Live Mu­sic Venues

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APACHE CAFE— This funky spot show­cases a di­verse range of acts from Po­tent Po­et­ics po­etry read­ings to Her­a­tio Valentino’s Ear­gasm DJ per­for­mance. Open nightly. 64 3rd St. NW, Mid­town, 404.876.5436. Map3/E5 BUCK­HEAD THE­ATRE— Orig­i­nally opened in 1931, the his­toric At­lanta build­ing re-opened last year af­ter two years of ren­o­va­tions. To­day it hosts con­certs, sport­ing events and more. Up­com­ing events: 10th An­nual Taste of Buck­head Sept. 18, The Air­borne Toxic Event Sept. 28. Call for a com­plete sched­ule. www.the­buck­headthe­ 3110 Roswell Road NE, Buck­head, 404.843.2825. Map2/C7 CEN­TER STAGE— Com­prised of three dif­fer­ent stages, this venue of­fers all kinds of shows. Guests can sit back at Cen­ter Stage Theater, dance at The Loft or drink and min­gle at Vinyl. www.cen­ter­stage-at­ 1374 West Peachtree St. NW, Mid­town, 404.885.1919. Map3/A5 ED­DIE’S AT­TIC— The place to catch lo­cal and na­tion­ally tour­ing acous­tic acts and song­writ­ers. Mon­day night is Open Mic night. Call for ticket prices and a sched­ule. Mu­sic starts at 8 pm on week­days, 7 pm McDonoughon week­ends.St., De­catur, www.ed­diesat­ 515-B N. Map1/D7 RED may LIGHTbe known CAFÉ— for This blue­grass­cozy cof­fee­house­and Amer­i­cana venue per­for­mances,rock and bur­lesque­but a shows steady will lineup also of keep jazz, you blues, en­ter­tained.A lim­ited food Check menu web­siteis avail­able.for up­com­ingOpen late shows.daily.­light­­town, 404.874.7828. 553 Am­s­ter­dam Ave. NE, Map3/B8 SMITH’Syou won’t OLDE find BAR—at this There gritty, aren’t two-story many bar gen­res that knows how to gather a crowd. Smith’s is a lo­cal fa­vorite and fea­tures an im­pres­sively di­verse per­for­mance sched­ule in three rooms—the gen­eral-pur­pose Bar Room, large and lively Mu­sic Room and in­ti­mate At­lanta Room. www.smith­sol­de­ 1578 Pied­mont Ave. NE, Mid­town, 404.875.1522. Map1/D6 STAR BAR— Known for its com­mu­nity rock and roll scene, this bar is the per­fect place to watch At­lanta’s rock tal­ent per­form. There’s also a great juke­box and even a shrine in the front ded­i­cated to Elvis. Call for a sched­ule.­bar. net. 437 More­land Ave. NE, Lit­tle Five Points, 404.681.9018. Map1/D7 THE DRUNKEN UNI­CORN— Show­cas­ing in­die bands of from near and far, this venue is al­ways packed with lo­cals. A full bar is lo­cated in the back of the venue. Call for a mu­sic sched­ule. www.the­drunk­e­nuni­ 736 Ponce De Leon Place NE, Mid­town, 404.870.0575. Map1/D7 THE EARL— Guests can peruse the ex­ten­sive menu in the front room or dance to bands play­ing in the back at this East At­lanta restau­rant and lounge con­sid­ered one of the best live mu­sic bars in the city. Check web­site for sched­ule of up­com­ing shows. L&D (daily). Open late daily. www. 488 Flat Shoals Ave., East At­lanta, 404.522.3950. Map1/D8 THE FIVE SPOT— Named for its cen­tral lo­ca­tion in Lit­tle Five Points, this venue hosts all kinds of mu­sic, in­clud­ing blue­grass, hip-hop, jazz, in­die rock and more. The menu of­fers more than 100 kinds of beer and a wide se­lec­tion of food. www. 1123 Eu­clid Ave. NE, Lit­tle Five Points, 404.223.1100. Map1/D7 VA­RI­ETY PLAY­HOUSE— This is one of the city’s most pop­u­lar stops for big-name, tour­ing artists. Thanks to the venue’s su­pe­rior acous­tics and sound sys­tem, many artists record live al­bums from their per­for­mances here. Best yet, the venue’s size al­lows for ma­jor acts to per­form more in­ti­mate shows. Check web­site for show sched­ule. www. va­ri­ety-play­ 1099 Eu­clid Ave., Lit­tle Five Points, 404.524.7354. Map1/D7

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