Billboard Bits: Smoke Out, Michelle Branch, Luis Miguel

News on Smoke Out, Branch, Miguel

CypressA portion of the proceeds of Saturday's (Nov. 15) sixth annual Cypress Hill Smoke Out festival will benefit California's Inland Empire chapter of the Red Cross. The event will take place at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, an area hard hit by recent wildfires.

"It's important that we do whatever we can to help those who have been affected by the fires, especially in San Bernardino," Cypress Hill's B-Real says in statement. "We really want to take this opportunity to reach out and show our support."

As previously reported, the show will feature sets by Linkin Park, DMX, Obie Trice, Pennywise, Body Count, Cee-Lo, From The Ashes, Papa Roach and Superjoint Ritual, among others. Newly added to the diverse bill of rock, rap and electronic acts are Dog Faced Gods, C-minus, DJ Green Lantern and DJ Starscream. For more information, visit the event's Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

BranchMichelle Branch will perform during halftime of the RadioShack 2003 MLS Cup. Set for Nov. 23 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., the performance is part of the ceremonies surrounding the championship game of the Major League Soccer season, which will be broadcast live on ABC.

The winner of tomorrow's (Nov. 14) Eastern Conference Finals (New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire) will meet the victor of Saturday's Western Conference Finals (Kansas City Wizards vs. San Jose Earthquakes) in the MLS Cup game. For more information, visit the
MLS Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.

LuisLatin star Luis Miguel has postponed his Nov. 21-22 concerts in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, due to "unavoidable changes in his South American concert engagements," according to a statement. The shows will be rescheduled for late February.

Miguel plays Miami tonight (Nov. 13) and wraps the U.S. leg of the tour Monday in Duluth, Ga. From there, he heads to South America starting Nov. 27 in Santiago, Chile. The artist is touring in support of his latest WEA Latina album, "33," which debuted last month at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart and No. 43 on The Billboard 200.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.


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