With temperatures as high as they’ve been these past few days, an outdoor concert wasn’t the most appealing way for me to end my weekend, but I’m glad I battled the heat to attend the “Stars Under the Stars! – Circle of Life” concert at the Greek Theatre Sunday night. The event was a sort of “thank you” to the many participants of the day’s California AIDS Walk, which benefited eight local non-profit organizations, including AIDS Healthcare Foundation, AIDS Service Center, Bienestar, Charles Drew Mobile Testing, Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, In the Meantime, Magic Johnson Foundation, and Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project.

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Hosted by Wanda Syke’s and HIV/AIDS activist Blair Underwood, the concert featured an array of performers across many genres. There was something for everyone during this show, from the opening song featuring a full African drum line performing “Circle of Life” from The Lion King, to the last number in which a children’s choir and eleven-year-old standout vocalist Brianna Gage performed “Great Big World” alongside singer-songwriter Kari Kimmel, the event was a celebration of life, music, and unity.

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Other notable acts from the event included:

Sheila E, who drew audience members onto the stage to dance with her before being joined by Mindi Abair’s sexy saxophone playing
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Hanson’s acapella performance
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Cazwell’s risque set
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Siedah Garrett’s performance of “Man In The Mirror,” the song she wrote for the late Michael Jackson.
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All in all, the concert was a great success for a good cause. As co-host Blair Underwood said during the show, “You don’t have to be infected to be affected [by AIDS],” but if the amount of goodwill and positivity evident during the “Circle of Life” concert is any indication, the battle against this disease may be a long one, but the human race is more than capable of coming together for the fight.

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