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Common Planning Free Sacramento Concert

Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Actor/musician Common poses at the 2017 ABFF Awards: A Celebration of Hollywood at the Beverly Hilton on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Rap star Common is planning a free concert on Sacramento's Capitol Mall next month as a way to encourage discussion about criminal justice issues.

Common announced the performance Monday and is calling it the Imagine Justice concert, to be held Aug. 21.

Michael Latt is Common's social impact and marketing consultant. He said the rap star is pushing for the passage of several bills in the state legislature, and specifically chose Sacramento because of that.

"Our work around criminal justice reform has been focused mainly on California, and so we felt the best place to grab lawmakers' attention was Sacramento," Latt said.

Latt said Common has already performed at four prisons in California and will also play at Folsom Prison following the free public event on Aug. 21.

Common will be joined by several other artists at Imagine Justice, to be announced in the coming weeks.

While the event is free, you'll still need to get a ticket from the project's Facebook page to attend.

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