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Rap, poetic pop, 'eviltainment' on concert menu

By GINA VIVINETTO

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 28, 2000


UP IN SMOKE TOUR featuring Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Warren G., Kurupt, Xzibit& The Eastsidaz -- 7 p.m. Wednesday, Ice Palace, Tampa. Tickets are $49 and $36.

Dr. Dre, pioneer gangsta rapper, former N.W.A. member, innovative producer, Grammy winner and all around rap luminary brings a posse of proteges, including Eminem and Snoop Dogg.

Eminem is riding the top of the charts with the Marshall Mathers LP. (Em's taking time out from scuffles with his wife, other rap stars and various women's and gay and lesbian groups peeved by his hateful lyrics.)

Snoop Dogg collaborated with Dr. Dre on the groundbreaker The Chronic back in '93. Snoop's made a name for himself since with his laid-back rap style.

RAINER MARIA -- 8 p.m. Tuesday. The Orpheum, 1902 Republica de Cuba Ave. (corner of Eighth Avenue and 14th Street), Ybor City. (813) 248 9500. Admission is $6.

Named for the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, this Madison trio met at a University of Wisconsin poetry workshop. Understandably, girlfriend/boyfriend singers Caithlin De Marrais and Kyle Fischer can write a lyric as well as play sturdy, melodic pop with a bit of an edge. Hey, high brow and high energy.

Drummer William Kuehn's timekeeping alternates between the thunderous and the pristine depending on who's singing what.

HALLOWEEN IN JULY -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. State Theater, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10 through Ticketmaster. (727) 895-3045.

Live "eviltainment" comes in the form of local ghoul rockers Hell On Earth. This spooky fest also features a Quasi-Naked Contortion Show, live DJs, games and costume contests.

I AM THE DJ, I AM WHAT I PLAY -- 11 p.m. The Globe Coffee Lounge, 532 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 898-5282.

Since the departure to New York of DJ Gerald Hammill, Globe owner Jo Ellen Schilke has crossed her fingers and invited a bunch of guest DJs to spin on late nights.

Tonight join DJ Latte Da (secret identity: yours truly) for a highly caffeinated mix of Cheap Trick, Moby, Brian Eno and whatever else I drag from my house.

TEAM POP TRIVIA -- The winner of this week's random drawing for the zippy St. Petersburg Times T-shirt is Mark Dawson of Palm Harbor. Dawson knew that 10,000 Maniacs zapped its version of Cat Stevens' Peace Train from the album In My Tribe. The band also stopped performing the song live because it was miffed that Stevens, now Yusuf Islam, allegedly supported the Ayatollah Khomeini's Islamic death sentence for author Salman Rushdie.

THIS WEEK'S QUESTION -- Wanna get your name in the random drawing for the white hot Times T? Let's do a Grateful Dead question in honor of Jerry Garcia's Tuesday birthday. Tell me what author had the band, then called the Warlocks, play at his legendary mid 1960s Acid Test parties?

Fax entries to Team Pop Trivia, (727) 892-2327, send e-mail to gina@sptimes.com or send your entry in an envelope as our ancestors used to: Team Pop Trivia, c/o Weekend, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33713. All mailed entries must be postmarked by Saturday (the day after we ask the question). Faxes and e-mail can come as late as Monday morning. Please include your full name and phone number.

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