October 9, 2020

Mandolin Livestream Announces Partnership with Theatre Within’s 40th Annual John Lennon Tribute

INDIANAPOLIS, IN—(October 1, 2020)—Mandolin, a digital platform designed to help artists, venues, and fans connect through live music, is pleased to announce a livestream partnership to power The 40th Annual John Lennon Tribute, scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. ET on Friday, October 9. 

A celebration of John Lennon’s seismic impact and the only tribute sanctioned by Yoko Ono, this year’s program will include unreleased footage from previous Tributes, plus new performances of John Lennon and Beatles classics. The heartfelt livestream event is free to all and will feature taped performances by Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Natalie Merchant, Rosanne Cash, Jorma Kaukonen, Marc Cohn, Shelby Lynne, Joan Osborne, among others. 

“The idea of not celebrating John, of allowing the pandemic to stop the Tribute after 39 years, never crossed my mind,” said Joe Raiola, the Tribute's producer and Artistic Director of the Theatre Within organization. 

“When the annual John Lennon tribute needed to transition to an online event, we saw an opportunity to retrofit the format for the new all-digital world, generating more exposure for the cause than ever,” said Mary Kay Huse, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Mandolin. “Much like Yoko Ono and the Theatre Within team, we believe that music has the power to move, to inspire, and to make us happier and more united as friends, fans, and as a community. We are happy to play a part in celebrating John Lennon’s legacy.” 

In lieu of ticket sales, Tribute organizers are asking viewers to support Theatre Within’s life-affirming programs for the cancer community by texting the keyword “Trib40” to 41444 and making a donation. Interested fans should visit www.lennontribute40.org on

October 9 to get the link to the watch page. Replay of the livestream event will be available until Monday, October 12 at midnight ET. 

About Mandolin: 

Mandolin helps artists and venues create connections with fans and prosper through the music they produce. We intentionally push the boundaries of livestream, giving artists the right tools to create content, share it widely, and then better understand how fans engage. Mandolin gives artists the ability to build a digital strategy, all while giving fans unprecedented access to the artists they love. To learn more about how Mandolin is bringing live music back to the stage, visit mandolin.com or Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. 

About Theatre Within's Annual John Lennon Tribute: 

Theatre Within's Annual John Lennon Tribute, produced in association with Music Without Borders, is the longest running John Lennon tribute in the world and the only ongoing John Lennon tribute concert sanctioned by Yoko Ono. It began in 1981 as a small neighborhood gathering on Manhattan’s Upper Westside and evolved over the years into a full-scale charity concert with top artists. Previous performers include Natalie Merchant, Rosanne Cash, Patti Smith, Donovan, Debbie Harry, Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Taj Mahal, Martin Sexton, David Bromberg, Cyndi Lauper and many others. 

For media inquiries, please contact: 

Keri Kirschner, Pivot Marketing / (keri@pivotmarketing.com) or 646.717.2848 Mark Satlof, Shore Fire Media / (msatlof@shorefire.com) or 718-522-7171 Sal Cataldi, Theatre Within / (sal@cataldipr.com)

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