The Verizon-owned cell phone company Visible had planned to host French Montana and Tierra Whack tonight, November 14, at a free 200-person concert called Phonetopia (that, as of this writing, is at capacity).
Bad news for Montana fans: The rapper canceled this morning. The reason? Unclear.
When Visible got word that Montana had backed out, organizers scrambled and called in favors. Within hours they found a replacement. We think the new headliner is even better.
Rapper, drummer and producer savant Anderson .Paak — who happened to be flying across the country for a benefit show with the International Rescue Committee in Atlanta — will be taking Montana's slot.
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Westword's Chris Walker wrote about .Paak's Fillmore Auditorium concert in February, which was, in part, a tribute to the late rapper Mac Miller: "Paak delivered exactly what I look for in a show: precise and impressive musicianship and songs that have been rearranged and reimagined, so that the audience experiences something different from what they’ve already heard on albums. The concert was a spectacle," Walker wrote.
So if you were planning to go tonight, keep those tickets and brace yourself for something special.
The concert takes place at 7 p.m. today, November 14, at #Phonetopia, 2750 Blake Street. Tickets are free with RSVP. This show is sold out; more information can be found at phonetopia.com.
Hear Anderson.Paak, Tierra Whack and more favorites from Westword writers on our Westword Staff Picks playlist.