Teachers and education will be honored with a “Teachers Rock” concert being broadcast from Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Friday, August 17, 2012 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT), on CBS Television Network, according to a July 30 press announcement from CBS. Five-time Grammy® Award winner Carrie Underwood, country artist Dierks Bentley, pop group Fun. and two-time Grammy Award nominee Josh Groban will perform at the special tribute concert celebrating teachers and education.
In addition to the music, the special honors America’s educators with personal recollections from pop, rock and urban musical stars and actors.
Musicians offering their recollections include Dave Grohl (of the Foo Fighters), six-time Grammy Award winner Usher and Adam Levine and James Valentine (of Maroon 5).
Actors offering tributes include three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, two-time Grammy Award winner LL COOL J (NCIS: Los Angeles), Academy Award nominee Viola Davis (The Help), Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal, Pauley Perrette (NCIS), Jennifer Garner, Jack Black, Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, Matthew Morrison (GLEE) and Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly) and others.
The benefit concert will feature scenes from Walden Media’s upcoming motion picture “Won’t Back Down,” starring Academy Award nominees Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal as two determined mothers, one a teacher, who will stop at nothing to transform their children’s failing inner-city school. The two women face a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy as they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children.
Live performances featuring Dierks Bentley, Fun. and Josh Groban for “Teachers Rock” presented by Walmart and Walden Media’s upcoming feature film “Won’t Back Down,” will be taped August 14 at a special benefit concert at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. Tickets for the charity event, starting at $40, are available at all Ticketmaster outlets.
Proceeds from TEACHERS ROCK will benefit three nonprofit organizations: DonorsChoose.org, Feeding America and Teach for America.
TEACHERS ROCK is being produced by Ken Ehrlich Productions, Anschutz Film Group/Walden Media and AEG.
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