Although rapper Snoop Dogg takes his name from the venerable Peanuts canine, the cartoon pooch he most closely resembles is actually Scooby-Doo. Both have unintelligible speaking voices. Snoop is an admitted weedhead; Scooby is addicted to psychotropic “snacks.” And now, Snoop, like Scoob, has started hanging out with a ragtag band of precocious white kids: The Doggfather, with the San Diego reggae/punk outfit Slightly Stoopid, is headlining this summer’s smoke-themed Blazed and Confused Tour. It’s a big deal for red-eyed Doggystyle fans to trek out to a far-flung venue and go through a security check just to hear “Gin & Juice” for the millionth time—it’d be a lot easier to stay home and get blistered while watching the Mystery Machine pull into yet another soon-to-be-shuttered amusement park. But spending an evening with Snoop is infinitely more fun. He’s got better music, of course, and instead of traveling around lamely putting a stop to minor crimes, he and his gang go city to city to encourage them.
THE PERFORMANCE BEGINS AT 6 P.M. AT MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION, 10475 LITTLE PATUXENT PARKWAY, COLUMBIA, MD. $39.50. (410) 715-5550.