Live music picks

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Angelique Kidjo

The dynamic Kidjo, a native of West Africa, is known for her philanthropic efforts — such as promoting education for girls in Africa — as much as she is her world beat-jazz music. A list of her mainstream collaborators would take up a chapter in her new memoir, “Spirit Rising,” but those unfamiliar with her work might know her from teaming with Dave Matthews, Alicia Keys, Josh Groban and Carlos Santana.

8:30 p.m. Feb. 7. $40. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Panic! at the Disco

Not to be confused with Fall Out Boy, the other mid-2000s band with the superfluous song titles, the Las Vegas-grown outfit led by singer Brandon Urie hit radio gold with the dramatic pop hits, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” “Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off” and “Nine in the Afternoon.” Their recently released fourth studio album, “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!”, was produced by Georgia native Butch Walker and spawned the rock hit “Miss Jackson.”

With the Colourist. 8 p.m. Feb. 7. Sold out. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000.

Robin Meade

In October, the bubbly host of HLN's "Morning Express" made her successful Atlanta concert debut at Eddie's Attic along with mentor Victoria Shaw, a superstar songwriter who assisted Meade on both of her country-tinged albums. Meade and Shaw return to the Attic along with country singer-songwriter Gary Burr for a "Round Robin"-style (get it?) night of music. Meade is an effective singer, but Shaw is a trip.

9:30 p.m. Feb. 7. $18. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 1-877-725-8849.

Art Garfunkel

After a long battle with debilitating vocal-cord paresis, which he was diagnosed with in 2010, Garfunkel has committed to the road in 2014, so far with a spate of dates through the end of the month (five in Georgia alone). Recent reviews report that the legendary singer-songwriter sprinkles a brief reading from his biography and a Q&A session among songs from his renowned repertoire.

8 p.m. Feb. 7. $68. Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University, 80 Forsyth St., Atlanta. 404-413-9849,


Winter Jam

For years, the Christian music-fueled Winter Jam has earned top-grossing status among all tours, partially thanks to its robust lineups, but also because of the tour’s all-inclusive policy: Pay $10 at the door or whatever you can afford. The show has done so well in Atlanta that this year it moves from the always-sold-out Philips Arena to the Georgia Dome, the first-ever stadium stop for the Jam. With a lineup boasting Atlanta rapper Lecrae, plus favorites Tenth Avenue North, Newsboys, Newsong and former “American Idol” contestant Colton Dixon, expect some clogged highways downtown Saturday.

3:30 p.m. Jam Nation events begin; 6 p.m. concert. Feb. 8. $10 suggested donation at the door only. Georgia Dome, 1 Georgia Dome Drive N.W., Atlanta. 404-223-9200,

Newport Jazz Festival

The Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60 tour — a celebration of the internationally renowned Newport Jazz Festival — kicks off at Emory University with a lineup led by clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen. The rest of the ensemble, coming together onstage for the first time, includes vocalist Karrin Allyson, trumpeter Randy Brecker, guitarist Mark Whitfield, pianist Peter Martin, drummer Clarence Penn and bassist Larry Grenadier.

8 p.m., Feb. 8. $50 ($40 for discount category members and $10 for Emory students). Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall, 1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta. 404-727-5050,


Buddy Guy

Last week, Guy was among the inductees into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville. Could anyone possibly quibble with such an honor being bestowed upon the blues singer-guitarist, now a spry 77? In July, he released his 27th studio album, “Rhythm & Blues,” which features contemporary stars such as Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Joe Perry and Steven Tyler bowing at the feet of the master.

8 p.m. Feb. 13. $35.50-$77.50. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000.

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam

Mason was a mere 18 years old when he joined with Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood to form Traffic. Now 67, the singer-guitarist will give fans a musical history lesson as he talks about — and plays music from, of course — his days with Traffic as well as a solo career that spawned an unlikely soft-rock hit in 1977 with “We Just Disagree.”

8 p.m. Feb. 13. $30 (advance), $35 (day of show) and $100 (VIP, including early admittance, meet and greet). Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-524-7354.

Lauryn Hill

With a three-month stint in prison (for income tax issues) behind her, the inimitable Hill is back in her comfort zone and playing a handful of shows this month. Tickets for the Atlanta show are general-admission standing for the floor and reserved for balcony seating.

9 p.m. Feb. 13. $55-$75. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000.