What do you get if you sum numerous Grammy winners, philanthropic goodwill, and an all-nighter of pure rock ’n’ roll? Love Rocks NYC!, in fact—the annual live performance fundraiser for God’s Love We Ship, a New York–based mostly group that cooks and home-delivers nutritious meals to civilians (and their family members) in want. The legendary live performance was copresented by designer John Varvatos and actual property dealer Greg Williamson, and hosted by the incomparable Whoopi Goldberg. Musical icons like Emmylou Harris, Keith Richards, Mavis Staples, and Norah Jones additionally gathered at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater for the musical affair.
Love Rocks NYC! began two years in the past with an thought from Williamson, who tapped Varvatos to co-organize the occasion. “We’re both very passionate guys for music, and we love this organization. I was very involved with it; John had heard about it. We had a mutual friend who connected us, and we hit it off really quickly. The rest was history,” Williamson defined. On curating the lineup collectively, he famous, “We have legendary artists and some that are lesser known; they feed off of each other and learn from each other and respect each other. It’s magical.” Varvatos added that yr three of Love Rocks NYC! is already in dialogue, amongst different initiatives for God’s Love We Ship.
On the pink carpet main as much as the live performance, music legends poured their admiration for God’s Love We Ship. Judy Collins stated, “They do something that I’ve always supported, and I feel very happy being a New Yorker and knowing that God’s Love We Deliver is part of our lives here to help people.” Harris shared the same sentiment: “I’m glad that there are people out there doing the heavy lifting to put together an opportunity for a lot of us to do what we love, which is music. It’s going to make the lives of other people better.” Proper earlier than the live performance started, Marc Cohn advised Vogue, “The sheer quality and quantity of what they produce and bring to a variety of people who are really suffering is extraordinary. It’s hard to process that they can give thousands of meals per week, not only to the people who are sick but to their families who really need help, too. It’s an extraordinary organization.”
As for the live performance, Trombone Shorty opened the night time and ignited the gang, setting the tone for a memorable night to observe. After an inspirational and informative introduction by Goldberg, Andra Day took to the stage to carry out her hit track “Rise Up,” devoted to American veterans. A collection of blues, rock, soul, and folks performances ensued by collaborative performers spanning all ages. There was not a nonetheless physique within the theater, with heads swaying, ft tapping, and palms clapping. Musical highlights included Lucinda Williams’s soul-filled efficiency, Staples’s powerhouse vocals, Jones and Richards’s duet, and Gary Clark Jr.’s masterful electrical guitar act. Attendees have been later stunned when Invoice Murray appeared onstage, encouraging everybody to donate to God’s Love We Ship. At one level within the night time, concertgoers rushed to the entrance of the stage to bathe the famed actor with $100, $50, and $20 payments as donations for God’s Love We Ship, inflicting fairly a spectacle.
CEO and president of God’s Love We Ship Karen Pearl may need been the night time’s best rock star, rallying everybody collectively to help these much less lucky. The night time actually embodied the mission of the group: New Yorkers uniting to assist and empower others. On find out how to become involved with God’s Love We Ship, Pearl outlined 3 ways: “Donate, because that’s how we make and deliver meals. Volunteer, because what God’s Love We Deliver does can’t happen without volunteers. And refer people who may need us: neighbors or family members.”