All-star concert featuring fun. and Rufus Wainwright to benefit Freedom to Marry
Sep 06, 2012 at 09:42 am
On October 30, a star-studded slate of musicians will join together in New York City for a benefit concert supporting the work of Freedom to Marry. The all-star line-up includes fun., The National, Rufus Wainwright, and They Might Be Giants. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the concert will support Freedom to Marry's work at winning more states, overturning federal marriage discrimination, and growing the majority for marriage.
The concert is called "Freedom to Love Now! A Concert for Marriage Equality," and it will be an exciting, high-profile fundraising opportunity for the organization.
Freedom to Marry's founder and president Evan Wolfson talked about the concert in a statement today:
The key to winning the freedom to marry is raising our voices, opening hearts, and moving minds - and how sweet and powerful when we do all that through music. Freedom to Marry is happy to be a part of the 'Freedom to Love' concert and to support such a diverse, talented group of performers who are giving their talent and time to this important cause.
Here's the line-up of artists, with more artists to be announced soon:
- fun. - This contemporary pop/rock band has exploded onto the scene this year, with its songs of the summer "We Are Young" and "Some Nights" reigning toward the top of the Billboard charts for 37 and 27 weeks, respectively.
- Rufus Wainwright - The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter sensation has released a new album, Out of the Game, with new collaborator Mark Ronson. Wainwright also celebrated his own wedding to his long-time partner just a few weeks ago.
- The National - The rock band's latest album, High Violet, has helped them find success internationally this year.
- They Might Be Giants - The alternative rock band's fifteenth album, Join Us, has been hailed as one of their best albums ever.
- John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask - This team of "married creative partners" is famous for collaborating on Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Mitchell is the acclaimed director of Shortbus and Rabbit Hole.
- Justin Vivian Bond - The Tony Award-nominated cabaret-style artist just released a debut solo album, Dendrophile.
- Toshi Reagon - The acclaimed folk and blues musician from Atlanta is a one-woman phenomenon in dynamic, uplifting music.
- Doveman - Frontman Thomas Bartlett, an acclaimed singer, keyboardist and producer, has collaborated extensively with artists like The National, Norah Jones, and Glen Hansard.
The concert will be held on Tuesday, October 30 at 8p.m. at the Beacon Theatre. Tickets for the event go on sale tomorrow, September 7. Freedom to Marry will also be offering VIP packages, which include tickets to the concert and dress rehearsal, a meet-and-greet with the artists on the night of the concert, and a gift bag. Learn more about the concert HERE.