Live music picks


Colt Ford

He golfs. He raps. He writes hits for superstars such as Jason Aldean (“Dirt Road Anthem”). And last summer he landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s country and independent artist charts with his fourth album, “Declaration of Independence.” Ford, an Athens native, most recently hit the charts with Jake Owen (“Back”), and his rugged country-rock continues to thrive.

9:30 p.m. March 15. $15-$100. Wild Bill’s, 2075 Market St., Duluth. 678-473-1000.


“Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show”

In this homage to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop, the Vegas cats are sent back to Earth for one final show. Co-produced by Hackett, son of actor-comedian Buddy who also plays Bishop, and his wife, Lisa Dawn Miller, daughter of songwriter Ron Miller (“For Once in My Life”), who also plays Frank’s One Love in the show. The production features a live band behind these icons’ standards, as well as original Miller songs.

8 p.m. March 15-16; also 2 p.m. March 16-17. $17-$46.50. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 770-916-2800.


Dianne Reeves

Now in her fourth decade of performing, the jazz chanteuse will head to Basel, the cultural center of Switzerland, a few days after her Atlanta date. Reeves hasn’t released a new album since 2008’s “When You Know,” but she can bask in the fact that she was the first to win Grammys for best jazz vocal performance in three consecutive years.

8 p.m. March 16. $44-$72. Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, 80 Forsyth St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-413-9849.

Lisa Loeb

After a detour into writing children’s songs, the famously bespectacled “Stay (I Missed You)” singer returned earlier this year with “No Fairy Tale,” her first “adult” album since 2004. While she’s dabbled in acting (“Gossip Girl”), voice-over work and writing outside of music (she contributed to Carrie Borzillo-Vrenna’s 2008 book “Cherry Bomb”), Loeb will always be known for her dulcet tones and handful of ’90s pop hits, including “Do You Sleep?” and “I Do.” She performs with her band Nine Stories and openers Electra and Saul Kaye in a show presented by the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival.

8:30 p.m. March 16. $30. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.



On the “Welcome to the Freak Show” tour — in support of the album of the same name released last year — the Oklahoma rockers behind such gravel-voiced radio stapes as “Lips of an Angel” and “Better Than Me” are taking fans on a tour of their four-album career. Drummer Cody Hanson believes Hinder has “musically matured” on its latest release. But do fans really want a mature Hinder? With Charm City Devils and Acidic.

6:30 p.m. (doors). March 17. $22 (advance). Masquerade (Heaven), 695 North Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-577-8178.



It’s been 25 years since the folk group formed in County Donegal, Ireland, first brought its elegant and spirited music to an international audience. Through the years they’ve worked with musicians as diverse as Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton and Bonnie Raitt, but fans are always clamoring for new music. In 2012 came “Gleann Nimhe — the Poison Glen,” their first original studio album in seven years.

8 p.m. March 19. $25 (advance), $27.50 (day of show). Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

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