After a seven year hiatus to pursue solo projects and collaborate with other artists, Atlanta based hip hop group Outkast have launched a 20-year-anniversary tour that includes headlining at Milwaukee’s Summerfest on June 29 at Marcus Amphitheater. Performing with Outkast is special guest Gary Clark Jr.
Outkast members Antwan Patton aka “Big Boi” and Andre Benjamin aka “Andre 3000,” were huge in the hip-hop music industry in the 1990s. Songs such as “Ms. Jackson,” “Rosa Parks,” “B.O.B.” and “So Fresh, So Clean” brought a new sound to hip-hop with a blend of funk, jazz, poetry, rock and soul. Over the years, Outkast has sold over 25 million albums and won numerous awards including being the first hip-hop group to win Grammy for Album of the Year for their double-album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Their on-stage fashion has always been original and revolutionary as the duo became known to wear flashy ensembles that included fur coats, bow ties, suits, skirts, wigs and more. In 2008, Andre 3000 capitalized on their fashion influence by launching a clothing line, Benjamin Bixby, that earned him Best New Designer of the Year in 2010 by GQ.
Gary Clark Jr. is a singer and guitarist hailing from Austin, TX that is making waves as an artist that cannot be contained by one genre. His song “Please Come Home” from his Blak and Blu album won a Grammy this year for Best R&B Performance. At the same time, “Numb,” also from the Blak and Blu album, shows off his rock sensibility leading him to be heralded by the New York Times as “This singer-guitarist may be the next Hendrix... churning his distorted strings into a euphoric moment of psychedelia.”
Both Andre 3000 and Big Boi are looking forward to reuniting for this upcoming tour.
It's truly an honor to celebrate 20 years and still be free to do music the way we choose,” said Big Boi. “Don't just think outside the box, know that there is no box. I'm looking forward to rocking the stage with my Bro Ski and to all the fans - stank you smelly much, this is for y'all!”
And imagine, all we wanted to do was rap! I am thankful to have been a part of a group that allowed me to explore anything that came to mind and have fun doing it. Returning to the stage together is the most exciting way for us to thank everyone for their 20 years of supporting Outkast,” said Andre 3000.
Outkast joins a list of A-list headliners for this year’s Summerfest that includes Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Dave Matthews Band, Motley Crue, and Zach Brown Band. Check out the Summerfest website for schedules, performances, events, and tickets. For more information regarding tour schedules, music, and other projects from Outkast, go to their website, follow Outkast on Twitter, or like their Facebook page. Use and search the hashtag "#Outkast20" on social media to connect with conversations and announcements about their 20-year-anniversary tour. The blog Ifelicious has listed the tour dates so far, click here to view them.