Stevie Wonder invaded the latest installment of the legendary Wonder-Full Party this past Saturday at Liv Nightclub in Washington D.C. to move the crowd and make beautiful music with DJ Spinna. Stevie’s appearance brightened an otherwise dreary evening in the district as the annual party made a triumphant return to the DMV with rare grooves, exclusive edits, originals and remixes of Stevie’s massive catalog during sets from DJ Jahsonic and Spinna, whose presence at the party founded with Bobbito Garcia and KeiStar Productions typically brings people out by the hundreds and keeps them on their feet well into the wee hours of the morning. Upping the ante, the former Hitsville prodigy reportedly entered the party to a deafening display of excitement before addressing the crowd with a heartfelt promise:
“I am committed to doing everything I can for the rest of my life to not only give you the best that God gives me musically, but to do anything that I can to help move this planet forward. I promise you that with all my heart.”
With the serious business out of the way DJ Spinna went to work, dropping the “Funky Drummer” break. Stevie responded by launching into a live rendition of “I Wish” that breathed new life into the time-honored classic from his 1976 Songs In The Key Of Life LP. After a drink break, Stevie returned to the stage to man the keyboard while Spinna supplied the beats. Stevie sang and played over the groove, making up a track live on the spot that he combined with “Knocks Me Off My Feet” and “Don’t You Worry bout A Thing”, directing the crowd to join him in the improv performance.
Not surprisingly everyone lucky enough to be there won’t stop talking about it and the rest of us can live in the vicarious light thanks to the firshand accounts of Kimberly ‘Butta’ Hines and Ralston Smith (who uploaded the footage below) The once-in-a-lifetime set was captured by D.C. tastemaker and photographer Victoria Ford. Check the embedded footage to relive the moment at Wonder-Full D.C. or watch Stevie Wonder and DJ Spinna make history for the first time below.
Shouts to SB