Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube to play in Central Point

Snoop Dogg is returning to the Rogue Valley and he's bringing along an old friend.

Snoop and Ice Cube, a founding member of the legendary Los Angeles rap super group N.W.A., will roll into the Lithia Motors Amphitheater on Thursday, July 15. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets run $39.50.

Tickets are available at Bad Ass Coffee, 143 S. Riverside Ave., Medford; The Bomb Shelter at the Rogue Valley Mall; The Music Coop, 181 A St., Ashland, and Tresure Trove in Grants Pass. Tickets are also for sale online at

Snoop is spending the first part of the month touring Europe before kicking off his West Coast tour with Ice Cube.

The "How the West was One" tour will feature eight shows teaming up Snoop and Cube.

The July 15 show in Central Point is followed the next day by a stop in Eugene where the pair will play the Cuthbert Amphitheater.

The Central Point show comes two days after Snoop is scheduled to release his new album of new material since 2008. "I Am the West" will be released next Tuesday, according to Snoop's Web site.

Snoop last played the Lithia Amphitheater in 2008, a show that nearly filled the venue, which is in the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

Snoop and Ice Cube were pioneers of the West Coast gangsta rap movement in the late '80s.Ice Cube was a founding member of N.W.A, which featured Dr. Dre, Eazy E among others.

Snoop Dogg got his start on Dr. Dre's solo album "The Chronic." Snoop was featured on a number of classic cuts from that album including "Nuthin' but a G Thang."

Snoop followed this with his multi-million-selling first album "Doggystyle."

Both Snoop and Ice Cube have made several forays into movies over the past 20 years. Ice Cube recently finished directing a critically acclaimed documentary, "Straight Outta L.A.," for ESPN.

Snoop was featured in a reality TV show about his life on the E! channel called "Snoop Dogg's Father Hood."

Both have won Grammy awards for the work.

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