Perhaps only in this era of such combustible politics would the stage at the Fillmore Miami Beach be hosting a CNN pundit, but progressive political commentator and author Van Jones will bring his We Rise Tour to the music venue on Aug 13.
Reserved-seat tickets for Jones’ appearance will cost $49.50 and $39.50 (with VIP level Gold Circle reserved seats for $59.50) and be available 10 a.m. Friday, June 16, at LiveNation.com, by calling 800-745-3000 and at the Fillmore box office, 1700 Washington Ave.
Best known as a star CNN commentator during the 2016 election and the host of the network’s “The Messy Truth, with Van Jones,” the Yale-educated attorney was the “green jobs” adviser to the Obama White House in 2009, and is the co-founder of numerous social-justice organizations, including ColorofChange.org, Dream Corps and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.
The We Rise Tour focuses on “commonalities as opposed to our differences,” according to a press statement, and will gather artists, athletes, local officials and “thought leaders” in each city.
Jones, who last month signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation management firm, isn’t shy about speaking his mind and letting the chips fall where they may. He recently received criticism from the left and bouquets from the right for taking President Obama to task for plans to speak at a health-care conference produced by a Wall Street investment firm, earning $400,000 for his trouble.
“I hope [Obama] will do a tour — go to Appalachia, go to Native American reservations where they’re shoving these pipelines down their throats and they don’t even have clean, running water,” Jones said on CNN.
His breakout moment, of course, came during an election-night CNN panel discussion about the looming Donald Trump presidential upset, an emotional soliloquy that tapped into the sentiments of millions of Americans while describing the simple task of sitting down to breakfast the next morning. “How do I explain this to my children?” he asked.
In October, Jones is scheduled to release his third book, “Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart & How We Came Together,” joining previous New York Times best sellers “The Green Collar Economy” and “Rebuild the Dream.”