Viola Davis to Appear at TEACHERS ROCK event

Tuesday, July 24th 2012

LOS ANGELES, Jul 24, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Live on August 14th at 7:30 p.m. from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, Ken Ehrlich Productions, Anschutz Film Group/Walden Media, and AEG present TEACHERS ROCK presented by Walmart and Walden Media’s upcoming feature film “Won’t Back Down,” a special tribute concert celebrating teachers and education and benefitting several non-profit organizations, featuring some of the biggest names in music, film and sports.

The benefit concert will showcase live performances by Dierks Bentley, Fun. and Josh Groban and special appearances by Viola Davis from “Won’t Back Down,” Josh Hutcherson, Miranda Cosgrove, Pauley Perrette, Roshon Fegan and many more. Proceeds from TEACHERS ROCK will benefit three non-profit organizations: DonorsChoose.org, Feeding America and Teach for America.

Tickets for this special benefit, starting at just $40, will go on sale this Friday, July 27th at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, plus via Charge-By-Phone (800.745.3000). A limited number of VIP packages will also be offered for TEACHERS ROCK, which include tickets to a post-concert party at L.A. LIVE.

The TEACHERS ROCK concert will feature scenes from Walden Media’s upcoming motion picture “Won’t Back Down,” released by 20th Century Fox. The film stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, who play two determined mothers, one a teacher, who will stop at nothing to transform their children’s failing inner city school. Facing a powerful and entrenched bureaucracy, they risk everything to make a difference in the education and future of their children. This powerful story of parenthood, friendship and courage mirrors events that are making headlines daily.

“AEG and Walden are very excited to join efforts with Walmart in celebrating teachers. Honoring teachers and recognizing the importance of education have been bedrock values since the founding of our companies,” said Anschutz Film Group & Walden Media CEO, David Weil. “We believe that TEACHERS ROCK and our upcoming movie, WON’T BACK DOWN, will both inspire parents to believe that they can make a real difference in the lives of students and teachers.”

TEACHERS ROCK will be taped for a special one hour CBS television event broadcast Saturday, August 18th from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT, that will also feature taped performance and appearances from Carrie Underwood, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Garner, Matthew Morrison, Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Usher, Maroon 5′s Adam Levine and James Valentine, and more.

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