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October 09, 2003|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

Folky, funky sounds

Citizen Cope will wax soulful Tuesday at Fletcher's.

Cope, aka Clarence Greenwood, played for years in the Washington music scene - including a stint with the hip-hop outfit Basehead - before he was signed to DreamWorks Records.

Catch the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter's folky, funky and altogether tight sound when he takes the stage after Courtney Dowe's set.

Tickets are $10 for this 18-and-over show. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Fletcher's is at 701 S. Bond St. For more information, call 410-558-1889 or visit

Love the '80s

If loving the '80s is wrong, then Baltimore doesn't wanna be right.

On Saturday , the Ottobar will play host to Eighties Mayhem, an hours-long celebration of the decade's most memorable music and movies.

DJ Steve EP, Mellie Mel and Krasty McNasty are hosts at the 18-and-over event, which starts around 10 p.m. Call the club for cover-charge information.

The Ottobar is at 2549 N. Howard St. For more information, call 410-662-0069 or visit

Hate the '80s

Atomic Books co-owner Benn Ray hasn't jumped on the '80s love train.

And he's put together the third annual I Hate the '80s Night to prove it. The evening of mockery will take place Saturday at Frazier's on the Avenue.

Local act Chester Stacey will perform "Songs in the Key of Money: The Works of Eddie Money," and Secret Crush Society will bring the house down with covers of hit tunes from the gummy-bracelet decade.

As if the Money covers weren't enough to dredge up painful memories, Ray says the six scheduled acts will also play the era's most disturbing, wish-you-could-have-forgotten-them-already songs.

"They can play anything they want," he says, "as long as it was a Top-40 hit between 1980 and 1989."

"The badder the song, the better."

Doors open at 9:30 p.m. There's a $5 cover charge.

Frazier's on the Avenue is at 919 W. 36th St. For more information, call Atomic Books at 410-662-4444 or visit

Gritty rock

Pay homage to the court of Baltimore grit rock, Saturday at the Royal.

The Rockbottom Stylings of Honky Slim, The Tombs and Iron Boss will rock out at this show, which is scheduled to start shortly after doors open at 7 p.m.

Call the club for cover-charge information.

The Royal Baltimore is at 1542 Light St. For more information, call 410-783-7776 or visit

Anarchist Book Fair

The third annual Mid-Atlantic Anarchist Book Fair will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Johns Hopkins University's Levering Hall.

Several book vendors will attend the free event, which also features workshops and lectures.

A concert, featuring Witch Hunt and Charm City Drug Band, among others, will take place on Saturday night in the Glass Pavilion.

Fair hours are noon-6 p.m. both days. The concert, which will begin after the fair, is scheduled to run until 2 a.m.

The Johns Hopkins University is at 3400 N. Charles St. For more information, visit

Reggae rockin'

Reggae great Burning Spear will get the crowd feelin' irie tomorrow at the Recher Theatre.

The Jamaican music legend will headline the show, which also features local fixture Strykers' Posse. Doors open at 8 p.m. for this all-ages show. Tickets are $22 for patrons over 21 and $25 for those under 21.

The Recher Theatre is at 512 York Road. For more information, call 410-337-7178 or visit

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