Sound check

Sound check

August 03, 2006

Dashboard Confessional -- Constitution Hall / Dashboard Confessional, known for its intimate live shows with emphasis on audience participation, plays Constitution Hall in Washington Wednesday. The acoustic/electric emo band was originally a solo project by lead vocalist Chris Carrabba, but he decided to add a permanent lineup after three years of calling on friends to play gigs with him. Constitution Hall is at 18th and D streets N.W., Washington. Tickets are $26.50. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit ticketmaster.com.

Ozzfest -- Nissan Pavilion / Although he isn't playing every Ozzfest show this summer, Ozzy Osbourne, aka the Prince of Darkness, will perform at the Nissan Pavilion Sunday. The festival also features metal giants System of a Down and Disturbed, Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society, a second stage of metal newcomers and a tribute exhibit to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, former Pantera and Damageplan guitarist who was killed on stage in December 2004. The Nissan Pavilion is at 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. Tickets are $37.50-$130. Some ticket levels are buy three, get one free. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the show starts at 9:30 a.m. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit ticketmaster .com.

Kansas -- Rams Head Live / If ever there was a classic rock band with untouchable staying power, it's Kansas. "Carry On Wayward Son" and "Dust in the Wind" have become soundtrack staples. In 2005, "Dust in the Wind" was certified gold as a digital download almost 30 years after it went platinum as a single. Kansas plays Rams Head Live tonight. Rams Head Live is at 20 Market Place. Tickets are $28.50. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. This show is 18 and over. Call 410-244-1131 or visit ramsheadlive.com.

[MARC SHAPIRO]

Just announced

Pet Shop Boys -- Constitution Hall in Washington on Oct. 15. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Cyndi Lauper -- Rams Head Live on Oct. 17. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com.

Seldom Scene -- Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on Sept. 8. 410-268-4545 or ramsheadtavern.com.

Still available

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young -- Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va., on Aug. 12. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Kenny G -- Hippodrome Theatre's France-Merrick Performing Arts Center on Aug. 12. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Mariah Carey -- Verizon Center in Washington on Sept. 7. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

[NATHAN M. PITTS]

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