You ready for a whole mess of live music this summer? Well, we understand if you’re overwhelmed by the sheer choices of bands/DJs/artists to check out in Atlanta. That’s why we did all the legwork for you, curating a collection of truly can’t-miss concerts — especially if you’re a fan of soul, jazz, house and true-school hip-hop. Read up and plan accordingly.
June 23: Underground System, The Dangerfeel Newbies, Daz I-Kue — Local soul/jazz/house heroes The Dangerfeel Newbies and U.K. born, ATL-based producer/DJ Daz-I- Kue take the stage with rising Afrobeat stars Underground System … which is sure to equal a genre-jumping night of high-energy music. Aisle 5. aisle5atl.com.
June 24: Jonathan Butler, Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle — Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. www.cobbenergycentre.com.
June 25: Black Milk & Nat Turner with Boog Brown, Yani Mo, DJ Kerosene, Hosted by Fort Knox — Aisle 5. aisle5atl.com.
June 26: Steely Dan with Steve Winwood — Chastain Park Amphitheatre. www.chastainseries.com.
July 1: An Evening With Lynne Jordan: A Musical Tribute to Nina Simone — City Winery. www.citywinery.com/atlanta.
July 1: Adron — The EARL. www.badearl.com.
July 2: The Brand New Heavies — The 1990s-era band that brought back the soul/funk sounds of the 1970s, The Brand New Heavies, hits the stage in Atlanta — with beloved lead singer N’Dea Davenport along for the ride. Buckhead Theatre. www.nextlevelatlanta.com.
July 2: Lion Babe — Vinyl. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.
July 7: Emily King/PJ Morton — Seeing singers/songwriters Emily King and PJ Morton alone would be a serious treat, but here we’ve got both powerhouses bringing their soulful and introspective songs together at the same damn time. You should run your ass to the box office, like, now. The Loft. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.
July 9: The Wolf Creek Old School Hip Hop Fest featuring Doug E. Fresh, Juvenile, Whodini, and more — Wolf Creek Amphitheater. www.wolfcreekamphitheater.com.
July 9: RCR! Against Domestic Violence — “A night designed to help give others a voice through music. With DJs Vicki Powell, DJ Deb, DJ Bri and Tora Torres. Proceeds go to charity. WildPitch Music Hall. www.facebook.com/ WildPitchNightclub.
July 16: Amel Larrieux — Atlanta’s newest intimate music venue (which also happens to be a winery and a restaurant) welcomes former Groove Theory frontwoman Amel Larrieux and her mellow soul style to its soon-to-be-jumping stage. City Winery (at Ponce City Market). www.citywinery.com/atlanta.
July 16: The Wolf Creek Funk Series featuring Sheila E, Confunkshun, Lakeside, and The Mary Jane Girls — Wolf Creek Amphitheater. www.wolfcreekamphitheater.com.
July 16: SiriusXM Presents “I Love The 90s” Featuring Salt N Pepa with Spinderella, Biz Markie, Kid ‘N Play, All-4- One, Coolio, Tone Loc, Rob Base, And Young MC — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. www.vzwamp.com.
July 17: ATL Collective Presents Jimi Hendrix’ Are You Experienced — Terminal West. www.terminalwestatl.com.
July 19: An Evening with Macy Gray — City Winery. www. citywinery.com/atlanta.
July 22: Digable Planets — The Masquerade (Hell). www.masqueradeatlanta.com.
July 31: Art of Rap Festival — Ice-T’s lauded documentary “The Art of Rap” gets brought to life on stage in the form of a festival with the same name, featuring music by him, Public Enemy, Grandmaster’s Furious Five, Naughty By Nature, Mobb Deep, Kurtis Blow, EPMD and Busy Bee. Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood. thelakewoodamphitheater.com.
Aug. 5: Chaka Khan — In a time when our soul legends are passing away in disturbingly large numbers, it’s imperative to see straight-up icons like Chaka Khan whenever you get a chance. And here’s your chance for 2016. She’s got nothing but classics in her catalog … be prepared to be singing along all night. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. www.cobbenergycentre.com.
Aug. 6: KISS 104.1 Flashback Festival — Featuring George Clinton and more. Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood. thelakewoodamphitheater.com.
Aug. 7: Raekwon and Ghostface Killah — Center Stage. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.
Aug 19: ATL Collective Presents TLC’s Crazy Sexy Cool — This should be fun: ATL Collective, the outfit that stages live versions of classic albums, is giving “Crazy Sexy Cool” the royal treatment. Expect to see some of the city’s top musicians and singers banging out this legendary LP. Terminal West. terminalwestatl.com.
Aug. 20: The Wolf Creek Funk Series featuring Morris Day, Midnight Star, and more — Wolf Creek Amphitheater. www.wolfcreekamphitheater.com.
Aug. 25: Jill Scott — This show will undoubtedly sell out. You know how folks (especially the ladies) LOVE Jilly from Philly. Chastain Park Amphitheatre. www.chastainseries.com.
Aug. 27: Nik West — The bassist/vocalist who’s been taking the world by storm — partly via some viral videos of her performing acoustic renditions of Michael Jackson and Prince hits (among others) — brings her multitalented self to the cozy space at Vinyl for one funky, funky night. Vinyl. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.
Aug. 27: A Night of Classic R&B featuring Blackstreet, Joe, and Eric Benet — Wolf Creek Amphitheater. www.wolfcreekamphitheater.com.
Sept. 1-5: Atlanta Weekender — Edgewood Club District. www.atlantaweekender.com.
Sept. 4: House in the Park — Grant Park. www.houseinthepark.org.
Sept. 8: Bad Boy Family Reunion: Puff Daddy, Faith Evans, Lil Kim, Mase — Philips Arena. www.ticketmaster.com.
Sept. 6: Kraftwerk — Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. www.cobbenergycentre.com.
Sept. 10: ONE Musicfest — Jay Carter’s hip-hop/R&B/soul- flavored festival takes control of the city one mo’ gin, with heavyweight acts like Ice Cube, Erykah Badu, Anderson .Paak, Gary Clark Jr., Jazmine Sullivan and what seems like the whole-damn Dungeon Family. This is one you would hate yourself for missing … so don’t. Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood. www.onemusicfest.com.
Sept. 17: The Wolf Creek Funk Series featuring Cameo, SOS Band, Klymaxx, and more — Wolf Creek Amphitheater. www.wolfcreekamphitheater.com.
Oct. 1: Lalah Hathaway Live in Concert with Jarrod Lawson — Center Stage. www.centerstage-atlanta.com.
Oct. 4: Prophets of Rage — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. www.vzwamp.com.
Oct. 5-9: A3C — Various Venues. www.a3cfestival.com.
Oct. 25: King — Center Stage. www.centerstage-atlanta.com