Common, Talib Kweli On Deck For 2005 'Spin Off'

The Guitar Center

announced the grand finals for its 2005 Spin Off competition, one of the largest

turntablist competitions across the country.

The 2005 Spin Off Grand Finals take place Saturday, September

10 at the Wiltern LG Theatre in Los Angeles.

In addition to the eight finalists that will be competing for

the 2005 Spin Off title, organizers stated that Common and Talib Kweli will

deliver the headlining performance.

Madlib and DIPLO will also deliver special sets during the competition,

which is now in its seventh year. The grand finalists were selected from regional

competitions, which were held at Guitar Center locations across the country.

“Bringing Common and Talib to the Spin Off grand finals

provides our finalists an opportunity to experience every urban musician’s

dream – sharing the stage with truly influential hip-hop artists,”

said Jack Sonni, Vice President of Marketing Communication for Guitar Center.

“Guitar Center is dedicated to providing our DJ community a vehicle to

showcase their talent and further their careers.”

The Guitar Center is also donating 20 percent of the ticket

sales from the 2005 Spin Off Grand Finals to the Jam Master Jay Foundation.

The winner of this year’s competition will win a 2005

Scion xB, a pair of Technics DZ SL 1200 digital tables, a Boost Mobile i860

Tattoo phone and thousands of dollars in other prizing.

Tickets are priced

at $25 and are on sale at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at