PICK OF THE WEEK: Big band music...

PICK OF THE WEEK: Big band music isn't as common as it was in World War II, but it still has its followers.

Every Wednesday through Sunday, 9 p.m. until 1:30 a.m., Lou Voir plays big band music on the piano and keyboard synthesizer at the Sandbar Lounge, 33rd Street and Coastal Highway.


"People like that kind of music. It's relaxing and exciting to dance to," said Mr. Voir, an Ocean Pines resident.

On Mondays and Tuesdays, when Mr. Voir isn't performing, the Bruce Willey Band plays country ballads and music from the '50s the Sandbar.


GOOD SHOW: Singer Ray Charles, who was in town July 3, brought the audience at the Convention Center to its feet when he walked on stage and bowed. He kept fans applauding at such favorite songs as "Georgia On My Mind" and "I Can't Stop Loving You." Although his hair has turned gray, he looked trim and his voice was strong and enthusiastic as he performed for more than an hour.

UPCOMING CONCERTS: Shows planned at the Convention Center this summer include: Burt Bacharach and Dionne Warwick, Wednesday, $25; comedian Jay Leno, July 31, $17.50; country singer Garth Brooks, Aug. 7, $18.50 and $21.50; and Kenny Rogers, Aug. 14, $23.50. Shows are at 8 p.m., except for Mr. Rogers, who will have two shows at 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Call 289-8314.

THIS WEEK: The Fringe, tonight, at the Carousel Club, 118th Street and Coastal Highway; Breakaway, Tuesday through Sunday, July 21 . . . Tiffany, tonight at Horizons, 101st Street and Coastal Highway . . . Detour, tonight at the Purple Moose, on the boardwalk between Talbot and Caroline streets . . . One, tonight, and Action Reaction, Friday, at the Angler, Talbot Street and the bay . . . The Studebakers, tonight through Tuesday; Dangerous Duo, Wednesday through Saturday, at the Lookout Lounge, 138th Street and Coastal Highway . . . Great Train Robbery, tonight and tomorrow, at the Paddock, 18th Street and Coastal Highway . . . The Loft, tonight at Scandals, 65th Street and Coastal Highway . . . Target, tonight through Sunday, July 21, at the Ocean Club, 49th Street and the ocean . . . Tim Landers, every Thursday and Saturday, at the Wharf, 128th Street and Coastal Highway . . . On the Edge, Wednesday through Saturday, at the Brass Rail, 48th Street and Coastal Highway . . . Johnny Headhunters, tomorrow; Teenage Rust, Wednesday, at

BJ's, 75th Street and Coastal Highway . . . Opposite Directions, Wednesday and Thursday, at Big Pecker's, 73rd Street and Coastal Highway, and Friday and Saturday at the Brass Balls, on the boardwalk at 11th Street.