Though he counts actor, producer, writer, model, clothing designer, activist and philanthropist among his list of accomplishments, Common first made his mark in the world as a rapper, garnering a slew of awards for his poetic rhymes and smooth beats. Catch the Chicago native as he takes a break from his myriad projects — including work on his upcoming album — and returns to his roots for a concert at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino. Up-and-coming singer/songwriter ZZ Ward opens. Tickets start at $40. 777 Casino Center, Hammond, Ind.; Horseshoehammond.com.