COME HOME AMERICA CONCERT TOUR to Hit Nation's Largest Independence Day Celebration
Fresh from a sold-out tour kickoff and official Fleet Week New York event that was singled out by the New York Times, the 2014 "COME HOME AMERICA TOUR" will be rocking the Cradle of Liberty on the Fourth of July at the nation's largest Independence Day Celebration, Wawa WELCOME AMERICA in Philadelphia. With continued support from the USO, acclaimed NYC vocalist-songwriter MARCUS GOLDHABER will be singing to honor the troops with his 6-piece band as they celebrate "The New Greatest Generation" before expected crowds of up to 500,000.
The "Come Home America" performance to honor America's military heroes, starring the MARCUS GOLDHABER BAND and special guests, will be held Friday, July 4 on the Global Music Stage of Wawa WELCOME AMERICA, 20th & the JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA. Show time is from 4 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Wawa WELCOME AMERICA is FREE to the public. More information at www.welcomeamerica.com.
"I am thrilled and humbled to be a part of this year's Welcome America festival," says Goldhaber. "The most important element of the Come Home America project is to bridge the gap between civilians and military families. It is an absolute honor to be able to bring this project to what many feel is the birthplace of our independence and the beginning of our ideas about citizenship. If civilians and service men and women can naturally come together to enjoy music, my hope is that we can help kick-start that conversation and eventually start taking better care of one another."
"Liberty USO is proud to be affiliated with the Come Home America Tour," adds Joseph P. Brooks, President & COO of Liberty USO. "Marcus Goldhaber has a precious vision to embrace and support our troops and veterans with his rousing anthem as the soundtrack. It's the start of a movement, and being on the ground floor we stand tall in not only participating, but urging everyone to join with us as it spreads across the country."
The show features the premiere of original new material from Goldhaber's forthcoming Come Home America album. COME HOME AMERICA, a pop anthem produced by Ke$ha collaborator Cliff Goldmacher, is unbound by musical genre and inspired by America's military heroes, honoring our troops and supporting our veterans abroad. All Voices calls the song "poignant and emotional" and the Jewish Journal declares it "sure to become a patriotic standard for the new millennia."
COME HOME AMERICA is the centerpiece of the tour which will hit stride this year in concert halls, stadiums, military bases, and parades around the world. Proceeds from the tour and the song benefit Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.iava.org), which strives to build the "New Greatest Generation" as the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
Goldhaber was recently tapped by official Super Bowl event organizers for the live world premiere of his inspiring new original song for the troops before military members and their families at the star-studded 2014 Super Bowl Celebrity Sweat. He was joined for the sold-out event at the Teaneck Armory by Hip Hop star Nelly, NFL star alum Doug Flutie, and boxing legend Evander Holyfield. COME HOME AMERICA made its TV debut during a performance-interview segment on Power Your Life with Dr. Jo Anne White.
Having shared stages with musical icons from Les Paul to Bono, Goldhaber "finds the soul in each note with his no-frills approach" (People), and played before a sold-out room at the legendary Blue Note. Outside of entertaining at Manhattan's top clubs, he's performed at the U.N., for Henry Kissinger, and recently surpassed his one-year anniversary being featured in the off-Broadway hit The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen.
Goldhaber released COME HOME AMERICA (Fallen Apple Records) on Veterans Day as a stirring ode to our nation's two million service members across the globe, and the 24 million veterans back home, both embraced and discarded. The mission is simple: to benefit the needs of this new generation of returning veterans, while improving and strengthening the dialogue between civilians and military families for years to come.
"Much of this comes down to education and the absence of a continuing dialogue between civilians and military families," says Goldhaber. "I have a strong wish to bridge this gap so that we can all feel more connected to each other."
Goldhaber was careful to construct a broad, sweeping melody and rousing chorus that "you want to wrap people in like a blanket," to help transmit his message in an inclusive and accessible way. By countering his vocals with restrained nuance, Goldhaber was able to marry the intimate approach more natural to his style with the expansive message of COME HOME AMERICA.
"I needed to connect people who don't know a lot about this subject and help bridge that gap," he says. "If it's something that's accessible and memorable, it's something that people can get closer to."
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