FRIDAY AT THE HUMMINGBIRD STAGE AND TAPROOM
Col. Bruce Hampton has been a stalwart of Atlanta's avant-garde, experimental and jamband scenes since the formation of the Hampton Grease Band in the late 1960s. Over the years, his bands have been a springboard for many talented musicians, most notably the fabled Aquarium Rescue Unit, which helped propel the careers of Oteil Burbridge, Jimmy Herring, the Rev. Jeff Mosier and others. His newest band, the Madrid Express, continues the tradition of Hampton surrounding himself with some of the best musicians in the business. 10:30 p.m. $5.
The Stranger: A Tribute to Billy Joel
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SATURDAY AT THE COX CAPITOL THEATRE
The Stranger bills itself as the "complete premier tribute" to Billy Joel, one of the most recognizable songwriters of the last half century. Fronted by piano man Mike Santoro (who is from the same town as Joel and favors the musician), they'll be presenting spot-on renditions of selections from Joel's catalog, from the greatest hits to the lesser-known B-sides. Doors: 7 p.m./Show: 8 p.m. $15.
Fire and the Knife
SATURDAY AT THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND MUSEUM AT THE BIG HOUSE
Atlanta-based Fire and the Knife is J.J. Boogie and Nanyana Summer. They take bits of soul, country and the blues as influences and fuse it into what they call a "new Southern rock sound." J.J. Boogie also tours with and produces records for Arrested Development, which adds another stylistic element to the group's sound. This will be an intimate show inside the Big House, with seating limited to only 30 people. 6 p.m. $30.
Snake Oil, Crawl and Dead Hand
SATURDAY AT GRANT'S LOUNGE
This show is being billed as a "soundtrack sludgy enough to match the grime on the streets." The three bands on the bill -- Tallahassee's Snake Oil, Atlanta's Crawl and locals Dead Hand -- play rock 'n' roll of the doom and stoner variety. Grant's Lounge, with its dank and dirty furnishings and dimly-lit stage, seems like the perfect locale for that sort of show. Get ready to riff. 9 p.m. $5.
SATURDAY AT THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE
Robert McDuffie is an internationally-acclaimed violinist who also happens to be from Macon. He's invested in his home community through his Center for Strings at Mercer University, which provides world-class musical training to a handful of talented students. Through his music, he's also tackling one of the most sensitive issues in Macon: race. This free words and music performance also will feature younge people from Theatre Macon's Youth Actor Company. 7 p.m. Free, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up at the Grand's box office, located at 651 Mulberry St.