SPIN.com’s Guide to Presidential Inauguration Concerts
Click here for details on all the hot shows in Washington, DC, from Bruce Springsteen to Jay-Z.
Tuesday, January 20, Barack Obama will be inaugurated as President. And what better way to celebrate his arrival than with some great concerts?
Starting Sunday, shows are planned for various parts of Washington, D.C. Sunday night’s star-studded Lincoln Memorial celebration is undoubtedly the pin-up. But there are plenty of other performances — big and small — for fans of all kinds of music, from pop and hip-hop to hardcore.
Below, check out our guide to the inauguration’s most notable show:
We Are One: The Obama Celebration At The Lincoln Memorial
Who? Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Bono, John Legend, Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Usher, Shakira, and more.
Where? Lincoln Memorial
Tickets Available? The event is free of charge and open to the public — get there early!
Inauguration Kick-Off Celebration: A New Birth of Citizenship
Who? John Legend, Maroon 5, DJ Samantha Ronson. Jessica Alba hosts.
Where? Renaissance Washington
Tickets Available? Yes, starting at $250. Click here for details.
Obama’s Official Inauguration Concert
Who? Elvis Costello, Sting
Where? The Harman Center for the Arts
Tickets Available? Sold out. But then again, with a ticket price range starting at $10,000, does it matter?