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2013-09-05T00:00:00Z music briefsGerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Tonight’s Kid Cudi show almost sold out

Four months after Casino del Sol’s AVA whipped Tucson into an old-school hip-hop frenzy with a “Kings of the Mic” tour stop featuring LL Cool J, De La Soul, Public Enemy and Ice Cube, the venue is doubling down with Kid Cudi, a rising rap star and modern emcee.

He performs tonight at AVA as part of his Cud Life Tour 2013.

Cudi, born Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, is straight out of Cleveland and sports an endless sea of fans, thanks to a string of hit albums including his 2009 debut,“Man on the Moon: The End of Day.” His show in Salt Lake City last month brought in nearly 43,000 people, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Cudi will be joined by Tyler, the Creator and Logic.

A handful of lawn tickets, $35 each, are still available through the Rialto box office. The Rialto is a presenter of the show. Call 740-1000 for more information.

This week, hip-hop

is a popular genre

Couldn’t get into Cudi?

Try the longtime hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, performing at the Rialto Theatre on Saturday.

Havoc and Prodigy, Mobb’s core members, have been on the scene for more than two decades. The duo released its debut album, “Juvenile Hell” in 1993 and has been cutting studio and solo projects since.

The Rialto show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24 in advance and $28 the day of the performance. Call 740-1000 for more information.

You can also see Brooklyn native Sean Price  at Club Congress on Sunday. Price’s résumé includes collaborations with the likes of KRS-One, MF Doom and the Wu-Tang Clan.

Local hip-hop favorite Big Meridox opens the show. It starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $12-$15. 622-8848.

Tucson band launches Kickstarter campaign

Marshmallow Overcoat, Tucson’s purveyor of garage-psych music, is the latest local band to try its hand at crowd funding.

The group, a staple of the Tucson music scene for more than two decades, kicked off a Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday.

The goal is to raise $6,000 over the course of 33 days, which will  go toward creating a “Best of” double LP, featuring 30 songs from the band’s heyday.

Find a link to the campaign on the group’s Facebook page,

This just in ...

Latin rapper Pitbull returns to Casino del Sol’s AVA for a show Oct. 24. Tickets ($60 to $150) go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at or at the Casino Del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road.

Pitbull played a nearly sold-out,  energetic show at the AVA last August.

Gerald M. Gay

Busy month ahead

for Surly Wench Pub

The Surly Wench Pub is kicking off September with a handful of shows.

Events start at 10 p.m. at the pub, 424 N. Fourth Ave., unless noted.

Friday — Black Cherry Burlesque, 8 and 10 p.m., $10, $20 for VIP.

Saturday — Punk rock with Last Call Brawlers and The Besmirchers, $5.

Sept. 13 — Metal rockers BlackOut, price not set.

Sept. 14 and Sept. 28 — DJ, retro Fineline Revisited, $5.

Sept. 21 — Industrial rockers Club Sanctuary, $5.

Sept. 27 — Surf rockers The Furys, $5.

Cathalena E. Burch

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