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POP/ROCK | Nate Nelson
w/ Tin Cup Prophette
Thurs. April 5
The Map Room

Nate Nelson is a young singer/songwriter settled in the middle of the busy scene in downtown Athens, Ga. A native of Greenville, N.C., he established himself in the Classic City last year as a melody-minded, up-and-coming acoustic songsmith. Nelson's latest is a five-song indie release titled A Sing Song Fashion E.P. He's currently in the studio working on his next full-length album, reportedly titled Knobs Have Turned. After stints in N.Y.C. and Charleston, singer/songwriter Amanda Kapousouz (a.k.a.Tin Cup Prophette) is also currently based in Athens. A longtime collaborator with members of Jump, Little Children and other regional players, she recently broke out into further prominence with the release of her latest collection, Liar and the Thief. Check and for more. --T. Ballard Lesemann THURSDAY

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Thurs. April 5
Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ

Local singer/guitarist Davis Coen, 30, is not only cool enough to pull off wearing an old Fedora on stage; he's cool enough to know the difference between a Hooker boogie and a Leadbelly moaner. The talented musician specializes in slide guitar and harmonica. He's been a regular standout act at recent Lowcountry Blues Bash and Piccolo Spoleto's "Early Bird Blues" events. Coen mostly performs as a solo acoustic guitar, vocal, and harmonica act, with occasional accompaniment. His latest album, Ill Disposition (due in May on 219 Records), is a mix of traditional, acoustic-based country folk-blues and electric-driven original blues compositions. "The album has both grooving classics, like 'Freight Train' and 'Kansas City,' and new compositions like 'Busker's Blues' and the country-flared 'Good Conversation,'" he says. Coen also performs at Fiery Ron's on Thursday (starting after 9:30 p.m.) and does two downtown shows this week -- on Fri. April 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Blind Tiger Pub and on Sat. April 7 at 10 p.m. upstairs at Henry's in the Market. Check out for more. --TBL THURSDAY

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ROCK | Zac Brown Band
w/ Sam Thacker
Sat. April 7
The Windjammer

The guy can croon. The guy can strum super fast. The guy can be as gracious as a granddad. The guy can jam on a groove. The guy can twist a cover song into a surprisingly unique rendition. Georgia-based Americana songwriter Zac Brown, 28, grew up in Cumming, Ga., and kicked off as an acoustic-based, solo singer/guitarist, specializing in a dynamic hand-thumpin' style on the six-string. Over the last year and a half, he formed his own solid backing band (currently it's bassist John Hopkins, fiddler Jimmy De Martini, drummer Marcus Petruska, and electric guitarist Joel Williams) and pressed ahead with his self-produced, independently-released albums, 2004's Far From Einstyne and last year's Home Grown. A new album, titled The Foundation, is in the final stages of production. See for more. --TBL SATURDAY

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INDIE/ROCK | Atlanta Music Collective Benefit Showcase
w/ The Houstons, Morning State, Second Shift
Sat. April 7
Music Farm

The newly-established Atlanta Music Collective (not to be confused with the local New Music Collective) brings a showcase of underground rockstuff to the Farm this Saturday, highlighting some of the up-and-coming talent from Georgia and the region in hopes of raising funds and awareness. "The AMC is a home for Southeast musicians," says co-founder Ian Wheeler, a former Charlestonian. "By forming a loose-knit partnership, we facilitate show trades and contacts. We look for hard-working acts that seek to build their fanbases. We feel that by having a partnership intact, we can further everyone's interests. AMC seeks to aid musicians of all walks." This Saturday's event is the first of several fund-raisers around the South. It features performances by Charlotte band The Houstons (, and Atlanta's Morning State ( and Second Shift (, pictured above. Event sponsors include MoRisen Records and Orange Amps. Check for more. --TBL SATURDAY


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