Common to perform with this Pasadena composer and 50-piece orchestra in Burbank – Pasadena Star News

Hip-hop music will get the symphonic treatment when a Pasadena-based songwriter teams up with a Grammy-winning rapper this weekend.

Composer, bandleader and saxophonist Geoff Gallegos, along with his 50-piece Stardust Symphony Orchestra, will accompany Common when the rapper performs at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank on July 9.

“We’re bringing you something that will sound like hip-hop through these orchestral instruments,” said Gallegos, 52, known as Double G and used to mixing big symphony ensembles with hip-hop. “I’m also a Common fan. I love his music. I think he’s a brilliant MC, so to work with a musician of that level is an honor,” he said.

Pasadena-based bandleader and composer Geoff Gallegos and his 50-piece Stardust Symphony will perform with Grammy-winning rapper Common at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank on July 9. (Photo by Brian Feinzimer/Capture Imaging)

Common is coming to Burbank to support his recently released album “A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2,” and when he performs at the 3,800 capacity venue, his music will be punctuated by a string section and wind instruments conducted by Gallegos.

“It will look like something you would see at a classic Hollywood Bowl concert or the Walt Disney Concert Hall,” Gallegos said.

The rapper, who released his debut album in 1992, has performed with other symphonies across the country. In recent years he has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony.

Gallegos, who earned a degree in jazz composition from Berklee College of Music, became an early proponent of mixing genres in 1999 when he co-founded the dAKAH Hip Hop Orchestra to perform orchestral music with MCs.

“My whole jam tried to make a big funky orchestra,” he said, adding that he’s looking forward to the July 9 show. “His flow is so good. He’s one of those MCs who can talk about anything,” Gallegos said.

Opening for the evening is singer Nikka Costa and funk collective Lettuce.

If you are going to:

When: 5 p.m. on July 9

Where: Starlight Bowl, 249 Lockheed Drive, Burbank.

Tickets: $85 to $200


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