Friday, January 16, 2009

The Main (Musical) Event

Yes, noon on Tuesday is the MAIN event of the weekend, when Obama will be sworn in by SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts, and assume the helm of the country. But I'm a music fanatic, and I must admit that Sunday's line-up is what I'm currently jazzed about: the We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration. It starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial.

Here are the musical details from DCist:

[T]his is still surely the densest nucleus of talent and star-wattage for any presidential inauguration ever: U2! Stevie Wonder! Shakira! Usher! John Legend! John Mellencamp! Herbie Hancock!! Beyonce! Mary J. Blige! Plus readers Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Denzel Washington, and Martin Luther King III. And Bruce Springsteen will (we hear) perform Woody Guthrie's angry response to "God Bless America," the immortal "This Land Is Your Land." Admission begins at 8 a.m. Showtime is 2:30 p.m. The concert will be televised that night from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Starting at 8 a.m., you'll be able to gain access to the area. These are the entrances:

  • Constitution Avenue at 19th street
  • Constitution Avenue at Virginia Ave
  • 17th street at North Elm Walk
  • 17th street at South Elm Walk
  • Independence Avenue at the DC War Memorial

  • As I understand it, it'll be televised at seven p.m. that night on HBO. No hologram please!

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