Common makes appearance at Navy Pier

February 28, 2008 11:42:46 AM PST
Chicago-native and Grammy award winning hip hop artist, Common to join Bank of America and LaSalle Bank at Navy Pier this Saturday, March 1. Common will meet fans and sign autographs to help celebrate the expanded Chicagoland roll-out of Keep the Change, the innovative automated saving program. Bank of America's supersized Big Red Couch - 20 feet wide, almost 10 feet tall and 9 feet deep - will be in the Pier's Family Pavilion where shoppers can hop on, have their picture taken and fish for coins hidden beneath the oversized cushions, replicating a beloved childhood way to score free money and save up for most desired purchases. Each coin plucked from the couch corresponds with free prizes such as an expandable MP3 player cooler, an earth-friendly home cleaning kit and a rosewood wine set.

Common will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Big Red Couch event runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In 2006, Common made his big screen debut as a musical performer in "DAVE CHAPPELLE'S BLOCK PARTY". In January 2007, he made his acting debut co-starring opposite Jeremy Piven, Ben Affleck, Alicia Keys, and Ryan Reynolds in "SMOKIN' ACES" for Universal Pictures and writer/director Joe Carnahan. In November 2007, he co-star opposite Denzel Washington in "AMERICAN GANGSTER", Directed by Ridley Scott. In 2008 he'll be seen in "WANTED" with co-stars Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie and David Ayer's "STREET KINGS" starring Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker.

Prior to acting, Common rose to prominence as one of hip-hops most poetic and respected lyricists having recorded over six albums: Can I Borrow a Dollar?, Resurrection, One Day It'll All Make Sense, Like Water For Chocolate, and Electric Circus. In 2004, he partnered with Chicago native and rap music mega-star Kanye West to produce BE, which went on to garner four Grammy Award nominations. In July 2006, his video for the single "Testify" was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards including Best Hip Hop Video. On July 31st, 2007 Common released his critically acclaimed seventh album FINDING FOREVER where it debut at #1 on Billboard 200 Album Chart and went on to earn a Grammy award.

Additionally, Common has written children's books. The first one, entitled The MIRROR and ME, teaches lessons of life, the human spirit, and human nature. His follow-up book I Like You But I Love Me was recently nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and his third book, M.E. (Mixed Emotions), will be out later this year. He also started The Common Ground Foundation, an organization dedicated to utilizing the cultural relevance of Hip-Hop to serve as an advocate for justice, education, to fight poverty, and to increase health awareness among youth in underserved communities throughout the United States.

Meet Common
Bank of America's Big Red Couch
Navy Pier
Chicago, IL
Sat., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.