TOURING & FESTIVAL NEWS: KOOL MIXX DJ National Championship Winners Launch Tour (Click on More to view all articles)

(CelebrityAccess News Service) — KOOL MIXX DJ National Championship winners Klever and I-Emerge are headed out on tour. I-Emerge, the 2003 national champion, and Klever, the 2002 champ, will serve as headliners during the KOOL MIXX DJ TOUR 2003, which begins November 11 in Chicago. Klever will top the bill in Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, San Francisco, Miami and Los Angeles, while I-Emerge headlines in St. Louis, Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia.

In addition to appearances by the national champs, each venue will feature a DJ Crew, plus a local DJ. Several cities also will feature MC battles for rights to the title, "The City's Best."

The KOOL MIXX national champs were selected after intense preliminary rounds in a variety of U.S. Cities. I-Emerge won the 2003 championship in Chicago in June. The national title also netted the winner a $10,000 cash prize and a $2,500 donation to the charity of his choice.

"Every year, the KOOL MIXX national competition turns cities into turntable battlegrounds," said Darryl Dunham, senior consumer engagement associate for Brown & Williamson Tobacco, the event sponsor. "Now it's time to showcase the best of the best, and let the world see them up close."

This year, KOOL MIXX 2003 featured appearances and performances by some of today's hottest artists, DJs and on-air radio personalities, including Ludacris, Gang Starr, Brand Nubian, Mr. Cheeks, Busta Rhyme, Fat Joe, De La Soul, Common, Mobb Deep, Doug E. Fresh, Kay Slay, Big Von, AJ Calloway, Pharris Thomas, Bushman, Charlie Chan and many more.

The adults-only shows run through December 4.–Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

Dolenz Of Monkees To Perform In 'Aida'

NEW YORK (AP) — From "The Monkees" to Broadway's "Aida."

Micky Dolenz, who played drums in the 1960s television pop group, joins the long-running Disney musical Jan. 6 as Zoser, the villainous father of the show's young hero. The 58-year-old Dolenz has played the role in the musical's national tour.

"Aida" undergoes a major cast change next Tuesday when Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child takes over the title role from Toni Braxton. Williams will star in the musical through Jan. 25. Will Chase plays Egyptian captain Radames and Lisa Brescia is Amneris, an Egyptian princess and Aida's rival.

"Aida," which has a score by Elton John and Tim Rice, opened at the Palace Theatre in March 2000.

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On the Net:

http://disney.go.com/disneytheatrical/aida

http://www.mickydolenz.com

http://www.michellewilliamsonline.com

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