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Rap superstars, head bangers, and Ebenezer Scrooge are set to take Washington stages

Outkast member Big Boi breaks out on his own at the 9:30 Club September 8 with songs from his first solo album, Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. Tickets ($35) went on sale today.

The country duo Sugarland twangs its way into Jiffy Lube Live September 25 with musical compatriots Little Big Town and Randy Montana. Keep your ears open for songs from Sugarland’s upcoming album, The Incredible Machine, which will be released in October. Tickets ($65.75) are available August 20 at 10 AM.

Indie darlings Rogue Wave and Midlake share the stage at the 9:30 Club October 1. Rogue Wave just released its fourth album, Permalight, in March, and Midlake its third, The Courage of Others, in February. Tickets ($20) went on sale today.

The metal band Godsmack amps up the volume at Merriweather Post Pavilion October 3 with hardcore tunes from its fifth album, The Oracle. Two not so cheerfully named groups open the show: Five Fiver Death Punch and Drowning Pool. Don’t expect any songs about dandelions and gumdrops. Tickets ($40 to $55) go on sale August 20 at 10 AM.

Furthur, the rock band helmed by Grateful Dead alums Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, heads to 1st Mariner Arena November 17. Members also include John Kadlecik of Dark Star Orchestra, Jeff Chimenti of Ratdog, and the Benevento/Russo Duo’s Joe Russo. Tickets ($50.55 to $72.15) go on sale August 20 at 10 AM.

Native son Clarence Greenwood, better known as Citizen Cope, returns home for two shows at the Birchmere November 23 and 24. In 2002, the Washington Post called Greenwood “the city’s most soulful export since Marvin Gaye.” Tickets ($35) go on sale August 20 at noon.

It may still be pushing 90 degrees outside, but December isn’t far off. The holiday classic A Christmas Carol begins its roughly monthlong run at Ford’s Theatre November 20. Tickets ($48.70 to $68.20) are available August 23 at 10 AM.

On March 23, Ford’s Theatre presents Liberty Smith, a revolutionary-era musical comedy. The show runs through May, and tickets ($27.20 to $46.65) are available August 23 at 10 AM.

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