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3.11.22 / Events

Celebrating Love, Giving Back, and Rock ‘n Roll at the Sixth Annual Love Rocks NYC!

The sold-out sixth annual Love Rocks NYC benefit concert for God’s Love We Deliver on Thursday, March 10 brought the house down at the historic Beacon Theatre with another incredible night of live music!  Presented by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, the star-studded concert was executive produced by iconic international fashion designer John Varvatos, NYC real estate broker, prominent concert producer, and God’s Love Board of Trustees member Greg Williamson and esteemed concert/events producer Nicole Rechter, and also livestreamed so fans everywhere could experience the memorable concert.

Hosted by Mario Cantone, Steve Schirripa and Michelle Buteau with surprise host Bill Murray and a special guest appearance by Laurence Fishburne, last night’s concert raised more than $3 million dollars for God’s Love and also celebrated the extraordinary milestone of our 30 millionth meal this spring

Keith Richards & The X-Pensive Winos’ monumental performance, their first together in thirty years, was one of the many highlights of the night which also featured rock and soul music legends sharing the stage with some of the brightest young soul, rock and blues stars including Mavis Staples, Hozier, Warren Haynes, Ben Harper, Melissa Etheridge, Allison Russell, Larkin Poe, Tyler Bryant, David Shaw (of The Revivalists), Anders Osborne, Celisse, Jimmy Vivino, Maggie Rose and Connor Kennedy, and Music Director and Bandleader Will Lee at the helm all night.

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The extraordinary four hour plus evening of live music featured an incredible array of memorable performances. With a witty, rousing introduction by surprise special host Laurence Fishburne, the entire venue went into a frenzy when Keith Richards & The X-Pensive Winos (Ivan Neville, Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel) took the stage and launched into an electrifying three song performance starting with “999”, a blues-drenched “You Got the Silver” and the rockin’ “Before They Make Me Run.”

The night featured a bevy of powerhouse female performances including Melissa Etheridge thrilling the crowd with longtime favorites “Come Together” and “I’m The Only One,” two dynamic performances by the rising rock/soul singer/songwriter/guitarist Celisse on “Get There” and “Rock and Roll,” Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Allison Russell delivering a riveting performance of her hit “Nightflyer” with special guests SistaStrings, and an unforgettable remake of the Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks duetStop Draggin My heart Around” with Hozier; the enigmatic duo Larkin Poe and guitar aficionado Tyler Bryant getting the crowd excited with a sensational version of “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo,” Nashville soul darling Maggie Rose delivering a stunning performance of “Lonely Town, Lonely Street,” and the legendary Mavis Staples returning to the Love Rocks stage for another stellar performance of her classic “I’ll Take You There” which had the exhilarated crowd singing and dancing along, including fellow performers Hozier, Allison Russell and Michelle Buteau who joined the audience, and shouting for “more Mavis” when she finished.

Other standout moments included surprise guest performer Bernie Williams taking the stage, to the excitement of one fan who shouted “I Love You Bernie” which the crowd cheered on, as he launched into a soulful performance with Jimmy Vivino and surprise host Bill Murray of “In the Midnight Hour,”  singer/songwriter David Shaw taking over the stage during his energized version of “Baba O’Riley,” Hozier thrilling the crowd with his inspired performance of the David Bowie classic “Changes,” celebrated singer/songwriter/guitarist Ben Harper and Danny Clinch teaming up for a superb performance of “When the Levee Breaks,” guitar greats Connor Kennedy and Anders Osborne wowing fans, and iconic LOVE ROCKS alum Warren Haynes delivering two sterling performances and joining surprise musical guest and fellow Love ROcks alum Jackson Browne for a terrific performance of his iconic hit “Running on Empty.”

One of the most inspiring moments of the evening came when our President & CEO Karen Pearl announced from the stage that the our Board and staff are giving half of all donations raised via text-to-give during the concert to support food and hunger relief for the Ukrainian people. 

Rounding out the night of music was the stellar house band with Shawn Pelton (Saturday Night Live), Eric Krasno (Soulive, Phil Lesh & Friends), Larry Campbell (Levon Helm, Bob Dylan), Jeff Young (Jackson Browne, Sting, Donald Fagen), Pedrito Martinez (Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Camila Cabello) and Ricky Peterson (Fleetwood Mac, David Sanborn, Prince, George Benson). Ken Dashow of Q104.3 served as the evening’s “voice of god.” 

Hosts

  • Bill Murray
  • Mario Cantone
  • Steve Schirripa
  • MIchelle Buteau
  • Laurence Fishburne

Featuring Artists

  • Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos
  • Mavis Staples
  • Hozier
  • Warren Haynes
  • Ben Harper
  • Melissa Etheridge
  • Allison Russell
  • Larkin Poe
  • Tyler Bryant
  • David Shaw (of The Revivalists)
  • Anders Osborne
  • Celisse
  • Jimmy Vivino
  • Bernie Williams
  • Maggie Rose 
  • Connor Kennedy
  • Jackson Browne

Love Rocks House Band

  • Music Director & Bandleader Will Lee
  • Eric Krasno
  • Shawn Pelton
  • Larry Campbell
  • Jeff Young
  • Pedrito Martinez
  • Ricky Peterson
  • Ken Dashow, Voice of God

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