Sound check


Ben Jelen -- Recher Theatre / Singer/songwriter Ben Jelen spent his childhood perfecting violin, piano and guitar. The result is melodically orchestrated, aesthetically pleasing songs. Acoustic folk-rockers the Mike McFadden Band open tonight's show at the Recher Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m., and tickets are $10, plus $3 for patrons younger than 21. The Recher Theatre is at 512 York Road, Towson. For more information, call 410-337-7210. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or go to

Dave Matthews Band -- Nissan Pavilion / The band's four-month tour hits the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va., on Saturday. Fresh from runs with ALO and Matisyahu, this show marks the first of three shows with British blues-rockers Gomez. The show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are $39.50-$59.50. Call Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or go to

Tom Jones -- Lyric Opera House / More than 40 years after hitting it big with the smash-hit "It's Not Unusual," Tom Jones is still singing. He recently joined the ranks of Paul McCartney, Elton John and Mick Jagger when he was knighted in Queen Elizabeth's New Year honors. The seminal funk/R&B; band Tower of Power will open the show. The show is Sunday at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45-$65. Call Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or go to


Just announced

Barbra Streisand -- Verizon Center (formerly MCI Center) in Washington on Oct. 13. 410-547-SEAT or

Kenny Chesney, along with Dierks Bentley and Jake Owen -- Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va., July 28-29. 410-547-SEAT or

Mary J. Blige, with Jaheim and Latoya -- Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va., on July 30. 410-547-SEAT or

Summer Funk Festival, starring Morris Day & The Time, Average White Band, Mother's Finest and Jas Funk -- DAR Constitution Hall in Washington on Aug. 11. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster. com.

Emmet Swimming -- 9:30 Club in Washington on July 22. 800-955-5566 or

Nothingface -- Recher Theatre in Towson on Aug. 13. 410-547-SEAT or

Still available

Love, Body and Soul Tour, featuring Ginuwine and Raheem DeVaughn -- Lyric Opera House on July 1. 410-547-SEAT or

Belle and Sebastian -- Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia on July 8. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmast

Carl Filipiak -- Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis on July 8. 410-268-4545 or

Guster -- Cavalier Telephone Pavilion at Pier Six on July 11. 410-547-SEAT or

Keller Williams -- Avalon Theatre in Easton on July 27. 410-547-SEAT or


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