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September 15, 2005

Rock n' country

There's no such thing as too much fun - unless of course you're referring to Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun, who will be rocking the Creative Alliance at the Patterson on Saturday in a concert sponsored by the Sound Foundation.

The Sound Foundation is a music-oriented project of Creative Alliance, a nonprofit organization committed to promoting the arts in the Baltimore/D.C. community. Bill Kirchen, a country-music veteran and Grammy nominee, will play his country-rock music with his band. Opening for Kirchen will be the Washington-based rock group the Shambells.

The show, at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., starts at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Call 410-276-1651. Tickets are $15, $13 for Creative Alliance members. A portion of all proceeds go to My Sister's Place, a shelter for homeless women and children.

Have to hear this

Looking for a more entertaining way to spend your Friday night? Hit True Vine tomorrow to hear Lurch and Holler, a duo with an intriguing blend of music they call an "Appalachian style of psycho science opera."

Liz Downing and Michael Willis, the minds behind the music, have been performing together in various groups for two decades. They fuse vocal harmony, piano and banjo with rhythm track, kazoo and even bird calls. Taking inspiration for their music from the fields of earth science and philosophy, along with Downing's paintings, their sound is hard to categorize without hearing it.

Lurch and Holler is at the True Vine, 1123 W. 36th St., at 9 p.m. tomorrow. Free, but donations are suggested. Call 410-235-4500.

- Nick Brown

Former rocker speaks

Ex-Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins brings his spoken-word performance to Sonar Lounge tomorrow. His tour (the name is too obscene to print) celebrates Rollins' 25 years as a performer. When Black Flag, one of Rollins' favorite bands, played Washington in the early '80s, he jumped up on stage and started singing. He later auditioned and landed the position as lead singer. Years later, he started touring as a spoken-word artist, writing a column in the magazine Details and acting.

Henry Rollins plays Sonar Lounge tomorrow. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Sonar is at 407 E. Saratoga St. Call 410-327-8333 or visit www.sonar lounge.com.

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