Sound Menu June 27 2001 Tues

ATERCIOPELADOS — Columbian duo Aterciopelados are part of that wonderful third wave of Latin music invading the U.S. alongside Ricky Martin's glitzy pop of and the Buena Vista Social Club's old-school classicism. Big stars in South America, Aterciopelados update the tropicalistas' tendency to mix local folk styles with hip American sounds (alt-pop, lounge, electronica) and progressive politics. Their 200 CD, Gozo Poderoso, suggests the group (whose name translates to the Velvety Ones) is well worth seeking out. International Ballroom (Sarig)

BENEFIT FOR DONNIE MCCORMICK — Known around Atlanta for tapping out a rhythm on a chicken coop and anything else in the building, Donnie McCormick has made quite an impact on the music scene, playing with the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. Paying tribute on the first of the two-day event are Tonohoney, Mike Veal & the DeVilles, Bear Facts and a jam with Barry Richman, Sean Costello and McCormick himself. The door proceeds go to help McCormick while he recovers from multiple heart attacks suffered in April. Northside Tavern (Keel)

HAYSEED DIXIE — If this band's name sounds oddly similar to that of a classic Aussie hard-rock band, it's no accident. The novelty act's debut CD offers a bluegrass and Appalachian folk take on songs such as "Highway to Hell" and "You Shook Me All Night Long." Besides uniting music that rednecks actually like with a tradition they're associated with by stereotype, there's not much to be gleaned from this band's one-joke schtick. Entertaining, however, it certainly is. Smith's Olde Bar (Sarig)

KAREN KAY — Kicking off the Open-Mic Finalist Showcase at 8 p.m. is the honey-throated singer/songwriter from Missouri who describes her own material as "either pretty or pretty weird." That's a surprisingly accurate assessment of her unique stage act. Imagine Joan Baez singing about UFOs and you get the idea. Eddie's Attic (Nicoll)

R. KELLY, SUNSHINE ANDERSON, SYLEENA JOHNSON — Once R. Kelly got everyone to believe that he could fly, he has returned to the boot-knockin' songs that made him famous with his recent release TP-2.com. Meanwhile, Sunshine Anderson's current hit, "Heard It All Before," posits her as a cross between Helen Reddy and Lauryn Hill. Kelly's latest protégé/diva/zombie Syleena Johnson opens. Fox Theater (Whitaker)

APACHE CAFE: 4 Kings with hip-hop on the Ave

BAYOU ROOM: Ladies '80s night with DJ Karl Morrow

BILLY'S: Martay's Partay

BLIND WILLIE'S: Allstar benefit for Chicago Bob featuring Sandra Hall, Houserocker Johnson, Lotsa Poppa, The Shadows, others

BLUE SKY TAVERN: Motor City Josh

BRADLEY'S AMERICAN CAFE: Burt Mabry & Steve Ward

BRANDYHOUSE: Yamagata, Field Trip

CHURCHILL GROUNDS: Jam Session with Danny Harper

COMEAUX'S: Falling Up

DARK HORSE TAVERN: Odyssey, LK5, Echodrive

DARWIN'S: Forrest McDonald's blues jam

THE EARL: Butterfield 8 presents Ladies Night

ECHO LOUNGE: Rock and Roll High School - DJs spin your favorite punk, rock, goth and glam

ECLIPSE DI LUNA: Trio Latino Band

EDDIE'S ATTIC: Amy Loftus, Karen Kay

1848 CAFE: Blackgrass Blues with Hal Beaver


FOX THEATER: R Kelly, Sunshine Anderson, Syleena Johnson

FUZZY'S: Donna Hopkins



KAYA: Elevation with Sol Konfuscation and DJ Bruce Banner; House Arrest - house DJs including Kemit, Kevin O and J-Luv, plus buffet

MCDUFF'S IRISH PUB: Open mic with Vicki Salz



9 LIVES SALOON: Mike Tramp of White Lion, Bang the Union, Pink Steel

NOMENCLATURE MUSEUM: Food For The Distraught with rotating DJs Spearhead X, J-Sun, Boolicious and Hazeus

NORTHSIDE TAVERN: Benefit for Donnie McCormick with Tonohoney, Mike Veal & the DeVilles, Bear Facts, Pead Boy, others

OLDE PECULIAR PUBLIC HOUSE: Open-mic with Dave Craver

PEASANT UPTOWN: The Steven Charles Jazz Duo

POPPER'S: Open jam with Bones

RED LIGHT CAFE: Cookies & comedy

SMITH'S OLDE BAR: Hayseed Dixie, Spearhead

STAR BAR-L5P: Funk with Romeo Cologne


VININGS INN: Ian Schumacher

VIOLETTE RESTAURANT: Jus Jazz featuring Dave Wallis, Eddie Taylor, Dan Coy, Shack Lewis, Rita Graham

WILD WING CAFE: The Pheromones