Beach Boys versus Sara Evans at July 4th rival TV concerts
NEW YORK (AP) — The Fourth of July is usually a time for national unity, but there promises to be some division this year at the capital — at least when it comes to what to watch.
PBS' tradition of broadcasting music and fireworks from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol is facing competition from a different live concert at the same time on the South Lawn of the White House.
PBS' "A Capitol Fourth" has the bigger stars: The Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffett, Pentatonix, Chita Rivera, The Temptations, Renee Fleming, CeCe Winans and Joshua Bell. It will be hosted by John Stamos.
Entertainers appearing at the 90-minute White House event on the Hallmark Channel include singer-songwriter Sara Evans, pianist Lola Astanova and two former "American Idol" finalists.