The 2022 Smokin Grooves Festival descended upon Los Angeles this weekend and some of the most legendary names in Hip-Hop, R&B, soul and jazz took the stage. At Los Angeles State Historic Park, luminaries such as Nas, Erykah Badu, Kamasi Washington, Angie Stone and Talib Kweli rocked the crowd as festival season is officially underway.
Bad weather (and bad scheduling) seemed to cause hiccups throughout the day, but the show was still a great experience for those who attended.
Smokin Grooves was pioneering in bringing hip-hop to masses upon its debut in 1996, but the original festival only lasted three years. There was a brief return in 2002 for a shorter version of the festival before it was revived in Long Beach in 2018 and 2019 before moving to its new home at the State Historic Park.
You can check out some pics from Smokin Grooves 2022 below:
A view of atmosphere during the Smokin Grooves Festival at Los Angeles State Historic Park on March 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
With some rainfall to account for, rapper Nas performed classics like “Made You Look,” “NY State of Mind,” and several newer bangers from his acclaimed "King’s Disease" albums.
With an enthusiastic reception from the throngs of fans, Miguel performed favorites like “Sky Walker,” “Sure Thing,” “Vixen." Always one of the fiercest onstage.
Her ethereal and engaging performance was one of the day's highlights, as singer India.Arie performed just as rain began onstage during the Smokin Grooves Festival.
"No More Rain In This Cloud" to "Brotha." So many classics. Singer Angie Stone is a soul and Hip-Hop godmother, and she led the crowd through her stable of urban gems.
An amazing talent, bass player/singer Thundercat gave an electrifying performance alongside keyboardist Dennis Hamm (keys), and drummer Justin Brown (drums) at Smokin Grooves.
Singer Erykah Badu and her incomparabale band ran through hits like “On and On" and “Window Seat." The soul queen was a visual marvel, as her glittery silhouette reflected via LED screens. Unfortunately her performance was abruptly ended due to a scheduling issue.
The medley was one of the most unbelievable moments in a staggering performance, as musician Kamasi Washington (C) and band ripped the Smokin Grooves Festival at Los Angeles State Historic Park.
Rapper Talib Kweli performs onstage during the Smokin Grooves Festival at Los Angeles State Historic Park on March 19, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.