We're back again with another quick round up of recent news from in and around the city. As we lean ever further towards Fall there continues to be much to keep up on amongst an increasingly busy 2016. Among recent happenings, Taylor Bennett linked up with a big name for some tour dates, local names continue top pop up on Red Bull's '30 Days in L.A.' series and Common offers up a short film for the ladies on this latest edition of the News Round Up.
Locals Announced as Part of '30 Days in LA' Series
Red Bull is returning to Los Angeles for the month of November for the third straight year of curating a month-long concert series in the city of angels and once again some familiar faces made the bill. This year, both Eryn Allen Kane and Kweku Collins, a pair of TheseDays cover stories, are slated to take the stage alongside some of the biggest names in music today.
In years past, Chance The Rapper, Mick Jenkins, Lil Herb, Tree, Brian Fresco, Martin $ky and more have taken the stages out west under the dueling toros and once again, hometown talent will head out to join another talented lineup. On November 6 Closed Sessions' breakout star Kweku Collins continues a winning streak with a spot opening for Pell & Tory Lanezand later that month, on November 21 Eryn Allen Kane will continue to capitalize on a metamorphosis of a 2016 by opening for Jhene Aiko. You can sign up for ticket info here, and subsequent info on their website. We'll keep you posted as the dates near.
Taylor Bennett announced over the weekend that he will serve as direct support Toronto rapper/singer Tory Lanez on a 20-date Fall Tour that straddles the west coast, midwest and both sides of the Canadian border.
Continuing on to capitalize on the wake of his most recent project, Broad Shoulders, Bennett will get a great opportunity to once again prove he's more than Chance's little brother as he joins one of the hottest tickets in town. Lanez is coming off a huge year himself, one that saw his first single, "Say It" hit No. 1 and "Luv" heading quickly in that direction, both off his recently released debut album, I Told You which has been a critical hit. No stranger to big stages, Bennett should certainly prove up to the task, and will get a chance to prove it to a hometown crowd when the tour rolls into Chicago on November 23. Stay tuned for more and pick up tickets here.
Common Debuts New Short-Film Documentary
Common long ago established himself as a pre-eminent figure in the hip-hop world, and over the last few years has made a concerted effort to make steps into film both in front of and behind the camera. His latest endeavor, a ten minute documentary piece, 'Love Star', debuted over the weekend via Essence.
Ever the ladies man, here Common takes a moment to appreciate the black women in his life, calling it 'an introspective celebration of Black Love'. The piece is a touching look at his own experiences that come together to create something that is deeply real. Speaking to Essence, who premiered the mini-documentary, Common had this to say: “When I wrote the song, I was thinking about when you really love a person. I thought about when I love a woman and I can enjoy her, but at the same time she can enjoy me and we can have fun and laugh. But then there’s also a real bond that’s there that has spirituality, growth, support and integrity connected in it. We’re willing to make mistakes, but we’re there for each other; that’s true love.”
Watch it for yourself below.