Seems like a slew of major news stories have almost overshadowed this, but in case you had forgotten—President Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term on Monday, Jan. 21. (Well, actually, it’s Jan. 20, according to Constitutional requirements, but the “big event” is Monday.) There have been lots of preparations in the works, both for the inaugural ceremony itself, as well as for the various balls and after parties. Obama and family will be present at two inaugural balls—the “official” ball and the Commander-In-Chief’s Ball—and the lineup of bands and artists planning to perform at these festivities could almost make the Grammys jealous.
The inaugural swearing-in itself will include performances by Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor, with Beyonce performing the National Anthem.
As for the two main balls, details about who is playing where and when are slow in coming, but since both parties are in the same complex, it’s almost irrelevant. Between the two events (and with some artists actually playing at both, and at a few other events), the concert lineup includes such names as Jamie Foxx, Alicia Keys, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, fun., Soundgarden, Jennifer Hudson, Katy Perry, Brad Paisley, John Legend, Marc Anthony, Far East Movement, Black Violin, Usher, and the cast of “Glee.”
Whew. Betcha never had a lineup like that at your party.
Interestingly enough, for all this glitz, glamour and music, this year’s inaugural celebration is remarkably low-key compared to others, including Obama’s last one. The President scaled back the number of balls considerably (there were six balls at the Washington Convention Center last time, only two this time), perhaps in response to the overall mood about the economic times. Not since Eisenhower have there been so few, according to the Washington Post. Even so, as many as 35,000 people are expected to attend the main ball alone.
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