Traditionally, a president’s inauguration is met with much fanfare. A huge celeb-heavy celebratory concert is held with people teeming to show up. For example, at Obama’s first inauguration iconic entertainers such as Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Wonder performed. However, for a man who has promised to “Make America Great Again” the pickins seem to be slim for Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Instead of a who’s who of A-listers, his line-up reads about the same as a junior prom’s — from the early ’00s in the Bible Belt. But no matter, the Donald isn’t bothered by this one bit. According to DCist, Trump said in a tweet last month that “the so-called ‘A’ list celebrities are all wanting tixs to the inauguration, but look what they did for Hillary, NOTHING. I want the PEOPLE!”
So who is on board? Toby Keith and 3 Doors Down are scheduled to play, which seems quite fitting considering our country is fast-becoming the fodder of country songs. We have figuratively lost our husband, our truck done broke down and over 65,844,610 Americans’ hearts are achy breaky.
Keith’s claim to fame was his debut song, “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”, which topped the country charts and was the most-played country song of the 1990s. 3 Doors Down (being touted on the interwebs as a low-rent Nickelback) is a Mississippi-based rock band which rose to fame with their first single, “Kryptonite”. (Full disclosure: we have no idea who they are either.)
If that isn’t enough excitement for you, it is also reported that a bunch of other people you don’t care about will also be in attendance: Jon Voight, The Piano Guys, Lee Greenwood, RaviDrums, and The Frontmen of Country. “America’s Got Talent” contestant Jackie Evancho, the Radio City Rockettes, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir will also be on hand to help ring in the apocalypse.
If you don’t feel the need for a shower yet, inauguration planner Tom Barrack told reporters on Tuesday that Trump’s ceremony will feature a “soft sensuality.”
“So what we’ve done instead of trying to surround him with what people consider A-listers, is we are going to surround him with the soft sensuality of the place. It’s a much more poetic cadence than having a circus-like celebration that’s a coronation.”
The concert and related “soft sensuality” are free and taking place at the Lincoln Memorial.
Those wanting to check out A-listers instead, shoudld check out the Women’s March on Washington taking place on January 21st. Scarlett Johansson, Katy Perry, Cher, Julianne Moore, Olivia Wilde, America Ferrara and a slew of others are expected to join.