Sunday, July 04, 2010

4th Of July Concerts Include Justin Bieber, B.o.B, The Roots

The Fourth of July weekend. A time for potato salad, backyard barbecues, trips to the ER following fireworks mishaps and patriotic concerts headlined by Canadian tween stars.

Yes, Ontario's own Justin Bieber will headline this year's Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on Sunday. The show will be broadcast on NBC and also feature appearances from Enrique Iglesias, LeAnn Rimes and a few yet-unnamed "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" castmembers. Nick Cannon will host the night's festivities, which will beam out from the deck of the Norwegian Epic cruise liner.
Rapper B.o.B will also be in New York, performing at the third annual Brooklyn Music Festival along with a host of reggae stars, including Shaggy, Shabba Ranks, Barrington Levy, Marcia Griffiths, Yellowman, Gregory Isaacs and Lady Saw.
The Independence Day holiday coincides with Chicago's massive Taste of Chicago event, a gastronomic mecca that this year will host Passion Pit, Carney, Alejandro Escovedo and Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
In St. Louis, John Legend will warm things up on Saturday night under the famous Arch before new-wave favorites the B-52s headline on Sunday. Rockers Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will do the honors at the San Diego County Fair, and Mary J. Blige will top the bill at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans as part of the Essence Music Festival, which will also feature sets from Jill Scott, Estelle, Earth, Wind & Fire and Trey Songz.
One of the day's biggest celebrations is A Capitol Fourth in Washington, D.C., which will be hosted by actor Jimmy Smits and feature sets from Reba McEntire, Gladys Knight, Darius Rucker, David Archuleta and a number of military bands. In Boston, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular will get a hand from country icon Toby Keith, while the Roots, Goo Goo Dolls and Chrisette Michele will hold it down in Philadelphia at Ben Franklin Parkway, which organizers are promising will be the biggest free concert in the United States on Independence Day.


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