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

Image courtesy of OrcaFreedomConcert.org (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of OrcaFreedomConcert.org (via ABC News Radio)

In 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  EMPMuseum.org , 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 Research OrcaLab  and the Earth Island Institute's  International Marine Mammal Project .

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