By Hans Fink
The Cypress Hill SmokeOut began in 1998 as a CD release party for Cypress Hill’s fourth studio album, IV. Somehow, it evolved into a monstrous, multi-genre music festival that ran six years strong from 1998 to 2003. Teaming up with Industry Insider Magazine (which later became the successful concert promoter Guerrilla Union), SmokeOut became an event where fans of hip-hop, punk, metal, reggae and dance music could find common ground under the umbrella of marijuana advocacy. Then, mysteriously, it vanished.
Now, six years later and without explanation, SmokeOut has resurfaced, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23, and Saturday, Oct. 24, at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino. Slipknot and The Deftones co-headline the event, which also includes Cypress Hill, Pennywise, Method Man and Redman, Bad Brains, Kottonmouth Kings, Immortal Technique, Living Legends, Dirty Heads, Hieroglyphics, Devin The Dude and Afrika Bambaataa. Oh, and a little band called Sublime is slated to make an appearance (apparently a young guy named Rome will be filling in for the late Bradley Nowell). Adding to the allure and keeping with the pro-cannabis theme, comedy legends Cheech & Chong will host the event.
The festival will also feature a “cannabis cup,” a medical marijuana expo, guest speakers, grow tips and other useful information. Expect a slew of surprise performances. Indeed, it appears that Cypress Hill and Guerrilla Union have pulled out all the stops, and are quite serious about the successful comeback of SmokeOut. See you there.
What: The Cypress Hill SmokeOut.
Where/When: 12:30pm, Friday, Oct. 23, and 12:30pm, Saturday, Oct. 24, at the San Manuel Amphitheater, 2575 Glen Helen Parkway, San Bernardino.
Info: For tickets, prices and more information, visit TicketMaster.com, LiveNation.com, or GuerillaUnion.com/smokeout.