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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Yusuf/Cat Stevens Performs at the Kimmel Center | Philadelphia, PA | September 15, 2016

I was super excited when Thursday finally rolled around because I had been anticipating the Yusuf/Cat Stevens concert since mid-August. I follow Cat on Facebook and for several months people had been commenting on his pictures that he should tour again. It was a happy surprise when he announced his new tour, "A Cat's Attic." I had to get the tickets.

"A Cat's Attic" was amazing and worth every penny. The show was about three hours long and very soulful. Yusuf/Cat didn't only perform his songs, he told stories about how the select songs were written and gave background on what was going on in his life at the time. I really loved this story telling approach and thought it truly added to the performance (but, hey, I'm a story teller, so I may be biased here). There were some tender, emotional moments, especially when he shared his spiritual journey (tear jerker for me). When he finished everyone clapped.

Verizon Hall was the perfect spot for Yusuf/Cat. His voice rang out clearly for every song and there was no bad view. His performances of Miles From Nowhere, Where Do The Children Play, The First Cut Is the Deepest, I Love My Dog were my favorites early on in the show.  For the first half of the show, he played in front of the house that was set up on stage. I loved the attic decor, especially with the jersey, and other memorabilia. The way the stage was crafted was amazing, especially with the glowing mood.

During intermission I talked to the young woman sitting next to me. I let her borrow my charger and she was surprised I had the right cord for her iPhone (her iPhone was older, but I still use an old iPod, she was grateful). We introduced ourselves, chatted, and then exchanged social media usernames. It was a great fifteen minute chat and I made a new acquaintance. She was with her father and I had the opportunity to talk to him as well.

When intermission ended, Yusuf/Cat was now inside the attic. He moved to the piano and played Sad Lisa, which is another favorite of mine from Tea For the Tillerman, followed by Father and Son. I am glad he performed Peace Train because that song is so important. The show closed out with Wild World and we all sang along. When he came out for the encore he played two songs, which the last song was Morning Has Broken. I love that song and thought it was a fitting end.

Selfies with my new acquaintance during intermission.

Just a wonderful time and I'm glad I went.


  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    How lucky you were to see Yusuf/Cat Stevens live and in person! The artist is a little more than a year older than Shady and was well into his singing career as Cat Stevens and approaching the peak of his popularity when I was around the age you are now. I can understand his appeal to someone like you because you are indeed a good storyteller. Yusuf/Cat is still in fine voice and you captured great footage and still pix of his performance. I am always amazed how you meet and befriend people wherever you go.

    I wish you a wonderful weekend, dear friend JM!

    1. Hi Shady,

      Thank you, Shady. :) I enjoyed the concert immensely and it actually inspired me to write again. After I published my book, work, and other things... life had become hectic and I took a break. Now break time is over. :)

      I hope you have a wonderful Sunday, dear friend!