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CL'S noted acts for Wednesday.27

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JEFFERSON STARSHIP ACOUSTIC EXPLORER -- Billed as "celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Jefferson Airplane," only founding members Paul Kantner and Marty Balin (who lost the rights to use the Airplane moniker) are still aboard, spinning out the creaky, psychedelic "let's get together people" oldies that shook the Woodstock nation from their druggy purple haze. Last time through they hired a young Grace Slick sound-alike, which recharged and revitalized the old songs. Scaled down and unplugged on this return flight, Airplane classics like "Volunteers" and "Somebody to Love" will likely lose some bluster, although hearing journeymen Balin and Kantner retool their catalog for the acoustic treatment oughtta be interesting. Grounded but still active original members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, better known as Hot Tuna, will be sorely missed. Variety Playhouse (Horowitz)

JAMES McMURTRY, MONTE MONTGOMERY -- The great thing about the English language is that we have a word for everything, and McMurtry uses these words in some of the most creative ways. His delivery may sometimes suffer from inertia, but his messages demand attention. His most recent work has upped the energy level quite a bit and retained the literary quality that he is known for. It's best described as edgy folk with a bit of twang thrown in. Austin, Texas guitar slinger (what is it with that city and six-string virtuosos anyway?) Montgomery spikes his catchy, acoustic-based pop tunes with precise, lightning fast solo that are admittedly jaw-dropping. While the songs themselves are rather nondescript (think Dave Matthews meets Bruce Hornsby), the real star here is the fretwork. Guitar aficionados will likely want to investigate. Smiths Old Bar (Kelly/Robertson)

PUNCHY -- Punchy's lead singer, the improbably named Fritz Beer, sports the kind of influences an industrious kid growing up in the mid-70s might have absorbed from a potent combination of Creem Magazine, a hip college station and an older sibling's record collection. Vocally Beer wavers between a Joe Strummer snarl and Graham Parker's soulful whine, while the band pounds away behind him with a heartland enthusiasm that recalls vintage Soul Asylum. Star Bar (Robertson)


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9 LIVES SALOON: Star Parlor and Friends

BASIL'S CAFÉ: Showtyme Jazz Duo

BLIND WILLIE'S: Houserocker Johnson and The Shadows

BRANDYHOUSE: Rhythm Ryder with Gordon Shay

BRIDGES: Piano with Bruce

BUFFALO'S-KENNESAW: Keren Leppo

CAFÉ TU TU TANGO: Live reggae with Poshtoner

THE CHAMBER: Lovebreak with DJ Biff

CHURCHILL GROUNDS JAZZ CAFÉ: The Mahluli Workshop

CJ'S LANDING: Open mic

CULTURE CLUB: Apollo Night

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Remi

THE DERBY-NESBIT FERRY: Mike Veal and Barry Thrasher

DIXIE TAVERN-MARIETTA: Paul Sforza

DOTTIE'S: Rick F. Dang's mondo electric open-mic night

THE EARL: Trough (from New Zealand), The Flakes

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Kim Rushing

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Andrew McKnight, Mary Byrd Brown

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Electromatics

FUZZY'S: Mike Veal

JIM R. MILLER PARK-MARIETTA: North Georgia State Fair concert with John Berry, Suzie Bogguss and Billy Dean

MASQUERADE: Old and new school hip hop in Hell

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: Daniel Mudcat Dedeck

PEASANT UPTOWN: Steven Charles Jazz Duo

POPPERS: Eric Austin open-mic night

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Mina

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: James McMurtry, Monte Montgomery; YG Downstairs

SOMBER REPTILE: Six Degrees

STAR BAR-L5P: Smithwick Machine, Ramadamafia, Punchy

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Jefferson Starship Acoustic Explorers featuring Paul Kantner and Marty Balin

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