Big Mouf

FRI 9/5

Ludacris

brings his iconoclastic braided 'fro, mutton chops, and Mick Jagger-esque mouth (the one that asks, "What, what, what's your fantasy?") to the University of Miami's Convocation Center (1245 Walsh Ave., Coral Gables) at 7:30 p.m. But the Atlanta native is no stranger to these parts. The fresh MC with the hiccuping style and a multiplatinum album, Word of Mouf, under his belt regularly steps out on South Beach. He also starred in 2 Fast 2 Furious as a Miami hood, and gave props to the "305" in his hit "Area Codes." This time he better be ready to kick it with raucous coeds, because the concert takes place on UM's campus the night before the big game -- Miami Hurricanes vs. Florida Gators. Tickets cost $34.25. Call 305-284-8686. -- By Humberto Guida

SAT 9/6

Word to Yo' Brutha

Teens park it for Christian music

Hallelujah! Pass the jam. The Youth Jam '03, that is. Christian-inspired pop and hip-hop come to the Bayfront Park Amphitheater (301 Biscayne Blvd.) for a piously wild day of music and good, clean fun. Headlining the show is Christian teen-pop star TobyMac and Nashville-based rap group Grits (Grammatical Revolution in the Spirit), a sort of Christian-style Ja Rule. Also on the bill are rappers Urban D, Lunersun, 1WAY-DJ Morphiziz, and the hip-hop dancers A Step Above. But wait, there's more: a rock-climbing wall, a giant slide, plenty of food booths, Bible salesmen, and a possible cameo by Jesus himself, depending on his schedule. The jam begins at 1:00 p.m. Tickets cost $22. Call 305-258-2978 for details. -- By John Anderson

FRI 9/5

Crooning Cuban Soul

Roberto Poveda's soulful style and poignant and sometimes bittersweet songs have taken the Cuban-born singer from his native land to Colombia and from there to Miami. He's gigged at Little Havana dives such as the now-defunct El Hueco, Tobacco Road, and Hoy Como Ayer. Tonight he takes the stage at the Fontainebleau Hilton in a show called Cuban Soul. The performance is sure to showcase the crooner's ability to grab an audience with his sheer charisma. Poveda performs at 9:30 p.m. at Club Tropigala, 4441 Collins Ave. Tickets cost $20. Call 305-672-7469. -- By Juan Carlos Rodriguez

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