Booking any show is a logistical nightmare. Besides trying to find appropriate talent there are scheduling concerns, artist demands, production costs, backline (instrument) needs, etc. The worst nightmare is cancellations and this party being thrown in Washington DC has had to deal with a whole mess of them.
For those keeping score at home, here is who RSVP’d to perform and those that rescinded and/or did not accept said invitation
Sadly something suddenly came up for the following:
Jennifer Holliday-Citing a “lapse in judgement.” Holliday said she will “stand with the LGBT Community” and not perform for any of the inauguration festivities.
B Street Band (Bruce Springsteen cover band): We had to make it known that we didn’t want to seem disrespectful … to Bruce, his music and his band
Garth Brooks: Conveniently added two more tour dates in Cincinnati, which clashes with the inauguration.
Paul Anka: After agreeing to perform a tailored-for-Donald Trump version of his classic pop hit My Way at a presidential inaugural ball Anka has pulled out of the gig.
“The president-elect is an old friend of mine for 50 years, there was a dialogue to do it,” Anka, a naturalized U.S. citizen, “But the back story of it is, is that I’ve been in a custody battle for two years for my son Ethan, and we have a new schedule now and I’m unable to do it.”
Welcoming celebrations on Thursday, Jan. 19
- Toby Keith
Sample lyric of why he was invited comes courtesy of “American Ride”
“Gotta love this American ride.
Both ends of the ozone burnin.
Funny how the world keeps turnin.
Hot dog, Hot damn.
I love this American ride.”
- 3 Doors Down : Also played the RNC and sang this song “One Light”
“Come with me, let’s take this world and make a change
We’ll give this, more than we can take away
And we’ll see this, through eyes we always thought were blind
If we could find, just one light to shine
Just one light to shine”
- The Piano Guys: The Utah based piano quartet had to release a statement explaining appearance in part saying “We’re still doing what we’ve always done — playing for anyone who will hear our musical message with the hope that it persuades its listeners to love others.”
- Lee Greenwood, who also performed at the inaugurations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush
- DJ Ravi Drums: He appeared on the Episode 5 of Dog Eat Dog hosted by Brooke Burns and one-time musical director for Howie Do It (2009). He also claims on his website to have invented the “live re-mix.
- The Frontmen of Country
Tim Rushlow (Little Texas 1991-1997)
Larry Stewart (fronted Restless Heart 1984-1993)
Richie McDonald fronted Lonestar 1992-2007
- Military and local high school bands
Inauguration ceremony on Friday, Jan. 20:
- Jackie Evancho, the 16-year-old who placed second on “America’s Got Talent” in 2010, will be at the U.S. Capitol, singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the inauguration ceremony. Evancho has performed in front of President Obama and his family before, singing in 2010 at the National Christmas Tree Lighting and in 2012 at the National Prayer Breakfast.
- The Missouri State University Chorale, which accepted an invitation to perform at the inauguration in October, will sing at the ceremony. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, the chair of the committee on inaugural ceremonies, invited the choir.
- The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is scheduled to perform at the inauguration. There have been internal divisions within the 360-member chorus over its performance and at least one member has quit over the issue. Jan Chamberlin announced she was leaving the choir in a Facebook post saying, “I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler.’ And I certainly could never sing for him.”
- The Radio City Rockettes will join the inauguration lineup, despite its own internal conflicts over the performance. At least one Rockette voiced her dissent last month in an Instagram post tagged with #notmypresident. “Finding out that it has been decided for us that Rockettes will be performing at the Presidential inauguration makes me feel embarrassed and disappointed,” Phoebe Pearl wrote. Later, the company that owns the Rockettes said the dancers can sign up “voluntarily” to perform before the president-elect.
Enjoy the show!