Affair of the Heart” and “Love Somebody” and getting cozy with the crowd during “Human Touch.” His tourmates on this “Best in Show” tour – Loverboy, Greg Kihn and Tommy Tutone – will get the hits pumping early. 

7 p.m. Aug. 26. $35-$55. State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive NW, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. 

 

Candi Staton 

On Friday, the longtime Atlanta resident releases her new album, “Unstoppable,” which she calls a “NOW album for what we’re going through, kind of what the Staples Singers did in the ‘60s…There’s enough bad news. I just wanted to let people know to stand up and be counted and stand up for what they believe in and don't be bullied down and threatened and all that stuff.” This will be the first tour stop for the 78-year-old soul/disco/R&B singer. 

8 p.m. Aug. 26. $28-$38. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, www.citywinery.com/atlanta/. 

 

TUESDAY 

Leon Bridges 

The critically acclaimed Texas soul singer rattled attention at radio in 2015 with the hits “Coming Home” and “Smooth Sailin’.” Though his style is heavily identified with R&B reminiscent of Otis Redding, Bridges has shared concert bills with artists ranging from Pharrell Williams to Harry Styles. In May, he released his sophomore album, “Good Thing,” which features current hit, “Beyond.” 

With Masego. 8 p.m. Aug. 28. $27.50-$74. State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive NW, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. 

 

WEDNESDAY 

Charlie Puth 

In January, the young singer-songwriter braved the frigid air at Centennial Olympic Park to perform during the run-up to the College Football Playoff National Championship game. His brief set will undoubtedly be longer during this headliner show, where Puth can truly show off his lovely falsetto on songs such as “One Call Away” and his weeper with Wiz Khalifa, “See You Again.” Expect plenty of new work from his current “Voicenotes” album, including the hits “Attention” and “How Long.” 

With Hailee Steinfeld. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29. $18.75-$148. Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com. 

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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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