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SAT/JANUARY 6
BREEZE KINGS -- The crowd-pleasing blues band blasts away in the tough Winder roadhouse. This no bullshit quartet flies the Double D flag, givin' the people what they want: music to keep folks dancin' and drinkin'. The rest is up to you. Chip's/Winder (Smith)

ELVIS' BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION -- Always one of the biggest nights of the year here, the King's birthday observance packs this club to capacity. With mighty Mike Geier and his jumbo ensemble Kingsized in their usual top form (expertly aping the sound of Elvis' Vegas-era show band), it's a good idea to arrive early and stake your spot by the stage. It's also the final show for Kingsized drummer Loy Franklin, who's heading off to Seattle after five years keeping the beat. Star Bar (Nicoll)

DEIRDRE FLINT -- Flint plays folky geek chic like a more twangy Jill Sobule. If ever, oh ever, a vocal accompanist was made in heaven for Weird Al Yankovic's less manic moments, Flint is it. Classically trained folkie Andrew Irwin opens. Java House (Ware)

FUNKJAZZKAFÉ -- As it does once every season, the FunkJazzKafé returns to pack the Tabernacle with live music, DJs, poetry, art, film and teeming masses meeting, greeting, dancing, watching and crowding the stairwells. Performers haven't been announced, as usual, but there's a good chance it'll be someone you want to hear. Tabernacle (Sarig)

HALCYON, TAMMY FOWLER -- Florida's Halcyon are always a favorite of the Agnes Scott crowd -- a joyful, enthusiastic and charismatic duo who may remind Attic regulars of the young Indigo Girls. They play two shows tonight, a 7 p.m. all-ages set and another at 9:30 that's 21-and-up. Tammy Fowler, a skillful and very amusing solo singer/songwriter who's alone worth the admission price, will open the 9:30 performance. Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)

THE LEAGUE OF DECENCY -- Originally formed as a standards-playing house band at The Point in '84, the League has morphed into a big band of swanky irregulars. Following the swing saturation of the late '90s, longtime Atlanta swingsters the League of Decency transformed themselves -- Chris Gaines style -- into the mythical Mondo Heptet. It was a reinvention of both identity and musicality, with the Mondo Heptet taking a more progressive, looser approach to the unfortunately burnt-out classic jazz style. Tonight the League ask anyone with a decent amount of rhythm to come on, dance and be happy with whatever the League swings at them. Smith's Olde Bar (Smith/Hutchinson)

LIFT, ADOM -- Here's a fine pair of Atlanta alt-rock acts, both of whom have a next-big-thing buzz hovering over them. Bandleader Molly Bancroft is the charismatic center of Lift, playing out each song like it's a mini-opera depicting triumph over heartbreak. Adom have a dense and intense sound that's equally dark and often just as uplifting. Echo Lounge (Nicoll)

THE PLASTIC PLAN, EMPIRE STATE, RIZZUDO -- While much has been made of the Plastic Plan's Orwellian imagery and new wave/prog approach, the band's secret weapon is its most traditional rock component: Colin English bangs the fuck out of his drums, and with such power and precision it's easy to mistake his human skills for an automatic rifle's assault. Empire State also have a ghost in their machine, having very cleverly invented their own instruments for use in the trio's quirky pop. Rizzudo is the new trio made up of brothers named Durant (including Plexoject's Gill Durant). The Earl (Sarig)BASIL'S CAFÉ: Steven Charles Jazz Duo

BAYOU ROOM: TBA

BILLY'S : Jammin' DJs

BLUE LAGOON LOUNGE: Deke Dean & Blue Avenue, Diggity

BLUE RACCOON: Ricky Fargo

BRANDYHOUSE: Fat Apple with Jelly Roll

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four, local artists

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILLS: Karaoke

CAJUN KITCHEN: Midnight Caravan

THE CHAMBER: Europa with DJ Gene Carbonell

CHECKERED PARROT: Lou's Jr.

CHIP'S-WINDER: Breeze Kings

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Dreadnot, Sing Sing Prison, Mercycrush

DARWIN'S: Heaven Davis & the Aggravatin Papas

THE EARL: The Plastic Plan, Empire State, Rizzudo

ECHO LOUNGE: Lift, Adom

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Halcyon, Tammy Fowler

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Rough Draft

FUZZY'S: Mike Veal

GEORGIA THEATRE-ATHENS: Eddie "the Chief" Clearwater

HARVEST CAFE-ACWORTH: Open mic night

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Little Joey's Jump & Jive

JAVA HOUSE: Dierdre Flint, Andy Irwin

KAYA: House of Love presents the Chronicle Live with DJ Talib Shabazz

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Southern Knights

LAZY DOG TAVERN: Uncle Don's Bullet-Proof Blues Band

MASQUERADE: Self Denial, Kindlespine, 5 More Dead, X-Vortex, Skerv, Reflux, Fold, Minus

METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Impromptu

MURPHY'S LAW: The Bretheren

9 LIVES SALOON: Something Left After the Misfortune, Dead Cel Factor, Smugface, Jody Blond

THE OFFICE: Alien

OLDE PECULIAR HOUSE: The Donors

THE PAVILLION: Brian Collins

RED LIGHT CAFÉ: Caritas and the Amazing Tom Machine

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: The League Of Decency

SOMBER REPTILE: Vertigo Lounge, Karma Lingo, Descending Fire

STAR BAR-L5P: Elvis Birthday Celebration featuring Kingsized

SWISSOTEL: Pianist Graham Jackson, Jr.

THE TABERNACLE: FunkJazzKafe

THE VAULT: Cyberia - electronica's dark side with DJ OMAC

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Freak the Jones

WILD WING CAFÉ: Tony Brooks

WOODEN NICKEL: Reason Four

YA YA'S: Pead Boy and Friends

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