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It takes a very talented musician to make a diminutive instrument like the mandolin into a big deal. Avi Avital is one such musician.

He is the rock star of classical mandolin. In fact, he is the first mandolinist to have been nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Instrumental Soloist." 

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This weekend, the Brian Setzer Orchestra brings some rockabilly swing to get you into the holiday spirit, and Music Midtown hit Nathaniel Rateliff returns to Atlanta.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at some upcoming concerts with "Mara's Music Mix."

The Top 10 Rolling Stones Cover Songs

Dec 2, 2016
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The Rolling Stones have just released their latest album, "Blue and Lonesome."

This is the first album in the group's five-decade-plus career that does not contain original material.

All of the songs are blues covers from legends like Jimmy Reed, Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf.

The Stones have covered a number of groups over the years, especially before Mick Jagger and Keith Richards became a prolific songwriting team.

Here are the 10 best Rolling Stones songs that did not come from the Glimmer Twins.

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Perhaps omelets and sausage links go well with Puccini, or hash browns and pancakes should also be paired with Gershwin.

City Winery, a relatively new venue to Atlanta, pairs dinner and music. But once a month, it presents specialty brunches.

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Elvis, Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, James Brown, Mariah Carey, Sufjan Stevens, the list could go on. At some point during their careers, established music artists record a Christmas album.

Zac Brown Band founding member John Driskell Hopkins has added his voice to the Christmas canon. Last year, he teamed up with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra for “In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays.”

This weekend, a pair of R&B greats hit the arena, and Christmas music "steamrolls" into the city. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at some upcoming concerts in Mara's Music Mix.

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While you may be chowing down on turkey, retail stores everywhere have already signaled the coming of a larger holiday season. And December welcomes plenty of concerts, plays and celebrations of the winter holidays.

This weekend, Spivey Hall hosts two Christmas-themed shows with two critically acclaimed acapella groups.

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Leonard Cohen died on Nov. 7, and it didn't take long for a group of Atlanta musicians to organize a memorial show.

Jeffrey Butzer is no stranger to paying tribute. He's behind the annual Charlie Brown Christmas show at the EARL and has actually put together tributes to Leonard Cohen before, one as recently as September. But Saturday's show at the Star Bar will definitely have a different mood to it. They're calling it "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye" after a song off Cohen's 1967 debut album.

Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, Brad Morgan, Jay Gonzalez, and Matt Patton with Drive-By Truckers perform at the Candler Park Music and Food Festival on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Atlanta.
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This weekend, Atlanta plays host to a soul revival act at the Fox and some politically charged Americana. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for their weekly look at the concert calendar with "Mara's Music Mix."

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Margo Price has had the kind of year that musicians dream about.

The singer-songwriter rose from relative obscurity in the Nashville music scene on the strength of hard-luck songs about alcohol and loss, and made appearances on "Saturday Night Live" and "A Prairie Home Companion" along the way.

"I definitely had faith in the songs," Price told music contributor Mara Davis while in town for a recent show at Terminal West, "but I don't know that I projected that it would go this far."

Patti Austin Brings Lifelong Love Of Jazz To Atlanta

Nov 15, 2016
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Patti Austin made her Apollo Theater debut at the age of 4 on a dare.

“We went to see the Apollo to see Dinah Washington,” said Austin, who often met renowned musicians growing up through her musical father, a professional trombone player. With some precociousness, Austin ended up on stage. “Dinah dared me to sang, I sang, and I finished singing and ran off the stage. The audience liked it, and I liked that they liked it, and I ran into the arms of a guy who was on one knee in the wing.”

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Punk rock and dance pop are dominating this weekend's concert calendar. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss to lay out "Mara's Music Mix."

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Leonard Cohen, the gravelly-voiced Canadian singer-songwriter of "Hallelujah," ''Suzanne" and "Bird on a Wire," has died at age 82.

Cohen's management said in a statement Thursday that he has passed away, and a memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. No further details on his death were given.

Cohen, also renowned as a poet, novelist and aspiring Zen monk, blended folk music with a darker, sexual edge that won him fans around the world and among fellow musicians like Bob Dylan and R.E.M.

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Amanda Shires' story sounds like an old country song, with a childhood divided between parents in Lubbock and Mineral Wells, Texas. She's a violinist who joined the legendary Western swing band The Texas Playboys when she was just 15 years old. More recently she played in Jason Isbell's band, The 400 Unit, before dating and eventually getting married – though that hasn't necessarily meant settling down.

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A pair of female rock and roll legends will share an arena and the "Highway to the Dangerzone" leads right to the Marcus JCC Book Festival this weekend.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at metro Atlanta's upcoming concert offerings with Mara's Music Mix.

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One of the most successful singers in the world makes her long-awaited return to Atlanta tonight and a faceless songwriter takes to the arena.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead at this weekend's upcoming concerts with "Mara's Music Mix."

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A successful endowment campaign for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is fulfilling a promise two years early: to increase the number of musicians.

In 2014 contract negotiations, management at the Woodruff Arts Center promised the players to restore their complement to 88 by 2018.

An endowment campaign to raise the needed $25 million beat the deadline, and ASO says hiring is now underway. The Delta Air Lines Foundation contributed 10 percent of the needed amount.

Pianist William Ransom's latest album is a tribute to love he has lost. 

Called "Listening to Memories," he dedicates the album in total to his father, but each individual track is linked to someone who has left a profound impact on him. 

"This is really the most personal disk I ever made because I wasn't worried about anything except expressing my love and memory of these extraordinary people in my life," Ransom said. "And they are still very much a part of me every day." 

Phish performs during the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn., Sunday, June 10, 2012.
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This weekend brings surfer-songwriters, country rebels and the quintessential jam band to Atlanta. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look ahead with "Mara's Music Mix."

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Richard Thompson has been performing professionally and writing songs for nearly 50 years.  Starting with his work with the seminal British folk-rock band Fairport Convention, Thompson has assembled a long line of critically-acclaimed albums which feature his unique songwriting style. Rolling Stone ranked him as one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, and his albums regularly appear in best-of lists.

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Eight months ago, Atlanta choir director Trey Clegg set out on a new venture. He had noticed that choirs were rarely culturally mixed, and he wanted to change that. His new choir, the Trey Clegg Singers, seeks to represent the true diversity of Atlanta through music.  

Clegg said that having a diverse group of singers promotes conversations that people might not be having.

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A "Messenger" is arriving in the west side of town and alternative black culture is taking over Mechanicsville.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss to unpack the weekend's concert offerings on Mara's Music Mix.

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If you spent any time near a radio in the 1990s, there is a good chance you are already familiar with Emily Saliers. She’s half of the Grammy Award-winning duo The Indigo Girls, along with songwriter Amy Ray. Now, over three decades into a professional music career, Saliers begins recording her very first solo album this winter, and she’s getting a hand from her fans.

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With acoustic guitars to the north and turntables to the east, Atlanta has a variety of festivals and concerts going on this weekend.

Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at what going on this weekend with "Mara's Music Mix."

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Matt Haimovitz had a big idea with the passion and the work ethic to see it through; all he was lacking was the funding.

The inventive and ever-evolving cellist wanted to commission six composers to write six overtures to J.S. Bach’s famous cello suites. It was an untraditional proposal, but it’s the sort of challenge that intrigues seasoned composers like Philip Glass.

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On its website,the members of cordis describes the band's sound as if Igor Stravinsky and Sigur Ros started a band together. Each group member is classically trained, but they are able to meld that method of musicality with rock sensibilities.

“Classical music is a very disciplined thing. When we were in school, it was hours and hours of practicing,” said Richard Grimes, founder of the group. “Rock has more of an emotional immediacy.”

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If Music Midtown didn’t leave you all festival'ed-out, two more music festivals are hitting the metro Atlanta area this weekend. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a preview of upcoming concerts for "Mara's Music Mix."

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Beyoncé honored a late Atlanta rapper at the Georgia Dome on Monday.

During a moment of the pop star's Formation World Tour, Beyoncé and her backup dancers danced to a remix of the singer's "Diva" and rapper Shawty Lo's popular song "Dey Know."

Shawty Lo's Twitter then tweeted "Thank you @ Beyonce #longlivelo."

Beyonce performs during the Formation World Tour at NRG Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Houston.
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This weekend, a pair of beloved singer-songwriters hit the Fox and Queen Bey returns to the Dome. Contributor Mara Davis joins host emeritus Steve Goss for a look at upcoming concerts in "Mara’s Music Mix."

A3C Festival and Conference

In just a couple weeks, Atlanta's Old Fourth Ward will turn into a hot bed for hip-hop heads and music enthusiasts, drawing fans, burgeoning talent and some big names.

It’s A3C, the annual hip-hop festival, now in its 12th year. But it’s also a conference filled with panels, workshops, meet-ups and interviews about just about everything in the hip-hop industry.

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