By Cameron Buford,

This concert intended to welcome the citizens of New York City back to a semblance of normalcy. As the city and this country recover from the COVID19 pandemic. For those citizens that have chosen to get vaccinated, this concert was also a reward of sense. All those in attendance were required to show proof of vaccination.

An estimated 60,000 residents would attend this citywide celebration where masks were optional. New York and Clive Davis set out to display everything that makes this city the ultimate place to live and would at the Great Lawn of Central Park.

Sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, Citi, and Expedia, this concert would highlight a host of performers for those of us that are forty and older. Anyone in attendance, younger than forty, would not be very familiar with those performing unless they heard them on Saturday morning while their parents were cleaning the house or running errands.

Headlining this concert would be;

Jon Batiste • Andrea Bocelli • Kane Brown • LL Cool K • Elvis Costello • Lucky Daye • Earth, Wind & Fire • Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds • Jennifer Hudson • Wyclef Jean • Journey • The Killers • Barry Manilow • The New York Philharmonic • Polo G • Carols Santana • Paul Simon • Patti Smith • Bruce Springsteen • Rob Thomas

Also, there to enjoy the festivities with the many concertgoers, on the Great Lawn in New York Cities Central Park Don Lemon, Gayle King, Jimmy Fallon, Geoff Gordon, Stephen Colbert, Jason Miller along with Bill Bellagio and Senator Schumer. Before the opening act of the concert, it was like a picnic in Central Park vibe. People brought out their baskets with food and drinks as they enjoyed a mask less day in the park for the first time post-pandemic.

DJ Cassidy kept the crowd dancing between the acts before the rain clouds opened up. The crowd in attendance went wild for Andrea Bocelli yet listened intently as Jennifer Hudson sang her verses. Bill Bellagio and his wife introduced Earth Wind and Fire as the concertgoers gave him a familiar New York greeting.

The audience enjoyed the performances and being out in public for the first time in a while. However, mother nature would intervene and cut the night short. Seemingly instantly, lightning and thunderstorms forced the crowd to disperse and find cover. Though some concertgoers attempted to wait out the rain, 30 minutes of thunderstorms essentially ended the night for everyone.

Overall this night was a success, as vaccinated New Yorkers got to come out and enjoy some good music and unity for the first time in, literally, years. Just as they were the East Coast epicenter of the pandemic, hopefully, they have started a trend across the nation for cities bouncing back from this hideous pandemic. Kindly share your thoughts on this “homecoming” concert and if you would attend such a concert in your town? You can reach out to me on Twitter @whatsgoodnsport or shoot me an email at I encourage you to forward any suggestions on what topics or angles about this new version of the Los Angeles Chargers you would like to see discussed this season.

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