…says 90% of us.
well don’t fret my foxhole,
there will be some great music booked for the inauguration.
you can mask your sobs under the tunes.
this is the alleged list of who is performing…
Donald Trump’s inauguration is less than a month away, and we’re now beginning to get a glimpse at the entertainment that is lined up.
So far, three performances have been scheduled for the inauguration ceremony itself. The first will be from Jackie Evancho, 16-year-old America’s Got Talent contestant who will sing the “Star Spangled Banner.” This is her first inauguration performance, but it will not be her first time performing for the president, as in 2010, she sang at the National Christmas Tree lighting and met President Barack Obama.
In addition, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will sing at the swearing-in ceremony this year, the group announced on Thursday. The choir has previously performed at the inauguration of George H.W. Bush, Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson. They also sang at an inaugural parade for George W. Bush. (No performers have yet been announced for Donald Trump’s inaugural parade.)
Finally, the Radio City Rockettes will also be performing at the inauguration, Presidential Inaugural Committee Communications Director Boris Epshteyn revealed in a CNN interview on Thursday. However, he said that the specifics of when the Rockettes will perform have not been determined.
That covers the main inauguration ceremony, but in addition to that, there will also be two inaugural balls. One of those is the All American Inaugural Ball, and the other is the Great American Inauguration Ball. The former boasts that it will feature a “stellar list of special guests, plus multiple areas of entertainment and attractions, which represent diversity, energy and promise of America.”
This ball is open to the public, with tickets currently going for $250 per person. That $250 price tag is evidently only there for a limited time, though, and the list price of a single ticket is $350. It will actually take place the night before the inauguration, from 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill on January 19th, but it’s considered to be a part of the inauguration festivities.
So who is included on that stellar list of guests? The lineup is not yet complete, but here is who has been announced:
Beau Davidson – The most famous name performing at the All American Inaugural Ball is singer and songwriter Beau Davidson. Earlier this year, Davidson sang a cover of “Stand By Me” for Trump at Mar-A-Lago. This included Davidson’s own take on the lyrics, as he sang, “So Donald, Donald stand by us, and we’ll stand by you.” Davidson later denied that Trump was uncomfortable during the performance.
The Reagan Years – Next up is an ’80s cover band called The Reagan Years. This group was formed in 1996, and it consists of musicians Sy Seyler, Karen Ellison, Glenn Riley, Jody Lewis, Stephan Scott Lay and Scott Benford. They cover popular songs from the 1980s like Don’t Stop Believing, Footloose, and Rock of Ages, primarily at corporate events, weddings, and private ceremonies. “The Reagan Years is one of the HOTTEST 80’s cover band in the US!” the All American Inaugural Ball says on its website. “You will swear you’ve gone back in time…”
The MIXX – The Mixx is described by the All American Inaugural Ball as being “the Mid-Atlantic’s hottest Party Band.” This is actually the same group as The Reagan Years, with the only difference being that The Mixx plays songs from eras other than the 1980s. The Reagan Years describes The Mixx as being their “multi-decade alter ego.” The All American Ball says on its website that The Mixx will play the “biggest hits of the last 5 decades,” including Bruno Mars, Elle King, Boston, Usher, Miley Cyrus and The Beatles. (However, the agency that represents the group describes them as exclusively performing ’80s songs. “Founded in 1996, The MIXX recreates the sounds of the 1980s; a day when Ronald Reagan was President, M-TV first aired, CDs emerged, Acid Washed jeans were ‘Cool’ and alternative music was called ‘New Wave,’” their description reads.)
DJ Romin – Romin Zandi is a DJ who goes by the name DJ Romin and who focuses on Hip-Hop, House, Club, Electronic, and Latin music. Zandi is in his early 20s, having graduated high school in 2012, and he mainly performs in Washington, DC, according to his profile on the Bialek’s Music website. Bialek’s Music also happens to be the same agency that represents The Mixx.
DJ Young Rye – DJ Young Rye is another DJ who mostly works weddings and private events. Ryan Kersey is a 32-year-old Virginian who describes himself as “a true disc jockey who mixes music utilizing beat matching, fading, and other creative mixing skills, not just pushing play on a CD player or iPod.” He’s the cousin of Just Blaze, a well-known hip-hop producer who has produced many of Jay Z’s songs.
[A DJ named DJ Flow was originally listed next on the All American Inaugural Ball website, described as being “a true student of music, and the art of DJing.” However, he has since been removed from the schedule. He explained on Twitter that he performed at the All American Inaugural Ball four years ago but was never scheduled to perform this year, adding that this was a big mix-up. On Election Day, DJ Flow joked that if Donald Trump won, the president-elect would be moving into public housing that had been vacated by a black family.]
DJ Freedom – The last DJ on the list of entertainers is DJ Freedom. The only description about this artist provided by the All American Inaugural Ball is one that could apply to literally any DJ in the world. It reads, “DJ Freedom get [sic] you in the mood to celebrate! With a deep catalog of tuned [sic] from all genres, DJ Freedom will be taking requests and spinning all your favorite dance tunes.” Also, the only image the website provides is just a stock photo of a cartoon DJ.
A Place To Be Trio – The A Place to Be Trio consists of three singers who each suffers from some form of disability. Amy Stone, who has Cerebral Palsy, says she wants to redefine how people look at individuals in wheelchairs. Brendan Friedrich is blind and says that he wants to be America’s first blind meteorologist. And Forrest Allen experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury during a snowboarding accident in 2011. A documentary about Allen called High Notes is being released next month. The trio will perform a “Heroes Tribute” at the inaugural ball.
The Star Spangled Singers – Finally, the Star Spangled Singers is a group of seven women who will be singing uplifting and patriotic songs. They have performed at sporting events and private parties, although their Facebook page has not been updated in over two years.
The second ball is the Great American Inaugural Ball. This one is held January 20th from 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time to 2:00 a.m. Eastern Time. It’s open to the public, and tickets range from $200 to $500.
The Great American Inaugural Ball has announced the following performances:
Right On Band – The Right On Band calls itself the “world’s greatest show band;” it is a 10-piece band with a full horn section, and the singers dress in 1970s costumes. They have at some point performed for each of the last three presidents. “Specializing in Motown, Disco, and ‘70s Funk, the band has been keeping the ‘70s alive for more than 18 years,” the Great American Ball says of the Right On Band on its website.
Darryl Worley – Darryl Worley is a country music singer known for songs like “I Miss My Friend” and “Awful, Beautiful Life.” His most famous work is “Have You Forgotten,” a song about the September 11th terrorist attacks released in 2003. “Darryl is an All-American entertainer and hero, tried-and-true…,” the Great American Ball Says. One interesting connection between Worley and Trump is that they are both passionate about preventing people from becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol, and Worley says he plans to open a wellness center geared towards young people with addictions.
Chris Styles – Chris Styles is a DJ who performs at many political events and weddings in Washington, D.C., and he is one of the disc jockeys on Sirius XM’s “The Heat.” He has been working as a DJ for 20 years.
For The Win – For The Win is another cover band that plays popular songs at weddings and private events. The band’s members are “Schwartzy,” Amanda Szott, Matt Greene, Clay Lord, Bill Ledbetter, and Joe Maier. On its website, the group says that it can “literally play any type of song, catering to any type of audience.” (Note: This is not the more popular rock band that is also called For The Win.)
Sam Fazio – Sam Fazio is a jazz vocalist who covers songs at private events, hotels, and casinos. He’s a graduate of DePaul University’s School of Music and recently held residency for five years at the Drake Hotel. He has released two CDs, the most recent of which, Swingin’ thru the Holidays, consists of covers of Christmas songs like “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”
Pat Premier – Finally, anotherDJ who will be working the inaugural ball is Pat Premier, whose real name is Patrick Boyd and who performs at events around Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia. In addition to private events, he also sometimes plays at festivals like Chillin Music Fest. He’ll be at the Big Night New Orleans New Year’s Eve Gala this year as well. Although Premier’s website and social media pages advertise the New Year’s Eve Gala, they make no reference to the inauguration.
That’s all we have so far. Obviously, these are far from A-list stars, and for comparison, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, John Legend and Stevie Wonder performed at Barack Obama’s 2012 inaugural ball.
was i the only one reading that like:
“I HOPE I DON’T SEE MY FAV ON THIS LIST!”
it seems like a bunch of bottom of the barrel.
it’s also sad that the rockettes are being forced to perform.
if they don’t,
they will lose their jobs.
in a facebook status from one of the members:
via broadway world:
BroadwayWorld has obtained and confirmed the authenticity of an email sent from the American Guild of Variety Artists to what appears to be Rockettes in its membership as a response to the announcement that some Rockettes do not want to participate in the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
The email reads: “We have received an email from a Rockette expressing concern about getting “involved in a dangerous political climate” but I must remind you that you are all employees, and as a company, Mr. Dolan obviously wants the Rockettes to be represented at our country’s Presidential inauguration, as they were in 2001 & 2005. Any talk of boycotting this event is invalid, I’m afraid.“
“We have been made aware of what is going on Facebook and other social media, however, this does not change anything unless Radio City has a change of heart. The ranting of the public is just that, ranting. Everyone has a right to an opinion, but this does not change your employment status for those who are full time.”
“This has nothing to do with anyone’s political leanings (including AGVA’s), it has to do with your best performance for your employer, period. I will reiterate that if Hillary Clinton was the President-elect, nothing would be different, and there would probably be those who would not want to be involved because of her. It is a job, and all of you should consider it an honor, no matter who is being sworn in. The election is over and this country will not survive if it remains divided.”
“Everyone is entitled to her own political beliefs, but there is no room for this in the workplace.”
The email continues in bolded, underlined font: “If you are not full time, you do not have to sign up to do this work. If you are full time, you are obligated. Doing the best performance to reflect an American Institution which has been here for over 90 years is your job. I hope this pulls into focus the bottom line on this work,”
The email was written and sent by a high-ranking member of the union’s administration. This appears to corroborate earlier reports that the union had expressed that members who are full-time employees of MSG are required to perform at the inauguration.
i feel you them!
i would probably vomit.
it is their job.
not liking or supporting donald trump is your choice.
who you perform for while under contract is not.
we have to work around/under racists/bigots/sexists/homophobes.
we are hired to get the job done under contract.
i can see the rockettes point tho,
but they need to suck it up and do what they’re paid to do.
quit and find another production.
if it was me tho,
the dancing would be sloppy and stale af.
i’ll tune into the inauguration to see if anything pops off.
it all goes down january 20th.
lowkey: was expecting to see kanye on that list.