Live music picks

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Alton Brown and the Edible Inevitable Trio

Yep, the Food Network favorite is not only a TV personality, chef, author and former music video cinematographer, he’s also a musician. Brown, who plays guitar and saxophone, has written several funny food-centric songs to insert into his upcoming “Edible Inevitable” theater tour, which kicks off next week in California. But first, he and his trio will make their debut in a more intimate setting.

6 p.m. Oct. 11. Sold out. Smith’s Olde Bar, 1578 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 1-877-725-8849.


Michael McDonald

Since his Dukes of September mates — Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs — went the solo route this year (or, in Fagen’s case, back with Steely Dan for a summer tour), the warm-voiced McDonald is also taking it to the streets to support his recent EP with Robben Ford, “Unfinished Business.” Expect to hear plenty of Doobie Brothers songs in his set, as well as his distinctively soulful solo hits. “I Keep Forgettin’,” anyone?

8 p.m. Oct. 13. $35-$125. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-733-5000.

Dwight Yoakam

The Kentucky honky-tonk king boasts a resume of more than 21 albums and 30 singles and isn’t slowing down as he heads into the fourth decade of his career. A “best of” collection, “21st Century Hits: Best of 2000-12,” arrived earlier this month, so expect to hear plenty of twangy faves such as “Blame the Vain” and “The Back of Your Hand” when he heads onstage.

With Cale Tyson. 8 p.m. Oct. 13. $36.50-$40. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000.


Pat McGee

The Virginia native is an experienced music veteran who rode the crest of success with the Pat McGee Band in the mid-’90s/early 2000s (their 2000 Warner Bros. debut nabbed some attention with the harmony-laden folk-pop of “Runaway” and “Rebecca”) and then watched his career stumble as record labels imploded a few years later. But McGee is a dedicated road warrior, and the acoustically sound room at Eddie’s is an ideal spot for him to showcase his strengths as a melodic songwriter.

With Jason Adamo. 8 p.m. Oct. 15. $25 (advance) and $30 (at the door). Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 1-877-725-8849.


Gary Clark Jr.

The blistering guitarist, who is often rightfully compared to Jimi Hendrix, turned out an impressive set at the muddy Shaky Knees festival at Masquerade Music Park in May. If you missed him there, weaving and gliding through blues-rock jams and mesmerizing songs such as “When My Train Pulls In,” check him out now. He won’t be playing clubs much longer. Also, Clark is featured in “Made in America,” the documentary about Jay-Z’s music festival in Philadelphia, which premieres at 9 p.m. Friday on Showtime.

8 p.m. Oct. 16. $27.50. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000.


Hunter Hayes

He wowed the crowd last December opening for Carrie Underwood, and now, on his first headlining tour that launched this week, the guitar-and-piano-playing country hunk gets to show why he’s so “Wanted.” Adding to his escalating career, his self-titled debut — on which he wrote (or co-wrote) every song and played every instrument — was recently certified platinum.

With Ashley Monroe. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. $47.70-$52.70. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499.