CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Today, the Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee announced that actor and musician Jeff Bridges will perform at the main stage during CarolinaFest 2012. CarolinaFest will feature two stages with live performances and speakers. Jeff Bridges and the Abiders are the first performers to be announced for the Main Stage, which will be located at the corner of Trade Street and Tryon Street.
CarolinaFest is a free family-friendly Labor Day Celebration that will occur in Uptown Charlotte and will feature interactive expositions, family oriented-activities, live music, speakers, and history in the making. The event will be held on Tryon Street in the heart of convention facilities and serve as the kick-off to the 2012 Democratic National Convention. More information on CarolinaFest 2012 can be found at www.carolinafest2012.com.
One of Hollywood’s most successful actors and a six-time Academy Award® nominee, Jeff Bridges’ performance in “Crazy Heart”—as Bad Blake, the down-on-his-luck, alcoholic country music singer at the center of the drama—deservedly garnered the iconic performer his first Oscar® for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. The performance also earned him the Golden Globe, SAG Award and the IFP/Spirit Award for Lead Actor.
In August 2011 Jeff released his self-titled major label debut album for Blue Note Records. Multiple-Grammy Award-wining songwriter, musician and producer T Bone Burnett produced the album. It is an organic extension and culmination of his personal, professional and music friendship with Burnett, whom he has known for more than 30 years. The critically acclaimed album was a follow up to his first solo effort “Be Here Soon,” on Ramp Records, the Santa Barbara, CA label he co-founded with Michael McDonald and producer/singer/songwriter Chris Pelonis.
The actor’s multi-faceted career has cut a wide swathe across all genres and earned a number of Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. He has starred in numerous box office hits, including "True Grit," "Tron Legacy," "Iron Man," and "Seabiscuit" as well as his iconic role in the Coen Brothers cult comedy “The Big Lebowski” in 1998. He recently finished shooting the adventure/fantasy film “Seventh Son” opposite Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes and Kit Harington for director Sergey Bodrov. His next project will be a film called R.I.P.D. opposite Ryan Reynolds.
He is currently the national spokesman for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign to end childhood hunger in America. Through his company, AsIs Productions, he produced “Hidden in America,” which starred his brother Beau. That television movie, produced for Showtime, received a Golden Globe nomination in 1996 for Best TV/Cable Film and garnered a Screen Actors Guild nod for Best Actor for Beau Bridges. The film was also nominated for two Emmy Awards.