Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life

It’s so painfully hard to even begin conceptualizing putting 3 hours of pure love into a 600-1200 word blog post. The statement “A Celebration of Life” is only the framework of what this beautiful memorial of Mac Miller turned out to be. What I watched was better described as a three-hour collaboration of eighteen beautiful memorial performances, as well as dozens of guest appearances in video memorials to Mac. It was nostalgic, tear-jerking, heartwarming, inspiring, mood lifting and all around euphoric to see how much we all loved Mac. While all the performances were incredible, there are a handful that I wanted to highlight for anyone who hasn’t seen the Celebration of Life yet, or who just wanna rewatch (in my opinion) the highlights.

Full List of Performers (By Appearance) 

  1. Dylan Reynolds (One of Mac’s childhood best friends)
  2. J.I.D
  4. Domo Genesis
  5. Action Bronson
  6. Earl Sweatshirt
  7. Ty Dolla $ign
  8. Vince Staples
  9. Thundercat
  10. Juicy J
  11. Anderson .Paak
  12. John Mayer
  13. Miguel
  14. Rae Sremmurd
  15. Schoolboy Q
  16. SZA
  17. Chance The Rapper
  18. Travis Scott

The Highlights and Moving Performances:

Can I just say “all of them” and have faith you’ll watch the full concert?!?! Just kidding, in my musical, and emotional opinion here are the best performances again in order of appearances and a little insight as to why.

Let’s start with Ty Dolla $ign. Mr. Dolla $ign walks onto the stage wielding a bass guitar and kicks his set off with Mac’s song “Cinderella” that he features on. It’s a super powerful performance because we never really see first hand Ty Dolla jamming out like he was that night. He follows that up with a performance of Mac’s song “Paper Route” featuring Chevy Woods – who also comes out on stage and helps perform the song. Ty closes his set with some words about Mac and then his song “Blasé”.  All around a love and respect fueled performance.

After Ty, the next notable performance is Anderson .Paak. Who starts the set with a sick performance of “Dang!”, another Mac song which he is featured on. Anderson .Paak is always radiating good vibes when he takes the mic. He sets the vibe off by mentioning how laid back, funny, friendly and loving Mac was and how he really made Paak big with “Dang!”. It just makes you smile seeing grief being suppressed by music. Anderson is rocking the drums for his entire set which is incredibly impressive to watch, and closes with his new relatively new songs “Tints”.

Immediately following an awesome performance by Anderson .Paak, another one of my personal heroes, John Mayer, takes the stage. This performance actually almost moved me to tears. John sets the tone with a short story about how he

“saw Mac perform this song at Hotel Cafe a few months ago, and he got up on stage and said he was nervous. Now Mac – I’m reaaaally nervous.”

He goes on to play my favorite song off of Mac’s final album Swimming called “Small Worlds” in the most John Mayer way possible. Yes, I used “John Mayer” as an adjective, and it’s because he takes an already fantastic song and makes it a totally different undefinable genre without losing the Mac Miller vibe. John really hits the feels with this track (I would love a Spotify version…). John follows this up with one of his most moving songs “Gravity” and absolutely rocks the house down. Watching this man perform you can see the soul of his music literally coming out of his guitar. You can see the pain he feels knowing Mac is gone, and he cries to and for Mac through his guitar. He emits sounds that are more than music I don’t even know how I can summarize this performance live. It was the perfect way to say goodbye to Mac.

A few sets later Chance the Rapper takes the stage and as he always so naturally does preaches the awesomeness of life and specifically Mac Miller’s life. He opens with his classic song off of Coloring Book “Blessings” and oh my…do the vibes flow. Chance slays the stage with the love, compassion, and kindness he sings about. He then goes on to perform one of his new singles “Work Out” and closes his set with “No Problem” as well as a few more endearing words about Mac’s legacy.

Travis Scott is the last performer we see take the stage and he ends the performances in the exact way Mac would have wanted him to. If you know anything about Travis and his performances then you can imagine the intense levels of hype that shook the city of LA during his performance. Travis had quite the set, performing two of his hit songs “Goosebumps” and “SICKO MODE”. It was the perfect way to end the performances on a positive note.

The Overall Vibe:

Endless love, unlimited creativity, and truly a celebration of a legendary life.

The Final Thoughts:

Thank you for your time in this realm Mac. Your unexpected departure hit such a diverse community of people, and the celebration of life brought us all together. Thank you to Mac’s parents, and family for organizing this celebration of Mac’s short, yet influential life. Also, thank you to the performers who put on this incredible celebration.

I love you, Mac! You always have been and always will be one of the biggest influences on my music and my mindset. Rest easy brother, you will be forever missed!

– JMac

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