Sara Evans, ‘American Idol’ alums to perform at White House Fourth of July event

WASHINGTON — Singer Sara Evans and two alums from “American Idol” are among the performers scheduled for an evening Independence Day event on the south lawn of the White House, with President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump in attendance.

Hallmark Channel will telecast the event live starting at 8 p.m.

Also on the bill are pianist Lola Astanova, the United States Marine Band, the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters, and the United States Air Force Band’s Max Impact. The “American Idol” alums are finalists Jax and Jonny Brenns.

The Trumps will mark the Fourth of July earlier in the day with an afternoon picnic for military families.

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NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Sara Evans is interviewed on the CMA Close Up Stage during the 2018 CMA Music festival at the on June 7, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Leah Puttkammer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Singer/songwriter Sara Evans attends Build to discuss her album 'Words' & Her Tour at Build Studio on December 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Recording artist Sara Evans performs during CMT Next Women of Country at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on February 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 23: Sara Evans attends the 91st Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/WireImage)
NAPA, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Sara Evans poses during Live In The Vineyard 2017 at the Uptown Theatre on November 3, 2017 in Napa, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
NAPA, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Singer Sara Evans poses backstage during the fall version of Live in the Vineyard 2017 at the Uptown Theatre on November 3, 2017 in Napa, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 29: Sara Evans attends SiriusXM presents the Eagles in their first ever concert at the Grand Ole Opry House on October 29, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Singer Sara Evans sings the national anthem at NRG Stadium on October 8, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 25: Sara Evans vists at SiriusXM Studios on July 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 26: Singer Sara Evans visits Music Choice on July 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 27: Recording Artist Sara Evans performs during her album premiere special on SiriusXM's Y2Kountry Channel at SiriusXM Studios on June 27, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
NASHVILLE, TN - JULY 13: Recording Artist Sara Evans speaks during a panel at the Summer NAMM Show Opening at Music City Center on July 13, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for NAMM)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Singer-songwriter Sara Evans arrives at the 27th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game at First Tennessee Park on June 10, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for City Of Hope)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 09: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Sara Evans performs on the Cracker Barrel Stage during CMA Fest on June 9, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Beth Gwinn/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 20: Sara Evans performs at an Evening with Scott Hamilton and Friends to Benefit Scott Hamilton Cares Foundation at Bridgestone Arena on November 20, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 02: Singer-songwriter Sara Evans takes photos on carpet for Unlikely Heroes hosts, Night of Freedom, A Tribute to the Legend George Michael at City Winery Nashville on May 2, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Unlikely Heroes)
BIRMINGHAM, AL - DECEMBER 03: Sara Evans performs at the Alabama Theatre on December 3, 2016 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by David A. Smith/Getty Images)
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Melania Trump said in a statement, “I’m delighted to welcome this new addition to the annual White House July 4th celebration. Americans will be able to tune in from their homes and be part of the festivities.” The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are sponsors.

The event is separate from one held on the west end of the Capitol, “A Capitol Fourth,” which will air on PBS. John Stamos will host, with performances by Jimmy Buffett and the cast of “Escape to Margaritaville,” the Beach Boys, Pentatonix, Chita Rivera, Andy Grammer, The Temptations, Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina, CeCe Winans, Joshua Bell, Kyla Jade and Jack Everly and the National Symphony Orchestra. Renee Fleming will perform “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the Broadway musical “Carousel” in a tribute to U.S. troops.

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