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Local summer concerts, events abound
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From left, vocalists AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle will perform their decade-long running “Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel” tribute show in collaboration with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tonight at Chastain Park Ampitheatre.
Special Photo From left, vocalists AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle will perform their decade-long running “Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel” tribute show in collaboration with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra tonight at Chastain Park Ampitheatre.
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The confines of Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Buckhead will be alive with music tonight courtesy of “The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra” concert.

Consider it just the tip of the iceberg. The annual wave of such staged hot-ticket events scheduled for this time of year is set to roll in in earnest.

Tonight’s homage to Simon and Garfunkel — the show starts at 8 p.m. — marks the 40th year of the Delta Classic Chastain Music Series. “Just Imagine: A Tribute to John Lennon,” another collaboration with the symphony, June 29, will keep the celebration rolling.

“These are two great shows celebrating terrific artists,” said Chastain Amphitheater Program Director Tanner Smith. “The location of Chastain is perfect, and I think Atlantans love it because they can control their experience.

“If you want the concert to be a romantic outing, an evening with a group of friends, or even a night out alone, it’s made for you.”

Patrons’ ability to control their own food and beverage experience is another big attraction, he added.

The summer months will see no shortage of live entertainment offerings around these parts.

The area’s well-established venues are again set to play host to these showcases, which feature groups and recording artists representing the spectrum of vocal and instrumental sound.

Information: www.classicchastain.com.

Chastain

Also at Chastain, the Live Nation Concert Series will feature a lineup of recognizable artists, Jill Scott (July 18) and the Backstreet Boys (Aug. 22) among them.

Information: www.chastainseries.com.

Botanical garden

Midtown’s Atlanta Botanical Garden is hosting its 11th annual Wells Fargo Concerts in the Garden lineup.

Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo headline the next show, June 23. The summer series runs through mid-August and features an eclectic lineup, including the Carolina Chocolate Drops with Keller Williams, the B-52s and Boz Scaggs among other acts.

Information: www.concertsinthegarden. org.

Buckhead Theatre

The Buckhead Theatre will host a variety of concerts and events this summer. Concerts include Dawes (Friday) and Eugene and Friends (June 13). The second Georgia Music Awards are set for Saturday. TV personality Ross Matthews will bring his Man Up! Tour to town Thursday.

Information: www.thebuckheadtheatre. com.

Cobb centre

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre near Vinings will be temporary home to sights and sounds emanating from a wide array of productions.

It is the latest stop on the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses world concert tour, Thursday at 8 p.m. Comedian/actor Kevin James will perform standup Saturday night, one of several acts booked throughout the summer. The Rascals: Once Upon a Time will perform June 19.

Information: www.cobbenergycentre. com.

Fox Theatre

The iconic Midtown venue will host several concerts this summer, including Mindless Behavior July 20. The Coca-Cola Film Festival is among the highlights on the renowned venue’s summer calendar.

“The [festival] offers a movie for everyone: just released blockbusters, cartoons, classics, and everything in between,” said Shelly Kleppsattel, a booking associate at the Fox Theatre. “The movie experience here is unlike anywhere else; there is a sing-a-long featuring the Fox’s beautiful Moller organ, vintage cartoons and, of course, the magic of seeing a movie in Atlanta’s 1929 movie palace.”

The theatre will also play host to the personalities from popular TV show, “Mythbusters,” Aug. 30.

Information: www.foxtheatre.org.

Heritage

Heritage Sandy Springs’ Concerts by the Springs series of free monthly outdoor concerts at Heritage Green Park are experiencing a spike in popularity.

The next show, featuring A-Town A-List, is scheduled for July 14. Heritage also hosts Rhythm and Brews, a monthly Thursday night series of concerts. The next one is June 27 with von Grey.

Information: www.heritagesandysprings.org.
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