De la Soul, Wu-Tang Clan, Slick Rick, Dead Prez, Mos Def and several top-selling rock bands have fleshed out the lineup of acts expected to perform during a four-day music festival that will be cybercast on the Digital Club Network.
The Digital Club festival will stretch from July 2225 and will take place at more than 30 music venues in 25 U.S. cities. Each club will be a different festival "stage." Viewers will be able to see live footage of the shows online, free of charge, at www.digitalclubnetwork.com, spokesperson Carrie Davis said.
The first rap act, De la Soul, will perform July 22 at the 9:30 club in Washington, D.C. The rap legends plan to release their album Art Official Intelligence on Aug. 8. The first single from that disc, "Oooh" (RealAudio excerpt), debuted at #88 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
Mos Def and Slick Rick will perform at the Lyricist Lounge show at the Webster Theater in Hartford, Conn. The Digital Club Network's broadcast also will include the July 24 tour opener for the Wu-Tang Clan, at Crowbar in State College, Pa. The rap group is working on a follow-up to 1997's Wu-Tang Forever that is expected to hit stores in October.
Dead Prez, known for their political performances, are the last hip-hop act on the webcast lineup. The group is probably known best for the song "Hip Hop" (RealAudio excerpt), from the album Let's Get Free. The Digital Club Network will have a live broadcast of Dead Prez's July 25 show at First Avenue in Minneapolis.
Several rock and pop performances also will be broadcast by Digital Club Network, a company that installed webcast equipment and high-speed Internet connections in 50 clubs across the country. Those shows include Blink-182, Sonic Youth, Ben Folds Five, Patti Smith, Widespread Panic, Spacehog and Aimee Mann.