Merriweather will have Sinatra, Buffett

March 17, 1994|By J. D. Considine | J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic

It may still feel like winter outside, but it's beginning to look like summer on the concert scene.

Yesterday, the Merriweather Post Pavilion announced the first concerts in its summer subscription series.

Included are shows by such stars as Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Buffett, Bonnie Raitt, Barry Manilow and Steely Dan.

Series A includes shows by Mr. Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band with the Iguanas (July 26); Chicago (Aug. 12); Steely Dan (Aug. 23); Ms. Raitt with Bruce Hornsby (July 29); and James Taylor (Aug. 20).

Series B features Mr. Sinatra (date to be announced); Liza Minnelli (Aug. 16); Julio Iglesias (July 27); and Mr. Manilow (to be announced).

Tickets for these concerts will be available by subscription only, with prices per series ranging from around $100 for lawn seats to approximately $250 for "Gold Circle Seating" at the front of the Pavilion. Merriweather will begin taking phone charge orders Monday; details will appear in the Merriweather ad in this Sunday's Sun.

There has been no announcement on when individual concert tickets will become available. A Merriweather spokeswoman did say that further concerts will go on sale in April.

Even though the earliest of these shows isn't until July 26, Merriweather is hardly jumping the gun. Already, the Pink Floyd concert July 9 at Washington's RFK Stadium is sold out, and a second show, for July 10, will go on sale tomorrow.

Moreover, this is just the beginning of what should prove to be a very busy summer for pop stars.

Already, tours are in the works for the Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand (May 10 and 12 are the rumored dates for her USAir Arena shows, but there's been no official word) and the reunited Eagles, in addition to a fourth Lollapalooza outing -- this time featuring Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, the Beastie Boys and George Clinton.

Add in not one but two Woodstock anniversary shows, and it looks like pop fans will have an unusually wide range of choices this summer.

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