Rap, reggae to rock HFStivalBaltimore Business Journal
- 3:17 PM EDT Monday
by Julekha DashStaff
Outspoken hip-hop artist Kanye West will perform at this year's HFStival, an annual concert in the Baltimore/Washington area that features a slew of national and local acts, largely alternative rock.
This year, the concert takes place May 27 and May 28 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.
West, whose "Late Registration" was among 2005's best-selling albums, will sing on the first day of the festival. He'll share the spotlight with Hasidic reggae singer Matisyahu. Alternative rock bands the Counting Crows and the Strokes are some of the headliners on the second day of the HFStival.
The future of the HFStival was uncertain early last year when Infinity Broadcasting Corp. jettisoned WHFS from its home at 99.1 FM, and replaced the frequency with a Spanish-language station. Protests from die-hard fans prompted Infinity Broadcasting to partner with America Online to launch WHFS.com. And a Baltimore FM radio station 105.7 features WHFS music during evenings and weekends.
The HFStival has routinely lured more than 50,000 attendees each year. Last year, the HFStival was held at the M&T Bank Stadium and featured Coldplay, the Foo Fighters and Billy Idol.
The lineup for the 2006 HFStival includes:
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Third Kind (f/ Ogun) opened last year's show. That was huge. I hope that a local hip hop act is given the op this year as well. (I wish I had a lightbulb icon..he he!) They could have their "rap" and "reggae" covered if they booked Brown F.I.S.H. HOLLAAAAAAA! I may have to make it out to the festival this year (despite my fear of huge crowds and satanic rock music..LOL!)....KANYEZEE will be in the buildin!!! OMG! That is the biz. I caught Cyprus Hill on the Beef III DVD not to long ago. Its good to know they are still at it......There is life after beef with Ice Cube.