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SUPERJAM 14 FEATURES AN OLD FACE AND SOME NEW BLOOD

Jay-Z. Outkast. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Busta Rhymes. Those are just a few of the names who’ve headlined the 102 JAMZ SuperJam. For the 14th installment, happening this Friday, a familiar face returns to rock the soon-to-be-sold-out crowd once again. One of the most underrated emcees of all ability-wise, Ludacris is forever limited by his lascivious choices of subject matter. He’s been spinning his wheels on nasty pillow talk since his last SuperJam appearance in 2001, but if it’s cheap thrills you’re after, none bring it better than Ludacris. If you want a good luck at the face of hip hop five years from now, however, you best look to the undercard. When Winston-Salem-born rapper BoB AKA Bobby Ray Simmons took the stage at the Bonnaroo Music Festival two weekends ago, he was among a handful of elite, up-and-coming emcees vying for the attention of the 75,000 or so in attendance. While Kid Cudi lip-synched his way into the audience’s righteous indignation, Wale’s lazy effort made a mockery of Pitchfork’s endless ballyhooing and Jay Electronica was just a little too unconventional for most, BoB utterly rocked it. His set, scheduled for just an hour in the wee hours in the morning, spilled into two as he played just about every track in his brief catalog with the kind of stage presence rarely seen in young hip-hop artists. What sets him apart from most emcees are his instrumental abilities; he plays keys, trumpet and a highly effective guitar, as evidenced by his cover of MGMT’s “Kids.” Due to the format of SuperJam, you might not see so full-on, but he’s not to be missed in any event. He’ll be joined by Waka Flocka Flame, Plies, Roscoe Dash and a few openers no one’s probably going to see anyway. As always, there’s an unannounced surprise set, and I’ll make a WAG and say it’s Trey Songz. Tickets range from $10 to $30 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

ED MCMAHON ON DOC SEVERINSEN: “YES!”

The only answer to the question “Is anyone from ‘The Tonight Show’ starring Johnny Carson still alive?” is, “If you count Doc Severinsen, barely.”

The 82-year old bandleader was at the helm for the vast majority of Carson’s 30-year reign on the late-night circuit. The virtuoso trumpeter is bringing his band El Ritmo de la Vida that includes classical guitarist Gil Gutierrez and violinist Pedro Cartas to Triad Stage for the pre-kickoff show for the 2010 EMFfringe series. Their music is classical Spanish with a jazz flair, gorgeous ballads, both Latino and American, plus som se great movie music and, among their best received, gypsy jazz a la Django Reinhardt. Tickets for the show are $35 and music starts at 8 p.m. sharp.

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