Looking for a short road trip before the seasons change? Grab your girls or your boo and head to Tuscaloosa on August 20 to see Jill Scott and Common.
The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. In addition to Jill Scott and Common, poet Georgia Me will also perform.
Scott, whom fans lovingly refer to as Jilly from Philly, was discovered by Amir “Questlove” Thompson of the Roots. She burst onto the music scene in 2000 with the release of her album Who is Jill Scott? Since then, Scott has won three Grammys, and her hit songs include “A Long Walk,” “So In Love,” “Hate on Me,” “Golden,” “The Way” and “Fool’s Gold.” She has also had several acting roles, including Tyler Perry’s movies Why Did I Get Married? and Why Did I Get Married Too?, as well as Sins of the Mother, Steel Magnolias, Baggage Claim and With this Ring.
Hip-hop artist and actor Common debuted in 1992 with the album Can I Borrow a Dollar? Since then he has won a Grammy for his song “Love of My Life” with Erykah Badu. He also won an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his song “Glory,” from the movie Selma, in which he costarred. He has appeared in American Gangster, Just Wright with actress Queen Latifah and Happy Feet Two. In addition, he is the author of One Day It’ll All Make Sense.
Tony- and Emmy-winning poet Georgia Me is the self-proclaimed “Queen of the Spoken Word.” She has appeared in Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail, as well as on Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam, Verses & Flow, BET Lyric Café and the Today show. She is the creator of Adam’s Rib, an all-female multicultural performance troupe.
Tickets for the concert can be purchased online via the Ticketmaster website.
If you’re looking to catch a quick bite to eat before or after the concert while you’re in Tuscaloosa, check out Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries.