Theatre Within, the non-profit behind the Annual John Lennon Tribute charity concert since 1981, has announced that its milestone 40th Annual John Lennon Tribute Concert will again offer a free livestream exclusively at LennonTribute40.org, from Wednesday, December 23 at 7pm thru Friday, January 1 at midnight ET,
This program, the third installment of music and memories produced in Lennon’s honor, will feature a new performance by Steve Earle, recorded especially for the Tribute’s finale showing. The stellar line-up also includes recent John Lennon Real Love Award Honorees, Patti Smith, Natalie Merchant and Rosanne Cash, plus Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Jorma Kaukonen, Martin Sexton, Keb’ Mo’, Joan Osborne, Bettye LaVette, Shelby Lynne, Marc Cohn, Willie Nile, Lucy Kaplansky, Nicki Richards, The Kennedys, Ron Pope, and Music Director Rich Pagano.
In addition, the livestream tribute includes reflections on the music of John Lennon, social impact by rock photographer Bob Gruen, Double Fantasy producer Jack Douglas, radio personality Dennis Elsas, music critic Anthony DeCurtis, and playwright V (formerly Eve Ensler).
In a statement, Yoko Ono said:
John has been a loving spirit now for nearly as long as he was with us on earth, 40 years. Through all that time, Theatre Within has celebrated his music and message with its beautiful annual tribute, which helps makes possible its programs for those impacted by cancer, including the John Lennon Real Love Project songwriting workshop. This is such a wonderful way to honor John and the values he stood for.
This year, in partnership with Gilda’s Club NYC and Gilda’s Club Westchester, Theatre Within has provided 135 free workshops, all available online – in songwriting, art, meditation and much more – for children, teens and adults impacted by cancer.
Theatre Within invites John Lennon fans to make a donation in any amount by texting “TRIB40” to 41444. All proceeds will empower Theatre Within to continue its free programs for NY-metro cancer community through 2021.