Right after the 1982 opening of The Roxy, The Kitchen Tour in 1982 with Rock Steady Crew, Fab 5 Freddy, Crazy Legs, and DJ Spy became the first U.S. Hip-Hop tour. The billed acts on The Kitchen Tour went to Washington, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New York, Iowa, Chicago, Michigan, and Toronto, Canada.
Two years after the Kitchen Tour, the 1984 Swatch Watch New York City Fresh Festival Tour happened and brought hip-hop to arenas and coliseums nationwide. The festival tour was headlined by Run-D.M.C. and hosted by Kurtis Blow. The tour billed the Fat Boys, Whodini, Newcleus, the Dynamic Breakers, Magnificent Force, Uptown Express, and more. After it’s 27 dates, the tour grossed $3.5 million, five percent of the tours earnings went to the United Negro College Fund. The success of the first Fresh fest tour made it an annual event.