Common with Double G's Stardust Symphony

Common with Double G's Stardust Symphony
Common with Double G's Stardust Symphony
+ Lettuce, Nikka Costa, and KCRW DJ Novena Carmel

July 9, 2022

Burbank
California
Starlight Bowl
249 Lockheed View Drive
SHOWTIME
5:00 pm
DOORS OPEN
3:00 pm
Attending a show at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank, CA is what any local Angeleno would call a “Special Event”. The 3800 capacity, outdoor Amphitheater is cradled in Burbank's Verdugo Mountain Range overlooking the lights of the City. Built in 1950, the venue has Bench seating, VIP Boxes and GA Lawn seats available. It has a rich history dating back to 1978, when Bob Marley put on one of his most infamous shows, with Mick Jagger and Diana Ross floating around backstage and Peter Tosh jumping on stage for an unexpected reunion. Bringing back the glory of the Starlight Bowl, JABM is excited to present some of today’s top talent this summer! This show on July 9 at the Starlight Bowl is sure to elevate our energy as we find the one and only, hip hop legend, COMMON, backed by a 50 piece Symphony, lead by LA icon, Double G. Leading up to the headliner, one of the most talented and popular Funk bands of our time, LETTUCE, will grace the stage. Opening the night will be today's LA Queen of Funk and Soul, Nikka Costa. And rounding out the night, KCRW DJ NOVENA CARMEL will keep the party going throughout. This is a night not to be missed! LA…Let’s get together again!

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Common
Common
Common
Common is an artist, actor, activist and, most recently, a New York Times best-selling author with the release of his latest memoir "Let Love Have The Last Word." With a storied career spanning three decades, his work has been recognized with numerous GRAMMY® Awards, as well as an Emmy® and an Academy® Award for the song "Glory" which he co-wrote and performed with John Legend. He recently finished work on a new album that is slated for release later this year.
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Double G's Sunset Symphony

Double G's Sunset Symphony
Double G's Sunset Symphony
GEOFF GALLEGOS (Double G) is an award-winning composer, conductor, and baritone saxophonist with a long track record of studio recordings and live performances. He has written music for several different instrumentations and applications, including film scores, live theater, television, big band, full orchestra, string quartet, string octet, jazz combo, brass quintet and more. He co-founded daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra in 1999, earned a jazz composition degree from Berklee College of Music, a law degree from Loyola Law School, and is currently working as a licensed attorney in California.
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Lettuce

Lettuce
Lettuce
For more than two decades, Lettuce have brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency. Their latest offering, Mt. Crushmore EP, showcases the exceptional musicianship and improvisational, rhythmic genius that fans have come to expect. Once again co-produced by Grammy-nominated producer, Joel Hamilton (Elvis Costello, Highly Suspect, Pretty Lights) the EP is comprised of seven previously unreleased tracks from their acclaimed full-length studio album Crush. Comprised of a stellar group of musicians – Drummer Adam Deitch, guitarists Adam Smirnoff, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, keyboardist and vocalist Nigel Hall, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, and trumpet player Eric Bloom—the band consistently displays an applauded mastery of their respective crafts. Blending together these talents in a sound distinctly their own, Lettuce has garnered praised by the likes of New York Times, NPR, Billboard, Consequence of Sound, Relix, Red Bull Music, Live For Live Music, and more.
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Nikka Costa

Nikka Costa
Nikka Costa
The daughter of famed arranger/producer Don Costa and goddaughter of her father's longtime client, Frank Sinatra, R&B vocalist Nikka Costa is no stranger to the music business. Born on June 4, 1972, she landed her first gig at age five, when she opened for the Hawaiian entertainer Don Ho. Two years later, a young Costa wowed 300,000 Police fans in Chile. The burgeoning singer was a natural talent, and her childhood gigs paved the way for future success. Costa went back and forth between Los Angeles and Europe, enjoying her youth while molding a sophisticated music career. She made her studio debut in 1981 with a recording of "(Out Here) On My Own," a song from the musical Fame, and watched as the 45-rpm record climbed to the top of the European charts. She released several albums throughout Europe, Israel, and Central and South America, most of them going platinum. Whirlwind success, however, was matched by her exciting life at home, as Costa spent time in her father's recording studio alongside luminaries like Quincy Jones, Sly Stone, and Sammy Davis, Jr. Costa's late teens were spent atop the German charts, and by the time she reached her mid-twenties, she called Australia home. She became a favorite down under, landing a deal with Mushroom Records and issuing Butterfly Rocket in the mid-'90s. The album help garner Costa a nomination for Best New Artist at the annual Australian Recording Industry Awards. The new millennium sparked a new scene for Nikka Costa. Now a mature woman with a fiery spark of determination and passion, the red-headed siren's songwriting expanded into an alluring art, and her urban vocals sashayed with class and raw sexiness. She soon signed with the Aussie label Cheeba Sound, home to soon-to-be labelmate D'Angelo. The sultry single "Like a Feather" marked Costa's almost ignored debut in fall 2000 when the cut was used in a Tommy Hilfiger advert. Virgin Records took notice, however, and properly reintroduced Costa to the world in spring 2001 with the full-length release of Everybody Got Their Something. She returned in May of 2005 with Can'tneverdidnothin' and supported the album by touring with one of its guest stars, Lenny Kravitz. Pebble to a Pearl followed in 2008, furthering her synthesis of funk, soul, and contemporary R&B. Costa shifted directions in 2011, releasing an electropop-influenced EP called Pro Whoa. She stayed quiet over the next six years, choosing to concentrate on raising her children, then re-emerged in the summer of 2017 with Nikka & Strings, a collection of classic pop covers arranged for string quartet. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi
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KCRW DJ Novena Carmel

KCRW DJ Novena Carmel
KCRW DJ Novena Carmel
Novena Carmel was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area surrounded by her mother’s record collection, classical music books atop her piano, and a deeply rooted musical legacy. Her father, Sly Stone of Sly & The Family Stone, instilled in her the love of the funk and the brilliance of “everyday people.” Her family’s decades-long connection to Brazil along with her Japanese-bilingual elementary schooling, further expanded Carmel’s world-view. Inspired by the guidance of one of her best friends and mentors, her grandfather, she moved to Los Angeles at 18 to attend UCLA, and graduated with degrees in Mass Communications and African-American Studies. She has been a proud LA resident ever since with a deep appreciation for the city’s contributions to the global cultural landscape. For 14 years, Novena worked in entertainment booking for Temple Bar Concepts, which has owned and operated live music venues and cultural havens throughout the LA area including famed Temple Bar, Zanzibar, The Virgil and Townhouse & The Del Monte Speakeasy. She has also been a member of multiple music groups, leading to the opportunity to perform at Lollapalooza, Warped Tour, Abbey Road and Coachella. She launched her DJ career seven years ago, which quickly took off, fueled by her lifelong love of sharing the music she loves with people, her infectious energy and ability to read a room. As a DJ she has worked with Natural History Museum, “The Squad,” California African American Museum, the Underground Museum, Soul in The Horn, The Academy Museum, Dublab, Stones Throw Records, Ace Hotel, Amoeba Records and many others. In 2018 Novena was invited to join the DJ team at KCRW, and quickly become popular through her joyous spirit, and expansive personalized music collection, and now co-hosts KCRW’s flagship show, Morning Becomes Eclectic, along with Anthony Valadez. She is currently not in a band, but enjoys singing with her soul and jazz choir, The Voices of Creation.
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