The tenth edition of the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park — which first served as a fall music celebration on the Great Lawn in 2012 — began with the Jonas Brothers on Saturday night.
It was fitting that those Jersey boys would kick off this yr’s event — on essentially the most perfect of early fall days, with not a cloud within the sky over Central Park.
The Global Citizen Festival has come to suggest not only the top of summer and the start of fall — but a renewal of all of the ways in which music can lift up our spirits and souls even in essentially the most trying of times, whether you were chanting “Jonas!” or rocking a Metallica t-shirt.
And the Jonas Brothers were the proper strategy to start the festivities, which also just so happened to be hosted by Pryianka Chopra Jonas — the wife and baby mama of the youngest JoBro, Nick.
Having such a serious Indian star as Chopra Jonas host the event reminded all of the Recent Yorkers on the Great Lawn that this was larger than us — and this yr’s festival had more of a world presence than ever before.
Spanish sensation Rosalia, Italian glam rockers Maneskin and African queen Angelique Kidjo all took part. This yr’s festivities were all held along with one other Global Citizen Festival in Ghana that featured Usher, H.E.R. and SZA.
Rosalia was relegated to a side stage to make way for other big-name stars.Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
Still, give it as much as the local Jonas Brothers — the heartthrobs with all of the hair lushness— for delivering one of the crucial crowd-pleasing sets of an evening that also included such heavy-hitters as Metallica and Mariah Carey. In the course of a warmish early fall day — when it was still too early for Joe and Kevin to be wearing jackets — they burned up the stage with group faves equivalent to “Sucker” and “Only Human.”
In addition they showed their brotherly love by sharing their side projects, including Nick’s solo single “Jealous” and Joe’s DNCE hit “Cake by the Ocean.”
Charlie Puth performed his version of “Recent York State of Mind”Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
They set an early standard that was hard for the opposite acts to match. But a part of that was because two of essentially the most exciting acts on this yr’s lineup — Rosalia and country star Mickey Guyton — were relegated to a much smaller side stage that left them devoid of any energy while a lot of the crowd simply checked out the screen on the primary stage. It could have looked good on television, but each Guyton and Rosalia deserved higher.
And the way did Charlie Puth get such a serious placement on this yr’s lineup? He actually didn’t deserve more love than Guyton or Rosalia. His version of “Recent York State of Mind” had you wondering just why Billy Joel wasn’t up there to do the rattling thing himself!
Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield of Metallica perform onstage during Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 24, 2022.Getty Images
Mariah Carey made a rare performance at Global Citizen on Saturday night.Getty Images
Then there was Carey, who gave a pop-diva fabulosity to the entire affair — which has brought not only people together from throughout the globe but musical fans of all genres.
After an incredible introduction by ballerina Misty Copeland, Mariah left the gang wanting more in certainly one of her rare post-COVID performances. While she sounded good whisking through “Obsessed,” “Honey,” “At all times Be My Baby,” “We Belong Together” and “Hero,” it wasn’t the key Mariah comeback moment that many — yours truly included — were hoping for.
It was great to see hope for the longer term in Maneskin, who took their main-stage spot and roared with it on rockers equivalent to their cover of the 4 Seasons’ “Beggin’ ” and “I Wanna Be Your Slave.” They showed that music — and its power — truly is global in spite of everything.