George Strait, shown performing in Tennessee, will return to Atlanta wtih a performance at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on March 30, 2019. He’s sharing the bill with Chris Stapleton and other rising country stars. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Country Rising/Getty Images)

Atlanta spring concert preview: George Strait, Kelly Clarkson, Kiss, Greta Van Fleet included on the docket

Farewells will be shouted (Kiss, Ozzy), familiar faces cheered (Al Green, Hootie) and new kids evaluated (Lil Baby, Blackpink).

As usual, the slate of spring concerts is a diverse array of arena and theater-fillers, with a few amphitheater shows peeking through early in the season as well.

To keep up with the ever-growing inventory, make sure to check out Live Music Picks and Hot Tix every week in Go Guide and the Atlanta Music Scene at AJC.com for complete listings of updated concert information. Unless otherwise noted, tickets to all concerts can be purchased at ticketmaster.com and by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Here is a look at 25 of the many live music options (festivals excluded) fans can attend:

Kacey Musgraves. Some flinched when the country singer-songwriter’s name was called as the album of the year winner at last month’s Grammy Awards, disappointed that the trophy wasn’t bestowed on an edgier fare. But guess what? “Golden Hour” is undoubtedly a career milestone for the quietly cool Musgraves. And those other three Grammys she earned? Yeah, also deserved. 8 p.m. March 22-23. Sold out. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta.

Muse. Regarded as one of the most visually arresting live bands, the British rock trio is touring in support of its eighth studio album, “Stimulation Theory,” and will be on the road through October. With Walk the Moon. 7:30 p.m. March 26. $63-$399. State Farm Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta.

The ever-busy Kelly Clarkson will visit Infinite Energy Arena in late March.

Kelly Clarkson. Between her judging stint on “The Voice” and an NBC talk show slated for fall, Clarkson is so busy that it’s suggested to catch the powerhouse pop singer on a stage while you can. With Kelsea Ballerini and Brynn Cartelli. 7 p.m. March 28. $25-$89. Infinite Energy Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464, www.infiniteenergycenter.com.

George Strait. Although the King of Country formally retired from touring in 2012, he still loves playing live for at least a few shows a year. The 66-year-old, black-hatted Texan astutely teamed with one of country’s most beloved newish-comers, Chris Stapleton, for his first visit to Atlanta since 2014’s “Cowboy Rides Away” tour. With Chris Janson and Ashley McBryde. 4 p.m. March 30. Sold out. Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 1414 Andrew Young International Boulevard NW, Atlanta.

Jackson Browne. The folk-rocker behind classics such as “Doctor My Eyes,” “Running on Empty” and “Somebody’s Baby” will perform an acoustic show with help from longtime bandmates and singers Alethea Mills, Chavonne Stewart and Greg Leisz. 8 p.m. April 1. $49.50-$99.50. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.

George Clinton performed at One Musicfest in September 2018 (shown), and will bring the funk to Atlanta one final time in April. Photo: Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Eye of Ramsess Media

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. We thought that Clinton’s September performance at One Musicfest would be his final Atlanta appearance, but this time, it really is goodbye for the legendary funk master. At 77, he is indeed ready to retire from touring and will do it in his usual inimitable style with the Parliament-Funkadelic collective. 8 p.m. April 4. $42-$72. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

The Millennium Tour with B2K. It isn’t only the Backstreet Boys making an arena comeback this year. B2K (Omarion, Boog, Fizz and Raz-B) incited female pandemonium in the early 2000s with hits “Bump, Bump, Bump” and “Gots Ta Be,” and now they’re back with Mario, Pretty Ricky, Lloyd, Bobby, V, Ying Yang Twins and Chingy. 8 p.m. April 4-5. $62.50-$286.50. State Farm Arena.

Rosanne Cash. The Americana songstress released the deeply felt “She Remembers Everything” last year. Of the female narratives in the new songs, Cash says, “Time is shorter. I have more to say.” 8 p.m. April 6. $40-$65. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta.

Kiss says goodbye to Atlanta with an April 7 concert at State Farm Arena. Photo: Getty Images

Kiss. It’s been a social media firestorm since the tour kickoff fostered doubt as to whether Paul Stanley is singing live. But did you ever go to a Kiss concert for the stellar vocals? The band, on what is really, truly, most definitely its farewell tour, still brings the flash and the singalong rockers (“Detroit Rock City,” “Heaven’s on Fire”). No apologies needed. 7:30 p.m. April 7. $84.50-$1,000.State Farm Arena.

Todd Rundgren. He’s calling it the first hybrid concert/book tour to celebrate both the hits and deep tracks of his 50-year career, as well as his autobiography, “The Individualist: digressions, dreams and dissertations.” The tour launches in Atlanta, and Rundgren will also sign copies of his book from 2-4 p.m. April 11 at the Buckhead Barnes & Noble. 8 p.m. April 10-11. $45.50-$271.50. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta.

Whitesnake. It’s too easy to say here they go again, but…well…if it fits. The hard rockers fronted by David Coverdale are appreciated for ‘80s guitar hits “Still of the Night,” “Is This Love” and, yes, “Here I Go Again” (now heard in a GEICO commercial near you). But the band will also release a new album, “Flesh & Blood,” on May 10. With The Black Moods. 8 p.m. April 20. $27.50-$199 (no coolers or carry-ins allowed). Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive NW, Atlanta.

Dungeon Family Reunion Tour. With a lineup spotlighting Big Boi, Goodie Mob, Organized Noize and KP the Great, how could this be viewed as anything other than Atlanta hip-hop excellency? 8 p.m. April 20. $51.70-$147.45. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.

Rapper Lil Baby performs onstage during Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest / EA SPORTS BOWL at State Farm Arena on January 31, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta rapper will bring his “New Generation” tour to the Coca-Cola Roxy for a sold-out show.

Lil Baby. One of the newer recruits to the Quality Control stable, the 24-year-old Atlanta rapper has landed in the top three of the Billboard Top 100 songs with “Drip Too Hard,” “Close Friends” and “Pure Cocaine.” His “New Generation” tour features labelmates City Girls and Jordan Hollywood. With Blueface and Rylo Rodriguez. 8 p.m. April 20. Sold out. Coca-Cola Roxy, 800 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta.

Johnny Marr. The revered guitarist of The Smiths recently released his third solo album, “Call the Comet.” Marr’s heightened status in his homeland was spotlighted last year when British GQ presented him with the Man of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. 8 p.m. April 27. $29-$60. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. 1-877-987-6487, ticketfly.com.

Al Green. It will be a rare live sighting of the soul legend, who will perform at the Fox Theatre for the first time in his career. The voice behind “Let’s Stay Together,” “Tired of Being Alone” and gospel favorites “Nearer My God to Thee” and “I’ll Rise Again,” appears to have last played Atlanta at Music Midtown in 2001. With The War and Treaty. 8 p.m. May 3. $67.60-$151.45. Fox Theatre.

Tom Jones. How can you not love a guy who, at 78, still elicits gleeful screams from women? The Welsh charmer behind “It’s Not Unusual” and “Delilah” played Symphony Hall in 2014 and wrapped his warm burr around those cherished singalongs, as well as gospel favorites and his endearing cover of Prince’s “Kiss.” 8 p.m. May 5. Sold out. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

Blackpink. The quartet of Jisoo, Jennie, Lisa and Rose possess the most-watched K-Pop music video with “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du,” which has more than 700 million views (and counting). The foursome released their debut, “Square One,” in 2016 and “Square Up” in June, when it quickly hit No. 1 on the Billboard World Albums chart. 8 p.m. May 5. $67.50-$257.50. Infinite Energy Arena.

Josh Kiszka (L) and Jake Kiszka of Greta Van Fleet, perform during Sir Lucian Grainge's 2019 Artist Showcase Presented by Citi at The Row on Feb. 9, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Timothy Norris/Getty Images for for Universal Music Group)

Greta Van Fleet. Armed with their first Grammy Award, the young Michigan rock band that cannot dodge Led Zeppelin comparisons due to their similarly throaty blues rock is proving its mettle with a meaty full-length debut album, “Anthem of the Peaceful Army.” 8 p.m. May 12-13. $61.60-71.60. Fox Theatre.

The 1975. With their swirling kick of ‘80s synths and dreamy lyrics, the British quartet garnered U.S. attention with rock hits “Love It If We Made It,” “Somebody Else” and “The Sound.” Their current album, “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships,” experiments more with percussion and jazzy elements, but frontman Matty Healy’s charisma is intact. With Pale Waves and No Rome. 7 p.m. May 18. Sold out. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park.

Nils Lofgren. The nimble guitarist immediately identified as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band will unveil his first studio album in eight years, “Blue with Lou,” on April 26. 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/.

Ozzy Osbourne. Recovering well from a recent bout of pneumonia, the Prince of Darkness has said this “No More Tours II” run will be his final world tour (which leaves wiggle room for occasional concerts). With a set list containing “Bark at the Moon,” “No More Tears” and “Shot in the Dark,” fans can be satiated for a while. With Megadeth. 7:30 p.m. $69.50-$414.50. May 29, State Farm Arena.

Coheed & Cambria and Mastodon. On this brain-crunching double bill, Atlanta’s Mastodon will perform its 2009 “Crack the Skye” album in its entirety. The “Unheavenly Creatures” tour will visit 26 cities. With Every Time I Die. 6:30 p.m. May 31. $65.50-$148. Coca-Cola Roxy.

Hootie & The Blowfish opened for Jason Aldean at SunTrust Park in July 2018. Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com

Hootie & The Blowfish. Don’t call it a comeback. At least not in Atlanta, where the Darius Rucker-fronted band played last summer opening for Jason Aldean at SunTrust Park. This might be the only time we will say that cargo shorts and hackeysacks are encouraged. With Barenaked Ladies. 7:30 p.m. June 1. $45-$430.50. Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta.

Florence + The Machine. Following the release of last year’s “High as Hope” album, the indie rockers led by Florence Welch recently released two new songs sure to be heard on tour – “Haunted House” and “Moderation.” With Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats. 7:30 p.m. June 6. $39.50-$399. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta.

Ariana Grande. The pop chanteuse has been so prolific that even though her tour is named for 2018’s “Sweetener” release, she’s already moved on to another album, the candid and personal “Thank U, Next.” Expect to hear plenty from both albums. With Normani and Social House. 8 p.m. June 8. $34.95-$329.95. State Farm Arena.

Ariana Grande will bring her “Sweetener” tour to Atlanta in June. 

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Melissa Ruggieri
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.  

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