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A star-studded concert, featuring a variety of artists spanning the world of music and entertainment, will take place in New York's Central Park next month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday, promising that the event will be a "historic and monumental moment for all New Yorkers and all Americans."
"WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert", organized by New York in collaboration with music producer Clive Davis and entertainment company Live Nation, will be "a celebration of the resurgence of New York City" after a difficult year marked by the covid-19 pandemic and "will promote health, safety and equity," according to a statement announcing the concert.
The concert will air on Saturday, August 21 at 5 pm ET exclusively on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español.
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Who will be at the concert?
The show includes Andrea Bocelli, Wyclef Jean, Kane Brown, Barry Manilow, Bruce Springsteen, Cynthia Erivo, Don Lemon, Earth, Wind & Fire, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Lucky Daye, Elvis Costello, Gayle King, Jennifer Hudson, Jimmy Fallon, Journey, Jon Batiste, The Killers, LL COOL J, The New York Philharmonic, Patti Smith, Paul Simon, Polo G, Maluma, Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas.
Citi and Expedia are the presentation sponsors.
"This is going to be a historic and monumental moment for all New Yorkers and all Americans. I will say it clearly: they will want to be here," Democrat De Blasio said in the statement.
"This is a celebration of our city, of every working family that faced incredible challenges last year and overcame themselves," he added.
Pandemic-era restrictions in New York were lifted earlier this month as hospitalization rates in the city decreased and vaccination rates increased.
The city, which was once the epicenter of covid-19 in the early days of the pandemic in the US, was particularly affected by the deadly virus, which saturated hospitals and focused the city's attention on its health personnel, first responders and other essential workers.
"At the height of this historic occasion"
For Davis, "there is no more special place than Central Park to celebrate the reopening of New York City," and he and his collaborators "are preparing an unforgettable show at the height of this historic occasion," according to the statement.
Event organizers require concert attendees to show proof of covid-19 vaccination in order to attend.
Also, the use of the mask is optional, according to the statement, which says that 80% of the concert tickets will be available for free from August 2.
In addition to airing around the world on CNN, "WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert" can also be seen without the need for a cable connection on CNN.com and CNNgo (at CNN.com/go on your PC, smartphone and iPad, and through the CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, Chromecast and Roku).
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