On Friday the nonprofit Obama Foundation, whose mission is “to inspire and empower people to change their world” announced that a trio of musical acts will be performing at the closing event of the Foundation’s inaugural summit, which will take place in Chicago October 31–November 1. Chance the Rapper, Gloria Estefan, and the indie rock band The National have all confirmed that they will be performing, with additional artists to be announced at a later date.
The concert is free but not open to the public, and the Obama Foundation is handing out more than 1,500 tickets to our neighbors and community members who have been engaged in the Foundation’s work—including local community organizations, churches, and schools. The Foundation is distributing an additional approximate 700 tickets to Chicagoans who applied to the Summit through Obama.org or have participated in the Foundation’s digital call and response on Obama.org.
The event will be livestreamed at Obama.org on Nov. 1 at 8:30 p.m. CT.
Gloria Estefan tweeted:
Honored to be invited to perform at this exceptional event celebrating civic minded youth from around the world! May it be the 1st of many! https://t.co/iBFS9UcVN5
— Gloria Estefan (@GloriaEstefan) October 13, 2017
— TheatreChat (@TheatreChat) October 14, 2017
What an honor. Can't wait to watch.
— pcannon (@wikiwachee) October 14, 2017
Chance the Rapper has an established history with former President Obama. His father, Ken Williams-Bennett, was Obama’s state director when the president was a senator in Illinois. In a statement to Variety, Chance said,
It’s such an honor to help creative direct this show. That’s because I am blessed to be part of a generation with an inherent sense of self. One that is inspired not just to talk about what needs to be changed—but get up and change it…I want to help make sure every young man and woman in this city has those opportunities, too. I want to help inspire and empower young people to change their world, just like the Obama Foundation.
He posted the following video to his Instagram account about his involvement with the summit:
The National’s lead singer, Matt Berninger, also posted an announcement on Instagram:
A few nights ago, we were honored and excited to receive a personal phone call from President @barackobama, inviting us to participate in the closing event of the @ObamaFoundation Summit on November 1st in Chicago. . Of course, we said yes. . We could not be prouder to support President Obama and his foundation’s goal to encourage and empower young people around the world to create positive change in their communities. . The event will be live streamed at Obama.org. . In order to accommodate President Obama’s request, we risked having to cancel our shows in Brussels. But we know how supportive our fans and the people of Brussels have always been to us, so instead we’ve decided to move our performances to one LARGE concert at Forest National, on 9 November – on sale Wednesday 18 October at 10am. . Tickets to the 30 + 31 October Bozar shows will be refunded, but purchasers will be emailed by Tele Ticket Service about an exclusive window to buy tickets to the Forest National performance before the general public. . We look forward to seeing you there! . -The National
David Simas, Chief Executive Officer of the Obama Foundation, said in a statement,
The Obama Foundation’s goal is to encourage and empower young people to create positive change in their communities. With the Obama Foundation Summit, we’re bringing together young leaders from across Chicago, the country and the world to share ideas. We look forward to joining these leaders, Chance, Gloria Estefan, and The National in an event that inspires individuals to see themselves as change agents and celebrates civic engagement.
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