Arts Desk

Inauguration Radio Station: Sounds from the Lincoln Concert

Just returned from a spot of Indian food after the "We Are One" concert, where I collected some supremely lo-fi recordings of the hit-or-miss performances.  Garth Brooks got a lot of stagetime.  Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock got glossed over.  Will.i.am and Sheryl Crowe did some decent Marley with a sanitized "Where Is the Love" interlude.  My favorite performace, amazingly, was Bettye Lavette and (wait for it) Jon Bon Jovi on Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come."

Also dug U2 more than I'd expected and found Pete Seeger a welcome presence.

First batch below.  More in a bit, plus a rundown of last night's Mike Errico/Alfonso Velez/Sketches show at Jammin' Java.

Springsteen, with gospel choir, on "The Rising":

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National anthem:

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Lavette & Bon Jovi on "A Change Is Gonna Come":

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James Taylor & John Legend on "Shower the People":

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  • http://notionscapital.com Mike Licht

    How 'bout homegirl Renée Fleming's take on Rodgers & Hammerstein?

    Smokin'!

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