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    Lalah Hathaway to host festival of her favorite artists in Los Angeles August 31 2019

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Lalah Hathaway is a five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning musician and 10-time nominee who was most recently nominated for three GRAMMY® Awards in 2019, including Best R&B album, for her latest album ‘honestly,’  a sharp swerve that trades her legendary poised, quietly stormy R&B for woozy beats and digital grooves with guest appearances from Redman, Lecrae, Robert Glasper and more.

    A 30-year music industry veteran, Lalah’s music frequently appears on the Hot R&B charts and she is known for her work both as a singer-songwriter and producer with frequent collaborations with today’s top hitmakers, including Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Anderson. Paak and Snoop Dogg. She has also shared the stage with music legends, from Prince to Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock and Anita Baker.  Film and television credits include appearing as herself in the 2017 hit film Girls Trip, and most recently, as the wedding singer in the series finale of BET’s “Being Mary Jane.”