How often do you get to see big-name acts like Train, No Doubt and Usher all on the same bill…for free? Well, it’s happening Saturday in Washington, D.C.
The occasion is Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, a free event that’ll be held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. starting at 11 a.m. ET and running until 7:30 p.m. ET. Also on the bill: pop-rockers Fall Out Boy, R&B diva Mary J. Blige and alt-rockers My Morning Jacket. Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am will co-host with Soledad O’Brien. If you can’t make it to D.C., youll be able to watch a YouTube livestream at GlobalCitizenEarthDay.org, and follow along via a live blog at GlobalCitizen.org.
So what’s the event all about? It’s an expansion of the annual Global Citizen Festival held in New York City’s Central Park, and it’ll mark the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. The event is designed to educate and inspire people to take immediate action, not only to solve climate change but to end extreme poverty.
As for why they feel a free concert is the best way to do this, the organizers say in a statement, “We believe that music transcends boundaries and languages and serves as an outlet for raising awareness around the issues that face everyone.”
Train frontman Pat Monahan tells ABC Radio that the “global” aspect of the event is the key. “The idea behind global citizenship and all of us being in this together…it’s just kind of basics,” he says. “This kind of event is just a lot of people getting together to remind everybody that, ‘Hey, there’s some big stuff we got to work out.'”
Monahan adds that he’s looking forward to appearing on a bill with so many other artists, especially those he knows, like Usher and Fall Out Boy. “The thing that I always want when I’m in that kind of environment is to believe the artists that are there,” he adds.
Performing in Washington, D.C. is also an attraction for the singer.
“Every time we’ve played outdoor festivals and things like that in D.C. it’s always one of our favorite times,” he tells ABC Radio. “In fact, one of the shows I look forward to the most is going to D.C. Somehow there’s a lot of real, serious love interaction between Train and D.C.”
If you miss this concert, Train’s Picasso at the Wheel tour, with special guests Matt Nathanson and The Fray, starts May 21.
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