206 Degrees and Rising

Sunday, May 18

Besides a clever title, the 206 Degrees and Rising tour features a

busload of Seattle hip-hop talent. See, in case you haven't heard,

there's something happening here—something steaming in the underground

rhymesayers' lairs in a part of the country heretofore known only for

incessant rain, big planes, dirty rock, and rich white people.

Organized by Sportin' Life's DeVon Manier and Ian Waller, aka Kublakai

(also a performer), the pavement-pounding event will hit at least

eight cities throughout the Northwest, bringing the wide and varied

styles (and that's the thing about the scene—no one sound dominates,

let alone defines, it) of Cancer Rising, D. Black, Neema, JFK of

Greyskul, and a rotating cast of local MCs, DJs, and hosts in venues

across the slate-gray Pacific Northwest. Tonight's the kickoff. Be

there. High Dive, 513 N. 36th St., 632-5656. 9 p.m. $8. KEVIN CAPP

Sun., May 18, 9 p.m., 2008

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