What a year it has been for hip-hop star Anderson Paak. Now he will close 2016 with a performance in Los Angeles.
The Southern California rapper/singer will headline a show at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, December 10. Paak last played Los Angeles in late June when he headlined at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel. Tickets were so scarce to come by that the resale market was insane for that show. So make sure you cop tickets to this one when they go on sale.
Paak exploded into the mainstream with his heavy featuring on Dr. Dre’s Compton album. In January, his critically-acclaimed second album Malibu dropped to heavy fanfare.
I first saw him at SXSW this past March and knew he was about to be a huge star after watching him own the stage like a seasoned performer. He’s Kendrick Lamar meets James Brown – never moreso than on his hyped-up track “Come Down.” Watching him break that song out at Coachella back-to-back weekends was incredible. He brought the house down weekend one when T.I. joined him on the song. The following weekend, Kendrick and Dr. Dre made appearances during his set, obviously vouching for the future prospects of Paak.
Paak and his band The Free Nationals are a live show not to miss. Even while rapping, Paak will jump behind the drum kit and murder it – it’s a sight that has to be seen to be believed. When I saw him at the Ace, Diddy showed up early during the set and watched from the crowd, clearly impressed by the kid.
Tickets to the show are priced at $29.95 and go on sale Thursday, September 15 at 10 AM Pacific Time. There is a presale with the LiveNation app starting Wednesday, September 14 at 10 AM PT. There’s also a LiveNation pre-sale using the code SPOTLIGHT.
Doors to the show open at 7 PM. My prediction is that Anderson Paak will be headlining music festivals within three years. This might be one of the last opportunities you see him at a venue of this size – though the Palladium has a pretty big capacity. Don’t miss out. Also, watch his epic NPR Tiny Desk show from a few months ago below.