Live music pics

FRIDAY

The Avett Brothers

The North Carolina indie folk-rockers often get tossed onto the Mumford/Lumineers/Of Monsters and Men bandwagon, but the band actually has been churning out its insightful music for a decade. They performed a rousing set at last year’s Music Midtown and continue to support their fifth album, “The Carpenter,” released last year.

With Old Crow Medicine Show. 7:30 p.m. May 17. $38.50-$49.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000.

Alabama

Believe it or not, these country legends have never played the Fox Theatre. Frontman Randy Owen says that’s probably because in their heyday the Alabama-based band’s high-end sound and lighting production required arena-size space. But the trio of Owen, Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry will make up for lost time with a pair of Fox shows on a tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of their summer residency at the Bowery in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

8 p.m. May 17-18. $46-$147. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-9499.

Party in the Park

For the second consecutive year, this musical party will take place in Centennial Olympic Park. British singer Goulding played a sold-out show at the Tabernacle earlier this year and now will bring her ethereal pop outdoors. Passion Pit is enjoying the success of its second album, “Gossamer,” including the alt-rock hits “Take a Walk” and “Carried Away.” Friends-turned-bandmates Grouplove — including drummer Ryan Rabin, son of Yes’ Trevor Rabin — had a mainstream breakthrough last year when the band’s song “Tongue Tied” landed in an iPod Touch commercial.

Featuring Ellie Goulding, Passion Pit, Grouplove, Yeasayer and the Electric Sons. 3 p.m. May 18. $35. Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave. West N.W., Atlanta. 1-877-725-8849.

Darius Rucker

While he’ll always be associated with Hootie & the Blowfish, Rucker is a bona fide country star. His opening stint for Lady Antebellum on their 2012 tour was well-received, and he’s now hitting the road in anticipation of his third country album, “True Believers,” which arrives May 21.

With Justin Moore and Jana Kramer. 7:30 p.m. May 18. $24-$69. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000.

Jane Krakowski

She’s best known as the amusingly self-involved Jenna Maroney on “30 Rock,” but Krakowski is also a golden-throated theater girl. She nabbed a Tony in 2003 for her portrayal of Carla in “Nine” and has been involved in numerous Broadway and London West End productions. Krakowski and a four-piece band will bring her cabaret show to the Alliance for its fifth annual A Tony Evening fundraiser.

9:45 p.m. May 18. $60-$75. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000.

TUESDAY

Paramore

The Tennessee rockers, fronted by Hayley Williams, made a notable impact on the charts with their 2007 second album, “Riot!” and the hits “Misery Business” and “That’s What You Get.” After the departure of two founding members in late 2010, Paramore released a series of singles before last month’s arrival of its self-titled fourth album.

8 p.m. May 21. Sold out. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000.

THURSDAY

Quincy Jones and Friends

The legendary musician-producer, who was just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by none other than Oprah Winfrey, will steer a concert that includes performances from James Ingram, Patti Austin, Siedah Garrett and Nikki Yanofsky. The show is presented by the American Cancer Society in a celebration of the past 100 years of progress made in the fight against cancer.

8 p.m. May 23. $55-$125. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-9499.

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