Two sites offer similar sounds of summer

Both the Merriweather Post Pavilion and the Pier Six Concert Pavilion offered an early glance at their summer concert bookings yesterday, and the difference between the two schedules was . . . well, not quite what you'd imagine.

Pier Six, which will open its spanking new Concert Pavilion on July 25, is heading into the summer with a longer season -- shows will be scheduled through the end of September -- and a more musically adventurous one at that. Although many of the concerts announced yesterday will appeal to the pavilion's typically mature audience, there are some fairly hot acts on the bill as well, including Los Lobos (Aug. 23), Grammy-winning blues guitarist Robert Cray (Aug. 24) and soul stalwarts Maze featuring Frankie Beverly (July 28).


Merriweather's initial offerings, by contrast, are staid almost to the point of stodginess. Traditionally, Merriweather has used its greater capacity -- almost 13,000 compared to 4,341 at the newly enlarged Pier Six -- to book big-name rock. This year, though, Merriweather's subscription series are heavy with performers like Liza Minnelli (Aug. 2), Julio Iglesias (June 3) and Wayne Newton (Aug. 20) -- not exactly the sort of names likely to leave rock fans salivating.

That's not to say there won't be rock stars there. Other Merriweather subscription concerts include dates by ex-Eagle Don Henley (June 22), a season-opening show by Styx (May 24), summer perennial Jimmy Buffett (July 12) and the sizzling duo of Bonnie Raitt and Chris Isaak (Aug. 17). But apart from a rap-and-reggae double bill with Ziggy Marley and Queen Latifah and the triple-decker hard rock bill of Poison, Slaughter and Bulletboys, even the rock acts seem aimed at an older audience.


Both Pier Six and Merriweather expect to add to their schedules as the year progresses. Pier Six, for instance, has yet to announce what act will perform at its July 25 "Gala Under the Stars." So far, the earliest booking at the harbor is a July 27 show with John Denver.

As for Merriweather, spokesperson Amanda Julian said there were "a lot of shows we're still waiting to hear about." She added that the seemingly conservative nature of the subscription schedule should not be taken as a sign that Merriweather is moving away from rock. Instead, she said, "we've found in the past that these kinds of shows do better with subscribers."

Tickets for the Merriweather subscription series will go on sale Sunday; see its ad in the Sunday Sun for ordering information. Pier Six tickets are mail-order only for now (write to Pier Six Concert Pavilion, One N. Charles St., Mezzanine, Baltimore 21201); they will be available from Telecharge, Ticket Center outlets and the Mechanic Theatre Box Office on April 28.

Merriweather shows

Roman numerals indicate subscription series.)

May 24: Styx (III)

June: 3: Julio Iglesias (V)

June 19: Steve Winwood with Joe Cocker (IV)


June 20: Crystal Gayle with T. G. Sheppard (VI)

June 22: Don Henley (I)

June 28: Joan Rivers with Nell Carter (II)

June 29: The Doobie Brothers (I)

July 6: Dan Fogelberg with TimWeisberg (I)

July 12: Jimmy Buffett (I)


July 15: Spyro Gyra with the GRP All-Stars (VII)

July 19: Chicago (VIII)

July 20: Gordon Lightfoot (IV)

July 21: Jazz Explosion: Stanley Turrentine, Nancy Wilson,others VII)

July 24: The Moody Blues with Hall & Oates (VIII)

July 28: Beach Boys (IV)


Aug. 1: Liza Minnelli (II)

Aug. 3: Willie Nelson with Waylon Jennings (VI)

Aug. 4: Huey Lewis & the News (VIII)

Aug. 11: First Annual Comedy Jam (VII)

Aug. 15: Tom Jones (V)

Aug. 16: Mel Torme with Cleo Laine (VII)


Aug. 17: Bonnie Raitt with Chris Isaak (I)

Aug. 20: Wayne Newton (II)

Aug. 23: Mikhail Baryshnikov (V)

Aug. 24: Paul Simon (III)

Aug. 25: Charlie Daniels (VI)

Aug. 28: Diana Ross (V)



Frank Sinatra (II)

Olivia Newton-John (V)

Ziggy Marley with Queen Latifah (non-subscription)

Reggae Sunsplash (non-sub.)

Poison with Slaughter and Bulletboys (non-sub.)


Alvin Ailey (non-sub.)

:. Bruce Hornsby with Rosanne Cash (non-sub.)

Pier Six concerts

(Partial listing; full schedule to be announced)

July 27: John Denver

July 28: Temptations/Four Tops


July 30: Frankie Beverly & Maze

Aug. 9: John Hiatt

Aug. 10: Sharon, Lois & Bram

Aug. 14: Dionne Warwick/Burt Bacharach

Aug. 15: Smothers Brothers/Kingston Trio

Aug. 16: Reba McEntyre


Aug. 20: Anne Murray

Aug. 21: Original Fifth Dimension Spinners

Aug. 23: Los Lobos/Mary Chapin Carpenter

Aug. 24: Robert Kray Band

Aug. 27: Rickey Skaggs' Pickin' Party

Aug. 28: Michael Feinstein Rosemary Clooney


Sept. 1: Manhattan Transfer