Sunday, September 29, 2013

Global Citizen Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder went slightly off message at one point in his performance at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday night (September 28, 2013). “We must do something about the gun laws in this country,” he declared, noting that John Lennon had died at the hands of a gunman years ago. He expanded on this idea for a moment, before starting into “Imagine,” Lennon’s hymn of yearning idealism.

The Global Citizen Festival, which for the second year drew a capacity audience of 60,000 to the Great Lawn, revolves around a single, stubborn mission: the end of extreme poverty worldwide. To that end, it’s an informational summit as well as a demonstration of public-interest might, timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly.

It’s also a marathon musical event: this year Mr. Wonder closed up shop after energetic sets by the guitar-slinging rock crooner John Mayer, the emphatically earnest R&B singer-songwriter Alicia Keys and the surging Southern rock band Kings of Leon, along with a brief but effective solo medley by Elvis Costello. MORE HERE & HERE



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