BY MELISSA RUGGERI/AJC Music Scene blog
It is no exaggeration that the British pop-soul singer is currently steering one of — if not the — most buzzed about tours of the year. And what’s really amazing? The raves she’s received for her live show are coming from the fact that she merely stands onstage, sings and communicates with the audience. Imagine that.
7:30 p.m. Oct. 28-29. $39.50-$149.50. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
The Marshall Tucker Band
The Southern rock heroes will take the stage at the newly renovated Variety Playhouse as part of the band’s Long Hard Ride tour, which commenced in February. While the tour takes its name from the band’s 1976 album, this year is more than just the 40th anniversary of the recording — it’s also the 45th year of MTB as a live act. The band, known for classic rock staples “Can’t You See” and “Heard It in a Love Song,” is also readying a round of 2017 dates, including a spin on the Rock Legends Cruise V in January.
With the Steppin’ Stones. 8 p.m. Oct. 28. $28-$43. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 1-877-987-6487, ticketfly.com.
Laid Back Festival
Curated by Gregg Allman, this gathering, which also features ZZ Top, Blackberry Smoke, Michelle Malone, Gabriel Kelley, Stonerider, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band and Mother’s Finest, originally was slated to kick off the summer. An injury to ZZ Top’s Dusty Hill pushed it to the end of the run instead. Allman said in an interview earlier this week that, despite a recent health scare, he’s feeling “100 percent.”
4 p.m. Oct. 29. $32-$112. Lakewood Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, livenation.com.
Radio 105.7’s Saints and Sinners Ball
In its third incarnation, the Halloween gathering will spotlight Foals, the engaging indie rock quintet from Oxford, England, last seen here at Shaky Knees in May. Joining the band for a combination of live music and ghoulish revelry are Brooklyn’s Bear Hands and California alt-rockers Kiev.
8 p.m. Oct. 29. $20 (advance) and $25 (day of the show). Park Tavern, 500 10th St. N.E., Atlanta. xorbia.com.
The ever-quirky singer-songwriter has dubbed her inaugural arena tour Nostalgic for the Present. As a lead artist, Sia is known for her hits “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart.” As a songwriter, she’s penned some major hits, such as Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and Kelly Clarkson’s “Invincible.” But the big question — will we see her face?
With Miguel and AlunaGeorge. 7 p.m. Nov. 1. $31-$121. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive, Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
The sweet-voiced singer behind the pop hits “Bubbly” and “Try” released her sixth album, “The Malibu Sessions,” earlier this month. Her opening acts for this acoustic tour (including fiancé Justin Young) also will serve as her backing band, and Caillat plans to play her new album in its entirety in running order. An additional treat for fans: She’ll hold a Q&A session during the show as well.
With High Dive Heart and Justin Young. 8 p.m. Nov. 2. $39-$44. Center Stage, 1374 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta. 1-800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
Long regarded as one of Nashville’s finest songwriters (she’s penned hits for Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, the Band Perry and Reba McEntire, to name a select few), Clark this summer released her second solo album, “Big Day in a Small Town,” which is sure to make many music critics’ “best of 2016” lists. The album includes the song “Homecoming Queen,” which originally appeared on Sheryl Crow’s 2013 country album, “Feels Like Home.” But, onstage, it will be all about Clark.
With Ryan Beaver. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Nov. 3. $25-$32. Eddie’s Attic, 515-B N. McDonough St., Decatur. 1-877-725-8849, eddiesattic.com.