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Bryan Adams

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his landmark "Reckless" album, Adams and his band are performing the record in full — bonus tracks included — and then treating fans to another block of hits from his extensive career. In a recent interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Adams credited the durability of "Reckless" hits such as "Summer of '69," "Somebody" and "Run to You" to careful songwriting with partner Jim Vallance and also mentioned that the album was "performed with real musicians, not with computers. It's a very real-sounding record." Adams' show opens the season at the Alpharetta amphitheater.

8 p.m. April 17. $19.50-$99.50. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. 1-800-745-3000,



As the name implies, Changefest is about making a difference — or at least learning how it’s possible, from organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Street Grace and Midtown Assistance Center. But, along with the serious side of the event, there will be music from the Glenn Phillips Band — featuring Cindy Wilson of the B-52s — as well as Robert Schneider of the Apples in Stereo (who will perform an acoustic set), Atlanta New Wave legends the Swimming Pool Q’s and indie rockers Starboarders. In between the bands, a Beer & Hymns gospel sing-along will take place in the festival beer garden (you also can check out the sing-along during its monthly occurrence at Smith’s Olde Bar).

11 a.m. April 18. Free. Parking lot of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 731 Peachtree St., Atlanta.


Diana Krall

A lengthy bout with pneumonia sidelined the jazz singer-pianist last fall when she originally planned to hit the road. But now she’s ready to unleash her soulful contralto on her Wallflower tour, named after her most recent album covering songs by artists that include Paul McCartney, Elton John, the Eagles and Bob Dylan, whose song gives the album its name.

8 p.m. April 19. $49.50-$125.50. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,

The Waterboys

A couple of weeks after the release of “Modern Blues,” his first new Waterboys album in eight years, Mike Scott will embark on a nationwide tour that includes bassist David Hood (father of Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood) on his first tour since playing with Traffic in 1972. Other musicians joining Scott include longtime Waterboys fiddler Steve Wickham and drummer Ralph Salmins.

8 p.m. April 19. $35. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


Denny Laine

With a pedigree that includes being an original member of the Moody Blues and one of the guitarists in Wings, Laine will have an extensive catalog of songs to choose from during his live performance. He also maintained a robust solo career, releasing more than a dozen albums between 1973 and 1999.

8 p.m. April 20. $20 (advance general admission); $40 (general admission and meet and greet); $100 (reserved table for four); $200 (front row reserved table for four plus meet and greet). Eddie's Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 1-877-725-8849,



The heralded punk rock trio from the ’90s is enjoying a resurgence with this reunion tour. Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein (now also a TV star thanks to “Portlandia”) earlier this year released “No Cities to Love,” their first album of new material in a decade.

With THEESatisfaction. 8 p.m. April 21. $30. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000,


The Who

The band’s hit list is extensive enough to guarantee that a Who song is always playing on some classic rock station somewhere in the world. The Who Hits 50 tour launched April 15 in Florida and is expected to feature what Pete Townshend described as “hits, picks, mixes and misses.”

With Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. 7:30 p.m. April 23. $39.50-$139.50. Gwinnett Arena, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 1-888-929-7849,

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