What are the best concert venues in Atlanta?

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Sarah Gleim

One of my favorite things to do is attend concerts — and trust me, I see my fair share of live shows in Atlanta every year. The city has a number of major venues where big-name musicians tend to perform, including Philips Arena (Fleetwood Mac, June 10; Bruno Mars, Aug. 22; Rod Stewart, Oct. 19; Andrea Bocelli, Dec. 15; and Justin Timberlake, Dec. 17); Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Tony Bennett, May 31; Phish, July 16 and 17; The Black Crowes, July 20; The Killers, Aug. 15); Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood (the Americanarama Festival of Music Featuring Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, Wilco and more, June 29; Depeche Mode, Sept. 12; Maroon 5, Sept. 16; and John Mayer, Sept. 27); and even Chastain Park Amphitheatre (Darryl Hall & John Oates May 30; Sting, June 10; Joan Baez and Atlanta locals The Indigo Girls, June 15; Harry Connick Jr., July 7; and Atlanta favorites Yacht Rock Review, July 20).

But I really like the smaller venues like Eddie Owen Presents @ Red Clay Theatre in Duluth where singer/songwriters like Matthew Perryman Jones, Griffin House and Holly Williams often perform. I'm also a fan of Park Tavern's Sunday night Unplugged In The Park free summer concert series. The small outdoor venue is ideal for warm summer nights because it overlooks Piedmont Park and the Atlanta skyline — it's pretty tough to beat. Other cool spots/concert venues that are great for live music include The Tabernacle, Variety Playhouse, the Fox Theatre, Smith's Olde Bar and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.  

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