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A promising pop calendar

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Unlike the classical-music world, where the fall concert schedule is announced and put on sale months in advance, there's generally not a lot of advance notice for autumn pop concerts. Indeed, most of the area's major venues, such as the Baltimore Arena or the MCI Center, look as if they'll be quiet for most of the season.

Don't be fooled.

There are, indeed, concerts coming. Big ones, too. But not all of them are on sale yet, or have been formally announced. So even though every 'N Sync fan knows the group will be playing the MCI Center in Washington Nov. 11, the official word is that the promoters are still in negotiations with the band. (And don't even ask about the rumored Backstreet Boys show in January!)

With that in mind, some of our listings are marked "tentative," meaning that the shows are listed on band itineraries, but haven't been formally announced or put on sale. So please, don't bother the poor folks at TicketMaster if the show is marked "tentative."

Also, keep in mind that some big fall tours - for instance, those by Jimmy Page with the Black Crowes, 311 and Moby - are skipping this area. Maybe they don't like us, who knows? But what follows is an overview of Baltimore/Washington area concerts through the end of the year, based on the best information available at press time.

"B. B. King Blues Festival" with B. B. King, Buddy Guy and Corey Harris. Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Sept. 7.

Cypress Hill with Jepetto. Towson Center, Towson University, Sept. 8.

Ani DiFranco. Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Sept. 8.

"2nd Annual Recipe Family Cookout," featuring the Recipe with Derek Trucks Band, Max Creek, Hypnotic Clambake, Davisson Brothers, WiseMonkey Orchestra, Stewed Mulligan, the Argument, Rick Kline, Blueground Undergras and Cheap Truckers Speed. Cheat River Festival Site, Albright W. Va., Sept. 8-9.

"Wanted," featuring film and music stars from India. Patriot Center, Sept. 9.

Sting. Hersheypark, Sept. 10.

Compay Segundo. Warner Theater, Sept. 12.

Peter Rowan, Tony Rice and Vassar Clements. Gordon Center, Sept. 13.

"The Furthur Festival," featuring the Other Ones (Bob Weir, Bruce Hornsby, Bill Kreutzman, Mickey Hart, Alphonso Johnson, Mark Karan and Steve Kimock), and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, Sept. 14.

Hanson. Warner Theater, Sept. 14.

Soul 2 Soul Tour, featuring Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. MCI Center, Sept. 15.

Phish. Hersheypark Stadium, Sept. 15.

KirkMarkandLopezalooza. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Sept. 15.

Christina Aguilera with Destiny's Child. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Sept. 16.

Googoosh. MCI Center, Sept. 16. Dianne Reeves with Pancho Sanchez. Warner Theater, Sept. 16.

"Farm Aid 2000," featuring Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Barenaked Ladies, Travis Tritt, Arlo Guthrie, Sawyer Brown, Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra, Doug Supernaw, Shannon Curfman and the North Mississippi Allstars. Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, Sept. 17.

Phish. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Sept. 17.

Dan Fogelberg. Warner Theater, Sept. 17.

Dar Williams with Catie Curtis. Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, Sept. 21.

Clay Walker. Baltimore Arena, Sept. 21 (tentative).

Def Leppard. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Sept. 22.

Allman Brothers Band with Pat McGee Band. Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge, Sept. 22.

"Smooth Jazz 105.9 Anniversary Concert," featuring Michael McDonald, Kim Waters and the Joyce Cooling Group. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Sept. 23.

Culture Club. Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Sept. 23.

Sarah Brightman. Patriot Center, Sept. 28.

Marisa Monte. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, Sept. 28.

Jars of Clay with Jennifer Knapp. UMBC Field House, Sept. 29.

Kathy Mattea, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Oct. 1.

KISS with Ted Nugent and Skid Row. Merriweather Post Pavilion, Oct. 4.

B. J. Thomas with Billy Joe Royal. Patriot Center, Oct. 6 (tentative).

Tina Turner with Joe Cocker. MCI Center, Oct. 7.

The Temptations with the Four Tops. Lyric Opera House, Oct. 10.

Emmylou Harris with Patty Griffin. Warner Theater, Oct. 14.

Ute Lemper. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, Oct 14.

Richard Thompson with Roger McGuinn. Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College. Oct. 17.

"Word of Mouth Tour," featuring Beat Junkies, Dilated Peoples, Jurassic 5 and Supernatural. The Lava Lounge, Oct. 18 (tentative).

"Sesame Street Live." Patriot Center, Oct. 19-22.

David Grisman, John Hartford and Mike Seeger in "Retrograss." Gordon Center, Oct. 19.

Sweet Honey in the Rock. Warner Theater, Oct. 20.

"Brazil Night," featuring Ivan Lins, Leila Pinheiro and Ed Motta. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, Oct. 20.

Omara Portuondo with Barbariton Torres. Warner Theater, Oct. 21.

Dewey Redman Quartet. First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, Oct. 21.

String Cheese Incident. UMBC Field House, Nov. 3.

Jim Brickman. Morris Mechanic Theatre, Nov. 4 (tentative).

"Sisters in the Spirit" featuring Yolanda Adams, Shirley Ceasar and Mary Mary. Lyric Opera House, Nov. 5 (tentative).

Ani DiFranco. Patriot Center, Nov. 8.

Al DiMeola's New World Sinfonia. Gordon Center, Nov. 8.'N Sync. MCI Center, Nov. 11 (tentative).

Richie Havens. Gordon Center, Nov. 11.

Tuck and Patti with Leo Kottke. Gordon Center, Nov. 12.

"Pokemon Live!" Patriot Center, Nov. 14-19.

Susan Werner with Nerissa and Katryna Neilds. Gordon Center, Nov. 18.

Helicon. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Dec. 2.

Carman with ZOEgirl. Baltimore Arena, Dec. 5 (tentative).

Venue information

Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., 410-947-2010.

Cheat River Festival Site: Albright, W. Va., 252-329-9399.

First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, Charles and Franklin streets, 410-235-9733

Gordon Center for Performing Arts 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, 410-356-7469.

Hersheypark Stadium, 100 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pa., 410-481-7328.

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, 410-481-7328.

Lava Lounge, Pier 4, 410-539-7888.

Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 21st and H streets Northwest, Washington, 410-481-7328.

Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., 410-685 5086.

dMCI Center, 601 F St. N.W., Washington, 202-628-3200.

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, 410-730-2424.

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., 410-783-8000.

Morris Mechanic Theatre, 25 Hopkins Plaza, 410-481-7328.

Nissan Pavilion, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va., 703-754-1288.

Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, James Mason University, Fairfax, Va., 703-993-3000.

Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., 410-625 3100.

Towson Center, Towson University, Towson, 410-830-2244.

UMBC Field House, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, 410-455-3100.

Warner Theater, 13th and E streets Northwest, 410-481-7328.

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