Billboard Bits: Family Reunion, Pearl Jam, Freedom Concert

News on Family Reunion, Pearl Jam, Freedom Concert

DestinyDestiny's Child's Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, LL Cool J, Lil' Romeo and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will all perform as part of the Tom Joyner Family Reunion, to be held Aug. 28-Sept. 1 at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. The inaugural event was spearheaded by Joyner, whose radio show is carried by more than 200 stations in the U.S.

The bulk of the acts will perform as part of the Funky Family Throwdown, to be held at Disney-MGM Studios. Williams, Kurt Carr and Mighty Clouds Of Rain will perform during a Sunday morning gospel event, while comedians Cedric "The Entertainer" and Mike Epps will be on hand for an opening night party at Disney's Treasure Island.

Packages for a family of four are $2,500, including three nights of hotel, theme park admission, access to exclusive Family Reunion events, and seminars and workshops. For more information, visit the event's official Web site or call 1-888-TJ-FAMILY.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

VedderPearl Jam will play an extra hour-long set prior to opening act Sleater-Kinney at its show Friday (July 11) outside Boston. It's the third of three non-consecutive performances at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, Mass., during which Pearl Jam is attempting to play each of the nearly 100 songs in its current repertoire without repeats.

At the first two shows last week, the Eddie Vedder-led group was restricted to a total of 50 songs due to an area noise curfew. According to a source, the additional Friday set will likely be a more stripped-down affair than usual, potentially allowing for revamped versions of rarely played tracks from Pearl Jam's vast back catalog.

Doors to the venue will open at 5:30 pm ET, with Pearl Jam taking the stage at 6:30. Sleater-Kinney will play at 7:30, and Pearl Jam will return for its usual full set around 8:45. The two groups perform tonight at New York's Madison Square Garden.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

WorleyDarryl Worley, the Charlie Daniels Band and Sara Evans will perform Friday (July 11) at the Hannity Freedom Concert at Six Flags Great Adventure Theme Park in Jackson, N.J. Staged by Fox News Channel/ABC Radio Network personality Sean Hannity, the event will benefit scholarships for children of military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty.

Freedom Concert will also feature special guests actor Gary Sinise and Oliver North. The latter also hosts a Fox News syndicated radio talk show. For ticket and donation information, visit Hannity's
official Web site.

-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.