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Smithsonian concert joins Live Earth event

WASHINGTON (AP) 7-07

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and country
music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will open a Washington
concert  to coincide with the Live Earth concert series on
climate change, the Smithsonian Institution announced Friday.

The National Museum of the American Indian's "Mother Earth" event
will feature films, music, dancing and guest speakers, including
scientists and cultural leaders from the American Indian community.
The 12-hour concert is free and will begin at 10:30 a.m. (1430 GMT)
at the museum's Welcome Plaza on the National Mall.

"This will actually be the first of the Live Earth concerts in North
America," Gore said on CBS' "The Early Show." Gore originally had
hoped to hold the primary U.S. show in Washington, but finding a
suitable venue proved difficult.

"There were some naysayers who tried to say no, you cannot have a
concert on the mall, but the Cavalry did not ride to the rescue, the
American Indians did," Gore said.

Tim Johnson, acting director of the American Indian museum, said it
is committed to help increase understanding of global climate change.

"There is no more important matter before us than the question of
how to live sustainably on the Earth," said Johnson, a descendant of
the Mohawk tribe.

The museum will make the broadcast of the "Mother Earth" event
available to Live Earth, which will air on cable television and the
Internet.

The seven-continent Live Earth series begins in Australia. Madonna,
Metallica and Kanye West are among the top names listed to perform at
sites including London, South Africa and near New York.

Live Earth is backed by Gore's effort to push global warming onto the
world's political agenda.

 

 

 

 

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