Newport Folk Festival
On the road for the first time since its launch almost four decades ago, the Newport Folk Festival stops Sunday at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. The roster of performers includes Nanci Griffith, John Hiatt, Joan Baez, Marc Cohn, Violent Femmes, Rodney Crowell, Lucinda Williams, Lisa Loeb (pictured), Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Leo Kottke, Mark Eitzel and Wilco. The concert starts at 3 p.m.; gates open at 2 p.m. Pavilion tickets are $39 and $50; lawn seats are $27.75. Call 410-481-6500.
Listen to oompah music, taste some bratwurst, schnitzel and strudel, sample mugs of cold beer, and cheer on schuhplattler dancers in colorful folk costumes this weekend at the 98th German Festival at Carroll Park, Washington Boulevard and Bush Street. An exhibit highlights the contributions of German immigrants to American culture through images, text and video. Festival hours are noon to 10 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday. Admission is $2, free until 5 p.m. tomorrow and for children under 12. Call 410-522-4144.
Stone Soul Picnic
For continuous live entertainment, family activities, scrumptious food and great shopping, attend the seventh annual Stone Soul Picnic, sponsored by Radio One from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Druid Hill Park. Among the acts scheduled to perform are Heatwave, Wanda Nero Butler, Cherelle, Badd, Voices of Theory and Donnie Harper and the New Jersey Mass Choir. Admission is free. Call 410-332-4600.
An evening of emotionally charged visual, musical and spoken-word performances by emerging talents turns into a "ChainReaction" at 9 p.m. tomorrow at The Lodge, 244 S. Highland Ave. The show benefits Baltimore's critical journal Link. Featured are Monkey vs. Robot, Mary Knott, Cindy Rehm and the Stringling Marionette Company. Tickets are $4, $2 members. Call 410-662-7794 or 410-276-1651.
'Ready ... Set ... Cook!'
Spatulas and whisks will fly when Robert Taylor Jr. of Hamilton's at the Admiral Fell Inn and Nancy Longo of Pierpoint go skillet-to-skillet as they race against the clock to create the best original gourmet meal on the Food Network's consumer interactive show, "Ready ... Set ... Cook!", at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday at White Marsh Mall. Using Hefty OneZip bags and only $10 worth of groceries, the chefs have 18 minutes to prepare their creations. The audience votes for the favorite dish. Admission is free. Call 212-448-4339 or 410-931-7100.
Celebrate India's rich culture Sunday afternoon at Market Place. Enjoy colorful traditional dances and listen to live music. Jewelry, clothing and crafts from India also will be on display, and plenty of ethnic food will be offered. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Call 410-396-8123 or 410-290-5705.
Around the Harbor
Patti LaBelle at Pier Six
Enjoy an evening of rhythm and blues with Patti LaBelle tomorrow at the Pier Six Concert Pavilion, President Street and Eastern Avenue. When the "Queen of Rock and Soul" steps on stage at 8 p.m., expect to hear such hits as "On My Own," "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Somebody Loves You Baby." Lawn seats are available for $22.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.
Lee Rocker at Hard Rock Cafe
Catch a slice of Americana music Wednesday at the Hard Rock Cafe, 601 E. Pratt St., when Lee Rocker presents a concert at 8:30 p.m. Expect to hear samples from the ex-Stray Cats bassist's recently released solo CD "No Cats." Weather permitting, Rocker will perform on the outside pier. Admission is $5. Call 410-347-7625.
Tony Dee, Baltimore's "Black Elvis," performs a rocking-and-rolling tribute to the King at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. Dee will perform his show during the intermission of Hot Harbor Nights, the outdoor concert series of current hits and good-time oldies, presented this week by Tony Berry & New Money from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free. Call 800-HARBOR-1.
Pub Date: 8/13/98