The stars are coming out in Ocean...

The stars are coming out in Ocean City this summer. Big name entertainers Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Jay Leno, Garth Brooks and Kenny Rogers will be at the Convention Center in July and August.

Singer Ray Charles, who is seen advertising Diet Pepsi on television commercials these days, will be there at 8 p.m. July 3. Tickets are $17.50.


Dionne Warwick and Burt Bacharach are scheduled for 8 p.m. July 17. Tickets are $25. Comedian Jay Leno, who often sits in for Johnny Carson on the "Tonight Show," will take the stage at 8 p.m. July 31. Tickets are $17.50.

Country singer Garth Brooks, whose recent video on wife abuse has come under fire by critics as being too violent, will be in Ocean City at 8 p.m. Aug. 7. He will appear with singer Trisha Yearwood. Tickets are $18.50 and $21.50.


And on Aug. 14, Kenny Rogers will return to Ocean City for the fourth time at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $23.50.

Singer La Toya Jackson is scheduled to appear at Scandals, 65th Street and the bay, later this month. Last Sunday, Donnie Osmond was there, these days without the purple socks he was known for wearing in the 1970s.

For reggae fans, Scandals is presenting a Spring Splash tonight with artists including Freddie McGregor, Mikey Dread and We the People. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.

Springest '91 was such a success last weekend that Ocean City officials are planning next year's festival for the first weekend in May on the inlet. Thousands of people were at the festival to see entertainers including Mary Chapin-Carpenter and the Mamas and the Papas.

Some bands performing in town are: Savannah, tonight at the Ocean Club, and Kingpins, tomorrow to Sunday, May 19 . . . Determination, May 26, at Alligator Alley, 120th St. and Coastal -- Highway . . . Cisee-L and Soul Defenders, Saturday, at the Angler, Talbot Street and the bay; Change of Pace, a comedy duo, May 23 . . . Black Elvis and the White Trash Band, tomorrow at BJ's, 75th Street and the bay . . . On the Edge, Friday and Saturday, at the Brass Rail, 48th Street and Coastal Highway . . . Todd Charles and Dave Feinman, Saturday, at the Carousel Club, 118th Street and Coastal Highway . . . Jim Thackery and the Assassins, Friday and Saturday at Fager's Island . . . B-Side, tonight at the Green Turtle, 116th Street and Coastal Highway.