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This Week in Atlanta: Five shows to go see

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Once again music lovers here are the five live choices for this week.

ONE

The Baseball Project @ The EARL
Friday, July 11th

Playing tunes that revolve around the national pastime, The Baseball Project is one of the least talked about super groups yet offers up some of the most originally written music. Consisting of Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), Scott McCaughey (Fresh Young Fellows, Minus 5), Linda Pitmon (Zuzu’s Petals) and Peter Buck & Mike Mills (REM) they have bulked up their catalog spreading the stories of famed ballplayers like Pete Rose, Ted Williams and even Pascual Perez. Their songs are light hearted takes on a sport and players that they all love as they provide a bit of truth and myth to a game that is already steeped in folklore. Friday night they will be playing at the EARL and this should be the best show of the week. If you dig good music and baseball then get your butt to the show, but don’t expect to hear songs from their respected other musical ventures because that is not going to happen.

TWO

Curtis Harding @ The EARL
Saturday, July 12th

Atlanta based soul singer Curtis Harding will be treating listeners to his smooth music this Saturday night at the EARL. In addition to working with Cee Lo and the Black Lips Harding released his first solo record Soul Power which is loaded with deep soul music that reminds you of the classics. The new record has quickly become a favorite of critics & fans alike as he mesmerizes listeners with that soulful voice. His songs sound like they came right out of the 70s with booming bass lines and the right amount of funk as he sings about heartbreak, loss and perseverance. His live shows have been popular so I would suggest you get there early or you may be up against the back wall.

THREE

Beverly “Guitar” Watkins @ Blind Willie’s
Thursday, July 10th

Blues royalty Beverly “Guitar” Watkins has earned the “Guitar” in her name. While not a household name, she is one of the best damn guitar players I have ever treated my ears to. Her storied career has crossed paths with the likes of James Brown, BB King, Koko Taylor and Ray Charles and like many blues musicians her career has seen its fair share of ups and downs. This Thursday night she will be gracing the stage at Blind Willie’s and if you know what is good for you, you will be there. Blistering guitar solos, soulful rhythms and smokey vocals will creep into your brain as she treats you to a night of music you will not forget.

FOUR

Mike Snowden @ Johnny’s Pizza
Saturday, July 12th

I have written about Mike Snowden quite a bit, and it is justified. The local guitar slinger enjoys what he is doing and it shows with each show. He will play anywhere and everywhere as his laid back attitude is reflected in his live performances. His sets are equal parts original tunes and cover songs as he dishes out some nasty blues rock. His original music has a raw sound that draws from classic blues and he puts his own stink on other people’s songs. (You should hear what he does to a Ramones song.) He will be jamming tunes, hocking cds, guitars and shirts at Johnny’s Pizza at the Atlanta West-Midtown location. Go check him out you will not be sorry.

FIVE

Please, Please Rock Me @ Smiths Olde Bar
Friday, July 11th & Saturday, July 12th

There are plenty of Beatles tribute bands out there today but none do what Atlanta’s Please, Please Rock Me do. Not wanting to limit themselves to the usual Beatles songs everyone knows, these dudes delve deep into the fab four’s catalog and put together a set list that is all over the Beatles universe. In addition to songs from John, Paul, George and Ringo they offer up cover songs the Beatles were known to play, solo material and songs they have written for other artists. They also have been known to put their own flavor onto some of these tunes. You will have two chances to see these guys do their thing with shows on Friday and Saturday night at Smith’s Olde Bar.

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