This week the Smashing Pumpkins, Wale, Natalie Cole, Bryan Adams, Anthrax, and even Pauly Shore announced upcoming regional concerts.
Wale, who's touring with new album "Ambition," has two area shows coming up: first, he'll open for Lupe Fiasco at Merriweather Post Pavilion on September 16. Tickets for that show, starting at $36, are already on sale.
Then, he'll perform at Morgan State University on October 6 during the school's homecoming week.
Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Savoy, Miami Horror, Kendrick Lamar, Dom Kennedy will appear with Wale on some dates of the tour, though the press release did not say which ones. Virginia artist Black Cobain will appear all tour dates. Tickets for the "Ambition" tour go on sale Friday. Prices were not listed in the announcement.
Also in October, Natalie Cole will perform at the Warner Theatre in Washington on October 13. Tickets, which start at $65, go on sale Friday. The singer will be performing her hits, as she has no recent album to promote.
Bryan Adams has already announced 2012 dates for his "Bare Bones" tour. He'll appear at the Music Center at Strathmore January 23. Tickets, which start at $40.50, are now on sale on Strathmore's website. Adams last performed in Baltimore this past January.
Anthrax will perform at the new Fillmore theater in Silver Spring on November 6, continuing the venue's habit of booking talent that peaked in the 80s (see: Cheap Trick, Blondie). The band is promoting new album "Worship Music." Tickets for the show, which start at $30, go on sale Friday.
In better news, the Canadian duo Chromeo will perform at the Fillmore October 29. Tickets, at $25, are already on sale.
In comedy news, Wanda Sykes announced Wednesday she'll perform at the Patriot Center October 15. Tickets for the show, which start at $35, go on sale Monday.
DAR Constitution Hall said this week it's added a second show for Chris Tucker due to "popular demand." The comic and actor is on his first stand-up tour in years. He'll now perform October 7 at both 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets for the second show, which start at $44, go on sale Friday.
Closer to home, comics Harland Williams will perform at the Baltimore Comedy Factory September 16 and 17, and Bobcat Goldthwait will perform there September 28 - October 1. Tickets for Williams are $20; $17 for Goldthwait.
Meanwhile, Magooby's Joke House in Timonium has booked Pauly Shore for not one, but two nights - November 11 and 12. Magooby's has not listed ticket price on its website.