Sound check


An update on the concert scene: newly announced shows and ticket availability. For ticket information and purchase, call Ticketmaster at 410-481-SEAT or visit unless otherwise noted.

Just announced

The Red Hot Chili Peppers take the stage at Nissan Pavilion in Manassas, Va., on Sept. 6.

Richie Havens performs at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills Oct. 25. Call 410-356-7469.

R. Kelly will perform at the MCI Center in Washington Aug. 22.

Britney Spears, along with Mary J. Blige, will perform a free concert Sept. 4 on the National Mall in Washington. The show, which kicks off the 2003 National Football League season, also features a tribute to U.S. troops, and will air on ABC before the game between the Washington Redskins and New York Jets.

Still available

The Doobie Brothers at Pier Six Concert Pavilion Aug. 12.

Stanley Clarke at the Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis Aug. 26. Call 410-268-4545.

The "Sprite Liquid Mix," starring N.E.R.D., the Roots, O.A.R., Talib Kwele and Robert Randolph and the Family at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia Aug. 31.

A "Jazz Explosion," starring Pieces of a Dream and Friends at the Arena Playhouse Sept. 13.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at FedEx Field in Landover Sept. 13.

Merle Haggard and the Strangers at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts in Annapolis Oct. 6. Call 410-268-4545.

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