Z-Trip Takes 'Shifting Gears' On Tour

DJ Z-Trip is gearing up for a six-week North American tour, which will begin with an Aug. 3-7 stand in Los Angeles for ESPN's Summer X-Games and run through Sept. 18 in Tallahassee, Fla.

DJ Z-Trip is gearing up for a six-week North American tour, which will begin with an Aug. 3-7 stand in Los Angeles for ESPN's Summer X-Games and run through Sept. 18 in Tallahassee, Fla. The artist will also be on hand Saturday (July 23) to perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park.

The roadwork comes in support of Z-Trip's Hard Left/Hollywood debut, "Shifting Gears," which debuted in May at No. 56 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It spawned the single "Walking Dead" featuring Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, which peaked at No. 17 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart.

"The goal is to make the live set be a little bit of the album and a little bit of a 'show,'" Z-Trip tells Billboard.com, promising to include some of his now-patented mash-ups during the concerts. "We'll see what happens. I'm hoping some of the MCs [that appear on 'Shifting Gears'] can come out and do the songs live."

The shows will feature an opening set from reunited hip-hop act Black Sheep.

Here are Z-Trip's tour dates:

July 23: Chicago (Lollapalooza)
Aug. 3-7: Los Angeles (ESPN Summer X-Games)
Aug. 18: Tucson, Ariz. (Club Congress)
Aug. 19: Los Angeles (House of Blues)
Aug. 20: San Francisco (Grand Ballroom)
Aug. 21: Sacramento, Calif. (Harlow's)
Aug. 23: Vancouver (Richard's on Richards)
Aug. 24: Seattle (Neumo's)
Aug. 25: Portland, Ore. (Wonder Ballroom)
Aug. 28: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theatre)
Aug. 30: Minneapolis (Quest)
Sept. 1: Covington, Ky. (Madison Theatre)
Sept. 2: Cleveland (House of Blues)
Sept. 8: Boston (Axis)
Sept. 9: New York (Irving Plaza)
Sept. 10: Philadelphia (Trocadero)
Sept. 11: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Sept. 14: Atlanta (Loft at Earthlink Live)
Sept. 15: Orlando, Fla. (House of Blues)
Sept. 16: St. Petersburg, Fla. (State Theatre)
Sept. 17: Miami Beach, Fla. (Soho Lounge)
Sept. 18: Tallahassee, Fla. (Club Down Under)