Aug. 13, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Academy Award
will host the BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights on
Saturday, Sept. 14
, at The Birmingham Jefferson Convention Center in
The event will feature musical performances by Grammy
and 2013 BET Lifetime Achievement Honoree and R&B singer-songwriter
Civil rights leaders will also make
special appearances. The concert will support "50 Years Forward," the city's year-long celebration commemorating the 50
anniversary of the civil rights movement in
, where the Rev. Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
penned his famed "Letter from
"Dr. King has always been a hero of mine," Foxx said. "His achievements for the civil rights movement inspire me on a daily basis. I'm looking forward to coming down to
to host such an important event as CR50."
The event, which will be co-produced by Live Nation, will take place at the end of a week-long remembrance of the 16
bombing, which killed four girls in 1963 and marked a turning point in the struggle for civil rights.
"To have this event and artists of this caliber in the
City of Birmingham
to help commemorate and pay tribute to the individuals who risked their lives for freedom leaves me speechless," said
has come so far since 1963 and we want to show the world that we are 50 Years Forward. As the cradle of civil rights, we will continue going forward to make not only
better, but the world consciousness stronger in the struggle for human rights."
Announced earlier this spring
, the BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights will help commemorate the profound and often tragic events that took place in
in the '60s and serve as a global call to action for communities to work toward equality for all.
"We knew this event would draw quality artists since it's commemorating such an important time, and the line-up certainly reflects that," said
city president for BBVA Compass. "Our hope is that the concert inspires people to get out there and continue to move the needle forward and make a difference."
are executive producers of the concert and are the same creative team behind some of the largest concerts and live streams in the U.S., including The Philly
Fourth of July
Jam and Budweiser Made In America Festival. Artists that have performed at these events include The Roots, JAY Z, Pearl Jam,
, Ne-Yo, J. Cole,
and many more. Charlie "Mack" Alston also serves as co-producer for the BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights.
"It is our honor to co-produce and be a part of the BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights," said Live Nation's
. "Artists like
help bring attention to
and the city's place in our civil rights movement."
Tickets to the BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights will be available for purchase on
Friday, Aug. 16
. In honor of "50 Years Forward," some tickets are being priced at
and will be on sale through
Friday, Aug. 23
, or while supplies last. For more information, go to
About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 688 branches, including 352 in
, 90 in
, 78 in
, 64 in
, 45 in
, 38 in
and 21 in
. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in
(5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading Small Business Administration lenders and was recently awarded the 2013 Celent Model Bank Award for its new core banking platform. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at
BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank.
About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV) is the world's leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit
SOURCE BBVA Compass