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A Capitol Fourth: 2011 Concert Lineup Announced

Photo by Rachel Levitin

If you’re anything like me then you tend to steer clear of the National Mall on Independence Day due to massive crowds. This year, though, I may make a trip down there. Why? The lineup for the Capitol Fourth concert sounds like fun.

Acts ranging from multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban to rock legend Little Richard are scheduled to take the stage with appearances by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, Glee’s Matthew Morrison, actor/comedian Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

A Capitol Fourth marks its thirtieth season this year and is celebrated for being one of the highest rated programs on PBS over the past decade. The concert will air live from the Capitol’s west lawn on Monday, July 4 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. (ET) The show can also be heard live in stereo over NPR Member stations nationwide, but why be a television viewer or radio listener when you can get down there and watch the show in person?

Plus – there’s fireworks when it’s over! You can’t go wrong.