Merriweather adds dates

April 08, 1994|By J. D. Considine | J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic

Like the warm weather itself, the summer concert season seems to be arriving in fits and starts. This Sunday, more subscription series will go on sale at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, adding four new lineups to the two announced three weeks ago.

As usual, each series is grouped around an assumed area of interest, so Barry Manilow fans won't be forced to see the H.O.R.D.E. tour (and vice versa). And as seems to be the case most summers, these initial offerings tend toward the tried and true -- not to mention the old.

Series C, for instance, could be considered the "classic rock" offering. It begins with Meat Loaf, who performs on May 22, and proceeds to a double bill of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Ted Nugent (May 30), a symphonic show with the Moody Blues (July 5), and a double bill of the Doobie Brothers and Foreigner.

Series E is the alterna-rocker package. Depeche Mode will be at the pavilion on June 14, with Primal Scream, but probably without Andy Fletcher, who is taking time off from the Mode. Then it'sa triple bill featuring the Spin Doctors, the Gin Blossoms and Cracker (July 20), plus the annual visit from the H.O.R.D.E. Festival, which this year includes Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, the Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies and the Allman Brothers. Rounding out the series is the ever-popular To Be Announced.

Series G (both Series D and F have been held back for now) is the Sensitive '70s Rocker program, featuring Jackson Browne (plus opener John Hiatt) on July 21, and Steve Miller on July 28. Stevie Nicks and Dan Fogelberg will be part of the series, but dates have not been announced.

Finally, there's Series H, the Art Rock confab. The current version of Yes brings its "Talk" tour on June 19, and is followed by a second symphonic Moody Blues show, this one on July 6. Then it's Emerson, Lake & Palmer (July 19) and yet another orchestral offering -- Daltrey Sings Townshend (Aug. 13).

For the time being, these shows will only be available by mail and on a subscription basis. No phone charges will be taken. For further information, call (410) 730-2424.

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