Blue Man Group: 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.;, (877) 428-4849


Hinder, Saving Abel: Feb. 24; Country Club, 2834 Washington Road; $19.51-$35;; (706) 364-1862

Royal Comedy Tour: 7:30 p.m. March 4; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $39.50-$47.50;; (877) 428-4849

Mandisa, Anita Renfroe: 7 p.m. March 12; Millbrook Baptist Church, 223 South Aiken Blvd.; $23;

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings: 7:30 p.m. March 12; Imperial Theatre, 749 Broad St.; $20-$27.50;

Augusta Blues Festival: 7 p.m. March 12; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $39.50-$46.50; (877) 428-4849

Blake Shelton: 7:30 p.m. March 12; James Brown Arena, 601 Seventh St.; $34.50-$39.50, limit 8;, (877) 428-4849

Pops! at the Bell: Riders in the Sky: 7:30 p.m. March 18; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $25-$45, $7 with military or student ID;

Avett Brothers : 8 p.m. March 27; Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.; $37;, (877) 428-4849

Dierks Bentley: 7 p.m. May 11; $32.50-$44.50;; (877) 428-4849

road trips

tobyMac: today, Bojangles Coliseum, Charlotte

Slash: today, Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte

Pat Greene: Friday, The Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta

Buckcherry: Tuesday, Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte

Celtic Woman: Wednesday and Feb. 24, Fox Theatre, Atlanta

John Mellencamp: Feb. 26, Township Auditorium, Columbia

Oak Ridge Boys: Feb. 26, Newberry Opera House, Newberry, S.C.

Good Charlotte: March 3, Center Stage, Atlanta

STOMP: March 3-6, Fox Theatre, Atlanta

Salt-N-Peppa: March 4, Township Auditorium, Columbia

Kid Rock: March 4, The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga.

Hillsong United: March 7, The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga.

Gallagher: March 7-8, Comedy Zone, Cornelius, N.C.

George Winston: March 8, McGlohon Theatre, Charlotte, N.C.

Jerry Seinfeld: March 12, Fox Theatre, Atlanta

Bryan Adams: March 18, Symphony Hall, Atlanta

Steve Harvey and Kirk Franklin 2011 Comedy Gospel Tour: March 19, Philips Arena, Atlanta

James Taylor: March 23, Koger Center for the Arts, Columbia

Ricky Scaggs: April 9, Newberry Opera House, Newberry

Usher: April 30, Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C., and May 1, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia

Bon Jovi: May 14, Philips Arena, Atlanta



Pop Rocks: Augusta, my Christmas wish list has one thing

My family often accuses me of being a difficult person to Christmas shop for. While it is true that my tastes run toward the particular and tend to lean heavily on easy-to-wrap standards such as books and records, I believe that as I get older, I’m less concerned with the item than the idea. Give me something I believe you have thought about and carefully considered, and I’m happy. The present clearly purchased at the drug store the day before is met with considerably less enthusiasm.

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