Onstage with Rick Derringer at the Palladium - Ted Nugent; backstage - Truman Capote, Andy Warhol and Edgar Winter . . . Major Lance ("Monkey Time," "Hey, Little Girl") attempting comeback with new Motown album . . . Teddy Pendergrass handing out free chocolate Teddy Pops at his "For Women Only" concerts (and recording album by that name live) . . . Savory Brown scheduled for one-nighter at Baltimore's Painter's Mill on Sunday . . . Geoff Muldaur and Amos Garrett mixing Chopin, Tchaikovsky Chuck Berry and Hoagy Carmichael material on their album . . . Stevie Winwood's old Traffic co-star Jim Capaldi set to release a sols album next month on RSO . . . Circus Magazine, which has long called itself "America's leading rock 'n' roll biweekly," is turning weekly beginning Sept. 19 . . . Return to Forevef - Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, Lenny White and Al DiMeola - were reunited on stage for the first time in two years at DiMeola's concert in Santa Monica (release of a live four-record set scheduled for fall) . . . The New York subway system authorities have refused to display posters advertising Genya Ravan's "Urban Desire" album, calling them "lewd and suggestive" - but the bus officials accepted them . . . ASCAP has filed suit against religious radio station WWDJ in Hackensack and Pacific and Southern Broadcasting Company for allegedly playing 30 songs ("Tell It to Jesus," "Get in Touch with the Savior") without permission, in violation of federal copyright laws . . . The Commodores' "Three Times a Lady," which briefly hit the No. 1 spot before "Grease" came out, is back at the top . . . Record World says that Hollywood's Plaza Hotel is refusing reservations from music industry artists and execs . . . Another onstage reunion - Gregg Allman, Dickie Betts, Jaimoe Johnsen and others in Central Park . . . And another comeback single - Lulu's "Don't Take Love for Granted" . . . Marshall Tucker vocalist Doug Dray set a national speed record for super stock class 3D cars - a quarter-mile in 11.21 seconds . . . The Rutles have disbanded, and Dirk and Stig (Eric Idle and Ricky Fatarr) will go on as a duo . . . Seen sittin' in with the Rosslyn Mountain Boys at Desperado's - George Frayne, alias Commander Cody.

Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell will judge the annual guitar contest at Pig Foot, 1812 Hamlin St., Wednesday beginning at 5; then host a two-day jazz guitar seminar at the club Thursday and Friday, beginning at 11 a.m. Burrell and guitarist/singer Bill Harris, the club's owner, will perform at the club Friday-Monday, Sept. 1-4, and at Langdon Park on Labor Day afternoon. For additional information call 529-4830.

The Prince George's County Publick Playhouse in Cheverly plans a "Tribute to Elvis" on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 8-9, starring Charlie Feathers and John Seaton. For information call 277-1710.

Freebies: Ramsey Lewis at Fort Dupont, Saturday at 8:30 p.m.; the Richard Smallwood Singers (gospel) and the Federal Jazz Commission (Dixieland) at the C&O Canal, Sunday at 1:30 p.m.; John Ashby and the Old Time Virginia String Band at the Library of Congress's Neptune Plaza, Thursday at noon (rain date Friday).

The Airmen of Note, the Air Force's jazz ensemble, will play free 3 p.m. concerts in Baird Auditorium at the Museum of Natural History on Sept. 17, with special guest vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon, and Sept. 24, with Joe Williams. For information call 767-5858.

Alphebet Soup: NRBQ at Desperado's on Monday; and AC/DC at Louie's Rock City, Monday and Tuesday.

Former Duke Ellington Band member Rick Henderson and his quartet will present an evening of Ellington jazz in the courtyard of the National Collection of Fine Arts/Portrait Gallery on Tuesday at 7 p.m., rain date Thursday. For information call 381-5159.

George Benson's Ibanez GB-10 is now the property of the American people, personified by Jimmy Carter. In presenting Carter with the guitar, Benson called him "the first president to recognize jazz music as a true American art forms."