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Scene: Clubs/Bars/Nightlife

September 30, 2004

Hip-hop culture

The Elements Party, a regular event in Baltimore that's organized by Timmy Grins of the hip hop group Arcane and DJ P-Funk of QBeats, is named after the four elements of hip-hop culture: MCing, DJing, graffiti-ing and breakdancing.

This month, the party will feature the OkayPlayer Fall Tour, consisting of underground performers Little Brother, The Away Team, Yahzarah, The Foreign Exchange and L.E.G.A.C.Y. with 360 and Bishop.

The Elements Party will be held at 9 p.m. tomorrow at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. Admission is $14 at the door. Call 410-662-0069.

Carbon Leaf live

Virginia-based quintet Carbon Leaf is heading to Baltimore tomorrow to celebrate the release of its sixth album, Indian Summer. The band is slated to play an outdoor show at "Live on Cross Street," across from Cross Street Market.

Carbon Leaf first made waves when it won the Coca-Cola New Music Award as the "Best Unsigned Band." Now, the indie band is churning out Celtic- and bluegrass-influenced sounds on Vanguard Records in hopes of reaching out to a wider audience.

Carbon Leaf will perform at 8:45 p.m. tomorrow. Tickets are $3. Call the Funk Box at 410-625-2000 for more information.

Biking for charity

Listen to the roar of the motors, marvel at the craftsmanship of a variety of custom bikes and choose the one you like best at the Third Annual Cystic Fibrosis Bike Fest, taking place Saturday.

The event runs 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Fish Head Cantina in Arbutus, and there is a suggested donation of $5, which benefits a foundation in search of a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. The "Peoples Choice Custom Bike Show" has an entry fee of $5. Visitors can also enjoy live music by Light Street Project.

The Cystic Fibrosis Bike Fest will be held on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fish Head Cantina, 4802 Benson Ave. Call 410-719-2281.

-- Ashley Burrell

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