The long anticipated dates for Rock The Bells were finally dropped yesterday and this year's traveling hip-hop festival lineup is coming with the big guns. Impressive headliners like Nas, Damian Marley and The Roots are sure to draw the crowd, but I suspect the real surprises will be the classics like KRS-One and up-and-comers like K'Naan.

Although they'll be touching down in the Bay Area at probably one of the worst venues, that won't deter this event from selling out in a hot second. Pre-sale for San Francisco hasn't been announced yet, but stay tuned.


Here are the dates:

-San Francisco, CA - Sunday August 9th - Shoreline Amphitheatre

-Chicago,IL - Saturday June 27th - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

-Detroit, MI - Sunday June 28th - DTE Energy Music Theatre

-Toronto- Sunday July 5th - Molson Amphitheatre

-Washington, DC - Sunday July 12th - Merriweather Post Pavilion

-Boston, MA- Saturday July 18th - Comcast Center

-New York, NY -Sunday July 19th - Jones Beach Theatre

-Vancouver, BC - Saturday August 1st - Deer Lake Park

-Denver, CO - Thursday August 6th - Red Rocks Amphitheatre

-Los Angeles, CA - Saturday August 8th - San Manuel Amphitheatre