Hot Concerts

May 30, 1993

Here's a look at some of the best bets in this summer's concert season:

Suede, with Suddenly Tammy. June 1 at the 930 Club. England's hottest new alternative band makes its American debut in D.C. See them now, boast about it later.

Mary-Chapin Carpenter. June 27 at Pier Six. Not only does Carpenter keep getting better, but it's a benefit to boot.

Van Halen, with Vince Neil. July 17 and 18 at Merriweather. Rock guitar fans should go wild for this one, which boasts not one but two fretboard virtuosos: Eddie Van Halen (with Van Halen) and Steve Stevens (with Vince Neil).

Lollapalooza '93. Date and location to be announced. Imagine if Woodstock toured, and you'll understand why alternative rock fans would rather listen to Lawrence Welk than miss this.

Festival New Orleans. July 31 at Merriweather. Like the Jazz and Heritage Festival, this promises good food and a wide range of musical talent. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Dr. Dre, Geto Boys, Run-D.M.C., Onyx. Date and location to be announced. This isn't just the toughest gangsta rap package on the road -- it's also the most musical in years.

James Brown. Aug. 8 at Pier Six. He's stronger and more spirited than he has been in years. And how often do you get the chance to catch a legend in person?

Tony Bennett with the Count Basie Orchestra. Sept. 1 at Merriweather. One of pop music's greatest voices, with one of jazz's swingingest bands. A perfect pairing.

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