Rapper and actor Common’s next Baltimore concert won’t be at a typical city venue like Rams Head Live or MECU Pavilion — which is fitting, since it won’t be a typical show.
On June 3, the Grammy and Academy Award winner will throw his support behind Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, who is in the midst of a re-election campaign, when he headlines a concert at the Assembly Room, site of the former Bourbon Street nightclub. The concert was announced in a news release on Thursday.
“I'm excited to come back to Baltimore to support Marilyn Mosby's re-election as State's Attorney. She is a true champion for the people of Baltimore and around the country. Her victory will represent a critical step forward towards justice and equity in America,” Common said, according to the release.
Born Lonnie Lynn Jr., Common filmed the 2012 movie “LUV” and his 2016 music video “Black America Again” in Baltimore. The latter is a nearly 22-minute clip that prominently features Sandtown-Winchester, the neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested the previous year.
In a 2012 interview with the Baltimore Sun, Common reflected on his time filming “LUV” here.
“I definitely felt a connection to the people. They’re really hard-working people that want to have a better life. And I saw the struggle that exists there,” Common said.
Last year, Common tweeted “RIP Freddie Gray” after Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson — the driver of the police van in which Gray was found with severe spinal cord injuries — was found not guilty of all charges in the arrest and death of Gray.
Mosby filed criminal charges against six police officers in Gray’s arrest and death. Three officers were acquitted, and Mosby dropped the remaining charges against the other three.
Mosby is running for re-election against Ivan Bates and Thiru Vignarajah. The election will be held on June 26.