Pop Beat: Jewel, Sugar Ray, R.E.M. …

Folk-pop songstress to headline San Diego Street Scene music festival.

Folk-pop singer/songwriter Jewel will headline the San Diego Street Scene music festival Sept. 8. Among the 100-plus acts appearing at the 17th annual event, held Sept. 8–10 in the city’s Gaslamp Quarter, will be rockers Sugar Ray and Unwritten Law as well as pop singers Chris Isaak and Joan Osborne. An avid horsewoman, Jewel also will perform at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Show Jumping competition Aug. 4 in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. … R.E.M. fans from “all over the world” have sent e-mails to Mayor Doc Eldridge of Athens-Clarke Country, Ga., asking him to stop the demolition of an Athens railway trestle featured on the cover of the band’s 1983 album Murmur, a spokesperson for Eldridge said. The mayor has authorized an option for the purchase of the bridge, giving the town’s 10-member elected body 90 days to decide whether to buy the property for $5,000 from the demolition company that now owns it. …

Metallica will play a series of makeup shows for fans who saw the band perform earlier this month without singer/guitarist James Hetfield, a spokesperson for Elektra Records said. Hetfield missed three dates on the Summer Sanitarium tour because of a back injury. Metallica will play Aug. 5 and 6 in Atlanta; Aug. 8 and 9 in Lexington, Ky.; and Aug. 2 and 3 in Dallas. … Britney Spears canceled a TV commercial with Clairol in support of a commercial strike by the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists, according to an announcement from SAG. The pop singer also will donate $1 of every ticket sold to her concert Sunday (July 30) in Los Angeles to the SAG Foundation, and boy band *NSync will do the same with their concert Saturday (July 29) in New York. … The five members of Nine Days will compete with one another to direct the pop-rock group’s video for “If I Am,” the follow-up to their hit “Absolutely (Story of a Girl).” “Each one of us is going to take a crack at the video treatment, and we’ll also take ideas from directors, too,” keyboardist Jeremy Dean said backstage Saturday (July 22) at Rockfest in Chicago. “We just really want a video that is amazing.” Nine Days are touring the States this fall with Third Eye Blind and Vertical Horizon. …

Australian pop duo Sister2Sister will tour North America beginning Monday (July 24) in Fort Wayne, Ind., as part of the Nickelodeon All That Music & More Festival 2000, according to Columbia Records. The singers, who will release their Stateside debut Oct. 17, also will join Spears’ tour as an opening act beginning Aug. 21. … Green Day will perform on “The Late Show With David Letterman” on Oct. 3 as part of a series of yet-to-be-announced promotional appearances for their new album, Warning, a band spokesperson said. Currently playing the Vans Warped Tour, the band plans to head for Japan after the tour wraps on Sunday (July 30). … The A*Teens‘ appearance on Nickelodeon’s “SNICK House at Your House” special is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. Aug. 5, according to a Nickelodeon spokesperson. (Sonicnet.com’s parent company, Viacom, also owns Nickelodeon.) …

Spurred by the success of the single “Open My Hearts” on gospel and adult contemporary radio, Yolanda AdamsMountain High, Valley Low has been certified gold by the RIAA. Adams is in the studio working on a Christmas album, which will feature a duet with Sting and is set for release in time for the holidays. … Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger wants to cast actor Jude Law as the central character in the semiautobiographical film he is working on, tentatively titled “The Long Play,” according to Britain’s Daily Express.Jimi Hendrix will be featured in an exhibition opening Sept. 12 — the 30th anniversary of his death — at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, according to an announcement from Experience Hendrix, the preservation society that helped organize the exhibit. The show will include artifacts, videos, interactive kiosks and a Surround Sound 3-D theater with live footage of Hendrix. …

Thursday’s birthdays (July 27): Harvey Fuqua (Moonglows), 71; Nick Reynolds (Kingston Trio), 67; Stan Lark (Fireballs), 60; Al Ramsey ( Gary Lewis and the Playboys), 57; Bobbie Gentry, 56; Maureen McGovern, 51; Michael Vaughn (Paper Lace), 50; Suzi Carr (Will to Power), 47; Karl Mueller (Soul Asylum), 37; and Aisha Tanner (Atlantic Starr), 27.

— sonicnet.com staff report