Global Citizen Festival to rock Central Park

Global Citizen Festival to rock Central Park

NEW YORK -- The final regular-season games are being played this weekend, and a third of the teams will move on to October while the other two-thirds will call it a year.

Either way, it's time for a party.

Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and John Mayer are set to rock the Great Lawn of New York's Central Park for Global Citizen Festival 2013 on Saturday, from 4-9:30 p.m. ET. The free ticketed concert is for a good cause -- the eradication of global poverty -- and the live stream on Fuse.TV and Fuse's YouTube channel is being powered by Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

"What the Global Poverty Project and its Global Citizen movement have accomplished in just five years is really inspiring," Mayer said in a statement. "Their mission to end extreme poverty is one that we can all agree on, all support. I'm excited to be part of this year's program, alongside musicians I admire and working to end extreme poverty within a generation."

Timed to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Global Citizens Festival helps to draw attention to the issues surrounding education, women's equality, global health and global partnerships in an effort to help end extreme poverty by 2030. A total of 1.2 billion people survive on the equivalent of $1.50 a day, and this year's headliners are activists who are committed to furthering the mission of the Australian-grown Global Poverty Project.

Last year's fest drew 60,000 people to watch Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, John Legend and Band of Horses. It marked the first concert where access was granted solely based on points earned through activist work.

This year's festival handed out 54,000 tickets for the concert. Based on last year's inaugural edition of the fest, you will want to have an eye on Central Park while you are taking in those last innings of September and preparing for Tuesday's start of the postseason.

Go to globalcitizen.org for more information and pre-register for the livestream at festival.globalcitizen.org.

 

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.