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Melissa Etheridge, Kenny Rogers and Train added to Star-Spangled Spectacular concert

The Baltimore Sun

Singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge, country legend Kenny Rogers and rock group Train have been added to the talent lineup for Sept. 13's Star-Spangled Spectacular concert at Pier Six Pavilion. Also just announced: singer Jordin Sparks will join John Lithgow to co-host the event.

The Star-Spangled Spectacular concert -- a celebration of the bicentennial of our national anthem to be televised live as part of PBS' "Great Performances" series -- also features performances by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth, country group Little Big Town, a cappella group Pentatonix, Motown legend Smokey Robinson, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves-Montgomery and performers from the off-Broadway show "Stomp."

The concert  is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., with the PBS broadcast slated to start at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $79-$175 and may be purchased through piersixpavilion.com, by calling 410-244-1131 or by visiting the box offices at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Baltimore's Power Plant Live, or Rams Head On Stage, 33 West St. in Annapolis.

The concert is a key component of Baltimore's Star-Spangled Spectacular celebration, set for Sept. 10-16 at the Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry and other area sites. In addition to the concert, the celebration will include visits from tall and navy ships from all over the world, flyovers by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels and other festivities.

Star-Spangled Spectacular marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812 with Great Britain. While being held on a British ship in Baltimore harbor, lawyer Francis Scott Key witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry on the night of Sept. 13, 1814. When, the next morning, he saw an American flag still flying over the fort, he was inspired to write the poem that was later put to music and adopted as the U.S. national anthem.

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