Philadelphia’s 4th of July Jam is going global this year, thanks to VH1 and Palladia. The city’s Independence Day concert will be broadcast on both networks and will be streamed live on VH1.com.
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VH1 AND PALLADIA TO SIMULCAST THE 2013 PHILLY 4th OF JULY JAMNew York, NY- May 9, 2013 – VH1 and Palladia are celebrating Independence Day with fireworks and four-time Grammy award-winning band, The Roots for the third annual Philly 4th of July Jam. Kicking off in the City of Brotherly Love, The Philly 4th of July Jam, a signature event of the Wawa Welcome America! festival, will be simulcast on VH1 and Palladia on Thursday, July 4 from 8-11PM ET and live streamed on VH1.com. Hometown favorites The Roots, serve as the house band with this year’s lineup, including: John Mayer, Jill Scott, Demi Lovato, Ne-Yo, Grace Potter and J. Cole. Capping off the musical event, the evening will include a spectacular fireworks display over the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art.
VH1.COM TO STREAM LIVE
Featuring The Roots and Special Guests: John Mayer, Jill Scott, Demi Lovato, Ne-Yo, Grace Potter and J. Cole
“We are adding to the Fourth of July holiday for our VH1 viewers with one of the best and biggest concerts of the summer,” said Tom Calderone, President, VH1 and Palladia. “We are proud to partner with Shawn Gee and The Roots, an amazing team of creative visionaries and consummate professionals who work with Wawa Welcome America! to create this amazing free show each summer for hundreds of thousands of local residents and visitors. We are looking forward to showcasing the city’s musical and historic heritage with music lovers around the entire country.”
Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter stated, “We are excited to be at the Philly 4th of July Jam the biggest Independence Day concert around! You can expect a celebration
packed with great artists right on the famous Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Where else should you be on the Fourth of July other than Philly?”
“The City of Philadelphia is proud to join with VH1 and Palladia in welcoming an incredibly talented group of musicians to our city this Fourth of July,” states Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “We hope that this year’s festival will go down in history as the best yet. We know that Philadelphia is the foremost place to celebrate our nation’s birthday, and with this superb lineup of talent, we have an opportunity to prove it to the world.”
Billed as the “Largest Free Concert in America,” the Philly 4th of July Jam is a celebration of freedom and music. The Philly 4th of July Jam is an unforgettable, entertainment-filled night that has featured some of the top artists in the music industry. This is a one-of-a-kind concert, free of cost and fun for all ages, located right in the heart of the City of Brotherly Love. With 500,000 people jamming out on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway— there is no other place to spend the Fourth of July.
The Jam is coordinated by Welcome America, Inc. and its Executive Director Desiree Peterkin-Bell, along with Executive Producers Scott Mirkin and Shawn Gee and produced with Live Nation. Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots serve as musical directors for the Jam. Executive producers for VH1 are Lee Rolontz, Rick Krim and Keshia Williams.
The Philly 4th of July Jam takes place during Wawa Welcome America!, a multi-day festival that celebrates America’s birthday in America’s birthplace, Philadelphia.