Supergroup August Greene, which consist of legendary Chicago emcee Common, jazz pianist Robert Glasper and drummer/producer, Karriem Riggins performed a breath-taking set at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Performing cuts from their newly released self-titled album, ‘August Greene’, Common led as master of ceremonies opening the set with “Meditation”, a beautiful, politically-enlightening rap song which Common shares thought-provoking lyrics “They body-snatching black girls in D.C./Politics and propaganda on the TV/Distractions distracting us from action/It’s time for some, time for some passion.” The trio supergroup, joined by bass guitarist Burniss Travis, went on to perform other songs from their debut album, such as “Optimistic” ft. Brandy, “Black Kennedy” and “Practice” ft. Samora Pinderhughes. In between performing songs from their album, Common held intimate conversation with the audience, speaking on topics such as mass incarceration, women’s equality and many other current issues in today’s society.
After an intense drum solo from drummer/producer Karriem Riggins, Common blessed the audience with hits of his own such as “Come Close” ft. Mary J. Blige and “The People”, from his seventh studio album “Finding Forever”. August Greene then performed their final song, took a bow and left the stage but was suddenly lured back out by the chanting audience and then treated the concert-goers with two more songs from the album before closing their set.
Check out August Greene’s newly-released, self-titled album “August Greene” on Amazon.com.
-Eric Bailey (Urban Heat Advisory)