RAPPER'S DELIGHT: A great lineup of rap stars at the USF Sun Dome at 8 tonight will have hip-hop fans wondering why it doesn't happen more often. Street "journalist" Nas will headline this Tampa appearance with Ja Rule, Slick Rick and Foxy Brown. The 22-year-old Nas boasts a unique rhyme style that put him in esteem with West Cost rap maven Dr. Dre, among others. His breakout single If I Ruled the World was called a "hip-hop classic" by The Source magazine. Tickets are $28.50. Call (813) 223-1000.
COUNTRY SINGER MATT KING: A child of Appalachia, Matt King has earned the reputation of being "a vocalist with something to say." His first effort, A Woman's Tears, earned the acclaim of a record label and music critics alike. He will appear at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Round Up, 13918 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. Tickets are $5 advance, $7 at the door. Call (813) 855-1464.
ELLIOT: Falling somewhere between hard core and alternative, the band Elliot has managed to gain a national reputation with its album U.S. Songs _ a real accomplishment for this four-year-old group on an independent record label. Elliot performs 8 p.m. tonight at the State Theater in downtown St. Petersburg. Tickets are $6. Call (727) 895-3045.
A NIGHT OF TANGO: Check out the sensual and spectacular art of the tango Sunday at the Centro Asturiano in Ybor City. Two internationally renowned tango couples will perform the Argentinean dance style along with couples from Atlanta, Orlando and the bay area. Also appearing in this show are Buenos Aires singer Daniel Bouchet and Miguel Arrabal, a bandoneonista (one skilled in the playing of a certain type of accordion) who has performed with the legendary tango composer Astor Piazzolla. The Centro Asturiano is at 1913 Nebraska Ave. A special Latin dinner will be served from 5-7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30. Tickets are $40 for dinner, the show and dancing afterward. Call (727) 573-9271.
JOSH SMITH AND THE FROST: He's 19, he's from Florida, and he has three CDs under his belt. Josh Smith is a notable blues guitarist whose recent appearances opening for B.B. King have established him as something of a prodigy. Smith now has a new backup band, a forthcoming album and he'll be appearing at 5 p.m. Sunday at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. Be prepared to be impressed by his fast licks and lowdown blues. Tickets are $5. Call (813) 971-0666.
THE IMPACS: Oldies group The Impacs will perform a free concert at 7:30 tonight in Clearwater's Coachman Park. Pack the picnic baskets and head out for an evening of memories under the stars. Call (727) 562-4800.
RADIO NOTES: The original Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill, will narrate tonight's Seeing Ear Theatre program on radio station WMNF-FM 88.5. Into the Sun is a sci-fi story about a scientist who finds his research starship deserted, off-course and heading straight into a nearby sun. The program is at 6:30. Also on the radio is This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass at 8 p.m. Saturday on WUSF-FM 89.7. This week's theme is "You are Here," which features stories from people trying to figure out where they are in the world, literally and philosophically.
SIDESHOW OF THE WEEK: Most famous for being the world's tallest Elvis impersonator, Donn Jett is also the world record holder (not sanctioned by Guinness) for singing the longest continuous music set. This weekend, he will attempt to break his own record at the Bayside City Cafe in the Holiday Inn Bayside Centre, 20967 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater. With guitar in hand, Jett opens the doors at 11 a.m. and will go for 24 hours, without repeating songs. There is also an Elvis look-alike contest after he finishes on Sunday. Tickets are $5 at the door, and gawkers can come and go any time throughout his test of vocal endurance. Call (727) 545-8686.
_ CHRISTOPHER BLANK, Times Correspondent
The Mighty Sons of Zion, a St. Petersburg-based professional gospel group, is marking its 40th anniversary Sunday with a 7 p.m. concert at Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 4000 Fifth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Joining the Mighty Sons will be the Rev. F. Tarver & the Florida Spiritualaires, the Gospel Warriors, the Gospel Mellotones, the New Spiritual Wonders and the Miracalettes. Admission is free; call (727) 864-1849 for information. The Mighty Sons of Zion was organized in 1959; today's members are, left to right, David Roundtree, Willie Roundtree Jr., Robert Evans Sr., Norman Howard, Robert Evans Jr., Troy Tarver and Sherman Evans.