2010 brings big names in music

A $625 V.I.P. ticket to a Black Eyed Peas show? And no collards?!

Budgeting your live music fix may have just gotten harder. So here’s a short list of shows swinging south in the coming months.


One of hip-hop’s brighter and more business-savvy stars continues raking in both acclaim and scratch while touring in support of his latest chart-rattling disc. With a bottom-line perspective of a Hollywood hotshot producer, Shawn Corey Carter knows the power of the sequel. “The Blueprint 3” lays claim to one of the hottest singles going, the Alicia Keys duet “Empire State of Mind.” And sharing the stage with in-demand word wrangler Young Jeezy, fresh off a performance at LeBron James’ birthday party, is a calculated move that could trump a Trump. Just don’t call him Mr. Beyonce.

7 p.m. Feb. 27. $39.50-$129.50. Philips Arena, One Philips Drive, Atlanta. 800-745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com .

Owl City

Recently, Adam Young made a quick jump from his parents’ basement to Billboard’s Hot 100. The 23-year-old’s album, “Ocean Eyes,” packs electronic catchiness and a swift-selling single, “Fireflies.” The latter helped the album go gold. Legions of fans post messages on the main page of his Web site, some complaining of hard-to-get tickets. The Minnesota native is currently basking in this newfound fame while touring with Lights and Paper Route.

6:30 p.m. April 20. $20. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 404-659-9022, www.livenation.com .

Tim McGraw

McGraw wears several hats and not just of the cowboy variety. Sure, the sale of more than 40 million albums ain’t nothing to sneeze at. Same goes for the 30 No. 1 singles, his trio of Grammys and a host of other accolades. He’s a spokesman, with his face splashed on his own cologne. He and wife Faith Hill are the “it” couple of contemporary country. And his acting is garnering its own attention with McGraw’s turn in “The Blind Side” opposite Sandra Bullock. Oh, we almost forgot his 10th studio album, “Southern Voice,” a regional ode from a superstar whose meteoric rise began in Start, La. Lady Antebellum opens.

May 15. Tickets not yet on sale. Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 404-443-5090.

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