Michael Hedges and Liz Story will perform at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW, on Oct. 4. The location for the performance was listed incorrectly in last Friday's Weekend section.
So here's the list of some of the more consistently appealing clubs and concert halls offering live original music around town: CONCERT HALLS THE BARNS OF WOLF TRAP --
Trap Road, Vienna. 255-1900. Opens its 350 seats in October for the fall season, not to be confused with Wolf Trap's big- shed summer season at the 6,000-seat Filene amphitheater. The Barns is a good-sounding, acoustic-ming: Schooner Fare (Oct. 18); the Bobs (Oct. 26); Trapezoid (Nov. 9); John McCutcheon (Nov. 23); Karen Akers (Nov. 29-30); Robin and Linda Williams (Dec. 1).
CAPITAL CENTRE -- Landover, Maryland. 350-3900. With about 15,500 seats for most concert dates, the biggest indoor arena in the area. And if you didn't line up early for tickets, you will no doubt appreciate the big four-sided video screen up on the ceiling. Coming: Bryan Adams (Sept. 12); Ratt (Oct. 15); Motley Crue (Oct. 17).
DAR CONSTITUTION HALL -- 1776 D St. NW. 628-4780. About 3,700 seats, roughly half of them soundworthy (front and center), and none of which you should stray very far from lest you run into one of the many uniformed, riot- ready overachievers who keep the peace most concert nights. Also, ignore the bunting. Otherwise a good, comfortable place to see such recent memorable visitors as Van Morrison, Squeeze, REM, U2. Coming: Holly Near (Sept. 29); Simple Minds (Nov. 4).
D.C. CONVENTION CENTER -- 900 Ninth St. NW. 789-1600. Evermore frequent concerts in Hall A (11,000 seats) and Hall C (2,500 seats, and better sounding), including recent shows by Steel Pulse, New Edition, Jeffrey Osborne and Chuck Brown. Coming: Morris Day (Oct. 18) and Sade (Dec. 8).
KENNEDY CENTER CONCERT HALL -- Virginia Avenue NW. 254-3776. With 2,750 seats, a likely place to find jazz, middle-of-the-road pop and big-name comedy concerts, including Liza Minelli (Sept. 11-14); Keith Jarrett (Sept. 21) comedian Gallagher (Sept. 22); Bill Cosby (Sept. 26, in a benefit for the National Council of Negro Women).
LISNER AUDITORIUM -- 730 21st St. NW, George Washington University. 676-6800. About 1,500 seats, varying acoustics and bookings to match. Coming: Lone Justice (Sept. 10); Inti-Illimani (Sept. 18); the Washington Area Music Awards (Sept. 29).
MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION -- Columbia, Maryland. 982-1800. The 5,000-plus sheltered reserved seats and at least that many up on the lawn earn this place its big-shed standing -- not to mention its Miller sponsorship. Open yearly May through September, and a real pain to reach via Rte. 29 from D.C., especially in evening rush and for big draws like this past month's Grateful Dead and Huey Lewis & the News dates. Once you get there, fine. Coming: Melissa Manchester (Thursday); Hank Williams Jr./Poco (Sept. 6); Heart/Cheap Trick (Sept. 7); John Waite (Sept. 13); Kinks (Sept. 14); Sting (Sept. 21, last date of the season).
PATRIOT CENTER -- George Mason University, Fairfax. 323-2000. GMU's new 10,000-seat arena starts offering big-name concerts in October. Coming so far: the Beach Boys (Oct. 6); Night Ranger (Oct. 11); Supertramp (Oct. 12); Howard Jones (Oct. 13); John Cougar Mellencamp (Dec. 6).
SMITH CENTER -- 600 22nd St. NW, George Washington University. 676- 7481. The 4,000 seats in this occasional concert venue are general admission -- and the floor area around the stage is generally open to whoever feels like coming down for better vibrations. Which was what you got at Tears for Fears earlier this summer, and probably will again for UB40 (Sept. 22), and maybe even when Bob Hope himself plays here (Oct. 12, as part of the Smith Center's 10-year anniversary celebration).
WARNER THEATER -- 13th and E NW. 626-1050. An even 2,000 of the best seats in town to see and hear anybody, made better still if you: a) take the subway and b) have your glass of white wine elsewhere, at market prices, before you go inside. Coming: O.M.D. (Sept. 13); Al Jarreau (Sept. 27, a benefit for the Congressional Black Caucus; tickets $20 to $75); Michael Hedges and Liz Story (Oct. 4); Shadowfax with Will Ackerman and Mark Isham (Oct. 26).
ROCK/POP/NEW MUSIC CLUBS
Rock clubs are a funny thing around Washington. They come, they go. Mostly, they go -- if the last five years are any indication. Hundreds, possibly thousands of people are to blame here, including those of us who have purchased VCRs, started families or somehow lost our childlike sense of wonder, or whatever it was we had.
After dark, nonetheless, life in D.C. goes on. Without the Cellar Door, the Wax Museum, Adams, Desperado's and so forth. These days, life especially goes on at the following:
BAYOU -- Wisconsin and K NW. 333-2897. About 500 seats, the best (downstairs and along the upstairs rail) going to the first 200 or so in line outside. Smartly run by the Cellar Door organization, pleasantly ratty-looking and acoustically pretty good (well, downstairs anyway). Weekends here tend toward such local-favorite hard rockers and heavy metalists as D.C. Star, Wrathchild and Monarch, with nationally known acts -- or at least ambitious, broader-appeal fare -- the rest of the time. The next best thing to the defunct Wax Museum, ambiance-wise, at the moment. Coming: Ravyns (Sept. 10); Patrick Moraz & Bill Bruford (Sept. 17); Suzanne Vega (Sept. 23); Skip Castro (Sept. 26); NRBQ (Oct. 10); John Lee Hooker & John Hammond (Nov. 12). D.C. SPACE -- 443 Seventh St. NW. 347-1445. A great, small (about 100 seats) and resolutely, cheerfully nonconformist place -- from its patchwork clientele and beat-up grand piano to its booking policy, if that's the right word for it. A good a place to see (or be) a brand-new jazz, pop, acoustic or poetry- and-percussion act. Or to catch the outrageous folk of Donut Safari (Sept. 20), say, or poet Henry Rollins (Oct. 4), or the Space's current dinner-theater run of "A Jacques Brel Cabaret" (Wednesdays and Saturdays through September). "We have plenty of weeknights that are kind of slow," says Claudia DePaul, who's booked the Space these last three years, "which I really like to give to groups that are just excited about what they're doing -- they don't have to be famous or have a cult following or anything."
FRIENDSHIP STATION -- 4926 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 966-5682. With about 200 seats with good sight lines on two levels, Friendship Station is the current home to a lot of local and national blues, roots rock and -- if ex-Psychedelly booking agent Joe Lee persists, and he probably will -- much zydeco (Terrence Simien & the Mallet Playboys, for instance, Sept. 21) and Cajun music (New Orleans' Beausoleil, last week; too bad you missed it). Local bands, primarily either r&b or l&t (loud & tight), are easiest to find here on Wednesday and Thursday nights, and include such as the Very Nice Plants (who, when not quite as tight or in tune as they'd like to be, have been known to toss complimentary Twinkies into the audience), the Crimestoppers, the Rhythm Masters, the Vibrato Brothers, local zydecoasters Little Red & the Renegades. There's no cover charge here -- the place lost its cabaret license not long ago. Of course, a mixed drink goes for $3. Coming: Kinvara (Sept. 11); Legendary Blues Band (Sept. 20); the New Keys (local but not loud, and recommended, Sept. 22); Johnny Jay & the Hitmen with the Legendary Stardust Cowboy (Sept. 27); Fernest & the Thunders (Oct. 4); A.C. Reed Blues Band (Oct. 11).
GENTRY -- Eighth and Pennsylvania SE. 544-6726. There are about 75 seats in this grubby, scrappy little club -- but please come in, and quit whining needlessly about the neighborhood. Soon enough you'll be absorbed -- by what's on stage, that is, which is generally some local (or locally popular) r&b or rockabilly band. Or by the Gentry's Sunday and Monday night blues jams, wherein a nightly parade of local and visiting blues dignitaries pack the place with a lot of six-string fireworks. Coming: Little Women (Sept. 4); Bob Margolin (Sept. 6); Teresa Gunn Group (Sept. 14); Paul Barrere & Catfish Hodge (Sept. 26); Billy Hancock's record-release party, with Jon Carroll & Metro (Sept. 27); Screaming Honkers (Oct. 5).
KILIMANJARO -- 1724 California St. NW. 328-3838. About 500 seats in the club's Heritage Hall, a one-time auto repair shop that's become the place in Washington to see an ambitious schedule of African, Caribbean, latin, reggae and calypso acts from around the world. Coming: Alula (from Ethiopia; Friday); Sonny Okosun (Sunday). 9:30 -- 930 F St. NW. 393-0930. No seats. We come here either to stand, in our high-top Chucks and sleeveless flannel shirt or our tank-top-over-the-sweatshirt outfit, or to fling our bodies to and fro near the stage. On the stage throughout the year is a good percentage of the imported and domestic new-music and beyond-punk acts that come through town in a given year (and who can't quite fill the Warner). This past month, for instance: the Del Fuegos, the Meat Puppets, the Replacements, Fishbone. Actually a fun place, despite its annoying proximity to The Edge. Between sets, the 9:30's deejays display keen senses of both humor and the absurd. And, of course, all the latest that's good for body-flinging. Coming: the Dynettes with Kristi Rose & the Midnight Walkers (Saturday); the Cucumbers with Eleventh Hour (Sept. 6); 9353 with Jason Voorhees (Sept. 13); Jane Siberry (Sept. 25). SABA -- 1214 18th St. NW. 296-9292. About 250 seats, including a bunch of bar stools Saba picked up at last year's Wax Museum closeout sale. Unfortunately, more than half the seats and a lot of standing room is depressingly remote -- unless you didn't come to see the stage. But you ought to be coming specifically to see the stage, and who's up there on it, especially considering Saba's eclectic, ambitious bookings this past year (some power-pop, acoustic and new-grass western swing, rockabilly, blues and -- still most weekends -- reggae). The place has a good location and a nice, funky, urban feel within its exposed-brick walls. Someone, please -- put some speakers upstairs! And maybe a raised seating platform, or some bleachers or something. Coming: the Waitresses (Sept. 6); Blue Riddim (Sept. 8); Roger McGuinn & Eric Anderson (Sept. 12); Downtown (Sept. 13); Delbert McClinton (Sept. 17); Natural Scientist (Sept. 22); The Band (Sept. 25); Ronnie Gilbert (Oct. 6); Richard Thompson (Oct. 7). ALSO: Ibex at 5832 Georgia Ave. NW (for Ohio Players, Sept. 13-14); Oliver's in Fairfax (rockabilly, southern rock, frequent Root Boy and Danny Gatton appearances); Maxim's in Tyson's Corner (suburban hard rock and heavy metal); the Grog & Tankard at Wisconsin and Calvert NW (r&b, covers, zydeco by Little Red and company); Club Soda (some original rock, but mostly oldies, big-chill r&b and covers); Quincy's in Arlington (mostly for the original pop-funk of Jon Carroll & Metro, with several dates there through September, or the vocals and musicianship, though not as much originality, of Harbison, Bond & Goddard, Harry Traynham & Pylot and others). ACOUSTIC CLUBS
There are dozens of clubs around Washington that pay people to come by and sing and strum for a few hours, and clean up after themselves later. Yes. Some clubs are more committed to the concept than others; we'll get to a few of them in a moment. First, however: There's really only one club in the area that goes extravagantly out of its way, and far out of town, to bring in acoustic music of all kinds. That would be:
BIRCHMERE -- 3901 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 549-5919. About 300 seats for sitting, beer-only for drinking, silence for keeping when there's someone on stage and about eight years of bluegrass, folk and other consistently well-presented acoustic bookings for appreciating. If you haven't yet made it past the worn shopping-center facade for the official Birchmere experience, which is quite casual and unofficial-seeming, actually, consider one of the following dates: Schooner Fare (Sept. 6-7); Jonathan Edwards, with Kenny White (Sept. 20-21); Doc Watson (Sept. 27-28); Kate Wolf, with Mike Auldridge (Oct. 1); the Seldom Scene (every Thursday, apparently forever). This is also not a bad month to see several local folk and bluegrass talents, including the Smith Sisters (Sept. 10); Mary Chapin Carpenter and John Jennings (Sept. 11); Magpie (Sept. 17); Pete Kennedy (Sept. 18) and Grazz Matazz (Oct. 5). Once a month, WLTT-FM's Sunday-night folk maven Dick Cerri puts on his Music Americana Showcase at the Birchmere; at $5 a seat, usually a bargain.
GALLAGHER'S -- 3319 Connecticut Ave. NW. 686-9189. One of the most accessible (in both location and bartender attitude) neighborhood saloons in the city, but also one with a long-standing musical conscience. There's music most nights -- folk, Irish, bluegrass, open mike Sundays; a likely plto find the Smith Sisters, or Mountain Laurel, or Mary Chapin Carpenter (this weekend, with Reuben Musgrave).
TAKOMA CAFE -- Columbia Avenue, Takoma Park. 270-2440. Most Friday and Saturday nights, this small, non-profit cafe, in the heart of a longtime traditional music community, serves some up of the favorite local fare after dinner -- from acoustic blues and feminist folk to mining-town ditties to ragtime and bluegrass. Recent and coming performers include Steppin' Out, Sprouts of Grass, Side by Side, Granny Crowe, Ed Weglein.
TIFFANY TAVERN -- 1116 King St., Alexandria. 836-8844. Bluegrass on a smaller budget and scale than the Birchmere, but no less appreciated by the regulars who come to see Mountain Laurel, Grim Pickers, Old Friends (this weekend) and other local favorites. ALSO: Afterwords Cafe at Kramerbooks, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW; Cates Cellar Pub, Murphy's and Ireland's Own in Alexandria; Dunmor's Tavern in Bethesda; Irish Connection Pub on DeSales Street NW; O'Carroll's and Whitey's in rlington; Old Brogue in Great Falls; Potter's House at 1658 Columbia Road NW; Roundtable at 4859 Wisconsin Ave. NW. JAZZ CLUBS BLUES ALLEY -- Wisconsin and M NW. 337-4141. This 21-year-old, 175-seat club is now, after the closing in June of Charlie's, the last in town offering big-name jazz acts along with local luminaries seven nights a week. Performers generally love playing here, in front of the Alley's familiar brick wall, because the place is so small and attentive. And the on-stage enthusiasm generally rubs off on the crowd, and then -- well, it's a vicious, delicious circle. Of course, the price of Blues Alley's unmatched intimacy is fairly obvious when the check arrives, but the only other place you'll see most of these acts is in a concert hall. Among those due: Alexander O'Neal (the blues singer, once with Prince; this Wednesday-Thursday); Washington Jazz Battalion (Sept. 8); Widespread Jazz Orchestra (Sept. 9); Phyllis Hyman (Sept. 17-22); Stanley Turrentine (Sept. 23- 24); Jean Carne (Sept. 30-Oct. 1); Maynard Ferguson Big Band (Oct. 3-6); Ramsey Lewis (Oct. 22-27); Wayne Shorter (Nov. 26-Dec. 1). ONE STEP DOWN -- 2517 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 331-8863. A tiny, appropriately dressed-down saloon into which wandering can often be a memorable experience -- either for the sometimes hastily arranged weekend headliners (Marshall Keys this Friday and Saturday), or for Lawrence Wheatley's Saturday and Sunday afternoon workshops/jam sessions, or for the regular Monday night gig by pianist Reuben Brown and bassist Steve Novosel. ALSO: For intimate after-dinner jazz, there are several like-minded restaurant/club venues, including: Ice House Cafe in Herndon; Park Place Cafe at 2651 Connecticut Ave. NW; Cates, Cafe du Port, the Wharf and 219's Basin Street Lounge in Alexandria. Other possibilities: Pirate's Hideaway, 3056 M St. NW; Mr. Y's, 1601 Rhode Island Ave. NE; Ibex Lounge, 5832 Georgia Ave. NW; Hazel's, 1834 Columbia RoadNW. COMEDY CLUBS
Thought maybe you could use a laugh at this point.
There are three clubs, at the moment, offering professional standup comedy around town. Come October or so, if plans and renovations work out, there should be a fourth -- an Atlantic City-based Comedy Stop, in the former quarters of the old Cellar Door in Georgetown. On-street parking jokes available.
COMEDY CAFE -- 1520 K St. NW. 638-5653. Three-act shows Fridays and Saturdays, open mike Thursdays.
CRYSTAL CITY COMEDY CLUB -- 420 S. 23rd St., Arlington. 920-3223. Three-act shows Fridays and Saturdays, open mike Wednesdays, local pro night Thursdays.
GARVIN'S LAUGH INN -- at the Georgetown Holiday Inn, 2101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 342-2026. Two-act shows Fridays and Saturdays. Coming: Wayland Flowers & Madame (Oct. 4-5); Rich Hall of "Saturday Night Live" (Dec. 6-7).