Flaming Lips, the Roots, to play free public shows at Pan Am Games
Wayne Coyne, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for the U.S. band the Flaming Lips performs during the 2015 Cumbre Tajin music festival in Papantla, Mexico, Friday, March 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
TORONTO -- Psych-rock outfit the Flaming Lips and long-running alt-hip-hop band the Roots will perform free public shows during the Pan Am Games in Toronto this summer.
Adventurous R&B singer Janelle Monae is another of almost 1,300 artists on the bill for the 35-day cultural festival accompanying the Pan Am Games and the Parapan American Games, running July 10 to Aug. 15.
The musical program also includes Jann Arden, A Tribe Called Red, Death From Above 1979, Lights, Tanya Tagaq and Brigitte Boisjoli.
The multi-disciplinary festival will also feature presentations by Quebec theatre artist Robert Lepage, Toronto photographer Edward Burtynsky and dancer Veronica Tennant.
Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square will host nightly concerts, fireworks and victory celebrations for medal-winning athletes.
The Flaming Lips will perform there July 19, the Roots on Aug. 8 and Arden on Aug. 11.