DJ Cassidy has been invited to perform on Joe Biden’s inaugural Parade Across America to air across television networks on January 20th, 2021. The segment will follow in line with Cassidy’s groundbreaking virtual series Pass The Mic, which he launched last July to uplift people during the pandemic. The series has received extensive critical acclaim for Cassidy’s ability to seamlessly unite more than one hundred of his legendary musical heroes from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, all whom virtually “pass the mic” from home to home, as they sing along to their most iconic songs. This inaugural installment of Pass The Mic, curated solely for the Parade Across America, will feature the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire, Nile Rodgers (Chic) and Kathy Sledge (Sister Sledge), who will join in a musical celebration of unity and togetherness, as they mark a new beginning for the nation.
Cassidy is no stranger to the political realm as he was the first DJ to ever play a Presidential Inauguration, the first DJ to ever play the Democratic National Convention and the first to ever play at The White House. His journey in the political world began in 2008, while playing fundraising events for Senator Barack Obama, which evolved into a longstanding relationship that continued throughout both terms of Obama’s presidency.
The first time Cassidy played at The White House was at the personal request of Obama, who invited the DJ to perform for his intimate 50th birthday party, alongside Stevie Wonder, which marked the first time a DJ would perform at The White House. On January 20th, 2013, the newly elected two-term President invited Cassidy back to The White House for an exclusive inaugural celebration. Cassidy would return to The White House many times during President Obama’s tenure in office, including First Lady Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday, where he shared a stage with Beyoncé, as well as an impromptu party that also included a performance by Prince. Cassidy’s political journey continued after Obama left office. After traveling the country campaigning for Senator Kamala Harris, Cassidy joined forces with the now President Elect in August 2019 to produce and co-host a live, three-hour, virtual event that raised more than one million dollars for the Biden campaign.
Pass The Mic has become a beloved viral sensation, that has since gone to air as a primetime televised special on BET, following the 2020 Soul Train Awards. The incorporation of Pass The Mic into the 2021 Inauguration festivities is ever so fitting, as Cassidy began his series to “celebrate his musical heroes in an effort to pay tribute to the heroes around the world on the frontlines of health, freedom, and justice.” In the same respect, the Parade Across America will pay tribute to America’s heroes by integrating their stories into one of our great traditions, the inaugural parade of the new president and vice president from the Capitol to the White House. But this year, instead of the American people lining the streets to watch President Biden and Vice President Harris make that historic trip, the parade will take place in communities across the country, transforming the 46th Inauguration into a virtual roadshow and allowing more Americans to participate than ever before, safely and securely. The Parade Across America will travel through all 50 states and US Territories over the course of 75 minutes, and will represent a much needed coming together of Americans from every walk of life.
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