We are proud to announce that legendary Motown stars The Temptations will be performing live at PBS’ annual broadcast of A CAPITOL FOURTH, which airs on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. ET. This star-studded show will be airing live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
This 38 year-tradition is the country’s longest-running live national July 4 TV tradition and it puts viewers front and center for America’s biggest birthday party with the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation lighting up the iconic D.C. skyline. The concert also pays tribute to our troops serving around the world, their families, and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, fighting for our freedom.
For more than fifty years, The Temptations have prospered, propelling popular music with a series of smash hits, and sold-out performances throughout the world. An essential component of the original Motown machine, these Motown legends began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn’t until 1964 however, that the Smokey Robinson wrote-and-produced The Way You Do the Things You Do turn the guys into stars.
An avalanche of hits followed, many of which...My Girl, for instance...attained immortality. It’s Growing, Since I Lost My Baby, Get Ready, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg, Beauty Is Only Skin Deep, I Wish It Would Rain...the hit kept coming.
The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop making this legendary performance something you definitely won’t want to miss and your followers shouldn’t either!
This TV tradition will be hosted by Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos (FULLER HOUSE, SCREAM QUEENS) and will feature all-star musical performances by: multi-platinum selling music legend Jimmy Buffett with the Broadway cast of the new musical ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE, making their first stop after Broadway at the U.S. Capitol before launching a national tour; ‘America’s Band,” the iconic multi-platinum selling music legends The Beach Boys; acclaimed multi-platinum country music singer-songwriter and winner of the iHeartRadio Music Award for Best New Country Artist Luke Combs; country music star and AMERICAN IDOL alum Lauren Alaina; 12-time Grammy Award-winner and gospel legend CeCe Winans; and internationally acclaimed Grammy award winning violinist Joshua Bell; with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Additional performers are to be announced. The program can also be heard live in stereo over NPR member stations nationwide. The concert will also be live-streamed on PBS, YouTube, Facebook, and www.pbs.org/a-capitol-fourth and available as Video on Demand for a limited time only, July 4 to July 18, 2018.