On Friday night, Jan. 23, City County Councilor José Evans and Chicago hip-hop artist Common co-hosted an event at Ice Ultra Lounge, 235 S. Meridian St., to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Evans said he was hosting the event to celebrate a man that, he said, "has always been an inspiration" to him personally. He spent the day of the inauguration with students at Pike High School on Indianapolis' Westside.
After posing for photos with Evans, Common took the stage shortly after midnight. Originally scheduled to only perform two tracks for the crowd of 40, Common rocked the audience for nearly 35 minutes, performing hits from his albums Be and Finding Forever. At one point, Common got the crowd going by beginning to freestyle, but, to their disappointment, the beat was unintentionally cut off by the DJ.
Calling Evans to the stage, Common made a few remarks in support of the councilor then finished up his night with his new single, "Universal Mind Control."