A little over a week ago, it was reported that the Trump administration was struggling to find performers for the President-elect’s big inauguration in Washington, D.C. on January 20th.
Trump responded to those refusing to play with a very Trump-like tweet:
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2016
It appears as though Trump’s inauguration won’t be a pop concert like so many inaugurations in years past.
And his organization appears to be just fine with that.
Director of Communications for the Inaugural Committee, Boris Epshteyn, said of the event:
“This is not Woodstock. It’s not summer jam. It’s not a concert.”
The Trump administration is still going to have some music; it just might be from artists you’ve never heard before.
Here is the line-up:
Talladega Marching Tornadoes
This is the marching band for HBCU, Talladega College in Alabama.
According to Talladega College President Billy C. Hawkins, the “lessons students can learn from this experience cannot be taught in a classroom.”
“We respect and appreciate how our students and alumni feel about our participation in this parades. Many of those who chose to participate in the parade have said, we feel the inauguration of a new president is not a political event but a civil ceremony celebrating the transfer of power.”
The Rockettes are a precision dance company that has been around since 1925. They are most known for their high kicks and their performances during the Christmas season in NYC, where they do five shows a day, seven days a week.
A number of Rockettes dancers objected to performing, so only those willing will be at the inauguration.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
If you’ve watched performances at past inaugurations, then you’ve probably seen the Mormon Tabernacle Choir—they’ve performed at the last seven.
Jackie is the only solo singer booked so far and possibly the most well-known of all the artists.
Despite being only 16 years old, Jackie rose to fame after appearing on “America’s Got Talent” where she finished the season runner-up.
Performing in front of Trump will not be the first time the teen prodigy will have performed for a president — having previously sung at two Obama events.
Trump reportedly cast her for the event as a part of his “movement.”
Since announcing her performance, sales of her newly released Christmas album apparently skyrocketed, which Trump let everyone know:
Jackie Evancho's album sales have skyrocketed after announcing her Inauguration performance.Some people just don't understand the "Movement"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 4, 2017
So far, that is all Trump has lined up for the big day.
However, for the pre-inaugural gala on Jan. 19th, Trump secured famed country act Big & Rich:
As well as country rapper Cowboy Troy:
Big & Rich singer John Rich said of the event:
“We’re thrilled to be performing in our nation’s capital during this historic moment in time.
A Presidential Inauguration is a uniquely American event, so we are honored to be a part of it and hope to help make it a memorable event.”
With the celebration still two weeks away, it’s possible other artists will be added in the days to come. We’ll update this post if more are announced.