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Stevie Wonder Festival D’ete De Quebec – Review

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Stevie Wonder Festival D’ete De Quebec

Wonder dedicates night to the victims of the Lac-Megantic train accident, promises to play fundraiser and vows to never again play in Florida in response to the Zimmerman case.

Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder Festival D’ete De Quebec – Cred: Jeff Nolan

 

WHO: Stevie Wonder
FROM: Detriot, MI, USA
WHERE: Bell Stage, Les Plaines D’Abraham, Festival D’Ete De Quebec, Quebec City, Qc
WHEN: Sunday July 14, 2013

 

TOTAL SCORE: 10 – Stevie Wonder is our only 10/10 of the festival!

START TIME: 9:30
END TIME: 11:40

1. HOW SWEET IT IT
2. MASTER BLASTER
3. THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL
4. HIGHER GROUND
5. WAITING IN VAIN (BOB MARLEY)
6. DAY TRIPPER
(Congratulates his daughter AISHA MORRIS about her upcoming wedding)
7. DON’T YOU WORRY
8. SEND ONE YOUR LOVE
9. OVERJOYED
10. MICHELLE (BEATLES) -WITH CROWD
11. NAH NAH NAH (1 + 3 – HAPPY BEAT)
12. LADY MARMALADE (LADY GAGA) – BAND WITH CROWD
13. MY CHERI AMOUR – JOINED BY Raphael Saadiq
14. BESTEST TIME OF ALL
15. SIGN SEALED DELIVERED
(Harmonica Solo)
16. I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU
17. FREE
18. HAPPY BIRTHDAY – (birthday cake is brought on stage and dedicated to tour manager Abdoulaye Soumare who comes out to talk to the crowd in French)
19. SUPERSTITION
21. ANOTHER STAR

 

STYLE: Soul/RnB – Legend

CROWD: The crowd at Les Plaines D’Abraham was one of the biggest crowds of the festival. Some estimate Mr.Wonder drew 90,000.

TECHNICALITIES: The sound and lights have been impressive all week on the Bell Stage. Stevie was accompanied by fifteen musicians which included a first time appearance by Detroit drummer Chris Coben who never missed a beat. There were a few issues with the low end of the mix but it was barely noticeable.

IMAGE: Stevie Wonder needs no introduction. He has been a staple of modern music for over 50 years. His name and image is known world wide and he’s one of the most recognizable and loved musicians in the world. Earlier in the evening Mr.Wonder did a press conference with media and spoke about the recent tragedy in Lac-Megantic:

Tonight I will dedicate my performance to the tragedy that happened in the Southern part of the province. To the families I’m wishing them my prayers and condolences and my heart.”

He reiterated this statement at the start of his set on the Bell Stage, Les Plaines D’Abraham. Later Wonder went on later to address the upcoming concert in Quebec City featuring Paul McCartney:

Stevie Wonder“Tell him I said call me and I’ll come back and do it (Ebony and Ivory) with him. You know I was thinking about something. I was thinking if the promoters can work it out why not come back and do a benefit for the families that lost their family members (Lac-Megantic). Yeah I’m so serious. Yeah that’s what I wanna do and we’ll raise money to help the families out. We’ll come back and we’ll do a performance and any of the other in artists who are in Canada come. We’ll work it out and let me know and we’ll do it! Because you know our saying is don’t talk about it, be about it!”

Stevie Wonder has always been known to have a big heart. Some people may wonder whether or not Mr.Wonders stage banter is an act to retain an image. After meeting the man in person and attending his show last night I’m here to tell you that it’s not an act. Stevie Wonder is a kind Soul, has a huge heart and a desire to make the world a better place. Everything you’ve ever heard about Stevie Wonder is true and gets my full respect through and through.

 

Moment: Stevie addressed the recent Zimmerman trial earlier in the set stating:

“When people ask me about the recent conclusion to trail (Zimmerman) that happened in the states, I just say we have to pray that people become wiser and better. And that no one should be treated any differently just based on the colour of their skin.”

Later on in the set after singing Free from his 1987 album Characters, Wonder once again addressed the issue. In a rare moment he removed his sunglasses, looked out at the crowd and said:

Stevie Wonder Festival“I’ve decided today that until the stand your ground law is abolished in Florida I will never perform there again. As a matter of fact where ever I find that law exists I will never perform in that state or in that part of the world. Because what I do know, is that people know that my heart is of love for everyone and when I saw everyone, I mean everyone. So as I said earlier you can’t just talk about it, you gotta be about it. We can make change by coming together for the spirit of unity not in destruction but in the perpetuation of life itself.”

There was a heartfelt silence throughout Les Plaines D’Abraham followed by raucous applause.

 

Mentionable Song: After singing Happy Birthday to his road manager Abdoulaye Soumare. Stevie paused and addressed the crowd:

“Are you ready to celebrate?”

He broke into his 1972 hit classic Superstition. The rhythms penetrated the crowd so deeply that even security guards and working media took a break to dance and sing along. This is the only time during the festival that I saw a single song penetrate the audience in such a way.

 

Comments: Nothing has deterred Stevie Wonder from spreading his message of love throughout his 50 year career. Stevie’s performance during Festival D’ete De Quebec was heartfelt, sincere, revealing and legendary. Wonder has a way of seeing things that most of us cannot.

Stevie Wonder on The Keys“I have an advantage over everyone here or most people if not everyone. My advantage is that I don’t have to see anyone but I can feel everything that everyone is doing. Now some people might say that’s a horrible disadvantage. But in the world we’re living in so many things are based on what colour someone is, how much money they have, how poor they are, how they look and the drama goes on and one and on. So in actuality we kind of live in a kind of Hell. Because you judge people not based on their spirits, but how they look, what colour they are, how much they do or don’t have and you know… I just recently read this book called ‘The Four Agreements’ and it’s so true. I just hope we can get to a place in this world where we can just love each other because that’s the right thing to do” Said the Motown legend

He also knows how to project those visions and feelings onto anyone and everyone around him.

“Because every single day that I live I celebrate and thank the almighty for just giving me life. To be able to share the gift that he’s given me and to hopefully inspire you and be inspired myself to do even better by my fellow human being.”

Wonder took the crowd from heartfelt concerns that saw tears shed to pure joy and dancing within seconds. Stevie Wonder is more than a man, he is a star that projects rays of hope, peace and love. To see him live is a soul cleansing experience that cannot be measured. We should all take a lesson from this living legend and love one an another before it’s too late.

Review: Darrell Shelley
Photos: Jeff Nolan

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ALL CONTENT ALL RIGHTS RESERVED COPYRIGHT 2013 – THE SCENE

YOU TUBE VIDEO – Charles Savard-Daigle – NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE SCENE


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