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Sound Menu January 06 2001 Sat

SAT/JANUARY 6
BREEZE KINGS — The crowd-pleasing blues band blasts away in the tough Winder roadhouse. This no bullshit quartet flies the Double D flag, givin' the people what they want: music to keep folks dancin' and drinkin'. The rest is up to you. Chip's/Winder (Smith)
ELVIS' BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION — Always one of the biggest nights of the year here, the King's birthday observance packs this club to capacity. With mighty Mike Geier and his jumbo ensemble Kingsized in their usual top form (expertly aping the sound of Elvis' Vegas-era show band), it's a good idea to arrive early and stake your spot by the stage. It's also the final show for Kingsized drummer Loy Franklin, who's heading off to Seattle after five years keeping the beat. Star Bar (Nicoll)
DEIRDRE FLINT — Flint plays folky geek chic like a more twangy Jill Sobule. If ever, oh ever, a vocal accompanist was made in heaven for Weird Al Yankovic's less manic moments, Flint is it. Classically trained folkie Andrew Irwin opens. Java House (Ware)
FUNKJAZZKAFÉ — As it does once every season, the FunkJazzKafé returns to pack the Tabernacle with live music, DJs, poetry, art, film and teeming masses meeting, greeting, dancing, watching and crowding the stairwells. Performers haven't been announced, as usual, but there's a good chance it'll be someone you want to hear. Tabernacle (Sarig)
HALCYON, TAMMY FOWLER — Florida's Halcyon are always a favorite of the Agnes Scott crowd — a joyful, enthusiastic and charismatic duo who may remind Attic regulars of the young Indigo Girls. They play two shows tonight, a 7 p.m. all-ages set and another at 9:30 that's 21-and-up. Tammy Fowler, a skillful and very amusing solo singer/songwriter who's alone worth the admission price, will open the 9:30 performance. Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)
THE LEAGUE OF DECENCY — Originally formed as a standards-playing house band at The Point in '84, the League has morphed into a big band of swanky irregulars. Following the swing saturation of the late '90s, longtime Atlanta swingsters the League of Decency transformed themselves — Chris Gaines style — into the mythical Mondo Heptet. It was a reinvention of both identity and musicality, with the Mondo Heptet taking a more progressive, looser approach to the unfortunately burnt-out classic jazz style. Tonight the League ask anyone with a decent amount of rhythm to come on, dance and be happy with whatever the League swings at them. Smith's Olde Bar (Smith/Hutchinson)
LIFT, ADOM — Here's a fine pair of Atlanta alt-rock acts, both of whom have a next-big-thing buzz hovering over them. Bandleader Molly Bancroft is the charismatic center of Lift, playing out each song like it's a mini-opera depicting triumph over heartbreak. Adom have a dense and intense sound that's equally dark and often just as uplifting. Echo Lounge (Nicoll)
THE PLASTIC PLAN, EMPIRE STATE, RIZZUDO — While much has been made of the Plastic Plan's Orwellian imagery and new wave/prog approach, the band's secret weapon is its most traditional rock component: Colin English bangs the fuck out of his drums, and with such power and precision it's easy to mistake his human skills for an automatic rifle's assault. Empire State also have a ghost in their machine, having very cleverly invented their own instruments for use in the trio's quirky pop. Rizzudo is the new trio made up of brothers named Durant (including Plexoject's Gill Durant). The Earl (Sarig)BASIL'S CAFÉ: Steven Charles Jazz Duo
BAYOU ROOM: TBA
BILLY'S : Jammin' DJs
BLUE LAGOON LOUNGE: Deke Dean & Blue Avenue, Diggity
BLUE RACCOON: Ricky Fargo
BRANDYHOUSE: Fat Apple with Jelly Roll
BRIDGES: Jazz with the Sharp Four, local artists
BUFFALO'S-PLEASANT HILLS: Karaoke
CAJUN KITCHEN: Midnight Caravan
THE CHAMBER: Europa with DJ Gene Carbonell
CHECKERED PARROT: Lou's Jr.
CHIP'S-WINDER: Breeze Kings
DARK HORSE TAVERN: Dreadnot, Sing Sing Prison, Mercycrush
DARWIN'S: Heaven Davis & the Aggravatin Papas
THE EARL: The Plastic Plan, Empire State, Rizzudo
ECHO LOUNGE: Lift, Adom
EDDIE'S ATTIC: Halcyon, Tammy Fowler
FAT MATT'S RIB SHACK: Rough Draft
FUZZY'S: Mike Veal
GEORGIA THEATRE-ATHENS: Eddie "the Chief" Clearwater
HARVEST CAFE-ACWORTH: Open mic night
JAKE'S ROADHOUSE: Little Joey's Jump & Jive
JAVA HOUSE: Dierdre Flint, Andy Irwin
KAYA: House of Love presents the Chronicle Live with DJ Talib Shabazz
KILLER CREEK: Showtyme Jazz Duo
LAST GREAT WATERING HOLE: Southern Knights
LAZY DOG TAVERN: Uncle Don's Bullet-Proof Blues Band
MASQUERADE: Self Denial, Kindlespine, 5 More Dead, X-Vortex, Skerv, Reflux, Fold, Minus
METROPOLITAN PIZZA: Impromptu
MURPHY'S LAW: The Bretheren
9 LIVES SALOON: Something Left After the Misfortune, Dead Cel Factor, Smugface, Jody Blond
THE OFFICE: Alien
OLDE PECULIAR HOUSE: The Donors
THE PAVILLION: Brian Collins
RED LIGHT CAFÉ: Caritas and the Amazing Tom Machine
SMITH'S OLDE BAR: The League Of Decency
SOMBER REPTILE: Vertigo Lounge, Karma Lingo, Descending Fire
STAR BAR-L5P: Elvis Birthday Celebration featuring Kingsized
SWISSOTEL: Pianist Graham Jackson, Jr.
THE TABERNACLE: FunkJazzKafe
THE VAULT: Cyberia - electronica's dark side with DJ OMAC
WHISKER'S TAVERN-DUNWOODY: Freak the Jones
WILD WING CAFÉ: Tony Brooks
WOODEN NICKEL: Reason Four
YA YA'S: Pead Boy and Friends