Nappy Roots, Course Of Nature Join 'WB On Tour'
Atlantic labelmates Nappy Roots and Course Of Nature will head out on the road accompanying the WB On Tour, a 10-city trek that to promote various shows on the television network. The cross-country jaAtlantic labelmates Nappy Roots and Course Of Nature will head out on the road accompanying the WB On Tour, a 10-city trek that to promote various shows on the television network. The cross-country jaunt is set to launch April 1 in Los Angeles and wrap April 18 in Atlanta.
Jamie Kennedy of the comedy series "JKX: The Jamie Kennedy Experiment" and Oliver Hudson of "My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star" will be among the WB actors along for the tour, which is being presented by 1-800-COLLECT. Each city's event will feature performances by the two bands and screenings of WB shows, as well as games and prizes.
In addition to Nappy Roots and Course Of Nature, the L.A. kick off event will feature a performance by Left Of Zed. The local band is fronted by John Cho, who stars in the WB series "Off Centre."
To join the trek, Course Of Nature will jump off of its ongoing club tour, which plays Omaha, Neb., tonight (March 8), and will wrap March 28 in Lubbock, Texas. The band is out in support of the just-released Lava/Atlantic set "Superkala," which debuted this week at No. 166 on The Billboard 200. First single "Caught in the Sun" is No. 13 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and No. 24 on the Modern Rock Tracks tally.
Following the WB tour, the Alabama-based act has three dates scheduled: April 21 in the Woodlands, Texas, with Puddle Of Mudd, Sum 41, Unwritten Law, Adema, and Mest; April 23 in Pelham, Ala., with Custom; and then April 26 at Miami's Zeta Bonzai 2002 festival. Sponsored by local radio outlet WZTA, that show will feature more than 15 acts, including Kid Rock, Rob Zombie, and Sevendust.
The WB tour is the first by Kentucky-based hip-hop act Nappy Roots in support of its debut Atlantic album, "Watermelon, Chicken & Gritz." The set debuted this week at No. 3 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 31 on The Billboard 200. First single "Awnaw" is steadily moving up the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, where it is currently No. 53 (the cut is also No. 93 on The Billboard 200).
In other news, Atlantic is sponsoring a "Ballin' on a Budget" contest, where students are encouraged to submit a video interpretation of "Awnaw." The winner of the contest -- which is open through March 31 -- will receive $1,000, while the winner's school will get an additional $500. For details, and a free download of the track, visit Nappy Roots' official Web site.
Here are the dates for the WB On Tour:
April 1: Los Angeles (Key Club)
April 3: Tucson, Ariz. (Rialto)
April 4: Las Vegas (the Joint)
April 5: Boulder, Colo. (Foundry Cafe)
April 8: Chicago (Cubby Bear)
April 11: Washington, D.C. (Dream)
April 12: Philadelphia (Electric Factory)
April 14: Boston (Karma)
April 16: Raleigh, N.C. (Lincoln Theater)
April 18: Atlanta (Coca-Cola Roxy)