August 19, 2014


John Legend To Pay Tribute to Marvin Gaye with Sharon Jones, Full Orchestra in LA

eter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images
eter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images

On Wednesday, August 20, John Legend will be joined by a 50-piece orchestra and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings to pay tribute to the late great Marvin Gaye. The musicians will perform the entirety of the 1971 record What's Going On at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Those of us not lucky enough to attend can watch the concert via Yahoo! live stream at 8:05 p.m. PT/11:05 p.m. ET right here!

The event will have Legend revisiting the strains of Gaye's now iconic record, and he feels strongly about the importance of What's Going On's message. He tells Yahoo!,  "It was such a bold choice for an artist known primarily for his sweet love songs to make such [a] provocative album with such a strong political message. But what made it so great was that it didn't come off too preachy. He was able to make this 'message' record that was still sensual and beautiful. It was still love music." 

Those familiar with What's Going On know its political message just as well (and remember the 2001 all star tribute of the record's title track). Could this be John Legend's public commentary on Ferguson apart from his impassioned tweeting? Will he follow in the footsteps of J. Cole and G-Unit? Tune in to find out!