The All-Star Game features Major League Baseball's biggest stars and is without question the featured event of an action-packed week. But the pageantry that surrounds the actual game is something pretty special, too. And judging from this year's All-Star musical lineup, fans are in for a treat when festivities get underway next week in Minneapolis.
Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, whose hit "Let It Go" from the movie "Frozen" put her on the mainstream map, will perform the national anthem prior to the All-Star Game at Target Field on July 15. Menzel will also participate in a special on-field performance as part of the pregame ceremony that will honor the 30 winners in the "Target presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers" program.
Prior to the anthem, Menzel will perform the classic song "Forever Young" by 11-time Grammy Award winner Bob Dylan, a Minnesota native. The 30 All-Star Teachers program celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities. Winners will be recognized on-field with the 2014 MLB All-Star players and managers.
Also as part of the All-Star Game, the Canadian anthem will be performed by the Minnesota Orchestra Brass Quintet, and "God Bless America" will be sung by American country music artist Joe Nichols.
The MLB All-Star Musical Performance presented by Budweiser will also feature singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc, who will perform on the field prior to the Gillette Home Run Derby on July 14 on ESPN.
Blacc's special performance will first feature "Wake Me Up" on MLB Network at approximately 6:50 p.m. CT, followed by "Can You Do This," which will air on ESPN prior to the start of the Derby. Blacc will also perform at the MLB All-Star Gala.
Also joining the roster of musical performances during All-Star Week is Panic! At the Disco, who will perform on-field prior to the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Target Field on July 13 as part of Taco Bell All-Star Sunday. Additionally, the ticketed All-Star Pregame Celebration taking place outside Target Field prior to the All-Star Game on Tuesday will feature American rock band O.A.R. and Minnesota a capella group Home Free.
Grammy Award-winning artists Imagine Dragons will headline the 2014 Target All-Star Concert presented by Budweiser with musical guest Minnesota-based Atmosphere on Saturday, July 12, as part of MLB All-Star Week. A special fireworks show presented by Firestone will be conducted immediately following the concert.
After Menzel's performance of the multiplatinum song "Let It Go" at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. Menzel earned her first Tony nomination as Maureen in the Pulitzer Prize winner "Rent," and she won the award for her performance as Elphaba in "Wicked."
Menzel can currently be seen on Broadway as Elizabeth in the original production "If/Then," for which she earned critical acclaim and her third Tony nomination, and she performed "Always Starting Over" from the musical at this year's Tony Awards.
Blacc has become somewhat of a fixture at Major League Baseball's jewel events, having recently performed at Minute Maid Park in Houston prior to the annual Civil Rights Game. He released his major-label debut album "Lift Your Spirit" on March 11 on XIX Recordings/Interscope Records, where it debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
The set follows up Blacc's collaboration as vocalist and co-writer on well-known DJ/producer Avicii's track "Wake Me Up," a song that hit the Top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on its Hot Dance Club Songs and Dance/Electronic Songs charts, as well as topping charts in more than 100 countries.
Blacc's single "The Man" topped the charts with more than 2.2 million singles sold. Blacc is currently out on a U.S. tour with Bruno Mars in support of "Lift Your Spirit" and new single "Love Is The Answer." He will make his acting debut in "Get On Up," the James Brown biopic scheduled to hit theaters on August 1.