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The 2011 Rock The Bells festival featured memorable performances from headliners Lauryn Hill and Nas Saturday night who performed both their albums in their entirety.
Rock The Bells: So many stars, so little time
DEVORE – Tough decisions will have to be made at this year’s Rock The Bells hip-hop festival on Saturday.
Attendees at San Manuel Amphitheater will need to choose between watching Ms. Lauryn Hill perform the “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” album in its entirety or Raekwon & Ghostface perform their album “Only Built Four Cuban Linx.” Other choices include checking out Erykah Badu, who will perform “Baduizm,” or Nas, who takes on “Illmatic.”
“Every festival has to deal with it,” said Guerilla Union founder and promoter Chang Weisberg. “When there’s 30 amazing acts on four stages there’s going to be some conflicts. It happens at (musical festivals) Coachella, Bonnaroo or Lollapalooza. At the end of the day we try to program with the least amount of conflict as possible.”
Other acts at the festival include Immortal Technique, Cypress Hill, Mobb Deep, Black Moon, Genius, Common, Black Star and more. For set times, head to www.rockthebells.net/set-times.
Weisberg said there will be at least 20,000 people attending this year’s festival, which will feature many acts performing full albums.
“Last year we had basically gotten Snoop to do `Doggystyle’ and Tribe Called Quest to do `Midnight Marauders.’ It went over so well I think the expectation now is to always do something a little different. There’s no way we could turn down the `Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ and `Illmatic.”‘
Information can be found here:
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20
SAN MANUEL AMPHITHEATRE
Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nas (with special guests AZ, Pete Rock and DJ Premier), Cypress Hill, Erykah Badu, Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star, Common, Raekwon & Ghostface, Mobb Deep, The GZA, Immortal Technique, Doom, Slaughterhouse, Mac Miller, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Souls of Mischief, Black Moon, Childish Gambino, Fashawn, Blu & Exile, Masta Killah, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Freddie Gibbs, Roc Marciano, Killah Priest
Hosted by: The RZA + MURS 3:16 + Supernatural + Boy Jones
LAWN – $50 + FEES
LOGE – $70 + FEES
ORCH – $80 + FEES
GA PIT – $100 + FEES
VIP – Limited VIP tickets available.
LAWN – $160 + FEES
LOGE – $180 + FEES
ORCH – $190 + FEES
PIT – $210 + FEES
VIP – Includes:
Artist Meet N Greet, 2011 Festival T-shirt, Backpack, Poster, Credential, 2 Drink Tix (Under 21 non-alcoholic), VIP Entry, Private Full Bar, VIP restrooms.
Devo will whip into San Manuel Casino for concert
HIGHLAND – Devo, known for the 1980 monster hit “Whip It,” will headline a show also featuring fellow era acts The English Beat and the Tom Tom Club on Thursday at San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino.
Devo’s latest album is “Something For Everybody” and in May the group released a digital EP titled “What We Do: Electro-Devo Remix Cornucopia EP” with a video for “What We Do” viewable athttp://mashable.com/2011/04/19/devo-what-we-do/.
In a June 2010 interview, Devo’s Gerald Casale was asked about the group’s philosophy. “Devo didn’t really represent any of the working-class outrage or nihilism or anti-intellectualism that I associate with the hard core punk movement,” Casale said.
“What was funny to us about the hard core punk movement was that it had just as many rules as they wanted to break. They were very orthodox, those punks. They decided you had to do x, y, and z to be punk. We figured that we were really what was punk about punk, because punk is supposedly irreverent or disrespectful or questioning a very core assumption, and we certainly were doing that.”
The English Beat is known for songs like “Mirror in the Bathroom,” which was used in the 1997 movie “Grosse Pointe Blank” and 2008’s “RocknRolla,” while the Tom Tom Club’s 1981 hit “Genius of Love” has been sampled endlessly by hip-hop and R&B artists.
With: The English Beat, Tom Tom Club
Where: San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino, 777 San Manuel Blvd., Highland
When: Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday
Cost: $49.25 and $38.25
Information: www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000