Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton hosted a free get-out-the-vote concert at the Wolstein Center on Friday.  The event was headlined by Jay Z and also featured his wife Beyonce, and three other guests including: Sean Paul, Chance the Rapper and J.Cole.

Things were supposed to get underway at 7pm, but a “suspicious package” was found at Gate B and the Secret Service decided to close that gate and move all concert goers to Gate C.  After about 40 minutes, security allowed patrons to enter the venue when there was no longer a threat.

Jay Z finally took the stage at about 8:40 and opened the show with “Made in America.”  Dressed in a stylish black suit, accessorized with a black baseball hat, gold chains and white sneakers.  Jay noted “we are here for a cause, but first we gonna party!”

This wasn’t your typical hip-hop show where the artists just sing over tracks played by a DJ.  Jay Z, also known as Jigga, brought with him a very good backup band consisting of a drummer, a percussionist, a guitarist, a bass player and a DJ.  

The stage featured a huge video screen that sat behind the musicians and was surrounded by sometimes blinding LED lights.  Two smaller screens on either side of the stage were also used to make sure all fans in attendance could see the artists.  The screens were also used to flash positive messages about Hillary Clinton and the importance of voting.

After playing seven songs including “Run This Town” and “U Don’t Know,”  Jigga brought out his first special guest, Big Sean where they sang their duet “Clique.”

Big Sean remained on the stage and played his own set of tunes including “Bounce Back,” and “One Man Can Change the World.”

The next special guest was Chance the Rapper.  His four song set included “Blessings,” “Angels” and “No Problem.”  Chance said that he was from Chicago but that didn’t matter, “we all need to get out and vote to defeat… I’m not even going to say his name.”

J. Cole was the next performer to take the stage and played five songs that included “Tale of 2 Citiez,” “No Role Model” and “Power Trip.”

Finally, the Queen B, Beyonce hit the stage to the sounds of “Formation.”  Dressed in a black and white polka dot pantsuit, Beyonce showed that her voice was in fine form on “Freedom” and “Diva.”  She and her backup dancers, who wore matching blue pants and suit jackets with white “I’m With Her” T-shirts, put on an incredible display of dance moves.

After a medley of “Tom Ford,” “Independent Women” and “Run the World (Girls),”  Beyonce welcomed her husband back on stage to duet on “Holy Grail.”

Jay Z and Beyonce both spoke on the importance of this election.  Jay then welcomed Hillary Clinton to the stage where she spoke for a few minutes and urged everyone to get out and vote stating that “everyday is election day in Cuyahoga County!”  Reminding those that early voting is still taking place at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

The show closed with Jay Z’s biggest hit “Hard Knock Life.”

Now get out and vote!

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Greg Drugan has been attending concerts since 1982 and has seen everyone from AC/DC to ZZ Top. Classic rock is his forte, but he is also well versed in alternative and pop music. When not attending concerts, Greg can be found teaching history, psychology and the history of rock n roll at a rural high school where he also serves as the head track coach. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with his family.