NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- The New Rochelle High School Chorale will be among several artists and groups who will perform in the city on Sunday, Sept. 25, as part of the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence.
The free New Rochelle concert will be among 250 live concerts held nationwide, in this campaign to bring awareness about gun deaths nationwide. There are 25 of these concerts in New York alone.
Other artists performing in New Rochelle include Decora, hip-hop recording artists; Larger than Life, a boy-band tribute band; Bookends Band, which plays popular covers; Blue Roadhouse Orchestra, also known as Grateful Bro, which plays Grateful Dead covers; Jim Murtagh and Skinny Blonde, both indie rock; and Troubadour-to-Door on guitar.
The New Rochelle event will be held at the Hudson Park Bandshell, between noon and 5 p.m. Assemblywoman Amy Paulin was instrumental in organizing the local concert.
"I am so proud to present the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence in our area," Paulin told Daily Voice.
"During my time in the Assembly, I have advocated for and sponsored numerous bills promoting common-sense gun laws, but on Sept. 25 it won't be about politics or partisanship. It will be about remembering the forgotten victims and survivors. The numbers of those who have died or have been injured by gun violence are staggering and finding a solution to ending this bloodshed amounts to a health crisis for which we must find a cure."
The Concert Across America is on Sept. 25, the day Congress designated, in 2007, as the National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims. The main event site notes that "while two out of every three victims are killed with a firearm, the day of 'remembrance' is the only thing Congress has done to acknowledge this loss."
The event has 130 partner organizations, ranging from local -- like Sandy Hook Promise -- to national, like the National PTA.
The coast-to-coast event will culminate in a concert at 7 p.m. at New York City's Beacon Theater. Performers include Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Marc Cohn, Vy Higginsen's Gospel Choir of Harlem, Eddie Vedder and a "surprise guest."
As of Thursday afternoon, there were still tickets available.
Organizers note that the hundreds of concerts will also be connected via social media, using #ConcertAcrossAmerica and #EndGunViolence. Folks like James Taylor and Chelsea Handler have already been using them to promote the event.