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EIGHT, ARIZONA PBS ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL AWARD-WINNING PERFORMERS FOR 25TH ANNUAL NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, FEATURING HOUSE OF CARDS ACTOR, GRAMMY-WINNING COUNTRY STAR, AND SEASON 13 AMERICAN IDOL WINNER – MAY 25

Eight, Arizona PBS Commemorates American Tradition Honoring Servicemen and Women


PHOENIX -- (May 20, 2014) Eight, Arizona PBS reveals renowned entertainers joining a star-studded lineup of performers for the 25th annual National Memorial Day Concert, May 25 at 7 p.m., including veteran actor Gerald McRaney (House of Cards),Grammy Award-winning country music artist Jennifer Nettles, and the Season 13 American Idol winner.

The performers will grace the stage on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to honor the immense service and sacrifice of America’s men and women in uniform and their loved ones before a live audience of hundreds of thousands, as well as millions of TV viewers nationwide and U.S. troops serving around the world watching via the American Forces Network.

Hosted by Tony Award-winning Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) and Emmy Award-winning Gary Sinise (CSI: New York), the program will feature former Secretary of State and retired Army Gen. Colin L. Powell and talent by six military ensembles. The multi-award-winning concert will showcase additional award-winning artists and musicians, including the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

The program is a co-production of Jerry Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C.

The National Memorial Day Concertis made possible by grants from the Lockheed Martin Corporation, the National Park Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of the Army, General Dynamics, PBS and public television stations nationwide. Air travel is provided by American Airlines.


About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS is a trusted community resource.  For over 52 years, the PBS station has focused on educating children, reporting in-depth on public affairs, fostering lifelong learning and celebrating arts and culture. Eight achieves its mission through the power of non-commercial television, the Internet, educational outreach and community-based initiatives. Its signal reaches 80 percent of the homes in Arizona. With more than 1 million viewers weekly, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. For more information, visit azpbs.org.

Eight is a member-supported community service of Arizona State University.