Guess Who's Back

FRI 8/8

When 50 Cent played the Star Bar or Venu or whatever it's called now, downtown Fort Lauderdale was a mob scene and folks were clamoring for a piece of the Cent before he seemingly disappeared into one-hit wonderdom. A swirling mass of people who evoked, or at least tried to evoke, the thug life grouped around the police-designed partition that surrounded the Cent's venue of choice. Just a block down at the 7-Eleven, a throng of souped-up, low-ridin' tank cars parked this way and that. It seemed drivers had abandoned all hope of ever exiting the parking lot. And all of those folks standing outside had certainly given up on the idea of paying $70 to see 50 Cent. Well, in hindsight, they were right on. Bet whoever bought a $70 ticket is kicking himself. Now, Fitty's gone from playing "in da club" to performing "at da Office Depot Center" (1 Panthers Pkwy., Sunrise). Cue the theme from The Jeffersons, please. We should all take note that a man who's survived nine gunshot wounds won't go down without a fight. And this time around, he's bringing the "Rock the Mic" tour with the ragga-inspired jams of Busta Rhymes, the dancehall rhythms of Sean Paul, and the ghetto fabulous, Cristal-sippin', bling-bling lovin' styles of Bonecrusher and Fabolous. You may question 50 Cent's artistic integrity, but if "In da Club" doesn't make you want to shake it, you've got no blood in your veins. Check out the Cent and friends at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $29.50 to $39.50. Call 954-835-8000. -- Audra Schroeder

FRI 8/8

Hello, Jerry

Seinfeld came to an end several years ago when the four main characters were sentenced to a year in prison, leaving Jerry Seinfeld free to pursue other interests. And so today, many fans may ask, what's the deal with Jerry Seinfeld? In answer, the comedian has polished his standup act until you can see your face in it. Seinfeld's current standup tour has been lauded far and wide as sheer hilarity. Here in South Florida, demand has been so high that Seinfeld added a third and then a fourth show at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale). Get 'em while there's still some left. Performances are at 7:30 and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $64.50 to $80. Call 954-462-0222. -- Dan Sweeney

THU 8/7

Pop Punk Fever

The Getback takes you back to school

The Ramones mixed with New York Dolls and Guns 'N Roses? Hmmm... sounds like every other band spilling out of Hot Topic these days. But wait! Miami's own the Getback formed from the ashes of Corky in 2002. And while its name may sound like a Beatles cover band's, it actually injects a healthy dose of pop into the flabby ass of rock music. How does it do that, you ask? OK, good pop songs either make you want to jump up and down and hug the person next to you, or they make you angry because they're so good and you didn't think of it. Find out which emotion its set elicits when the Getback plays with fellow Miamians Secret Service and Pygmy at Churchill's Hideaway (5501 NE Second Ave., Miami). Show starts at 9 p.m. Call 305-757-1807, or visit -- Audra Schroeder

TUE 8/12

Midtown Boys

A drumstick to the eye never hurt anyone

Lest you think emo kids are a bunch of crybabies, check out this rock 'n' roll cream dream during a recent Midtown show in Richmond, Virginia. The band was rocking out SO HARD, the two-story club nearly collapsed, and a packed room full of sweaty fans had to be evacuated. And then, midway through another recent concert, Midtown bassist Gabe Saporta was rocking out SO HARD, his bass smacked him across the face, blood gushed from his eye, and he kept playing. These four friends met as freshmen at Rutgers and proceeded to record albums such as Living Well Is the Best Revenge and Save the World, Lose the Girl. Yeah, those titles are pretty weak, but they'll still take a guitar neck to the crotch, dammit! Check out Midtown with Reggie and the Full Effect and Senses Fail at the Factory, 2674 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-564-ROCK. -- Audra Schroeder

SUN 8/10

Riding with the King

When one sees that B.B. King's Music Festival comes to Mizner Park Amphitheatre (Federal Highway and NE Mizner Boulevard, Boca Raton) at 6 p.m., it would be logical to assume that B.B. headlines a bill that includes a list of lesser blues artists. Not so! This year's fest features guitar god Jeff Beck, jazz-funk jam band Galactic, and Jacksonville's finest swamp-funk boogie band, Mofro. That last addition seems to be the one thing that doesn't belong in this crowd -- all three of the other performers are known primarily for grade-A chops -- but Mofro should prove a wise addition; it can definitely get a crowd moving. Tickets cost $37.50 to $65. Call 561-447-8144. -- Dan Sweeney

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