Punk-pop band Something Corporate and G-Unit artist Young Buck will play concerts coinciding with Little 500 at two fraternity houses in April.
Something Corporate will perform at 7:30 p.m. on April 11 at the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, 1100 N. Jordan Ave. Tickets cost $20 and can be bought from fraternity brothers or from Ticketmaster.
Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, 720 E. Third St., will bring Young Buck at 5 p.m. on April 14. Tickets cost $25 and are available at Tracks Records, 415 E. Kirkwood Ave., or from fraternity members.
The Young Buck concert has been billed as "Hip-Hip Palooza" and features an MC battle and two opening acts. The MC battle will be judged by three talent scouts from Interscope Records. First prize is two tickets to Las Vegas.
Hip-hop acts Da Gorgeous Gangsters from Astoria, Queens, and House of H.E.M.P. from Gary, Ind., will open for Young Buck. The G-Unit artist will perform for 45 minutes, said ATO Vice President and junior Adam Goldberg.
The fraternity is still accepting entrants to the MC battle. Proceeds will go to the Bloomington Boys and Girls Club.
Another G-Unit member, The Game, was also advertised to perform in Bloomington during Little 500 week, but the show was cancelled last week. More than 500 tickets had already been purchased.
Goldberg insisted that the Young Buck show will take place. The fraternity is not working with the same promoter, and Young Buck has already publicly discussed the IU show on radio, he said.
Phi Sigma Kappa sophomore Jason Boo said Something Corporate will be an alternative to the Little 500 hip-hop shows. Union Board is also bringing The Roots on April 14.
He said the five-member band from Orange County, Calif., has created their own identity with a style called "piano rock."
"There's no other band really like them," Boo said. "It's a rock group but they incorporate the piano."
Phi Sigma Kappa senior Michael Palm said Something Corporate has built a loyal fan base by touring and not selling-out to "MTV, TRL or the music machine."
"They've not gone on your typical pop route," he said. "They put on an amazing show. It's really energetic."
The band has released three studio albums: "Audio Boxer" (2001), "Leaving Through the Window" (2002) and "North" (2003).
David "Young Buck" Brown, from Nashville, Tenn., originally recorded with Cash Money Records in the late 1990s before joining 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks in G-Unit. His first album "Straight Outta Cashville" (2004) debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Pop Charts.
Late last year Young Buck was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly stabbed a man at the Vibe Awards in Los Angeles. Reports have said that Young Buck was retaliating against a man who punched Dr. Dre. Young Buck is currently free on bail and faces an eight-year prison sentence if convicted.
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