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Weekend In Entertainment: Common, Queen City Summer Fest & More!

Actor, activist, author and rapper Common is in town Friday night at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s Belk Theater performing fan favorites from his long catalogue of recordings. Joining “All Things Considered” host Gwendolyn Glenn to talk more about this and other arts and entertainment events is Ryan Pitkin, editor of Queen City Nerve. 

Gwendolyn Glenn: Hi there Ryan. 

Ryan Pitkin: Hey Gwen. Good to see you. 

Glenn: So tell us a little more about Common and the tour that’s coming here.

Pitkin: RightCommon has changed definitely a lot over the years since his days in the late 80s early 90s being one of Chicago’s dopest rappers to a movie star, you’ve seen him in Selma. Now you can catch him in Microsoft commercials, you can say what you want about that, but I think his talent is always still been there. He’s just released his second memoir, which I believe is a part of that tour and I’d be willing to bet that there’s going to be a little bit of you know book talk and motivational speaking mixed in with the music at Friday night’s event for sure.

Glenn: And in addition to a great performance that I’m sure everybody is looking forward to there’s something special with every ticket right?

Pitkin: Right. He’s bringing that technology into play. With every ticket comes a music download code for seven songs. That’s something I’m expecting we’ll probably see a lot more of lately or coming up in the future. And he’s the first rapper to ever win an Emmy, Grammy or an Oscar and he’s just one away from that EGOT that people talk about so Common is really doing it lately. 

Glenn: And I’m sure it’ll be a good show. So another performance on Friday is Steady Flow with ReeCee

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