Live Music Picks: Jay-Z with Ciara, Diana Krall, Randy Travis, Aerosmith

This band's art-rock epics of the '70s brought an American flavor to progressive rock, a genre dominated by Europeans. That touch of home probably contributed to the band's chart successes, too, with songs such "Dust in the Wind." With Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

8 p.m. July 10. $25-$59. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Dr. N.W. 404-733-5012,


Randy Travis

Many great country artists emerged in the '80s, but Travis is arguably the finest male singer to come out of that decade.

8 p.m. July 11. $35-$62.50. Villages Amphitheatre, 301 Lafayette Ave., Fayetteville. 770-460-0686,

Diana Krall

Canadian jazz artist's latest album, "Quiet Nights," showcases her range, from standards ("Where or When") to '60s pop ("Walk on By") to tunes by Brazilian master Antonio Carlos Jobim.

8 p.m. July 11. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Dr. N.W. 404-733-5012,

SUNDAY, June 12


Jay-Z is rap royalty, having created some of hip-hop's defining documents during the past 15 years. His 1996 debut "Reasonable Doubt" and 2001 album "The Blueprint" are widely acknowledged genre masterpieces.

7:30 p.m. July 12. Chastain Park Amphitheater, 4469 Stella Dr. N.W. 404-233-2227,

David Berkeley

Introspective singer-songwriter and Atlanta resident performs at Park Tavern's "Unplugged In The Park." He's been touring hard behind his third album, "Strange Light," which was released independently last year. It was recently re-released with the promise of better distribution.

8 p.m. July 12. Free. Park Tavern, 500 Tenth St. N.E. 404-249-0001,

MONDAY, June 13

Sonic Youth

Avant-garde noise experiments, feedback, drone, some inscrutably weird lyrical musings ... Sonic Youth should have had a very short career. But this influential band is still making music difficult after more than 20 years.

8 p.m. July 13. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E. 404-524-7354,


Aerosmith, ZZ Top

Aerosmith's first Top 10 hit ("Dream On") came in 1976 and the band's most recent was in 2001 ("Jaded"). Only two of ZZ Top's tunes went Top 10, but because MTV played videos in the early '80s, "Gimme All Your Lovin," at No. 37, is as familiar as the No. 8 hit "Legs."

7:30 p.m. July 15. Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, 2002 Lakewood Way. 404-443-5000,

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