Rascal Flatts will hit Alpharetta this weekend.
Photo: Mark DeLong
Photo: Mark DeLong

Atlanta Concerts this week: Rascal Flatts, Nils Lofgren


Rascal Flatts

In 20 years, Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney have scored 17 No. 1 hits and shelves of trophies for songs such as “Bless the Broken Road,” “What Hurts the Most,” “Take Me There” and “Why Wait.” Their “Summer Playlist Tour” follows their 2017 album, “Back to Us,” as well as the new EP, “Jukebox,” which features covers of their favorite songs from Foreigner, Hall & Oates, Kenny Loggins and Huey Lewis & The News. Demarcus also just released the book, “Shotgun Angels: My Story of Broken Roads and Unshakable Hope.”

With Lee Brice and Morgan Evans. 7:30 p.m. May 25. $25-$99.50. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.



While a Styx concert will always spotlight the singalong chestnuts — “Too Much Time on My Hands,” “Rockin’ the Paradise,” “Renegade” — don’t discount the most recent work from Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips. The band’s 2017 album, “The Mission,” is an epic work, and a couple of its songs dot Styx’s setlists. But yes, “Come Sail Away” is still on there, too.

With 38 Special. 8 p.m. May 26. $35-$75. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive NW, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.

David Crosby

With a new solo album last fall (“Here If You Listen”), a 23-date tour that runs into June and an anticipated documentary arriving in July (“Remember My Name”), David Crosby is the definition of prolific. Never mind that he’s 77. Crosby, the folk-rock icon whose legacy with The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash (and sometimes Young), is forever linked to a timeless directory of songs including “Teach Your Children,” “Our House,” “Wasted on the Way,” “Southern Cross” and a couple of hundred more. He’ll perform some of them — and many new songs — with his Sky Trails Band.

8 p.m. May 26. $55-$245. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. 1-877-987-6487, ticketfly.com.

Nils Lofgren

The nimble guitarist immediately identified as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band unveiled his first studio album in eight years, “Blue with Lou,” in April. The album features five previously unheard songs co-written with the late Lou Reed and a guest shot from saxophonist Branford Marsalis.

8 p.m. May 26-27. $50-$65. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.


David Gray

The ever-adventurous British singer recently released the 11th album of his 25-year career, “Gold in a Brass Age.” While Gray is usually aligned with a folk-rock sound with hints of electronica (think the 1999 breakout, “Babylon”), his new album expands on the electronic textures. Gray named the album after a short story, “Blackbird Pie,” from Raymond Carver.8 p.m. May 28. $46-$85. Coca-Cola Roxy, 800 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, livenation.com.

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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.