The Performers of 'A Capitol Fourth,' 2020

Daniel Hautzinger
Fireworks over the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Stock Photo
Fireworks over the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Stock Photo

A Capitol Fourth airs Saturday, July 4 at 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm on WTTW, Facebook, and YouTube, and will be available to stream following the broadcast.

While rising COVID-19 numbers across the United States prevent any sort of typical Fourth of July gathering, you can still enjoy a long-standing celebration from your home, as PBS's A Capitol Fourth broadcasts for the 40th year. It may not be quite the same as the previous 39 years, given that there will be no live audience and performances were pre-taped, but it still includes fireworks over the Capitol and stirring musical performances. 

Here are the performers taking part this year.

John Stamos

John Stamos at 'A Capitol Fourth.' Photo: Capitol ConcertsPhoto: Capitol Concerts

The heartthrob known for Full HouseERGeneral Hospital, and Broadway has hosted A Capitol Fourth for the past few years, and returns once again on this 40th anniversary.

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams. Photo: Rod SpicerPhoto: Rod Spicer

After gaining the public eye as winner of the Miss America competition, Williams expanded her career to music (her biggest hit is “Save the Best for Last”), theatre, film (she was in Soul Food), and TV (Ugly Betty and Desperate Housewives).

Patti LaBelle

Patti LaBelle. Photo: Derek BlanksPhoto: Derek Blanks

She's an iconic voice and performer of popular music, often known as the "Godmother of Soul," with a career stretching back all the way to the 1960s. 

John Fogerty

John Fogerty. Photo: Nela KoenigPhoto: Nela Koenig

Fogerty is another musical legend, who wrote numerous beloved songs such as "Proud Mary" and "Down on the Corner" as the leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival 

Renée Fleming

Renee Fleming. Photo: Capitol ConcertsPhoto: Capitol Concerts

Fleming is well-known to Chicagoans from her long association with the Lyric Opera (read an interview with her by our sister station WFMT on the occasion of her 25th anniversary with the Lyric). The renowned opera star has also ventured onto Broadway and into popular genres.

Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins. Photo: Chase LauerPhoto: Chase Lauer

Adkins is a country singer with multiple number ones to his name and a recognizable deep voice, and he is a return performer to A Capitol Fourth.

Andy Grammer

Andy Grammer. Photo: Robin HarperPhoto: Robin Harper

Grammer is a singer and songwriter who first came on the scene in 2011 and has had several successful singles and albums since then.

Yolanda Adams

Yolanda Adams. Photo: Capitol ConcertsPhoto: Capitol Concerts

Adams is a gospel singer who was named the number one Gospel Artist of the last decade by Billboard Magazine in 2009, while one of her albums was lauded as the best gospel album. She also hosted a nationally syndicated gospel show – she’s a huge part of the gospel world.  

Brantley Gilbert

Brantley Gilbert. Photo: Capitol ConcertsPhoto: Capitol Concerts

Gilbert is a Georgia native known for party songs perfect for summer, both as his own performer and for other country stars. 

Lauren Alaina

Lauren Alaina. Photo: Capitol ConcertsPhoto: Capitol Concerts

Alaina is a young performer who came to attention on the tenth season of American Idol and has also appeared on Dancing with the Stars.

The Temptations

The Temptations. Photo: Capitol ConcertsPhoto: Capitol Concerts

A Capitol Fourth loves to mix bright, young performers with older legends, and The Temptations are another icon, one of American music's favorite stars.

Chrissy Metz

Chrissy Metz. Photo: Joseph LlanesPhoto: Joseph Llanes

Metz is an actress best known for the hit show This Is Us, during which she first began singing for the public.

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Brian Stokes Mitchell. Photo: Capitol ConcertsPhoto: Capitol Concerts

Stokes Mitchell is best known as a Broadway star, who has won a Tony for Best Actor in a Musical, but also has appeared in television, film, and a wide range of concerts.

Kelli O'Hara

Kelli O'Hara. Photo: Capitol ConcertsPhoto: Capitol Concerts

O'Hara is another Broadway star with a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical who has also appeared in TV shows like Masters of Sex and 13 Reasons Why as well as at The Metropolitan Opera.

Mandy Gonzalez

Mandy Gonzalez. Photo: Capitol ConcertsPhoto: Capitol Concerts

Gonzalez has performed in various Lin-Manuel Miranda musicals, including in the original production of In The Heights and a later production of Hamilton, as well as Wicked.

In addition to the stars, there are also various groups performing: the National Symphony Orchestra under conductor Jack Everly, Patrick Lundy & The Ministers of Music, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, ensembles from the United States Army. 

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