Desperately missing concerts and live music, so these days we’ll take just about any performance we can get. Lucky for us the lineup at the 2020 Democratic National Convention is shaping up to be a mini virtual music fest, with “night one” featuring Maggie Rogers, Leon Bridges, and Billy Porter with Steven Stills.
The 2020 DNC kicked off Monday, August 17 with one heck of an inspirational speech from Michelle Obama.
When it came time for the music, Bridges came first, with a rooftop performance of his soulful summer single “Sweeter.” Released back in June amid protests following the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the song imparts a message of breaking the cycle of systemic racism and oppression. Backdropped by a city sunset, Bridges was joined by, Joshua Crumbly, Paul Cornish, Trevor Lawrence and jazz saxophonist Terrace Martin, as the soul singer crooned, “Hoping for a life more sweeter/Instead I'm just a story repeating.”
Maggie was up next, with an acoustic rendition of her song “Back in My Body,” off her 2019 debut album, Heard It in a Past Life. Standing atop a scenic rocky coastline Rogers’ performance was intermixed with photos of frontline workers, families and neighbors coming together during the pandemic. Befitting the locale, before starting her performance, Maggie was introduced by Maine’s Democratic Senate candidate, Sara Gideon,
Porter’s performance came last, joined by Steven Stills, the duo covered his former band, Buffalo Springfield’s iconic protest song “For What It’s Worth.” Stills released an electro-soul version of the song back in April and with Billy’s additions to this rendition, it made for a quite elaborately extra, green-screen extravaganza final act. With Porter involved, would you expect anything less? Billy belted out the lyrics, “A thousand people in the street/ Singing songs and carrying signs,” while a Black Lives Manner banners floated behind him.
Along with the first night performances and features, others set to appear during the convention include Billie Eilish, John Legend, The Chicks and Jennifer Hudson. Like we said, it’s like a mini virtual music fest, except with a much bigger cause.