Sound Check

SOUND CHECK

October 12, 2006

THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

Sergio Mendes -- 9:30 Club / Legendary Brazilian jazz artist Sergio Mendes, with 40 years of hits and 35 albums, plays the early show tonight at the 9:30 Club. His latest album, Timeless, produced by and featuring Will.I.Am. of the Black Eyed Peas, fuses neo-soul and hip-hop with Mendes' unmistakable sound -- but he's sure to play some of his greatest hits, including "Mas Que Nada," "Brasil 66" and "The Look of Love." Doors open at 6 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W. in Washington. Tickets are $40. Call 800-955-5566 or go to tickets.com.

Five for Fighting -- 9:30 Club / Join Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter John Ondrasik, best known for the band's breakout hit "Superman (It's Not Easy)" and its followup, "100 Years," at the 9:30 Club on Monday. A grittier and riskier new album, Two Lights was inspired by Ondrasik's on-the-road conversations with Americans. Doors open at 7 p.m. Monday at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $20. Call 800-955-5566 or go to tickets.com.

Cyndi Lauper -- Rams Head Live / The voice of the MTV generation is bringing the '80s back to Baltimore at Rams Head Live on Tuesday. Famous for her childlike voice and playful style, Lauper epitomized the '80s with her hits "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" and "Time After Time." Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Tickets are $45 in advance, $48 the day of the show. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com.

BROOKE NEVILS

Just announced

Christina Aguilera -- 1st Mariner Arena on April 28 and Verizon Center April 2. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Death Cab for Cutie -- D.A.R. Constitution Hall in Washington on Nov. 6-7. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster .com.

Jewel -- Hippodrome Theatre's France-Merrick Performing Arts Center on Nov. 18. 410-547-SEAT or tick etmaster.com.

Citizen Cope -- Rams Head Live on Nov. 24-25. 410-244-1131.

North Mississippi Allstars -- The 9:30 Club in Washington on Nov. 11. 800-955-5566 or tickets.com.

Lost Prophets -- Recher Theatre in Towson on Oct. 24. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Still available

Acoustic Alchemy -- The Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., on Oct. 22. 703-549-7500 or birchmere.com.

Barenaked Ladies -- George Mason University's Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., on Nov. 4. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Method Man -- Sonar on Nov. 9. 410-327-8333 or tick etmaster.com.

Martina McBride -- Verizon Center in Washington on Dec. 21. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

NATHAN M. PITTS

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