Critic's choice

Critic's choice

September 08, 2006|By Rashod D. Ollison

Virgin Festival at Pimlico

It's a British Invasion of a different kind. The Virgin Festival by Virgin Mobile, one of the largest and most popular music festivals in the United Kingdom for the past decade, comes to Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course on Sept. 23. The outdoor pop extravaganza includes several acts buzzing on both sides of the Atlantic. Among them: Scissor Sisters, the Killers and Gnarls Barkley. Plus, there's headliners the Who and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Made up of DJ-producer Danger Mouse and rapper-soul singer Cee-Lo, Gnarls Barkley is perhaps England's biggest breakout pop act this year. St. Elsewhere, the duo's debut, topped the U.K. charts this summer, spurred by the success of the quirky soul single "Crazy," which also shot to No. 1. (The single later made it to No. 2 on Billboard's Top 100 charts.)

Given the group's penchant for weird stage get-ups (in June, the band performed on the MTV Movie Awards decked out in full Star Wars costumes), Gnarls Barkley's show at the Virgin Festival is one of the most anticipated.

The Virgin Festival plays all day Sept. 23 at Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave. Tickets: $97.50. Information: 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

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