Melissa Etheridge, Kenny Rogers join star-studded ‘Star-Spangled Spectactular’

Star-Spangled 200, Inc. (SS200), Maryland Public Television (MPT) and dick clark productions (dcp) have announced additional talent for the Star-Spangled Concert.

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, Grammy Award-winning Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers, multi-platinum recording artist and actress Jordin Sparks, and multi-platinum Grammy award-winning band Train will perform at the Star-Spangled Concert taking place at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, MD on Saturday, September 13th. Sparks will co-host and actor, musician, and author John Lithgow will host Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem. The two-hour concert special will broadcast live as part of THIRTEEN’S Great Performances series on PBS at 8 pm ET. The live television event is a highlight of Star-Spangled Spectacular, a weeklong celebration of the 200th anniversary of our national anthem.

The stars will join legendary singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson; Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth; Grammy Award-winning country group Little Big Town; celebrated mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves-Montgomery; internationally acclaimed off-Broadway show STOMP; vocal sensations Pentatonix; and the Grammy Award-winning Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Marin Alsop.

This diverse star-studded line up of entertainers will pay tribute to our nation in a thrilling and inspiring concert at the Pier Six Pavilion. The Baltimore harbor, replete with tall ships and naval vessels will serve as a stunning backdrop. The patriotic special will also include ceremonial activities at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, historical highlights and an extraordinary fireworks crescendo.

Two hundred years ago, Francis Scott Key, a Maryland-born attorney, was inspired to write the words to what would become the United States’ national anthem. In 2012, Star-Spangled 200 and the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission began a multi-year commemoration of this legacy which will culminate with Star-Spangled Spectacular, a weeklong festival taking place on September 10–16, 2014. Within this festival, Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem will take place. The festival will include tall ships, Navy gray hulls, a performance by the Blue Angels, landside festivities, and this special television program to honor our national anthem.

Tickets for the Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of Our National Anthem can be purchased online at, over the phone by calling 410-244-1131, or in person by visiting the Rams Head Live (Baltimore) or Rams Head On Stage (Annapolis) box offices. Doors will open at 5 pm, with onsite concert festivities scheduled to begin at 7 pm, including a special non-broadcast performance by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra prior to the live television broadcast.


Author: Buddy Iahn

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