When I was in like, fourth grade, I used to have this dream of inviting Stevie Wonder to speak to my class, and surprising my dad with a meet-and-greet with Stevie Wonder.
Sadly, that never happened, but this past weekend, I did the best that I could.
Stevie Wonder announced a tour in early September, which immediately, I knew that I wanted to go to. But unfortunately, scalpers made the process of buying tickets extremely difficult, and by mid-October, the price of tickets had climbed to over $700 in some cases. But after reading a few reviews of the show, I knew I had to go, and if I didn’t go, I’d regret it.
For about a month, I researched. I entered radio contests, contact virtual strangers, and trolled the internet for a non-scammy, fair ticket price, and finally found one in a lawyer in Atlanta, who I purchased the tickets from for $300. I gave my dad the news, and Saturday morning, we were cruising down to Atlanta to see the man that gave me my name (My Cherie Amor = Cheri Armour).
There are no words for the concert. But there are pictures!
- No one opened for Stevie Wonder, so literally, when it was go time, Stevie (who I’m apparently on a first-name basis with) walked out, introduced his two kids and India.Arie, and started the show.
- Speaking of, India.Arie, who I’ve seen a few times, performed a few songs with him. She is great, and her voice is as velvety as it’s ever been.
- During Pastime Paradise, If It’s Magic, and Village Ghetto Land, Stevie Wonder straight-up stood up, looked straight into the audience, and just sang the songs. Kind of a novel concept in the time of an artist flying around on a harness and relying heavily on dancers and a light show, but this was awesome.
- He also made a few political statements. Stevie Wonder doesn’t hate guns on their own, but feels we have a gun problem in this country and that something needs to be done so that folks can’t buy guns off Craiglist with the serial number scratched off. That IS a felony by the way, but the point is, that guns are getting into the wrongs hands, and it needs to be stopped. The execution is/will be difficult, but it absolutely has to be done. [Rant ovah]
- Stevie Wonder evidently has an alter ego called “DJ Tick Tick Boom” who likes to play hits other than what’s on Songs in the Key of Life. He sampled Part Time Lover, Do I Do, he covered some Michael Jackson (The Way You Make me Feel), and sang My Cherie Amor (!!). It was hysterical and incredible.
- Stevie Wonder’s daughter, Aisha, whom he wrote Isn’t She Lovely for, was at the show and gorgeous.
- Stevie Wonder is also a huge supporter of making love, not war. He mentioned love, and I nothing but little heart emojis as I left the show. He especially mentioned it during If It’s Magic, which was backed by this magical harp.
- Keith John has been with Stevie since the 80s (my dad saw him in ’88). Mr. John’s voice is stupid how similar it is to Stevie Wonder’s. Watch all of this video and tell me you weren’t confused at the end of As…
- And it was really, really cool to turn to my left, and see my dad actually participating in and enjoying a concert. He sang a little bit. He smiled during Ordinary Pain when the background singers were cussing Stevie out basically, and stood up for some of it. The last concert I saw him do that at was John Mayer in like 2008.
Truthfully, this was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to in my life. And I’ve seen Destiny’s Child, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Gavin DeGraw (more times than I care to admit), and John Legend. I make a practice out of seeing good shows, and this $300 I spent was the literal best money I’ve ever spent. Annnd Stevie played for 3 hours, a record for all the shows I’ve ever been to.
What’s on your concert bucket list? What’s the best concert that you’ve ever been to?