NEW YORK, Sept. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Last Sunday's Concert Across America to End Gun Violence featured 350 events across the country, with over 5,200 artists contributing to a day of music to honor gun violence victims and make gun violence prevention a voting issue in November.
Surprise appearances included Moby at the Los Angeles concert and Joan Osborne in Manhattan, joining Jackson Browne, Marc Cohn, Rosanne Cash, Vy Higginsen Gospel Choir of Harlem, Eddie Vedder, and Haitian musician Paul Beaubrun at the Beacon Theatre.
"These concerts are about getting common sense gun laws passed," said Browne.
"They stand tall and they stand up for what they believe in," Cohn said of participating musicians such as Browne and Cash, a longtime gun violence prevention activist. Cohn was joined on stage by the Harlem Gospel Choir for "Live Out The String," his composition about surviving a gunshot to the head in 2005.
Vedder spoke of the mass shooting in Washington State. "If we rise to the challenge to unite and support sensible gun violence prevention measures in our cities and our towns, then we have the power to save lives," Vedder said. "Let's use our power for good."
Entertainment Tonight's Kevin Frazier told The Rooftop at The Standard Hotel in Los Angeles audience he's fed up. "I'm here tonight because, like many of you, I'm sick and tired of what's happening in this country," said Frazier, who met concertgoers Lonnie and Sandy Phillips, whose daughter was a 2012 Aurora movie theatre shooting victim– a powerful reminder, he said, of what's at stake.
Also at The Rooftop, Sam Harris of the X Ambassadors thanked organizers for this "incredible day for such an important cause," adding, "If I can make a little bit of difference to use my voice to speak out - because a lot of people are being silent about what's going on in this country with gun violence and it's time for that to stop."
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