All Access Cleveland 2016 was an event that took place at the Wolstein Center on Saturday night. All Access was a rally for abortion rights that was held in thirty different cities across the country. Cleveland was the featured city as it hosted the biggest names in entertainment. It was more than a “pro-choice” rally but rather it was an event to inform the audience on keeping abortion rights legal.
Jessica Williams from The Daily Show did a great job serving as the Master of Ceremonies as she introduced the entertainers as well as the several women who told personal stories throughout the evening.
The first musical act was supposed to be eight time Grammy winner Natalia Lafourcade. However, she was not feeling well and decided against making the trip from Mexico City. Instead, a live performance of two of her songs were displayed on the large video screens that were on either side of the stage. She also spoke to the audience from a pre-recorded tape, stating that she wished that she could have been in Cleveland and that she supports the cause.
Next on the agenda was comedian Leslie Jones from Saturday Night Live and the remake of Ghostbusters. She was very animated and very funny. She told one particular anecdote about the time she had a hair weave ponytail and how she tried to impress Prince at a club. As you can imagine, it didn’t go well.
She absolutely killed as the crowd of over 5000 were laughing in their seats. She easily could have done another 20 minutes on stage.
The next musical act was Teyana Taylor, fresh off her show-stopping appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards.
All eyes were on her as she took the stage and displayed incredible dance moves. Backed by three dancers, a drummer, a keyboardist and a DJ, Ms. Taylor sang three songs that have a smooth R&B feel, including her latest single “Freak On.”
The headliner for this event was multi-platinum selling artist Sia. Opening with the number one smash of the summer “Cheap Thrills,” Sia stood stoically on a small platform towards the back of the stage while interpretive dancers took the spotlight.
Wearing a white dress and a huge white bow that sat on top of her trademarked black and white wig that covered her face; Sia never moved from that platform.
She may not be very animated, but her voice is incredible. She let the music be the background as each song became a theatrical performance by the elegant dancers.
Her six song set included a beautiful rendition of her 2011 hit “Titanium.” Other hits included “Bird Set Free,” “Unstoppable” and “Electric Heart.”
She closed the show by having a dancer recreate the video for “Chandelier” on stage while she effortlessly sang the tune note for note.
At the end of the song, she giggled a few times and said “Thank you, Cleveland,” acknowledging her adoring fans.
Overall it was a great evening of entertainment and education on a controversial topic.