Elton John brought his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour to sold-out State Farm Arena on Nov. 30, 2018. The sometimes-Atlanta resident will be back for a second round in November 2019. Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com
Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com
Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com

Fall concert guide: Elton John, Post Malone, Mavis Staples, Trisha Yearwood and many more head to Atlanta

It might not feel like fall weather (does it ever in Atlanta, until November?), but the concert calendar indicates the usual slew of musical possibilities, ranging from classic rock icons to inventive youngbloods to country darlings.

Here is a look at 25 upcoming shows. But 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.

Maxwell is rearranging his songs to perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra on Sept. 27, 2019.

Maxwell. This is the first-ever symphonic tour for the neo-soul pioneer, known for smooth grooves including “Lifetime,” “Fortunate” and “Pretty Wings.” Maxwell will perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and re-arrange his songs to collaborate with the ensemble. 8 p.m. Sept. 27. $45-$425. Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive NW, Atlanta.

Adam Ant. The swashbuckling Brit will perform his 1982 solo debut, “Friend or Foe,” live in its entirety for the first time in the U.S. That’s the album with “Goody Two Shoes” and “Desperate But Not Serious,” but Ant will also play other hits and personal favorites. With Glam Skanks. 8 p.m. Sept. 27. $39-$99. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta.

Phil Collins. The always cheeky Genesis icon has dubbed his tour “Still Not Dead Yet Live!,” a nod to his recent spate of health woes. While he’s been walking with the aid of a cane after back surgery and nerve damage and is no longer playing drums (his son Nicholas handles those duties), the hit machine will still give fans a trove of material from Genesis (“Follow You Follow Me,” “Invisible Touch”) and his solo catalog (“Against All Odds,” “In the Air Tonight,” “Sussudio”). 8 p.m. Sept. 28. $54-$279. Infinite Energy Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 770-626-2464, infiniteenergycenter.com.

King Crimson. The prog-rockers have been roaming the world on a 50-date tour to celebrate their 50th anniversary and will end the U.S. run in Atlanta. Classics and rarities have packed the setlist provided by the lineup of leader/guitarist Robert Fripp, Tony Levin (bass) and Mel Collins (saxophone) along with Jakko Jakszyk (vocals/guitar) and four—yes, four—drummers, Bill Rieflin, Gavin Harrison, Pat Mastelotto and Jeremy Stacey. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 29. $49-$69. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta.

Deep Purple is still on its “Long Goodbye” tour

Deep Purple. The “Long Goodbye” tour for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers keeps rolling (it started in 2017) and is expected to wrap in Europe in December. The current lineup consists of Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey. With Joyous Wolf. 8 p.m. Sept. 29. $79.50-198.50. Coca-Cola Roxy, 800 Battery Ave. SE, Atlanta.

A Night of Georgia Music. A trio comprised of R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, Rolling Stones keyboardist/musical director Chuck Leavell and world-renowned violinist Robert McDuffie might seem an unlikely trio. But the shared history among them is the impetus behind this short tour. The show will feature symphonic versions of songs (no vocals) from Georgia mainstays including The Allman Brothers Band, Ray Charles, Outkast, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and, of course, R.E.M., as well as the Mills-composed Concerto for Violin, Rock Band and String Orchestra. 8 p.m. Sept. 29. $29-$129. Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Thom Yorke. The enigmatic Radiohead frontman will be accompanied by collaborator Nigel Godrich and visual artist Barri on the “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” tour, which will feature new music from Yorke’s upcoming third solo album as well as other selections from his solo catalog. 8 p.m. Oct. 6. $59. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org.

Mavis Staples performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Mavis Staples. Earlier this year, the soul legend headlined at Amplify Decatur music festival. This will be a much more intimate setting in which to be smothered by Staples’ terminally booming voice. Expect to hear Staple Singers classics (“Respect Yourself,” “I’ll Take You There”) and interesting covers. 8 p.m. Oct. 6. $85-$95. City Winery Atlanta, 650 North Ave., Ponce City Market, Atlanta. 404-946-3791, citywinery.com/atlanta.

Twenty One Pilots. Back in Atlanta for the second time within a year, the duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are still storming the country with their “Bandito” tour. It’s a fiery spectacle that has packed arenas worldwide—evidenced in the $23 million the tour grossed in the first half of 2019. With Misterwives. 8 p.m. Oct. 12. $39-$295. State Farm Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta.

Michael W. Smith. The contemporary Christian icon is often in Atlanta with pal Amy Grant for their shared Christmas concerts. But this time, Smith is bringing “35 Years of Friends,” for the 35th anniversary of his breakthrough hit, “Friends.” His most recent albums, “A Million Lights” and the live “Surrounded,” were released last year. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12. $35-$85. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta.

Trisha Yearwood will play a hometown show of sorts this fall. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Trisha Yearwood. The Georgia native visited Atlanta last month as part of a road trip to support her new “Every Girl” album her first country studio release since 2007. But Yearwood’s official return to the stage comes with this complementary tour, which will hit the city after her three-show stint with the Nashville Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13. $46.50-$124.50. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

ZZ Top. For 50 years, the trio of Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill has cranked out grimy blues rock that still vibrates out of the speakers. In addition to this tour with fellow classic rockers Cheap Trick, the “Little Ol’ Band from Texas” just dropped a documentary of the same name that opened Sept. 26 in Atlanta. With Frankie & The Witch. 7 p.m. Oct. 13. $29.50-$226. Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta.

Wilco. On Oct. 4, Jeff Tweedy and the gang will release “Ode to Joy,” their first album since 2016’s “Schmilco” and the band’s return from a year-long hiatus. This is also their first North American tour in two years. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18. $35.50-$179.50. Chastain.

Jackyl. Led by the irrepressible Jesse James Dupree, who still lives in the Atlanta area and spends a good chunk of his year showcasing his business acumen, Jackyl continues to overload the amps with heavy ‘90s-era rockers such as “The Lumberjack” and “Push Comes to Shove.” 8 p.m. Oct. 18. $22.50-$45. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta.

Post Malone opened for Aerosmith at a pre-Super Bowl concert at State Farm Arena and will return to headline at the venue. Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com
Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com

Post Malone. As part of the Super Bowl hoopla this year, the rapper-singer opened for Aerosmith in the same venue he will now headline. (He also commanded the main stage at Music Midtown in 2018.) “Posty,” as he’s known to fans, just released his third album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding.” With Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh. 8 p.m. Oct. 18. $94.50-$480. State Farm Arena.

Carrie Underwood. Country’s endearing princess announced her “Cry Pretty” tour more than a year ago but didn’t launch until May so she could settle in with the birth of her second child. Like her 2016 “Storyteller” tour that played Duluth, Underwood will employ an in-the-round stage, allowing fans an unobstructed view. With Maddie & Tae and Runaway June. 7 p.m. Oct. 19. $49-$340. State Farm Arena.

Rapper Logic performs onstage at "Spotify's Best New Artist Party" at Skylight Clarkson on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Spotify)
Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images for Spotify

Logic. The “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” tour is running across 26 cities in the country, as the man born Sir Robert Bryson Hall II spreads his insightful (“1-800-273-8255”) and deliciously snarky (“Homicide,” featuring Eminem) messages. Logic is also the first rapper to become a New York Times number-one bestselling author with his novel, “Supermarket.” With J.I.D and YBN Cordae. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. $29.99-$79.99. Infinite Energy.

Elton John. When the piano icon played a pair of Atlanta concerts in fall 2018, no one expected it to be his last appearances in one of his adopted hometowns. Granted, this “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour is the end of the road life for John, but he’s providing fans more opportunities to witness his 2.5-hour blasts of old-fashioned rock stardom, packed with hits and taut musicianship. 8 p.m. Nov. 1-2. $589-$2,005. State Farm Arena.

Elvis Costello and The Imposters. The ever-clever Costello has dubbed this tour “Just Trust” in anticipation of fans’ questions such as, “Will they play my favorite song?” So Costello wants you to “just trust” him and the band—Steve Nieve on keyboards, Pete Thomas on drums, Davey Faragher on bass and singers Kitten Kuroi and Briana Lee and be happily surprised by the setlist. 8 p.m. Nov. 5. $59.50-$258.50. Coca-Cola Roxy.

Keith Urban performs during the 2019 CMA Fest Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. He will headline the new ATL Live event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

ATL Live. The brass at Mercedes-Benz Stadium hopes to make this an ongoing concert series—produced by Arthur Blank’s AMB Sports and Entertainment—and have wrangled some marquee country names for the inaugural edition. Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Sam Hunt, Sugarland, Judah and the Lion and Cale Dodds will fill the building Nov. 15, while Eric Church, Luke Combs, Brothers Osborne and Caylee Hammack perform Nov. 17. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Johnny Mac Soldier’s Fund and Quest Community Development Organization. 5 p.m. Nov. 15 ($39-$317) and Nov. 17 ($59-$601). Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 1414 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW, Atlanta.

Yes, ladies, the Jonas Brothers are back for an encore performance in November. Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com
Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com

Jonas Brothers. It might feel as if the JoBros have been here a lot lately. A. Lot. And yes, they have (at a pop-up Tabernacle show in March and a sold-out State Farm Arena gig in August). But has there been a hotter return in recent memory than what Kevin, Nick and Joe have cultivated with their “Happiness Begins” album? Negative. With Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19. $54-$435. Infinite Energy.

The Avett Brothers. The North Carolina outfit is back for another double shot at the Fox. Their new single, the insightful “Bang Bang,” is out now in advance of their 10th album, “Closer Than Together,” coming Oct. 4. 8 p.m. Nov. 21-22. $75-$89.50. Fox Theatre, 60 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 404-881-2100, foxtheatre.org.

Miranda Lambert will bring many of her country pals along for her show this fall. Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com
Photo: Robb Cohen Photography & Video /RobbsPhotos.com

Miranda Lambert. The country firecracker is finishing out the year with her “Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars” tour, featuring a slew of other cool country chicks, as she prepares to release the new album, “Wildcard.” Check out Lambert and her tour mates on a blissful cover of Elvin Bishop’s 1975 hit (sung by Starship’s Mickey Thomas), “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.” With Maren Morris, Pistol Annies and Ashley McBryde. 7 p.m. Nov. 22. $59.75-$114. Infinite Energy.

Sara Bareilles. The pop songstress is showcasing her recently released “Amidst the Chaos” album, which is just one of her many projects. Bareilles composed the music and lyrics for the Tony-nominated “Waitress,” co-hosted the 2018 Tony Awards with Josh Groban and earlier this year stepped into the lead role of the musical. With Emily King. 8 p.m. Nov. 26. $35-$119. Fox Theatre.

Collective Soul. If you’ve yet to experience the Atlanta-based band’s “Blood,” its visceral, yet intensely melodic, 10th studio album makes an effort to plug in. Ed Roland and the guys will certainly sprinkle some new tracks into its setlist, but don’t worry. You’ll get your “Shine” and “December,” too. With Like Machines. 8 p.m. Nov. 29. $35-$148. Coca-Cola Roxy.

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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.  
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