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Atlanta Concerts this week: Martina McBride, Sting



Martina McBride

For the second leg of her “Love Unleashed” tour, the country songbird paired with CMT’s Next Women of Country and teamed with “American Idol” runner-up (and Rossville native) Lauren Alaina. McBride released her 13th studio album, “Reckless,” in April.

With Lauren Alaina. $49.75 and $59.75. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

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The 18-year-old pop singer is a newly minted Grammy winner for her collaboration with the Chainsmokers, “Don’t Let Me Down.” The past two years have been memorable for the Pittsburgh native — her debut EP also spawned the platinum-selling hit “Hide Away,” and last fall she released her full-length debut, “Sit Still, Look Pretty.”

8:30 p.m. Feb. 25. $21 (advance) and $26 (day of show). Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 1-877-987-6487,

Dan + Shay

The country duo added another round of dates to their “Obsessed” tour, which kicked off last year. Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney spent last summer on Darius Rucker’s tour, and now have a new single to follow “How Not To,” their latest from the “Obsessed” album. The guys recently unveiled the new song and video for “When I Pray for You,” from “The Shack: Music From and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture.”

With Bailey Bryan. 8 p.m. Feb. 25. Sold out. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta, 1-800-745-3000,


Arlo Guthrie

The veteran folk singer-songwriter recently circled the country for a tour celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Alice’s Restaurant,” and now he’s digging back to his late-’60s and early-’70s catalog for the “Running Down the Road” tour. Guthrie and his band promise to play the best-known cuts from “Arlo” (1968), “Running Down the Road” (1969) and “Washington County” (1970), along with other fan favorites.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 26. $35.50-$89.50. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,



The ageless musician (how does he still look the same as he did in 1986??) released his 12th album, “57th and 9th,” last fall. Fans rejoiced not only at the absence of lutes, but at the return to his mellifluous pop-rock. Sting will be joined by a three-piece band including longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, as well as Josh Freese on drums and Rufus Miller on guitar. He’ll also be fresh from a performance at the Oscars.

With Joe Sumner and the Last Bandoleros. 8 p.m. Feb. 27. Sold out. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


George Clinton with Parliament-Funkadelic

The legendary funksters will embark on a short, 10-date trek dubbed the “Mardi Gras Madness” tour (yes, they will perform on actual Mardi Gras at New York’s B.B. King Blues Club). In 2014, the band released the 33-track “First Ya Gotta Shake the Gate,” its first release in more than 30 years.

9 p.m. March 2. $36-$46 (18 and older only). Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, 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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