Sound Check

SOUND CHECK

December 07, 2006

THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

Rev. Billy C. Wirtz -- Rams Head Tavern / Blues artist, columnist and comedian Rev. Billy C. Wirtz is an American original: With a sense of humor as biting as his social commentary, he performs with Little Toby Walker tonight at Rams Head Tavern. Incorporating his love for rockabilly artists such as Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Merle Haggard into his live performances, he offers a mix of R&B and country music. The show begins at 7 p.m. Rams Head Tavern is at 33 West St. in Annapolis. Tickets are $20. Call 410-268-4545 or go to ramsheadtavern.com.

The Lovell Sisters -- Gordon Center / Fans of the Dixie Chicks will love the Lovell Sisters: Sisters Jessica, 20, Megan, 17, and Rebecca, 15, are known for the intense classical training and vocal purity they fuse with bluegrass, folk, country and contemporary acoustic. The band, which plays with Cuttin' Grass at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts on Saturday, recently won the Prairie Home Companion Talent Award. The show begins at 8 p.m. The Gordon Center is at 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills. Tickets are $20. Call 410-356-7469 or go to ticketmaster.com.

A Soulful Christmas -- Rams Head Live / Brian Culbertson, Bobby Caldwell, Ray Parker Jr., Warren Hill and Eric Davis bring a soulful Christmas to Rams Head Live tonight. The five combine R&B, funk and jazz with classic holiday favorites. The show is headlined by Culbertson, who's been called the "Barry White of smooth jazz." Doors open at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, tonight at 7:30. The show begins at 8:30. Tickets are $35-$150. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com, 930.com or tickets.com.

[BROOKE NEVILS]

Just announced

The Who -- Verizon Center in Washington on March 8. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

O.A.R. -- George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, Va., on Jan. 26. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Soldiers of Jah Army -- The 9:30 Club in Washington on Jan. 6. 800-955-5566 or tickets.com.

Glassjaw -- Recher Theatre in Towson on Dec. 27. 410-337-7210 or 410-547-SEAT.Still available

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes -- Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, Dec. 21-23. 410-268-4545 or ramsheadtavern.com.

Andy Williams' Christmas Concert -- DAR Constitution Hall in Washington on Dec. 23. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Carl Filipiak Group -- The 8x10 on Dec. 29. 410-625-2000 or 410-547-SEAT.

Trans Siberian Orchestra -- 1st Mariner Arena on Dec. 29. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

"Hank Williams Tribute" -- featuring Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Bill Kirchen, Robin and Linda Williams & Their Fine Group, the Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., on Dec. 30. 703-549-7500 or birchmere.com.

[NATHAN M. PITTS]

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