When I think about what's in store for me this weekend as millions of people flood into the D.C. metro area, I am consumed by a hybrid feeling of excitement, and total claustrophobia. The key is to not let the latter get the best of me, and persevere through the inevitable feelings of complacency that will accompany my thoughts of just sitting on the couch and watching all of the activity unfold on TV as opposed to actually immersing myself in it. I live 5 miles from the mall, how in good conscience can I miss all of this?! In addition to the inaugural ceremonies on Tuesday, here is a rundown of notable music related events running Sat-Tues.
- Saturday night's show at Ibiza featuring Common, Mary J. Blige and Nelly sponsored by the Hip-Hop Caucus;
- Sunday's star-studded free "We Are One" event on the Lincoln Memorial steps featuring U2, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Bruce Springsteen, Usher, Will.I.Am, John Legend, Sheryl Crow, Shakira, Jamie Foxx and many others. This 90 minute event begins at 2 p.m. and will be broadcast that evening on HBO;
A likely, but yet to be confirmed free kids show at the Verizon Center on Monday night from the Jonas Brothers, and Miley Cyrus;
"An Evening With Jay-Z" at the intimate Warner Theater on Monday night. The iconic hip-hop artist will be flanked by a full band;
A Monday night Rock the Vote-sponsored gig at the 9:30 Club billed as "Hey, America Feels Kinda Cool Again" from the Beastie Boys, Cheryl Crow, Citizen Cope, Justin Jones and others;
Monday night's Big Shoulders Inauguration Ball at The Black Cat with Andrew Bird, Ted Leo, Tortoise, Waco Brothers, and many others.
Tuesday's DC Neighborhood Ball at the Washington Convention Center with Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Shakira, and Stevie Wonder
I have a ticket for the Black Cat Ball, and at this point, have committed myself to attending the insanity that will be the Lincoln Memorial show on Sunday. Let's hope I make it out alive.
Anyone out there with similar plans?