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The lowdown -- Slick Rick's hits, such as "La Di Da Di," "Mona Lisa" and "Children's Story," left indelible impressions on the world of rap and R&B.; The notorious eye-patch-wearing rapper slides into the Ottobar for an extended live set with an eight-piece band tomorrow.

If you go -- Doors open at 8 p.m. Show starts at 9 p.m. The Ottobar is at 2549 N. Howard St. Tickets are $17. Call 410-662-0069 or go to Girl power

The lowdown -- LadyFest Baltimore 2008, a festival that focuses on women's achievements, begins tomorrow with the Wig and Mustache party at 8 p.m. at the Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St. Saturday's lineup includes workshops and discussions on a variety of topics and an all-female-led rock concert. The festival wraps up Sunday with the Indoor Feminist Family Picnic, featuring the LadyFest Cabaret, a diverse selection of performing artists.

If you go -- Festival times, venues and prices vary. Call 410-889-4700 or go to


Reggae rock

The lowdown -- State Radio has a style of roots reggae mixed with down-tempo American rock by way of Boston. Coupled with lead singer Chad Urmston's poignant lyrics, this style produces songs like "Camilo," about Iraq war veteran and conscientious objector Camilo Mejia. State Radio makes its way down the coast to the Recher Theatre tomorrow.

If you go -- Doors open at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $17. The Recher is at 512 York Road, Towson. Call 410-337-7178 or go to


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