SPIN.com's Guide to Presidential Inauguration Concerts

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(left to right): T.I., Jay-Z, Elvis Costello, Shakira, Ted Leo, Bruce Springsteen, Barack Obama, Beyonce, Sting
WRITTEN BY
Larry Fitzmaurice

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:

January 18


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.

January 19


The Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball
Who? T.I., LL Cool J, Young Jeezy
Where? The Harman Center for the Arts
Tickets Available? Yes, general admission tickets are $500. (Buy here).

In Concert On The Eve Of Change
Who? Jay-Z with a live backing band
Where? Warner Theatre
Tickets Available? Yes, ranging from $375-$500 (Buy here).

The Big Shoulders Ball: Chicago Celebrates Change
Who? Andrew Bird, Ted Leo, Tortoise, Icy Demons, Waco Brothers
Where? The Black Cat
Tickets Available? Sold out. eBay is your best bet.

"Hey: America Feels Kinda Cool Again" Inaugural Gala
Who? Beastie Boys, Sheryl Crow, Citizen Cope
Where? 9:30 Club
Tickets Available? Sold out. eBay is your best bet.

January 20


Demand in DC: The Empowerment of People
Who? Anti-Flag, Darkest Hour, United Nations
Where? The Black Cat
Tickets Available? Yes. General admission costs $10 (Buy here).

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?

Urban Ball
Who? Ludacris, Big Boi from Outkast, Monica
Where? Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Tickets Available? Yes, starting at $350. (Buy here).

Inaugural Ball of Legends
Who? Chaka Khan, George Clinton, Peter Paul & Mary
Where? Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
Tickets Available? Yes, starting at $450. (Buy here).

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