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A Capitol Fourth


2017 Concert Highlights

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Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos hosted the 37th annual edition of PBS’ A Capitol Fourth, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The all-star musical and fireworks extravaganza kicked off the country’s 241st birthday with performances by: iconic multi-platinum selling music legends The Beach Boys, featuring John Stamos (drums) and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath (vocals); soul men Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi of The Blues Brothers; acclaimed country music singer and songwriter Kellie Pickler; legendary Motown stars The Four Tops; Grammy-nominated gospel legend Yolanda AdamsThe Voice Season 12 winner Chris Blue; and Broadway star and two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Gifted actress and singer Sofia Carson opened the show with a special performance of the national anthem. The concert also featured a tribute to our men and women in uniform by country music star and Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry Trace Adkins who will perform his new single “Still a Soldier.” The inspiring moment is dedicated to our troops and veterans, and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom. And to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, the National Symphony Orchestra performed the “Star Wars Main Title” with special guest appearances by R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Also participating in the event the Choral Arts Society of Washington, 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 will be a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” complete with live cannon fire provided by the United States Army Presidential Salute Battery, an audience favorite and A Capitol Fourth tradition.