A real living legend, Stevie Wonder, took the main stage at Bonnaroo last night. Being a huge fan since I was a little girl (and knowing this could be one of the last possible chances to see Stevie live) I camped out in the side bubble for a chance to be let into the front row. 15 minutes before showtime I was let in (alongside 800 other hopeful fans) and landed a spot front row center. Yes!
Stevie’s set consisted of medleys of his old hits as well as full on extended renditions of even more Stevie hits, and covers of songs such as Parliament’s “We Want The Funk” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” originally performed by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. Personal highlights were getting to hear “Higher Ground,” “My Cherie Amour,” and “Superstition” live. That and Stevie entering the stage while playing keytar.
Two hours later I was left in awe, Stevie’s set was the first set at Bonnaroo (and so far only set) to give me chills. Incredible. Not to mention he’s constant message to spread love & happiness to all. Stevie even through out a couple of great quotes “If you want to be a supremist then be the supreme of bringing people together” and when confronting some injustice “Tell people you smell something, some bullshit.” Well done Mr. Wonder!
– Chelsea Schwartz