As 2020 comes to a close, many are reflecting on the momentous events of this year and the changes they hope to continue forging in the future. In response, The Pulse (Ch. 15) is airing a simulcast of Play On: Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Change on December 15 at 8pm ET. Music fans will be able to hear an extraordinary benefit concert broadcast amplifying awareness for transformational racial, social, and food justice with performances and special appearances by LL COOL J, Bruce Springsteen, Ziggy Marley, and many more.
The hour-long concert special will be hosted by Kevin Bacon and Eve, featuring three stellar music lineups spanning genres from country and rock to hip-hop and jazz/funk. The famed Troubadour in Los Angeles will feature Gary Clark Jr., Ziggy Marley with Andra Day, and LL COOL J featuring DJ Z-Trip taking over the hip-hop portion of the lineup in what will be a magnetic performance. The legendary Apollo Theater in New York City will showcase an electric performance by Machine Gun Kelly, as well as Jon Batiste joined by Sara Bareilles, Emily King, Pedrito Martinez, and Steve Jordan for a powerful and moving collaboration. The NYC segment of the special will also include an exclusive performance from Bon Jovi. The historic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville will feature some of today’s most acclaimed contemporary female artists, including Maren Morris, Sheryl Crow, and genre-bending British singer-songwriter Yola performing “Hold On” with The Highwomen.
From the Troubadour in Los Angeles
Gary Clark Jr.
Ziggy Marley with Andra Day
LL COOL J featuring DJ Z-Trip
From the Apollo Theater in New York City
Machine Gun Kelly
Jon Batiste with Sara Bareilles, Emily King, Pedrito Martinez, and Steve Jordan
From the Bluebird Café in Nashville
Yola featuring The Highwomen
Play On: Celebrating the Power of Music to Make Change will benefit the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc., the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization, and WhyHunger, a non-profit working to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the US and around the world. The Play On Fund was created by SixDegrees.org, founded by Kevin Bacon.
During the broadcast, viewers can donate to the organizations by texting the code “PLAYON” to 44-321.
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