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SAT/FEBRUARY 24
ALISA ASBURY & THE CROSS PLAINS BAND -- See listing for Feb. 23. Whisker's/Woodstock (Ware)

ANOTHER MAN DOWN -- Armed with the profits from selling their Tourdates.com website, the AMD boys have put together the best self-released album money could buy. With their forthcoming Dangerous and Close, members of Collective Soul, Marvelous 3, Evan and Jaron's backing band and the Brand New Immortals not only lend a hand, their presence represents an unmistakable bit of wishful thinking that AMD are the next local modern rockers to fly the coop. While Dangerous and Close sounds about the furthest thing from dangerous, the CD's propulsive movement and tuneful (if facile) songwriting does bring the group closer to something both palatable and salable. So here's the suitably vague press quote: Look for big things from these guys. Smith's Olde Bar (Sarig)

BLIND WILLIE'S 15TH ANNIVERSARY -- See Talkin' Blues. Blind Willie's (Powell)

BLUE COLLAR COMEDY TOUR -- See listing for Feb. 23. Fox Theater (Kelly)

JOHN DIGWEED -- A regular of the international DJ circuit, Digweed hosts his own U.K. club night, Bedrock, and holds a monthly residency at NYC hot spot Twilo. Digweed also mixed the first Renaissance CD, acted as a DJ in last year's film Groove and toured with fellow DJ Sasha after the worldwide success of their Northern Exposure series of mix CDs. Recordign under the name Bedrock, Digweed produced a track that gained popularity after its use in the film Trainspotting. One of his most recent tracks, "Heaven Scent," is being used as the theme to a DKNY perfume of the same name. The man commands audiences. However, Digweed's return to Atlanta is a more intimate night with a 21-and-up crowd. Sean Cusick also spins. eleven50 (Morin)

FRED EAGLESMITH -- A Canadian troubadour with a knack for words, Eaglesmith captures small slices of life in his stories of wayward rounders and lost souls. He can throw an energetic rave-up in the middle of a set to get your feet tapping, then nail you to the floor with a poignant tale of woe. Listen closely, you might learn something. Red Light Café (Kelly)

MARDI GRAS CHARITY CONCERT -- See listing for Feb. 23. Huey's New Orleans Cafe (Ware)

MICHELLE MALONE, ANDREW HYRA -- Malone, like a vintage wine, continues to improve with age, and her recent efforts are among the best of her very impressive career. Still impassioned and dynamic, even when the audience is lukewarm, she manages to light a fire under apathetic asses with her sincere folk-rock. Gearing up for the release of a new album in April, Malone may debut a few tunes tonight. Andrew Hyra, once half of Billy Pilgrim (and pretty damn sincere himself), opens. Eddie's Attic (Smith)

METROSCENE -- See Earshot. Echo Lounge (Smith)

QUEENIE MULLINIX, RICH REICHNER, BILL KAHLER, BIRD & SIDEKICK TARI -- Moonsong Coffeehouse presents an evening of singer-songwriter talent ranging from folk-acoustic to brass and brash to electrifying country. UU Congregation of Gwinnett/12 Bethseda Church Rd. (Ware)

PINEAL VENTANA -- Macabre performance art meets edgy shock-rock when Atlanta's Pineal Ventana takes the stage. This band is like a distillation of H.P. Lovecraft and Clive Barker horror stories, played out on steel drums and stolen instruments by a roving urban tribe of post-apocalyptic cannibal headhunters. Not for the squeamish. Eyedrum (Nicoll)

PROJECT/OBJECT -- While most tribute bands rely on costumes and look-alikes, P/O delivers stunning note for note renditions of some of Frank Zappa's most significant and difficult music. Featuring former Zappa band vocalist extraordinaire Ike Willis, Project/Object cover the incredible range of styles Zappa embraced -- from intricate jazz time signature compositions to schmaltzy doo-wop -- and nail them every time. Close your eyes, and he's there. Variety Playhouse (Kelly)

SHARKS AND MINNOWS See listing for Feb. 23. Cinefest/Georgia State University (Ware)

SKEETER BRANDON AND HIGHWAY 61 -- Think of a cross between Ray Charles and Jackie Wilson and you start to get a mental picture of Skeeter Brandon. The keyboardist has been known to step away from the ivories and testify directly to his audience without the aid of amplification. A skilled band backs Brandon and this should be a smoking show considering the intimate confines of Chip's. Definitely some Hi-Test Blues for the former gas-station. Chip's/Winder (Smith)

THOMPSON BROTHERS, MIKE PLUME BAND -- You'd be hard pressed to find a group of country/pop guys as earthy and talented as the Thompsons, whose undeniable appeal is very similar to that of the better-known Billygoats. Opening act Mike Plume comes from Nashville by way of Alberta, Canada, with a sound that's part Steve Earle and part John Hiatt. Star Bar (Nicoll)

BILLY'S: Ed and Rick

BLIND WILLIE'S: Blues Harp Heaven with Carey Bell and the Shadows

BLUE RACCOON: Big Royal

BRANDYHOUSE: TBA

BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four, local artists

BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILL: Karaoke

THE CHAMBER: Europa - modern dance music with DJ Gene Carbonell

CHECKERED PARROT: The Talk

CHIP'S-WINDER: Skeeter Brandon & HWY 61

CINEFEST: Sharks and Minnows

CLASSICS: Bear and the Bobcats

CLUB VENUS: DJ Gary B.

DARK HORSE TAVERN : Buffalo Mickel, Hal 9000, Kitchens of Soul

DARWIN'S: "Steady Rollin" Bob Margolin

THE DERBY-NESBIT FERRY: Atlanta Heat with Lotsa Poppa

DILLONS: Andrew Leonza

THE EARL: Benefit for Young Women's Leadership Project featuring Curtes Mathes, Rizzudo, the Close, Posh Digs, the A-Set

ECHO LOUNGE: Metroscene CD release party, the Young Antiques

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Michael Malone, Andrew Hyra

EYEDRUM: Pineal Ventana and guests

FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: The Jump Kings

FIREHOUSE: Storm Warning

FIVE SISTERS CAFÉ: Devereaux McClathey - jazz pianist

40 WATT CLUB-ATHENS: The Star Room Boys

FUZZY'S: Barry Richman

HEMINGWAY'S TROPICAL BAR & GRILL: Rich Beatty

HUEY'S: Mardi Gras Concert and Charity Event

JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Mike Veal

JAVA HOUSE: Six Against Seven with Adam Rhinehart

KASTAWAYS: Frankie Moates

KAYA: Capone -n- Noriaga, DJs Trauma and Farenheit

KLASSICS-ATHENS: Alien

KIEFER'S-MARIETTA: Rock Bottom Blues Band

KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo

LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Steele Road

LIBBY'S: Eileen Fulton

LUBY'S: Warehouse

MASQUERADE: Dick Delicious and the Tasty Testicles, Edgewood, Bully, Bastard Out of Carolina

MELLOW MUSHROOM-BUFORD: Dave Williams

METROPOLITAN PIZZA : Impromptu Impromptu

MOONSONGS/UU CONGREGATION OF GWINNET: Queenie Mullinix, Rich Reicher, Bill Kahler, Bird & Sidekick Tari

9 LIVES SALOON: Blacklight Poster Boys, Vessels of Sin, IPS, the Void

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Mudcat

OLDE PECULIAR PUB: Commitaphobics

PHUNKY PHISH: Stonehouse

PIPER'S PUB: Blues Mafia

POOR RICHARDS' PUB: Gene Austin Revue

POPPERS: The Danny Southern Band

RAY'S ON THE RIVER: Mina

RED LIGHT CAFÉ: Fred Eaglesmith

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Another Man Down, Dezeray's Hammer, Johnny Hyde

SOMBER REPTILE: Earth Dog CD release party, Exhibit-X, Asphalt Milk, Senators, the Sloth Band

SPORTS TIME BAR & GRILL-GWINNETT: Nothing Simple

STAR BAR-L5P: The Thompson Brothers, the Mike Plume Band

STUDIO CENTRAL: The Masquerade Bash with DJ Plum and comedian Donte Ray

SWISSOTEL: Graham Jackson, Jr.

UGLY MUG PUB: Wenum Hill

UNDERGROUND MANIACS: Collage Fest 20001 with Groove Stain, Imagine Me Weightless, Johnny Prophet, www.undergroundmaniacs.com

VARIETY PLAYHOUSE: Project/Object

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

WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Alisa Asbury & the Cross Plains Band

WILD WING CAFÉ: Linge Act

WOODEN NICKEL: TBA

YA-YAS: Peadboy

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