Tonight on PBS: A Capitol 4th With Jackie Evancho

Posted on July 4, 2016 at 9:00 am

Once again, PBS will broadcast the 4th of July celebration from the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. Tom Bergeron hosts again, live at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building, with performances by: legendary Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson; platinum selling recording star and Grammy Award-winner Kenny Loggins; multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw; award-winning country vocalist Cassadee Pope; actress and singer Amber Riley, who is set to star in the musical Dreamgirls in London’s West End; musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; Tony Award-winning Broadway and television star Sutton Foster; Emmy and Grammy Award-winner Christopher Jackson, who stars as George Washington in the Broadway smash hit musical “Hamilton”; Grammy Award-winning gospel/adult contemporary superstar Yolanda Adams; the cast of the smash hit Gloria and Emilio Estefan Broadway musical “On Your Feet!,” and the National Symphony Orchestra. Alisan Porter, the Season 10 winner of The Voice, will open the show with a special performance of the “National Anthem.” The concert will include special segments celebrating the 75th anniversary of the USO, featuring distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, as well as a red, white and blue send-off for Team USA competing in the Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Also participating in this year’s concert will be the Choral Arts Society of Washington, Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Ceremonial Band, Members of the Armed Forces carrying the State and Territorial Flags and the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.

Capping off the show, as always, will be a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery.

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The Original: ‘Footloose’ (1984)

Posted on October 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm

The original Footloose was one of the decade-defining movies of the 1980’s, with a sensational soundtrack that included the title song by Kenny Loggins, “Let’s Hear it for the Boy” (Deniece Williams), “Dancing in the Sheets” (Shalimar), and “Holding Out for a Hero” (Bonnie Tyler).

In this week’s remake, Blake Shelton covers the Kenny Loggins title tune, and Jana Kramer sings “Let’s Hear it for the Boy.”  The song I am most looking forward to hearing is new, though: Big & Rich sing “Fake ID” with Gretchen Wilson!

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