Cipriani Wall Street played host to the finale event on the five city Hennessy Artistry Tour – an innovative musical platform that blends art, culture and music from emerging performers, popular music artists of today and for the finale: music icons.
The venue is made up of revival Greek architecture. The 70-foot roof let the music take on shape instead of being stifled in tight walls and that music was coming from the Roots, Q-tip, Mike Posner, Eve, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, D-Nice, Bobby Brown and Ron Isley.
Hennessy offered a live stream of the event through Ustream while celebrities and guests were giving a play-by-play through their Twitter accounts (displayed on a big screen.)
The Roots ran through a couple of songs and then acted as the house band for the night and covered all of the hits from Q-Tip, Posner, Badu, Isley, Blige, Eve, and Brown.
Posner came on for his ‘Just Cooler Than Me’ hit; Badu stayed on the longest and sang the likes of ‘Bag Lady’; Brown showed no sign of aging singing ‘My Prerogative,’ ‘Tenderoni,’ and ‘Girlfriend’; Isley brought down the place with ‘Footsteps’; Eve hit us up with ‘Let me Blow Ya Mind’; Mary J. Blige finished off the crowd and the night.
Congratulations to whoever organized this event because the mix of performers blended perfectly we each other to from one massively amazing show that never ended. Audience members barely had time to catch their breath before the next performer was swaggering onto the stage to dish out their hits in music.
Throw in the number 1 cognac in the world and you’ve got one monstrosity of a party. There was a point behind all of this.
The Hennessy Artistry Tour has a charitable partnership with the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) called Artistry GIVES. The charity recognizes and fosters art education and supports local emerging artists and art organizations.
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The performance starts at the 50:00 mark.