Extreme Rockin'

The Gravity Games stay grounded in good music.

Gravity Games musical guests Voinovich Park, East Ninth Street Pier All performances take place at the park and are included in the $12 admission to Gravity Games; call 216-241-5555.
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What's an extreme-sports competition without extreme music? All five days of the Gravity Games will be accompanied by an appropriately hard-hitting lineup of rockers and rappers. Following is a rundown of who'll be rocking Voinovich Park:

Thursday, 6:30 p.m. -- Default. They're from Canada, they're friends with Nickelback, and their debut album, The Fallout, is a throwback to the days when Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and many other Seattle-based and Seattle-influenced bands made grunge a mainstream commodity. Recommended recording: Since the band has only one album -- 2001's Fallout -- we'll have to, um . . . default to it.

Friday, 6 p.m. -- Wyclef Jean. Jean's 1997 solo debut, The Carnival, is a frequent genre jumper. Pop, rock, R&B, hip-hop, reggae, and just about anything else you can think of twists the formula concocted while he was a member of the hip-hop trio the Fugees. Recommended recording: Fugees' The Score.

Saturday, 6 p.m. -- Filter. Leader Richard Patrick was born in Bay Village, was a touring member of Nine Inch Nails, and has a brother who took over for David Duchovny on The X-Files. Filter's just-released third album, The Amalgamut, is a fan-friendly mix of blistering riffs, tattered vocals, and navel-gazing ballads. Recommended recording: "Hey Man, Nice Shot."

Sunday, 11:30 a.m. -- Run-D.M.C. They once claimed to be the kings of rock. In fact, they were the kings of hip-hop. They turned rap music from a singles-driven market to an album-worthy one. Recommended recordings: Run-D.M.C., King of Rock, Raising Hell.

Sunday, 6:30 p.m. -- Busta Rhymes. Lately, he's more of a hip-hop personality than a mic-busting rapper. But he still has one of the best flows in the biz. Recommended recordings: "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check," "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See."

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