Three Louisiana natives will be in the spotlight at two national Independence Day celebrations Saturday.
Ponchatoula native and Elvis performer Brandon Bennett will play the famous Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.
Bennett’s performance will be part of AmericaFest, the 89th annual Fourth of July Celebration at the stadium. Also entertaining the thousands expected will be Liverpool Legends, the Ultimate Beatles Experience. These two acts were chosen to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley and the Beatles’ first meeting in Los Angeles.
Bennett, who’s appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” is currently portraying Elvis in the Chicago cast of the Tony-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet.” He was the Elvis Presley Enterprises Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist in 2008.
Meanwhile, Meghan Linsey, also of Ponchatoula, and Breaux Bridge’s Hunter Hayes will sing at the nationally-televised “A Capitol Fourth” taking place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Linsey, a country singer now living in Nashville, was mostly recently seen as a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice.” Hayes, also a Nashville transplant, is a five-time Grammy nominee, CMA Award winner and multi-instrumentalist.
Leading the PBS performer lineup is Barry Manilow, along with Alabama, Nicole Scherzinger, KC and the Sunshine Band, Lang Lang and more.
The show airs at 7 p.m. and repeats at 8:30 p.m. on WLPB, Channel 27 (cable Channel 12).