Festival names don't get much more accurate than Smokin' Grooves Festival, which is set to make its debut on June 16 at the waterfront of the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. The new festival from the people behind Coachella features a trio of groundbreaking R&B artists at the top of the bill as well as an impressive blend of classic and new school hip-hop artists.
Erykah Badu, Miguel and Jhené Aiko will headline the all-ages festival, which will also feature performances from NxWorries (Anderson Paak + Knxwledge), The Roots with Busta Rhymes, H.E.R., Majid Jordan, DVSN, Alina Baraz, Thundercat, Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def), Soulection, Smino, Ravyn Lenae, Masego, Madlib, Sinead Harnett, Les Nubians, Omarion and many others. Early bird discounts will be available for a limited time and GA passes for the festival start at just $99. Passes go on sale Tuesday, April 24 at noon PST; grab yours right here on AXS.com.
The festival was clearly programmed to celebrate a more organic strain of hip-hop and R&B. Artists like Erykah Badu, The Roots and Yasiin Bey have been collaborating since well before Dave Chappelle brought them together for his block party, while more contemporary artists like Miguel and Jhené Aiko are both descended from the same family tree. Add in a considerable dose of up-and-coming artists like H.E.R., Lion Babe and Phony Ppl and Smokin' Grooves Fest looks like the past, present and future of dope music.
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