Sound Check

SOUND CHECK

This Week's Highlights

January 25, 2007

O.A.R. -- Patriot Center / Maryland jam-rock quintet O.A.R. - four members of whom have been playing together since junior high school - perform tomorrow night at 8 at George Mason University's Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The group's most recent CD is Stories of a Stranger. Tickets are $35.50 and are available through Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Rod Stewart -- Verizon Center / Tomorrow at 8 p.m., catch rock legend Rod Stewart at Washington's Verizon Center, 601 F St. N.W. His most recent album is Still the Same ... Great Rock Classics of Our Time. Tickets are $55-$128 and are available through Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Josh Ritter -- The Birchmere / Folk-rock singer-songwriter Josh Ritter's latest album is The Animal Years. He performs cuts from it at acoustic shows Sunday and Monday night at 7:30. (Sunday night's show is sold out.) Tickets are $22.50. The Birchmere is at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, Va. Call 703-549-7500 or go to birchmere.com.

Just announced

"Alternative Press Tour" -- featuring Cute is What We Aim For, Circa Survive, As Tall as Lions and Envy on the Coast, Rams Head Live on April 16. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com.

Rusted Root -- The 9:30 Club in Washington on Feb. 22. Also, Guster is there Feb. 28-March 1. 800-955-5566 or tickets.com.

Smothers Brothers -- Rams Head Annapolis on Feb. 27-28. 410-268-4545 or ramsheadtavern.com.

The Slip -- Recher Theatre in Towson on March 1. 410-337-7210 or 410-547-SEAT.

Papa Roach -- Sonar on March 2. 410-327-8333 or sonarbaltimore.com.

Still available

Kathleen Madigan -- George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium in Washington on Feb. 2. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Jimmy Cobb's Mob -- Baltimore Museum of Art's Meyerhoff Auditorium on Feb. 18. 410-385-5888. Presented by the Chamber Jazz Society.

Christopher Cross -- The Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., on March 5. 703-549-7500 or birchmere.com.

Gladys Knight -- Lyric Opera House on March 10. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Meat Loaf -- DAR Constitution Hall in Washington on April 1. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Christina Aguilera -- 1st Mariner Arena on April 28. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

[NATHAN M. PITTS]

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