Paid Dues fest announces lineup

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The massive Paid Dues festival in San Bernardino, CA, scheduled for Saturday, March 22, has announced its 2008 lineup.

The lineup, sans “special guests”: Sage Francis, Little Brother, Dilated Peoples, Jedi Mind Tricks, Living Legends, Hieroglyphics, Visionaries, Boot Camp Clik, Black Moon, Kool Keith, POS, A-Team, Mac Lethal, Fatlip & Omni, Yak Ballz, B. Dolan and Isiah. Murs hosting.

And now for some heavy quoting, from Murs, festival organizer and hip hop artist in his own right:

“What we’re trying to do with Paid Dues as we go into our third year is: Number one is focus. Being that it's a festival birthed on the west coast we wanted to tailor the bill to appeal a little more to the region so we brought on local staples such as the A-Team, Omni and Fatlip. To knock it out of the park we added the three major west coast crews Living Legends, Hieroglyphics and the Visionaries.

“The second thing we are doing is expanding by grabbing more artists outside of the traditional indie hip-hop family (ie Def Jux, Rhymesayers, Living Legends) so we approached Dilated Peoples and Little Brother. We also wanted to show some love to the decorated veterans of the independent scene so we reached out to Boot Camp Clik and Kool Keith. Third and most importantly we wanted to give back to the awesome fans who've supported us over the past two years to make the is the biggest and best Paid Dues yet. My partner Chang says third year is always the greatest and it seems to be like he's going to be right, again.”

All Ages. $35 pre-sale tickets on Thursday, January 24 and through MySpace on Friday, January 25. After, tickets jump to $40 on Ticketmaster.