On March 22nd, Common will hit a historic stage with a massive ensemble in our nation’s capital. For the first time ever, the Chicago rapper will be backed by The National Symphony Orchestra to perform a career-spanning set at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. And we will be bringing you the live stream right here on Okayplayer.
For Common, it’s a moment to play his own catalog as he never has before. For the city of DC, it’s a celebration of the Soulquarian poet on the heels of his latest album Black America Again, praised by critics and pedestrians alike (and entirely produced by Stones Throw‘s Karriem Riggins.) And we’re honored to partner with The Kennedy Center to bring it to the world. The performance will commence at 8 p.m. EST and will be available to live stream via TIDAL for members and non-members alike.
Stay tuned for the live stream link to hit tomorrow night or head over to The Kennedy Center to catch the performance in-the-flesh. Common’s new album Black America Again is out now and can be purchased on iTunes today.
The performance by Common and the NSO is a part of a series of events that will take place between the Kennedy Center and Okayplayer March 21st and 22nd. Check out the full schedule of events below:
March 21, 6 p.m. EST: KING Live from the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Re-watch the soul-stirring performance here.
March 21, 8:30 p.m. EST: A live stream of an interactive conversation between Common and poet, educator, playwright and screenwriter, Chinaka Hodge, about the role of artists in a time of transformation. Catch the recap here and re-watch the stream here.
March 22, 5:30 p.m. EST: Tune into Okayplayer.com to watch as the Soulquarians: D.C. Pay Tribute to Common.
March 22, 8:00 p.m. EST: The grand finale as we collaborate with TIDAL to bring you TIDAL X: Common & The National Symphony Orchestra presented by Okayplayer and Kennedy Center.