First modification: 08/22/2021 – 02:28
The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, offered about 60,000 people this Saturday a free concert with artists of international stature, including Andrea Bocelli, Carlos Santa, Patti Smith, the New York Symphony, and many others. The attendees, who had to present their Covid-19 vaccination card to enter, were evacuated two hours later after the warning of Hurricane Henri that is advancing towards the east coast of the United States.
“We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert” is the name of the first massive concert organized in New York after 17 months of harsh restrictions to stop the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event has special significance, as it marks New York’s departure from months of pandemic chaos and despair, especially when it became the epicenter of the health crisis, with record-setting deaths and infections in the United States.
For almost two hours, the attendees enjoyed the event with tranquility, since those over 12 years old had to present the vaccination card against the coronavirus, and the minors a negative Covid-19 test to enter.
And it was only two hours, as the attendees had to be evacuated due to the alert of the National Hurricane Center (NHC in English) about the imminent arrival of Hurricane Henri that is advancing towards the east coast of the United States.
We Love NYC – The Homecoming Concert. Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Polo G, Andrea Bocelli, Journey and more are set to share the stage for a night of incredible music. The concert starts tonight at 5 pm ET. Exclusively on CNN presented by @Citi pic.twitter.com/9uqzk9v9X1
– CNN (@CNN) August 21, 2021
The full concert schedule included Andrea Bocelli, Wyclef Jean, Kane Brown, Barry Manilow, Bruce Springsteen, Cynthia Erivo, Don Lemon, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Lucky Daye, Elvis Costello, Gayle King, Jennifer Hudson, Jimmy. Fallon, Journey, Jon Batiste, The Killers, LL COOL J, The New York Philharmonic, Patti Smith, Paul Simon, Polo G, Maluma, Carlos Santana, Rob Thomas, JP Saxe and Julia Michaels.
In a statement, quoted by the CNN network that broadcast the event, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said: “This will be a historic and monumental moment for all New Yorkers and all Americans. I will say it clearly: they will want to be here. This is a celebration of our city, of every working family that faced incredible challenges last year and overcame them. “
Hurricane Henri advances with sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour and threatens the coasts of New York and New England. According to the NHC, Henri will cause flooding and river overflows in the place that hits this Sunday.
With Reuters and local media