Live music picks


Merle Haggard and Jamey Johnson

Alabama native Johnson is no neophyte (he co-wrote Trace Adkins’ “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and George Strait’s “Give It Away”), but even he has to be awed that he’s sharing a bill with a legend such as 76-year-old Haggard.

6 p.m. June 28. $40. Masquerade, 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000.

Straight No Chaser

This a capella group of college chums has the Internet to thank for their immense success. After a 1998 recording of them performing “The 12 Days of Christmas” surfaced on YouTube in 2006, record companies were hot to sign the group. They’ve recently released their second nonholiday album, “Under the Influence,” which features artists such as Jason Mraz and Elton John singing along to their own songs that are otherwise given the SNC touch.

8 p.m. June 28. $25-$69. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000.


Bob Dylan with Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Bob Weir

Dylan rounded up some like-minded pals for the Americanarama Festival of Music, which visits Atlanta as the third date of a three-month tour. Jim James of MMJ recently told Rolling Stone that he’s heard rumors that Dylan might want to collaborate onstage with some of his tour mates, so some surprises might arise.

5:30 p.m. June 29. $35-$89.50. Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000.


Cyndi Lauper

With Hunter Valentine. Enduring pop singer Lauper recently earned major Tony respect for crafting the songs for Broadway’s “Kinky Boots,” but this tour is all about performing her landmark “She’s So Unusual” album in full for its 30th (!!) anniversary. If you grew up with the album, you probably can’t wait to hear her rendition of Prince’s “When You Were Mine” live, either.

8 p.m. July 2. $39.50-$75.50. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000.

Mac Miller

With Chance the Rapper, Vince Staples and the Internet. Miller, a Pittsburgh rapper, is only 21, but he’s one of the most buzzworthy in his genre. His recently released “Watching Movies With the Sound Off” moves him in a different sonic direction, but Miller said in a recent interview that it’s actually reminiscent of the work he was doing as a teenager. Mr. “S.D.S.” plans to perform the first part of his set with a DJ and the second set with a band.

8 p.m. July 2. $25. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000.


Emeli Sande

Earlier this year, right around the time “Next to Me” was finally breaking in America, the Scotland-born Sande performed a memorable show at the Variety. She’s back already — this time at the larger Tabernacle — and no one is complaining. The 2012 critics’ choice winner at the Brit Awards possesses a luminous voice, which she’ll share in songs from her 2012 debut, “Our Version of Events.”

8 p.m. July 3. $27.50 (advance), $32.50 (at the door). The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000.

Big Time Rush and Victoria Justice

If anyone in the household watches Nickelodeon, there is no further explanation required other than this is a teen dream bill. Their 38-city Summer Break tour is positioned as a family-friendly party, as well as a last hurrah for fans of Justice’s “Victorious” series. She’s currently working on her first solo album, which she recently told Billboard will represent “100 percent my personality.” Meanwhile, the fourth season of “Big Time Rush” premiered May 2.

7 p.m. July 3. $25.50-$45. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000.

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