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Stevie Wonder at Red Rocks show preview 

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Stevie Wonder @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Monday, June 24, 7:30 p.m., 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, all-ages, ticket prices and availability at redrocksonline.com

This past Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Stevie Wonder commemorated the slain civil rights leader’s legacy with an early morning post on Twitter. “In the spirit of Dr. King,” he asked, “can we open our eyes, hearts and borders?” Some seven hours later, @realDonaldTrump weighed in on the matter: “Democrats are kidding themselves (they don’t really believe it!) if they say you can stop Crime, Drugs, Human Trafficking and Caravans without a Wall or Steel Barrier,” frothed Trump.

“Stop playing games and give America the Security it deserves. A Humanitarian Crisis!” Unlike our commander-in-chief, Wonder’s humanitarian achievements are unassailable. So is his civil rights track record. The Motown star was 15 when he first shook hands with Dr. King at a Chicago freedom rally, 17 when he flew from Detroit to Atlanta for King’s funeral, 35 when his years of campaigning for a national holiday in King’s honor finally came to fruition. Wonder’s artistic contributions, meanwhile, have been nothing short of profound, with songs like “Living for the City” and “Village Ghetto Land” providing a soundtrack for the civil rights movement. Wonder included both in his set at the Pepsi Center four years ago, and may do so again at Red Rocks.

The fact that both songs remain relevant, four decades after they were recorded, is all but unforgivable. The fact that Wonder is here to sing them, along with such uplifting tunes as “Sir Duke” and “Higher Ground,” is cause for celebration.

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