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The White House July 4th Concert Includes ... Who?

Marquee names still keeping a distance from President Trump
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 4, 2018 3:55 PM CDT
The White House Has a July 4th Concert. But Who's Playing?
In this July 4, 2013 file photo, The White House is adorned in preparation for the a Fourth of July celebration on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Tuning into the White House July 4th concert on the Hallmark channel? You're not likely to see many celebs, unless you like American Idol finalists—"as in, not actual winners," the Washington Post explains. Idol alumni Jax and Jonny Brenns, country singer Sara Evans, and Russian-born classical pianist Lola Astanova are headlining the Independence Day event, per USA Today. Meanwhile, PBS's annual A Capitol Fourth will air from the South Lawn a mile and a half away with John Stamos hosting performers including the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett, Renee Fleming, and the Temptations. In other words, most big names (Kim Kardashian aside) are still shunning President Trump. "Top musicians fear alienating the chunk of their fan base who find Trump toxic," says the Post.

(Read more Independence Day stories.)

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