Happy Memorial Day weekend, everybody! Later on this evening, Kris Allen and Pia Toscano will be among the performers taking part in a concert broadcast live from the lawn of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Kris will be singing “God Bless the USA”, Pia will be performing the National Anthem and “I’ll Stand by You”, and both will take part in the closing group number, “America the Beautiful”.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time and will be shown live on many PBS stations across the country. It will also be broadcast overseas for U.S. military personnel. Please check your local PBS listings to see what time your local station will be airing the concert.
There is also a live feed of the concert online:
Memorial Day Concert 2011 Live Feed, DC Capitol Hill West Lawn Web Cam Stream http://t.co/8kep3hK
From the PBS website: For over two decades, PBS’s National Memorial Day Concert has led the nation in honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all the fallen who have given their lives for our country. The multi award-winning event will be co-hosted for the sixth year by Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CSI:New York) and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans causes and supporting our troops in active service. Joining them will be an all-star lineup of dignitaries, actors and musical artists.
General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
Maestro Jack Everly
The National Symphony Orchestra
Military District of Washington
U.S. Army Herald Trumpets
The U.S. Army Chorus
The Soldiers’ Chorus of The United States Army Field Band
U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters
U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants
In past years, this concert has drawn huge crowds, upwards of 300,000.
Here is the link to the twitter list that is run by @krisallenlists. If anyone knows of a similar list run by Pia fans, post the link in the comments and I’ll add it to this OP later.
VIDEOS AFTER THE JUMP
Pia Toscano sings the National Anthem
Kris Allen Sings “God Bless the USA”
Pia Toscano Sings “I’ll Stand By You”
Kris performing “God Bless the USA” at Saturday’s dress rehearsal