Sound Check

Sound check

This Week's Highlights

May 25, 2006

James Brown -- Rams Head Live / James "Mr. Dynamite" Brown, now in his 70s and still screaming, plays Rams Head Live on Monday. Over the years, he's been known by 100 nicknames (the Godfather of Soul, Soul Brother Number 1, etc.), but the one Brown continues to prove year after year on the road is "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business." Tickets are $55, and the show starts at 7 p.m. The venue is at 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. Call 410-244-1131 or visit ramshead live.com.

Virginia Coalition -- The Birchmere / Local easygoing rockers the Virginia Coalition play the Birchmere at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Originally from Alexandria, the band has a groove that really shines live. The Birchmere is at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. in Alexandria. Tickets are $19.50. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit ticketmas ter.com.

T-Bone Burnett -- 9:30 Club / T-Bone Burnett, renowned guitarist and producer, performs a seated show at the 9:30 Club on Tuesday. Burnett played guitar for Bob Dylan and produced Bringing Down the Horse, the Wallflowers' most successful album. He also recently released The True False Identity this month. Wallflowers singer Jakob Dylan opens. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 202-393-0930 or visit 930.com.

[SAM SESSA]

Just announced

Paul Simon -- Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on July 12. Also, Ben Folds with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is there June 28. 410-547-SEAT or tick etmaster.com.

Guster -- Cavalier Telephone Pavilion at Pier Six on July 11. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Ashlee Simpson -- Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va., on June 30. Also, Roger Waters is there Sept. 23. 410-337-7210 or 410-547-SEAT .

Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris -- Constitution Hall in Washington on June 21. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Aly & AJ -- Warner Theatre in Washington on June 14. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Still available

Dick Dale -- Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on Wednesday. 410-268-4545 or ramsheadtavern.com.

Weekapaug Orchestra -- Rams Head Live on June 3. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com.

Splintered Sunlight -- The 8x10 on June 9. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Sonic Youth -- 9:30 Club in Washington on June 15. 800-955-5566 or tickets.com.

The Temptations, Four Tops -- Hippodrome Theatre France-Merrick Performing Arts Center on June 17. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill -- Verizon Center (formerly MCI Center) in Washington on June 29-30. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

[NATHAN M. PITTS]

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