If you’d like to throw a party to celebrate your latest achievement with some of the biggest pop stars in the world as the house band, it pays to be the President of the United States. Freshly-elected to his second term in November, President Barack Obama is set to dazzle the lucky attendees at his second inauguration by amassing a hoard of top-notch stars to perform in his honor this upcoming Martin Luther King holiday weekend. The festivities include the Children’s Concert, the Commander In Chief’s Ball, and the Inaugural Ball; and though the events are invitation-only, that doesn't mean you can't see the performers live, as many of them are on tour right now.
The fun starts with the Children’s Concert this Saturday at the Washington Convention Center. It'll be hosted by the first and second ladies, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, in honor of the children and spouses military families. Some of the stars lined up to perform are Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Katy Perry, Usher and Stevie Wonder. Back when the president was first elected in 2009, the children and their families in attendance got to enjoy the sounds of the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, and Bow Wow.
Next up comes the Commander In Chief’s Ball and the Inauguration Ball on Monday, also at the 700,000-square-foot Washington Convention Center. These events are for members of the Armed Forces, including Medal of Honor recipients, active and reserve service members; and for the purpose of welcoming in the President, respectively. Who will be performing at which event is yet to be released to the public, but the performers are already set. The list includes stars like John Legend, Smokey Robinson, Marc Anthony, fun., Beyonce, James Taylor, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, Nick Cannon, and the cast of the television show, "Glee."
It’s expected that about 35,000 people will be in attendance at the Inaugural Ball, which is planned and sanctioned by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. At its peak, during President Bill Clinton’s second inauguration, there were 14 official balls, but Obama has slimmed the number to 3, which is the fewest since Dwight Eisenhower in 1953. However, the celebrations will pack plenty of punch, as shown above. Overall, it’s expected that 600,000-800,000 people will be at the inauguration, which is less than the 1.8 million that turned out to witness the monumental 2009 inauguration that announced Obama's first term.
This year's festivities are looking like they will live up to 2009's Inaugural Ball, which featured its own laundry list of top performers, including Herbie Hancock, Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, and Josh Groban, If you weren’t one of the lucky to get your hands on tickets to the this year's event, make sure to check out our entire stock of concert tickets and see your favorite stars live on tour.