Presenting a peak of their expansive, Pulitzer Prize finalist present 24-Decade History of Popular Music, efficiency artist Taylor Mac stopped by The Late Show on Monday evening (Oct. 29) to take over the stage with their infectious spirit, highly effective phrases and outrageously colourful costume.
Accentuated by a piano, the MacArthur Genius Grant winner's raspy voice soared excessive in an incendiary efficiency of Patti Smith's 1988 empowerment anthem "People Have the Power" — providing full-throated charisma, a deep tenor and plenty of sparkles. The glittery act was extremely dynamic and featured an impromptu speech about by no means doubting that the ability is certainly, with the folks.
Rocking a colourful outfit by Machine Dazzle manufactured from balloons and strings of glittery tinsel, Mac confirmed off their extravagant persona whereas delivering a message of peace and unity.
Before the efficiency, the artist chatted with host Colbert concerning the plot behind 24-Decade History of Popular Music, activism and gender pronouns. Touching on completely different moments in historical past, 24-Decade covers each musical part from 1776 to current and with an hour centered on every decade's tunes — specializing in communities which are constructing themselves as a result of they’re being torn aside.
When requested the way to incorporate the Trump period within the present, Mac properly replied — "You received to include the calamity. To me, Trump is making an attempt to steal the historical past of America. I've discovered this on the golf equipment — if one thing is threatening to throw away the story from the storyteller, you bought to include that factor into the story in any respect prices. So we do incorporate Trump, however we don't let him be the lead — we’re the lead."
Watch Taylor Mac on Colbert beneath.