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June 02, 2005|By Kelly Ford

`Pop Nation' roadshow

Marylanders can raid their basements and then find out Saturday what their childhood pop culture mementos are actually worth. Discovery Channel's new show, Pop Nation, is featuring Baltimore as one of the four cities (the only Eastern city) chosen for its experts to appraise and admire music, TV and movie memorabilia from 1960 to the present. The Baltimore segment, which will include interviews with the Hollywood-obsessed, will air in early October.

The event starts at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt St. All owners of paraphernalia and the items to be appraised must be registered online at www.discovery.com/popnation to participate in the event and be considered for filming.

The Funky Meters

Veteran funk band the Funky Meters (formerly known as the Meters) are touring once again and are making a stop in Baltimore Sunday. Blending music such as funk, blues and dance to form their trademark sound, they have made their name as the "fathers of funk."

Doors open at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Funk Box, 10 E. Cross St. Tickets are $29 in advance (can be bought at the Funk Box box office from 11 a.m. to midnight or by phone at 410-625-2000) or $34 the day of the concert. For more information, go to www.thefunkbox.com

Josh Gracin

Tonight Josh Gracin kicks off the summerlong "Bud Light Hot Country Nights," which will feature country artists every Thursday night in a free outdoor concert at Power Plant Live. American Idol finalist Gracin will be playing his recent hit "Nothin' to Lose" and other songs from his album, including his first single, "I Want to Live," which charted in the Top 20.

The opening band goes on at 7 p.m., and Gracin starts his set at 8 p.m. The all-ages concert will be held in the plaza outside Power Plant Live, at Market Place and Water Street. In case of rain, the concert will move to Rams Head Live in the Power Plant Live block and will be 21 and over. Free. See www.powerplantlive.com for more information.

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