Something Cool for Common Ground — LL Cool J, that is

By City Pulse Staff

Verve Pipe, Tonic, Larry McCray among other additions to festival lineup

LL Cool J has won Grammys, starred in TV's "NCIS: L.A.," written a fitness book and acted in such movies as "Last Holiday," "Deep Blue Sea" and "Charlie's Angels." Now he's got another title to add to his resume: Common Ground Music Festival headliner.

The rapper is one of several new names that were added to the list of Common Ground performers today. He'll perform July 16.

Also booked: '90s rockers Tonic (July 16); blues-funk star Larry McCray (July 17); Southern rock act Blackberry Smoke (July 14); the Verve Pipe (July 12); singer-songwriter David Nail (July 13); veteran Chicago bluesman Duke Tumatoe (July 14); dance-rock star Hot Chelle Rae (July 17); rockers Jonathan Tyler & the Northern Lights (July 12); indie-rockers Locksley (July 17); the island-influenced sounds of Don Middlebrook & Living Soul (July 14); and former Rare Earth lead singer Peter Rivera (July 11).

Previously announced acts include Melissa Etheridge (July 17); Trey Songz (July 11); Rick Springfield (July 12); Burton Cummings (July 12); Charlie Daniels Band (July 13); Theory of a Dead Man (July 15); Black Stone Cherry (July 15); Aaron Lewis (July 13); and Downplay (July 15).

Common Ground tickets are available at Star Tickets outlets, at the Common Ground office (901 N. Washington Ave., Lansing), online at,  and by calling (800) 585-3737.

A 7-Day Ticket  is available for $79; single day tickets are $29 for July 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17, and $30 for July 11 and July 16.