Tickets for all events can be purchased by calling Augusta Ticketmaster, 828-7700, unless otherwise noted. Ticketmaster outlets are Home Folks stores, Blockbuster Music stores and Publix supermarkets. Other events have separate telephone listings.
HOPELAND GARDENS SUMMER CONCERTS: 7 p.m. Mondays; Columbia Jazz Band Monday; and Aiken Community Band, Aug. 25; Hopeland Gardens is at Whiskey Road and Dupree Place in Aiken; all events are free; bring blanket or lawn chair; in case of rain, concert will be moved to South Aiken High.
MC HAMMER: 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1, Bell Auditorium; advance tickets $20 or $25 day of show.
GLADYS KNIGHT/JOHNNY GILL: Monday, Sept. 1, Lake Olmstead Stadium; tickets $27.50 through Ticketmaster outlets.
CLAY WALKER/LEE ANN WOMACK: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, Barton Field, Fort Gordon; advance tickets $10 at Allied Banks, Pump N' Shops, WAGT-TV (Channel 26), Fort Gordon's Morale, Welfare and Recreation offices and the post exchange; tickets $12 at the gate; no coolers, pets or video recorders please.
OLDIES CONCERT: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center; featuring Lou Christie, the Drifters, the Shirelles and Rocky and the Rollers; $15.
BLUES FULL 4: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, Bell Auditorium; $23, 19.50 and 16.50.
CAGE: Today, Masquerade, Atlanta.
THE YELLOWJACKETS: Today, Variety Playhouse, Atlanta.
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER: Today and Saturday, Chastain Park, Atlanta.
QUIET RIOT: Saturday, Masquerade, Atlanta.
NAPALM DEATH: Sunday, Masquerade, Atlanta.
TEMPTATIONS: Wednesday, Chastain Park, Atlanta.
THE PRETENDERS/SINEAD O'CONNOR: Thursday, Chastain Park, Atlanta.
LEADFOOT: Friday, Aug. 22, Masquerade, Atlanta.
EKOOSTIK HOOKAH: Friday, Aug. 22, Variety Playhouse, Atlanta.
GIPSY KINGS: Friday, Aug. 22, and Saturday, Aug. 23, Chastain Park, Atlanta.
CHATEAU ELAN SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, Chateau Elan Winery, 100 Tour de France, Braselton, Ga.; the Swingin' Medallions, Aug. 23; Harvest Celebration featuring Banks & Shane Sept. 6; free shag lessons 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; $20 per person, overnight packages $175; call (770) 932-0900 or (800) 233-9463 for reservations; Web site address: http://www.chateauelan.com.
THE MISFITS: Sunday, Aug. 24, Masquerade, Atlanta.
KENNY LOGGINS: Tuesday, Aug. 26, Chastain Park, Atlanta.
DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES: Thursday, Aug. 28, Chastain Park, Atlanta.
STEEL PULSE: Thursday, Aug. 28, Variety Playhouse, Atlanta.
INSANE CLOWN POSSE: Friday, Aug. 29, Masquerade, Atlanta.
KINGSIZED: Sunday, Aug. 31, Masquerade, Atlanta.
BIG TOP SHOWCASE: Featuring Moby; Friday, Sept. 5, Masquerade, Atlanta.
When tickets for big shows go on sale, making sure you get seats can be a problem. Here are the ups and downs of the ticket-purchasing options. Civic Center:Ups: No service charge. Downs: The civic center box office sells tickets only for events at the center and at Bell Auditorium. Outlets:Ups: The lines move fairly quickly. Downs: Service charges. Charge-by-phone:Ups: Convenience. Downs: Service charges.