By Quibian Salazar-Moreno

      After starting with one show, then going to four, the Rock the Bells festival featuring Nas, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang, Talib Kweli and a bunch of other artists has expanded into a 13-city tour.

      “After announcing our historic shows with Rage Against The Machine & Wu-Tang Clan headlining earlier this year, we are overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of fans who want Rock The Bells brought to their cities. There is no other hip hop music festival more vital to the artists, community, and fans it serves than Rock the Bells,” said festival organizer Chang Weisberg. “We want to build an annual event in all of these cities to serve their musical communities and prove that quality hip-hop is NOT dead. Actually, over 130,000 people have already disproved the notion and bought their tickets. By the end of the summer, over 200,000 fans will have voted that quality lyricism and deft live performances are still very much alive.”

      Other artists confirmed for the tour include Pharoahe Monch, UGK, David Banner, Immortal Technique, Jedi Mind Tricks, Supernatural and Rahzel. Rage Against the Machine will only headline the dates in New York, San Bernadino, and San Francisco. Here are is the tour itinerary:


Thu 7/26 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center
*Sat 7/28 New York, NY Randall’s Island
*Sun 7/29 New York, NY Randall’s Island
Thu 8/2 Atlanta, GA Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre
Fri 8/3 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sat 8/4 Miami, FL Bayfront Park Amphitheatre
Tue 8/7 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Center
Wed 8/8 Houston, TX Reliant Park
*Sat 8/11 San Bernardino, CA Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen
Sun 8/12 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheatre (parking lot)
*Sat 8/18 San Francisco, CA McCovey Cove (parking lot)
Tue 8/21 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Wed 8/22 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sat 8/25 Minneapolis, MN Metrodome (parking lot)
Tue 8/28 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
Wed 8/29 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Thu 8/30 Toronto, Ontario TBD