A Concert For Charlottesville: An Evening Of Music And Unity in Virginia was held on September 24 and a host of renowned artists performed to support the Charlottesville community. The concert headlined by The Dave Matthews Band was organized in order to heal the town which was hit by an unfortunate incident where white supremacists violently clashed with counter-protesters in August. Tickets were free, but attendees were encouraged to donate to a charity fund that will benefit victims of the Aug. 12 violence, reported CNN Entertainment .
The concert which was hosted for a good cause witnessed an amazing response. The concert was opened by Dave Mathews giving an emotional reminder to the violence that took place and after playing the song "Mercy" he invited Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old local woman who was killed while she was protesting white nationalists rallying in downtown Charlottesville. Singing star Justin Timberlake flew in for the concert after opening The Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival in Tennessee.
Hip Hop star Pharell Willams joined the ranks of the NFL and dropped to his knees while performing, pointing out that if he wants to get down on his knees for his state and city and for his people, that is what the flag is for. This comes after a weekend where several football players, baseball players and tennis players have been taking a knee to mark and protest silently for the injustice done towards people of color. Williams himself hails from Virginia Beach and it was a gesture to take a dig at President Donald Trump.
Along with him, there were other singers who performed. Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder also performed at the Nashville area event and took a knee after he finished his opening song. The singer spoke about the current political tensions and said, "In the face of a great divider, we must be united," Vedder said at the close of his set. "In the face of division on one side, we must turn it into multiplication on the other. That's the new math."
Ariana Grande was also present for #CharlottesVille concert. Timberlake opened his set of songs with the civil rights anthem, "A Change Is Gonna Come" by the legendary soul-singer Sam Cooke.
Justin Timberlake later tweeted, "Thank you #Charlottesville ! There was so much love in the air tonight!".
— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) September 25, 2017