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Music Seen Festival at the Canal Club
Adding to your film credits "Man #3" or "Woman at Bar" the Community Idea Station offers you the opportunity, for the seventh year, to be "Screaming Fan" as it rolls out two nights of free live music, May 4-5 at 8 p.m. The shows will be taped for "The Music Seen," so that sometime this fall, there on PBS, you can see that, yep, you did throw your underpants at soul singer Jon Bibbs. Or you might shame yourself in front of any of the other performers, like Rattlemouth, Cashmere Jungle Lords, The Whiskey Rebellion, Special Ed and the Shortbus, or Jackass Flats on Friday, or Kari Smith, ILAD, Existor, Bibbs or The Gaskets Saturday. It certainly beats spending your weekend as "Drunk Blacksmith" at some Renaissance fair. 643-2582.
Bow Wow at the Richmond Coliseum
That Bow Wow was such a nice boy. Now he's all talking about money and getting with shorties and, well, a lot of your big-time hip-hop themes. Last year's "The Price of Fame" leans more toward boy-band pop beats and Bentleys than mentors Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg ever did. But it's well-polished, tapping styles from East and West coasts, and indicates that though he's not interested in playing with Michael Jordan anymore, his star's still on the rise. The Richmond Coliseum hosts Bow Wow with Lloyd, Sammie, Crime Mob, and Huey and Shay May 5 at 7:30 p.m. $33.50-$38.50. Call 262-8100 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
Cinco de Mayo Festival at Brown's Island
Remember that spring is all about trying to pick someone up while waiting in line for a Porta Potti. The 11th Cinco de Mayo Festival returns to Brown's Island to kick-start the wooing season with music by The Smithereens, Terrence Simien and The Zydeco Experience, Bio Ritmo, the Wrinkle Neck Mules, Special Ed and the Shortbus and The Unforgettable Fire May 5, 1-9 p.m. Tickets are $8-$10. Call 257-7226 or visit www.brownsisland.com.
MC Frontalot at Alley Katz
Who knew there was even a grandfather of nerdcore hip-hop? It had to come from somewhere, I guess. Apparently MC Frontalot is the guy, espousing songs of comic stores, blogs, Internet porn and "Star Wars" conventions, which, if you pay attention, is a sort of cultural reaction to the pursuit of Bentleys and shorties mentioned above. There must be a balance! Without the MC Frontalots of the world, the cheek-tonguers of society, pop culture might become, well, culture. He plays May 8, 7-11 p.m. $8-$10. 643-2816.
"Weird Al" Yankovic at Innsbrook After Hours.
Wait a minute. Now this is the grandfather of nerdcore hip-hop. Surely. In fact, he's the grandfather of all things "White and Nerdy." Al, there are pretenders to your throne. Weird Al defends his pop culture position at Innsbrook May 2 at 6 p.m. $10-$30. Call 423-6589 or visit www.innsbrookafterhours.com.Click here for more Calendar Events