The Smokin’ Grooves festival, hip-hop`s answer to Lollapalooza, will return, having been missing in action since 1998. Outkast, Lauryn Hill, and the Roots will lead the festival, which kicks off on July 18 in California and ends on August 7 in Georgia.
In 1996, the Fugees, A Tribe Called Quest, and Cypress Hill inaugurated the festival, but it seemed to have ended two years later with Wyclef Jean, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, and Busta Rhymes.
Jurassic 5, DJ Shadow, and Cee Lo will also take part this year.
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)