I just got a phone call from Gabriel Teodros, who was bragging about scooping the Weekly. I loved his enthusiasm for the first three seconds, then had to ask: What's this about? His response: a Seattle Rock the Bells show! I immediately headed to the Guerilla Union/Rock the Bells website to check any new announcements but there were none. And just yesterday, I was talking with the PR folks behind Rock the Bells, which is billed as the nation's largest hip-hop tour, featuring artists like Common, Nas, the Roots, Reflection Eternal, Ice Cube, Slum Village (pictured above), Cypress Hill, etc., about how there is no Seattle show this year. Last year, Rock the Bells was at the Gorge, and I've already blogged my discontent with the state of Washington getting skipped.
Maybe somebody read that at Guerilla Union or heard the cries of our local hip-hop fans as I just got confirmation that a local show was recently booked. It's an abbreviated line-up, but I'll take it. According to the tour publicist: "This is not a part of the actual festivities but is more of a 'Rock the Bells presents' type of show." What's below is currently up on the Showbox's website under upcoming events.
Mike Thrasher presents
Rock The Bells Tour
with Slum Village, Slaughterhouse, Raekwon, Supernatural, and Pete Rock
Day: Fri, Aug 14, 2009
Days until show: 44
Doors open: 7:00 PM
Ages: 21 & Over
On sale: Sat, Jul 4, 2009 10AM
Ticket Prices*: $28.00 ADV-$30.00 DOS
Reflection Eternal - Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek, backed by a live band
Slum Village - Reunion performance with T3 Baatin and Elzhi
Slaughterhouse - Joe Budden, Royce Da 5'9", Joell Ortiz and Crooked I
Supernatural - Freestyle world champion
Pete Rock - Host
Tickets go on sale this Saturday and you're welcome for the heads-up. Plan accordingly.