This past Thursday, May 12 Stevie Wonder received an honorary degree at Tulane University’s graduation ceremony in recognition of both his musical, charitable, and activist achievements. Wonder expressed his thanks by performing his classic “You Are the Sunshine My Life.”
That apparently didn’t fulfill his appetite for making music in New Orleans, though. Later that night, Wonder went to d.b.a. to celebrate his midnight birthday of May 13 (he turned 61), word of which spread via Twitter. Wonder joined the band Funkifry’d on the staple “Make a Better World” on harmonica (hear the exclamation of “Oh my god!” at the 0:28 mark) before putting his harp down to begin singing his 1966 hit “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”. He and the band—Aron Lambert on drums, Jon Gross on sousaphone, Jeff Watkins on saxophone, and an unseen CR Gruver playing keyboards—then segued into Joe Jones’ “You Talk Too Much” before finishing with a sing-a-long with the lucky crowd.