Smokin' Grooves Returns With Outkast, Hill, Roots
Outkast, Lauryn Hill, and the Roots lead the lineup for the revitalized Smokin' Grooves festival, which kicks off July 18 outside San Francisco and runs through Aug. 7 in Atlanta. Jurassic 5, DJ ShadoOutkast, Lauryn Hill, and the Roots lead the lineup for the revitalized Smokin' Grooves festival, which kicks off July 18 outside San Francisco and runs through Aug. 7 in Atlanta. Jurassic 5, DJ Shadow, and Cee Lo will also be on the bill for various dates. Smokin' Grooves has been off the map since 1998, when it featured Wyclef Jean, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, and Busta Rhymes. The tour launched in 1996 with the Fugees, A Tribe Called Quest, and Cypress Hill.
Smokin' Grooves will face competition from the return of the Anger Management tour, which will feature Eminem, Ludacris, Papa Roach, and the X-Ecutioners and will begin in late July, according to a source. Rhymes has opted to join Moby's Area: Two tour, which bows July 28 in Bristow, Va.
Aside from Smokin' Grooves, Outkast has two major appearances lined up. The hip-hop duo will join a star-studded, 20-act lineup that also includes Paul Oakenfold, Papa Roach, P.O.D., and the Strokes for Boston radio station WBCN's River Rave, set for June 9 at CMGI Field. As previously reported, Outkast will also play this year's Rolling Rock Town Fair on July 27 in Greensburg, Pa.
Hill's only other confirmed dates are a previously announced May 11 performance at the St. Lucia Jazz Festival in the Caribbean, in June at New York's JVC Jazz Festival, and July 14 at the Hollywood Bowl for Los Angeles radio station KCRW's Global Divas III.
As previously reported, the Roots and Antibalas will open for Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio on June 1 in Las Vegas. The Roots are also confirmed for New Orleans' Essence Festival on July 4 and a July 7 set at Indianapolis' Summerstage, which will also sport performances from Blondie, Guided By Voices, Lifehouse, and Sugar Ray.
Here are the Smokin' Grooves tour dates:
July 18: Mountain View, Calif. (Shoreline Amphitheater)
July 19: Universal City, Calif. (Universal Amphitheater)
July 20: Chula Vista, Calif. (Coors Amphitheater)
July 22: Denver (Fiddler's Green)
July 24: Tinley Park, Ill. (Tweeter Center)
July 25: Minneapolis (Target Center)
July 26: Milwaukee (Marcus Amphitheater)
July 28: city/venue TBA
July 29: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre)
July 31: Mansfield, Mass. (Tweeter Center)
Aug. 1: Camden, N.J. (Tweeter Center)
Aug. 2: Bristow, Va. (Nissan Pavilion)
Aug. 4: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach)
Aug. 5: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)
Aug. 7: Atlanta (HiFi Buys Amphitheater)