John Legend might be known for his love songs, especially with recent hit album, Love in the Future, and the success of his singles “All of Me” and “You & I (No One in the World),” but John can also be outspoken about issues of civil rights and social justice. In fact, he even brought that spirit to his music with 2010’s Wake Up!, a collaboration with The Roots on which he covered time-honored protest songs.
Given the current climate around the world and here in the United States with the events in Ferguson, Missouri, it’s fitting that John will take on the blueprint for the protest album, Marvin Gaye‘s 1971 classic What’s Going On, along with a 50-piece orchestra during a special tribute concert at the Hollywood Bowl this Wednesday, August 20th. Not only will John perform the album in its entirety, he’ll also be joined on stage by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings as he and Sharon are also set to perform a few of Marvin’s iconic duets with Tammi Terrell.
Tickets for the event are still available for those who can make it to the Hollywood Bowl to see it. As for those who can’t see it in person, Yahoo! Live and Live Nation will live stream the entire concert for all to see on Wednesday as well. For more info about the event, check out this insightful interview that John did with Yahoo! Music about taking on the classic album. And, of course, you can count on SoulBounce to keep you up to date, as we’ll be live tweeting the performance from start to finish. Tune in to the live stream of the concert and SoulBounce’s Twitter feed on Wednesday 11:05 PM ET/8:05 PM PT to see what’s really going on at the show.