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Joan Jett Joins Heart to Headline Seattle Concert in Support of Orca Research and Advocacy

OrcaFreedomConcert.orgIn the wake of the recent controversy over the effects that captivity has on wild orcas, Heart and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts have signed on to headline a concert that will benefit research and advocacy efforts to aid these marine mammals.  The event, dubbed Kiss the Sky! The Orca Freedom Concert, will be held on Earth Day, April 22, at the Sky Church venue inside Seattle's EMP Museum.

Other artists set to perform at the show are Woodstock legend Country Joe McDonald, New York-based activist and musician Andrew Morse and young Los Angeles singer/songwriter/guitarist Arielle, who's a protégé of Queen's Brian May

According to the event press release, Joan Jett joined on to the project because of a longstanding gratitude toward Ann and Nancy Wilson, who took her under their more experienced wing at an early '80s gig Jett shared with Heart and Queen early in her career.

“Joan also feels like Seattle has adopted her,” explains her producer Kenny Laguna. “Back in the grunge days, all the great bands there embraced Joan Jett and The Blackhearts.  The did a bunch of shows together.  She loves Seattle, loves Ann and Nancy, and is thrilled to be a part of this event.”

Tickets for the show go on sale to the general public on Friday via, while museum members can purchase pre-sale tickets now.  General admission passes cost $100, while VIP tickets will run you $500.  The latter includes a pre-show meet-and-greet with Heart and some of the other artists, two passes for a whale watch in Washington or British Columbia, Canada, and a special whale-watch cruise with some of the concert's performers that takes place the morning after the show.

The Kiss the Sky! concert is being produced by wildlife filmmaker and TV journalist Michael Harris, who also will put together an hour-long broadcast special focusing on the event.  

Proceeds raised by the event will be donated to several conservation groups, including The Center for Whale ResearchOrcaLab and the Earth Island Institute's International Marine Mammal Project.

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