He may have just played to crowds of 90,000 at Coachella 2014, but soul and R&B singer Aloe Blacc generated as much heat and verve recently at a private benefit show for around 200 supporters of his good friend, prospective 8th District council member Marqueece Harris-Dawson.

The 90 minute show featuring Blacc's funky band The Grand Scheme took place in the plush downtown surroundings of The Continental Club, 116 W. 4th St., with the artist performing such hits as "I Need Another Dollar," "Wake Me Up" and "The Man" (the soulful backing track to San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick's 'Beats with Dre' commercial).

Interviewed shortly before he went on stage, Blacc confided that it was the first time he'd backed a political candidate in that way and noted that he'd become good friends with Harris-Dawson through a volunteer for the candidate's Community Coalition of South Los Angeles.

"I learned about the organization through Lucerna Castro, who is an affiliate and Coalition volunteer," he said. "I'm a big supporter of the work that he's doing [over there] and I told him that I'm here to help in any way I can. Now that he's running for City council this is a great way for me to lend that support. I find him to be very educated on all of the initiatives he's working on. He's very sincere and effective; he understands the people he is helping, understands what's right and what's wrong and is always doing what he can to make life better for his local community and abroad."

Blacc added: "Actually, I really don't see Marqueece as a political candidate, he's a public servant. He's just someone who deserves to have more access to the resources necessary to get his job done, which is to help people."

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