What We Hope to See at The Concert for Valor

Concert for Valor

Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks. What do these three big-time celebrities have in common? They, along with a long list of other celebrities and performing artists, will be on the Mall on Nov. 11 for the Concert for Valor. I will certainly be in attendance for this incredible (and FREE) concert, and there are a few things that I really hope to see.

Old School Rihanna

While Rihanna has come out with some big hits in recent years, nothing would make me happier than to hear her belt out “Pon De Replay” in front of a massive crowd on the Mall. “SOS” or “Umbrella” would also be acceptable.

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles

Jamie Foxx first pulled out his spot-on impression while playing Ray Charles in the movie “Ray.” Later, in a performance probably better-known by our generation, Foxx used his impression for the hook of Kanye West’s hit “Gold Digger.” I don’t necessarily need Kanye to make a guest appearance, but I really hope Jamie Foxx tickles the ivories for us.

Zac Brown Band and Bruce Springsteen Performing Together

This one is probably the request on my list with the best chance of coming true. Zac Brown Band put on by far the best concert I’ve ever seen, and Bruce is a musician I’ve always wanted to see live. Naturally, seeing them play together would be awesome.

Jack Black Reprise His Role as Dewey Finn

Jack Black is one of the various celebrities that will be in attendance, but I don’t believe he is scheduled to perform. However, he did famously play a struggling musician in “School of Rock”, which is one of my all-time favorite movies. Seeing Jack Black play a “School of Rock” song live would definitely help me deal with my case of Stickittodamaneosis. (If you didn’t get any of these references, I suggest you find yourself a copy of “School of Rock.”)

An Eminem vs. Tom Hanks Rap Battle

As unlikely as this scenario is, how awesome would that be? Eminem, harkening back to his Detroit rap-battle roots. Tom Hanks, being Tom Hanks. I’d love to see it. (Side note: I’d also be OK with Eminem rapping “Lose Yourself”, and the entire crowd going bananas.)

Sure, the Concert for Valor will be phenomenal even if none of these things happen. And yes, they are all incredibly unlikely. But I can dream, can’t I?

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Friday Fixat10ns: Is It Summer Yet?

The best time of year calls for the best kind of music. Nothing says summer like the best mix of ’90s, ’00s and today that you have ever heard:

1. “Santeria” by Sublime The perfect, chill summer song. But actually, what is “santeria”?

2. “Where the Wind Goes” by Coco O. While the other Great Gatsby hits might be on the outs, this classic will always be in. Other than the perfection of Coco’s voice (and the fact that we have the same name), the melody of this song is one of the catchiest and most beautiful things I have ever heard.

3. “Daylight” by Matt and Kim There was an entire summer when I would only listen to this song when I drove my car. It perfectly captures the “whatever” mood of summer and makes me want to hitchhike to Maine.

4. “Dirt Road Anthem” by Jason Aldean I will admit, I am not a diehard country fan. But I have been told that this is the quintessential summer song. You tell me. I really liked the music video.

5. “Team” by Lorde There is no song from Lorde that I do not love. This song literally gives me chills when I listen to it. Aren’t we all on Team Summer?

6. “Hotel California” by The Eagles This song is like a saga — I get so invested whenever I listen to it. Also, there are so many perfect lines to quote! I’m currently picturing myself driving down a Californian highway in a convertible with the cool breeze in my hair.

7. “Drunk in Love” by Beyoncé Flawless. The best part is that it is both the perfect dance song and the perfect song lyrically.

8. “Toes” by Zac Brown Band Once again, I am a total country novice. But this song is really happy. Also, they speak Spanish in it … one of my favorite things.

9. “Summer Girls” by LFO This is such a fun song. I would never actually let anyone know that I’m obsessed (until now), but it is such a guilty pleasure. TBT to the younger days.

10. “Chasing the Sun” by The Wanted Of course we needed one really dance-y track. It is summer after all! Personally, I’ll chase the sun all the way to Turks and Caicos.

You might hate my picks, but you can’t hate summer. So keep an open mind and get excited for the best time of the year. Remember though, wherever you are, 4E is a necessity.

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