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Bono Due to Perform, Speak Later This Week

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Bono is slated to make a pair of public appearances this week in the U.S.-- one singing performance and one speaking presentation.

First up is the Jazz Foundation of America's (JFA) annual concert and gala at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Thursday night (May 17). Bono is listed as one of the concert performers on the JFA's website. Guests at the fund raiser will include Quincy Jones, Dr. John and others. Tickets are still available for the concert and start at $100.

Then on Friday, Bono is due to speak in Washington, DC at the Chicago Council’s 3rd Annual Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security. Bono will be there on behalf os his One Campaign to talk about food security and private sector investment in African agriculture. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are also due to speak.