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Artist of the day: Pedro el Poeta

St. Petersburg rapper Pedro el Poeta is a longtime member of the local spoken word scene, and his rhymes - think Tupac, Atmosphere and Saul Williams - have earned him gigs as diverse as opening for George Clinton, performing for Russell Simmons' Def Poetry Jam and speaking at TEDx Tampa Bay. With the help of vocalist Lucky Starr, hypeman ANomalYE and DJ Vague, Pedro's style veers from elegant and uplifting (Drowning, El Adios) to downright emphatic (Act Now, EmCee Genocide).

On Friday, Pedro el Poeta and his band will open for Cypress Hill at the Cuban Club in Ybor City. Tickets are $19.50-$25. Click here. But first, tonight, Pedro will perform at Dave's Aqua Lounge in St. Petersburg alongside Fall On Purpose. There will be drink specials and the opportunity to purchase discount tickets for Cypress Hill. Click here.

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