Monday marked the first day of the Democratic National Convention as Joe Biden and Kamala Harris‘ presidential bid gets into full swing. While the main focus of the convention was the political future of the Democratic Party, the live streamed event also featured entertainment from a number of prominent musicians, including Bruce SpringsteenLeon BridgesStephen Stills, and more.

Political highlights from the first night of the DNC included a moment of silence for George Floyd, whose death while in Minneapolis police custody has sparked protests and outrage throughout the country since May. Additionally, a coalition of Republicans led by former Ohio Governor John Kasich announced their support for Biden in a refute of President Donald Trump.

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The DNC opened with respective performances from Maggie Rogers and Leon Bridges, which both revolved around encouraging people to register to vote. Singer Leon Bridges was the first performer of the convention, and opened things with a tender rendition of his song “Sweeter”. Rather than be introduced by a politician, Bridges went straight into the song he released as a single earlier this year with Terrace Martin, who also joined him for the performance.

Leon Bridges and Terrace Martin – “Sweeter”

In advance of her performance, Maine senatorial candidate Sara Gideon introduced Rogers, a Maine native, as she performed on the state’s trademark shores. With her song “Back In My Body”, Rogers struck a delicate tone even as waves crashed against the break wall of rocks. As Rogers performed, images from the fight against COVID-19 flashed onscreen, following Gideon’s plea for voters to consider the pandemic when they go to the polls.

Maggie Rogers – “Back In My Body”

One of the biggest spectacles of the night, however, came from classic rocker Bruce Springsteen who debuted a new music video for his 2002 song “The Rising”. The song was originally written following the events of September 11th, 2001, but has been given new meaning as the United States faces more invisible enemies in COVID-19, racism, and other societal issues that are addressed throughout the video.

Bruce Springsteen – “The Rising”

Finally, the first night of the Democratic National Convention closed out with a performance from Stephen Stills and Billy Porter, who put a new spin on the Buffalo Springfield classic “For What It’s Worth”. Set against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement, this 1966 song that became a rallying cry of the anti-war movement takes on a modern tone and effectively brought the first day of the convention to a close.

Stephen Stills and Billy Porter – “For What It’s Worth” (Buffalo Springfield)

The second night of the Democratic National Convention begins Tuesday, August 18th at 9 p.m. ET and goes until 11 p.m.