“It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”
The late baseball Hall-of-Famer Yogi Berra sure knew what he was talking about most of the time, especially with America’s Greatest Pastime currently in full swing (pun intended.)
But with half of April already in the books, there’s quite a lot of fine entertainment to catch (pun intended again) that may have escaped your attention.
April 14: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Philips Arena Atlanta and April 19 Colonial Life Arena, Columbia.
Always a stellar live act since their formation almost 34 years ago, you can expect Anthony, Flea and the band to play such popular numbers as Dani California, Under the Bridge, Go Robot, and Give it Away.
April 21: The Four Freshmen, 7:30 p.m.Jabez Hardin Performing Arts Theatre, Evans
65 years of success says it all! The Four Freshmen’s close-knit harmonies have influenced countless other vocal groups including Manhattan Transfer, The Four Seasons, and of course, the Beach Boys. Call (706) 726-0366 for tickets.
April 21: Jerry Seinfeld, Township Auditorium, Columbia
Seinfeld’s popularity has never suffered from “shrinkage” as he continues to draw great audiences. Fun Fact: When Seinfeld performed at Bell Auditorium last year, he refused to enter and leave the venue through the same door. No, the “puffy” shirt had nothing to do with it, either.
April 24: Ben Folds, Symphony Hall, Atlanta
Want to be part of Folds’ band? Sure you can, as the entertainer always engages the audience to take part in very creative ways. He’s a helluva piano player too.
April 27: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Joe Walsh, Philips Arena, Atlanta
An ideal collaboration of classic rockers still in their prime. Petty’s “40th Anniversary Tour” rips through the ATL with hit after hit. Walsh, who has been a mainstay of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band for years, is still in fine voice too. This will be a party!
April 28: Billy Joel, Sun Trust Park, Atlanta
The Braves fabulous new digs will be terrific for major acts like Joel. When you have over 40 songs that almost everyone knows by heart, it’s just a matter of which ones the Piano Man is in the mood to play.
April 30: Neil Diamond, Philips Arena, Atlanta
Number 9 percussionist Steve Swenson was on a Dick Clark Caravan tour with Diamond in 1966 and told me that Neil always, always had a guitar in his hands. It’s that type of work ethic that leads to a “50th Anniversary Tour” that visits Atlanta on the final day of April.
Don’t forget: The superb Imperial Theatre movie series that features Deconstructing the Beatles resumes April 20 (Sgt. Pepper,) April 27 (Rubber Soul) and May 4 (The White Album.) Gee, even Yogi Berra had more hits than the Beatles (3 puns and I’m out!)