Concert for America takes Big Sky stage

New York, San Francisco, Atlanta... Big Sky. These are stops on Concert for America’s tour schedule and for two nights at the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, stars of film, television, music, comedy and Broadway join together to raise funds via ticket sales for five national organizations working to battle domestic violence, promote civil rights and protect the environment. 

A name many will recognize is Grammy Award winner Vanessa Williams, known for her successful career in singing, acting and fashion design. The songs “She’s Got the Look,” “The Right Stuff” and “Colors of the Wind” might bring Williams’ voice to mind.

Williams said she almost made it to Montana five years ago, but her trip was cancelled last-minute. “So, I’m thrilled to be headed your way!” she wrote in an email to the Lookout. Williams said her family will be tagging along on the trip to Big Sky and aside from skiing, they also plan to snowmobile in Yellowstone National Park.

Williams joined the Concert for America team a year ago following an invite from the event’s founders —Broadway stars Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley. 

“Our ‘Town Hall’ in New York City featuring Barry Manilow was a big hit,” Williams wrote, describing the success of the first Concert for America. “Seth and I are longtime friends and have appeared together at several shows including Martha’s Vineyard, San Francisco and Provincetown.”

Another performer famous on the Broadway scene, Jessie Mueller, will be making an appearance on the WMPAC stage as
part of the Concert for America. Mueller never imagined she’d travel to Southwest Montana to perform. “But I’m thrilled to experience it!” she wrote in an email to the Lookout. “I’ve heard amazing things (about Montana). I live in New York City, so I crave sky and open spaces. I’m grateful to get the chance to visit.” 

Mueller said she has been involved since the inception of Concert for America. She wrote, “We (Rudetsky, Wesley and Mueller) were all talking (a bit mired in confusion and fear, post-election) about wanting to DO something... we figured... we could make music to raise money. We could fight. So that’s what we’re doing. It’s sometimes hard to be aware but it’s necessary. It’s necessary to be good to one another and reclaim the idea that we could be a nation that cares about one another; that we’re not built on divisiveness but inclusion. We’re neighbors in our plights and our struggles. And music brings people together. Always has, always will.”

All proceeds from the Concert for America WMPAC ticket sales will support the Sierra Club Foundation, the National Association for Advancement of Colored People, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the National Immigration Law Center. To buy tickets, visit http://warrenmillerpac.org.

For more information on Concert for America, visit http://concertsforamerica.com.

—JP

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