Sound Check

SOUND CHECK

this week's highlights

May 17, 2007

Seal // Merriweather / A three-time Grammy award-winner, singer-songwriter Seal has helped bring soul music to the mainstream. Born in Britain, the singer overcame a tough childhood to achieve his success. Seal will be at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia, on Saturday. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $40-$75. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster .com.

Porcupine Tree // Rams Head Live / Known previously as part of the British group No-Man, singer/guitarist Steven Wilson started Porcupine Tree with Malcolm Stocks in the late 1980s as a joke, claiming it was a '70s band. Music created for the fictional group took off, though, and the progressive rock group is still recording and performing. Porcupine Tree began a six-month world tour last month to support its April release, Fear of a Black Planet. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tuesday 22 -RDat Rams Head Live, 20 Market PlaceCQ. Tickets are $25. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com.

Heaven and Hell // Merriweather / Touring under the moniker Heaven and Hell, the band consists of Black Sabbath members Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, CQGeezer Butler and Vinny Appice. Formed when Sabbath went on hiatus, the band plays a mix of Sabbath songs and new originals. MegadethCQ and Machine HeadCQ will open the show tomorrowmay18-RD at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Gates open 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $29.50-$49.50. Call 410-547-SEATCQ or go to ticketmaster.com.

[ALLIE SEMENZA AND GENA R. CHATTIN]

Just announced

O.A.R. // Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on Aug. 17. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

New Edition K-Ci & Jojo DAR Constitution Hall in Washington on June 16. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. today. 410-547-SEATCQ or ticketmaster.com.

The White Stripes GMU Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., on July 28. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

Still available

Jimmie's Chicken Shack Lake Trout Kelly Bell Band The 8x10 on May 27. 410-625-2000or 410-547-SEAT.

Mr. Greengenes Recher Theatre in Towson on May 31. 410-337-7210 or 410-547-SEAT .

Earth, Wind & Fire Wolf Trap Barns in Vienna, Va., on June 5. 410-481-6500 or 800-955-5566 .

The Subdudes Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on June 11-12. 410-268-4545 or ramsheadtavern.com .

India.Arie Rams Head Live on June 21. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com.

Kathy Griffin Lyric Opera House on June 27. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com .

Maysa The Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., on June 29-30. 703-549-7500 or birchmere.com.

[NATHAN M. PITTS]

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