HIP HOP STAR AND GRAMMY WINNER COMMON
TO HEADLINE MUSIC STAGE AT WINTER DEW TOUR'S TOYOTA CHAMPIONSHIP AT NORTHSTAR-AT-TAHOE
ON FRIDAY, FEB. 20
Progressive Rock Band Tweak Bird to Kick Off the Free Show
at 5 p.m.
NEW YORK – January 27, 2009 – The Winter Dew Tour today announced that hip hop star and two-time Grammy winner Common will headline the Verizon Wireless music stage on Friday, Feb. 20, at the Toyota Championship, the third and final stop of the Winter Dew Tour, in Truckee, Calif.
Common burst onto the hip-hop scene in 1992 with his debut album "Can I Borrow a Dollar" and hasn't looked back. In 2006 his hit record "Be", produced mostly by superstar rapper Kanye West, was nominated for four Grammy Awards and won the coveted honor for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the hit single "Southside" featuring West. Cannon, who is set to release his highly anticipated album "'09", also boasts a burgeoning acting career. The Chicago native held significant roles in blockbuster films "Smokin’ Aces", "Street Kings", "American Gangster", "Wanted", and the upcoming "Terminator Salvation".
"I'm a huge Common fan so I'm pumped to see him perform live," said Tanner Hall, currently first in the Freeski Superpipe Dew Cup points standings. "Common is the perfect performance to end the successful inaugural season of the Winter Dew Tour."
Progressive/Psych-Rock band Tweak Bird features a tandem of brothers, guitarist Caleb and drummer Ashton Bird. Tweak Bird's debut EP "Reservations", released in September '08, is filled with instrumental-style jamming and the high-energy sound the Los Angeles based Bird brothers have become known for.
All music from the Verizon Wireless music stage is free to the general public including the Friday night concert with Common and Tweak Bird.
The third and final stop of the inaugural Winter Dew Tour season, Northstar-at-Tahoe, will be broadcast LIVE on NBC with additional broadcasts on USA Network.
NBC Saturday, Feb. 21th 2:30pm-4:00pm EST SKI Slope Men Finals
NBC Sunday, Feb. 22st 4:00pm-6:00pm EST SNB Pipe Women/ Men Finals
USA Network Friday, Feb. 20th Midnight-1:00am EST SNB Slope Women/ Men Finals
USA Network Saturday, Feb. 21th Midnight-1:00am EST SKI Pipe Men Finals
Similar to the Dew Tour's summer competition structure, the Winter Dew Tour is based on a cumulative points system as the top snow athletes battle it out for a piece of the $1.5 million prize purse and the chance to take home the Dew Cup at the conclusion of the season in February.
The complete 2008/09 Winter Dew Tour schedule is as follows:
Event Date Location
Stop 1 Dec. 18-21, 2008 Breckenridge, Colo.—Breckenridge Ski Resort
Stop 2 Jan. 8-11, 2009 West Dover, Vt.—Mount Snow Resort
Toyota Championship Feb. 19-22, 2009 Truckee, Calif.—Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort