Live music picks


Travis Tritt

The Georgia native was recently in the news following the death of Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey because, if you didn’t already know, Tritt was responsible for getting the band in the same room in the mid-’90s, which led to their Hell Freezes Over tour. For his Atlanta performance, Tritt will perform solo acoustic and use the intimate setting to tell stories about his life and musical influences in between sharing well-worn hits such as “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive” and “Best of Intentions.”

8 p.m. Feb. 19. $39.50-$99.50. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam

The Worcester, England, native likes to take fans on a “sight and sound experience” with his Traffic Jam shows. The co-founder of Traffic usually provides an evening of music history as he tells of his early days with the band and the songs that launched his solo career, including his 1977 hit, “We Just Disagree.” Mason also has been known to tack on a Dylan cover in his encore. If you miss him in this cozy setting, he’s returning June 8 for a performance with Journey and the Doobie Brothers at Lakewood Amphitheatre.

8 p.m. Feb. 19. $33. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett

Don’t miss the opportunity to see these two ace songwriters and musicians as they perform an informal acoustic show — one of only 13 on their winter tour. No backing band, just Gill and Lovett swapping stories and songs. The pair likes to keep things so loose that they don’t even prepare a set list, but it’s probable that Gill will play something from his new album, “Down to My Last Bad Habit.”

7:30 p.m. Feb. 20. $42-$146. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


The flowing hair. The megawatt smile. The adoring female fans. The lush instrumentals. Not much has changed in the world of the Greek idol, other than, 30-plus years into his career, he’s performed in more than 40 countries and is the only private citizen ever to have received a panda from the Chinese government. For real. His new album, “Sensuous Chill,” arrived a few weeks ago after five years of tinkering, and is more similar to the sampled grooves of Moby or Air than staid synthesizers.

8 p.m. Feb. 20. $46-$121.50. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499,


Mother’s Finest

The Atlanta funk maestros released a new album last year, “Goody 2 Shoes & the Filthy Beasts,” and the crew of Joyce “Baby Jean” Kennedy,” Glenn “Doc” Murdock, Jerry “Wyzard” Seay, Gary “Moses Mo” Moore, Mike Keck and Sanford “Pepe” Daniels” are sure to provide plenty of face-melting selections, new and old. The band is performing a handful of dates in February and May (they’ll play two shows at Eddie’s Attic May 4). It is highly recommended to check out their fierce live show.

With Von Grey. 7 p.m. Feb. 21. $30-$36 (18 and older). Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-876-5566,


David Cook

The Season 7 winner of “American Idol” never has quite reached the same radio heights as he did with his immediate post-“Idol” offerings — “The Time of My Life” and “Light On” — but Cook has maintained a solid enough career. His fourth studio album, “Digital Vein,” arrived last fall and identifies his affinity for mainstream rock tunes, particularly the first single, the melodic “Laying Me Low.”

With Tony Lucca. 8 p.m. Feb. 24. $22-$75 (18 and older). Terminal West, 887 W. Marietta St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-876-5566,

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