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Ab-Soul And Joey Bada$$ To Headline The Smokers Tour 2013

It will be a lighters-up affair as Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ joins Black Hippy's own Ab-Soul as co-headliners of The Smokers Club Tour 2013.

The celebration of sticky-icky thrown by Jonny Shipes, Smoke DZA, Steve-O and Shiest Bubz will feature The Underachievers, Pro Era and Taylor Gang’s Chevy Woods. Hosted by Statik Selektah, the tour begin October 17 in Providence, Rhode Island and will make stops around the country including Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas and will conclude in Philadelphia on November 30.

Check out the dates below to see if the tour will spark up a few in your city.

10-17 Providence, RI – Lupo’s
10-18 Boston, MA – Paradise
10-19 Montreal, Quebec – Olympia Theatre
10-20 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix
10-22 Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
10-23 Detroit, MI – Crofoot (no Chevy Woods)
10-24 Chicago, IL – Metro
10-25 Milwaukee, MN – The Rave
10-26 Las Vegas, NV – Life is Beautiful Fest (Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era only)
10-27 Minneapolis, MN – Epic (no Ab-Soul)
10-29 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
10-30 Lawrence, KS – Granada
11-01 Denver, CO – Cervantes / Ogden
11-02 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
11-06 Ventura, CA – Venture Theater
11-09 Santa Ana, CA – Observatory (no Underachievers)
11-11 San Diego, CA – Soma
11-12 Tempe, AZ – Club Red
11-13 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
11-15 Dallas, TX – Southside Music Hall
11-16 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
11-17 Austin, TX – Emo’s East (no Underachievers)
11-20 Tallahassee FL – Coliseum Tallahassee
11-21 Orlando, FL – Beacham Theater
11-22 Miami, FL – Grand Central
11-23 St. Petersburg, FL – Jannis Live!
11-24 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade (Heaven) (no Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era)
11-26 New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place
11-30 Philadelphia, PA – TLA

—Kandice Lawson

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