On Veterans Day, November 11th, four very different artists came together to celebrate the Earth. Us the Duo, Dwight Yoakam, Judith Hill, and Ziggy Marley brought Indie/Pop, Country, Gospel/Funk, and Reggae genres, respectively into an extremely diverse concert.
Us the Duo performed several original songs and treated the audience to an acapella cover of “Like I’m Gonna Lose You,” by Meghan Trainor and John Legend. They finished off their set with a medley of popular songs from 2014, each song lasting about 6 seconds, not unlike their popular vines.
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Dwight Yoakam, the 21-time Grammy nominated country legend, performed next. The crowd enthusiasm was quite visible – die-hard fans could be easily identified with their cowboy hats. Judith Hill followed shortly after, and performed several songs off of her recent album, “Back in Time,” which was produced by Prince. Two memorable performances that captured the high-energy Hill included “Turn Up” and “Cry Cry Cry.” She performed a lovely acoustic rendition of “Beautiful Life,” complete with a smoothly held note for about 10 seconds. The audience absolutely loved “My People,” a bop off of “Back in Time.”
In between acts, Global Wildlife explained ways we could help save the Earth through inspirational videos and short speeches from executives. A video stated, “The greatest gift we can leave future generations is the diversity of life on this planet. Once lost, it cannot be recreated. Just as we have the power to wipe out our fellow creatures, we have the capacity to save them.” Global Wildlife conservation is a group of people working internationally to protect endangered species by translating scientific research into conservation action in the field to save them from extinction in the wild. Brian Sheth, Chairman of Global Wildlife, discussed biodiversity and conservation. Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley’s oldest son, was introduced last by Executive Director of the Grammy Museum, Bob Santelli. He performed several originals, and sang “One Love” as a tribute to his father. His reggae vibes and influences mirror none other than the legend Bob Marley himself.
With such diverse music communities and artists coming together to increase awareness about our planet, we can help create a difference for future generations.
All photos are by Genesia Ting for the Los Angeles Beat. You can view more higher resolution photos from “Earth In Concert” here.