Originally curated by Kevin Morrow and Cara Lewis in 1996, Smokin’ Grooves was the first-ever traveling hip-hop amphitheater tour. Some of hip-hop and R&B’s most prominent figures in the game have headlined for the peace-themed music festival including Outkast, The Roots Lauryn Hill, and so many more.
After a three-year run, the Smokin’ Grooves Tour took a brief hiatus from production in 1998, only to return in 2002 for a short period. Now, over a decade and a half years later, Cara Lewis and Goldenvoice Smokin’ Grooves has found a home for the festival at the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, California scheduled for one-day in the month of June.
With this year’s Smokin’ Grooves Festival line up including the likes of headliners– Usher, Erykah Badu, Ella Mai, Daniel Caesar, Kali Uchis, and legendary Chicago-bred hip-hop artists, Common, Twista, and many more, the festival is here to stay as a Southern California hip-hop staple. The 2019 Smokin’ Grooves Fest will be taking place on June 15 with festival grounds opening up as early as 11 a.m. at the Queen Mary Events Park. Passes for the one-day festival can be purchased, here!
Check out the full line up of the 2019 Smokin’ Grooves Festival in the image provided above. Also, check out a clip of Ari Lennox’s 2018 Smokin’ Grooves performance in the video provided below.