Published on August 26th, 2019 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


Future x Sounds™ Los Angeles to Take Place on August 31st

Future x Sounds™, a new multi-city music and arts series that invites artists, attendees, and society to question the world around them, is gearing up for the launch of Future x Sounds LA.

The city’s distinct and rebellious art will be presented through the eyes of 5x GRAMMY Award winning artist and activist Lalah Hathaway. In partnership with #REALMUSICREBELS, Hathaway has curated an event that will feature performances from not only the legend herself, but also rising stars Anna Wise, Justus West, DJ BATTLECAT and Gwen Bunn. The concert will take place on August 31, 2019 at the John Anson Ford Theatre in Los Angeles.

“There is something extraordinary about my community of music-makers. For a while, it was hard to find the words to describe my tribe: our art and our beliefs constantly fell outside genre boxes and industry norms,” said Hathaway. “In time, it became clear that it was our dedication to real music that connected us. Music rooted in real skill and real soul; music that means something.”

Fans can purchase tickets for Future x Sounds today at https://www.fordtheatres.org/calendar/future-sounds-lalah-hathaway and www.futurexsoundsla.com.

Anna Wise is a GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and performer who has collaborated and worked with artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Kimbra, The Roots, Givers, Flying Lotus, Bilal, Teebs, Tei Shi and more. Anna also performs alongside her band, Sonnymoon & The Courage Of Present Timers.

Justus West is a multi-instrumentalist, producer & vocalist who has worked with Alicia Keys, Mac Miller and most notably Vince Gill, who was a judge for the “Guitar Center Onstage” contest, where Justus was a finalist.

Gwen Bunn, a Berklee College of Music alumni, is a GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter and multi-platinum selling producer & multi-instrumentalist, who has collaborated with Rapsody, Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Sean Paul, Syd of The Internet, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Reeves Mercury & many others.

Kevin “DJ Battlecat” Gilliam is a legendary music producer, DJ & musician, created from the landscape of Los Angeles, California. An original member of Uncle Jam’s Army and the 1580 KDAY Mix Masters, he was key in developing the “West Coast” sound while working with artists such as Snoop Dogg, Krupt, The Dogg Pound, E-40, The Eastsidaz, WC, Nate Dogg, Xzibit, Talib Kweli & Dr. Dre.

Future x Sounds™ is a series of events that provide established award-winning, and socially conscious artists with a unique creative opportunity to share their vision, shift the spotlight onto their talented peers and celebrate their communities.

These special, powerful live experiences invite artists, attendees, and society to question themselves and the world around them. Future x Sounds™ is an authentic window into a like-minded artistic global community that stands for the sounds of music and, for the sounds of global change.

“We want to promote high-quality music without the imposition of the business and celebrate each city just for what makes it special,” shares Future x Sounds founder and executive producer Angela Gil. “So we are giving the creative control (back) to the people who know music and their scenes best: the artists.”

Future x Sounds™ announced the official kick-off of this inaugural multi-city tour with a concert in New York in partnership with SummerStage, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Harlem Cultural Festival  (aka Black Woodstock) on August 17 at Marcus Garvey Park. Curated by Neal Ludevig, a founder of the Harlem Arts Festival, with musical direction by Igmar Thomas (Wyclef Jean, Mos Def, Esperanza Spalding, Lauryn Hill), the event will be co-hosted by Talib Kweli (the fiercely independent MC known for his incisive, hard-hitting socially conscious raps and for Black Star) and feature GRAMMY-awarded trumpeter and singer Keyon Harrold (Common, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Beyonce, and Rihanna), three-time GRAMMY Award winning keyboardist Cory Henry,GRAMMY-nominated vocalist Alice Smith and Georgia Anne Muldrow along with other surprise guests.

To date, the series also announced a Philadelphia edition that will take place on Oct 4th at World Live Cafe. The event will feature artists such as &More (Chill Moody, Donn T), Killiam Shakespeare, Cosmo Baker and a jam hosted by three-time GRAMMY Award winning artist James Poyser (The Roots) with special guests such as George “Spanky” McCurdy, Mononeon and Jaleel Shaw among other surprises.

For more updates on Future x Sounds™, please be sure to follow along on socials and visit https://futurexsounds.com.

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