President-elect Trump’s big inauguration concert at Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial got a bit more star power.
Country artists Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood, singer Jennifer Holliday and southern rock band 3 Doors Down have been added to the lineup for the pre-inauguration concert Jan. 19, the Inaugural Committee said Friday.
“I’m honored to be part of history again and sing for President-elect Donald Trump. This is a time to overcome challenges in our country and band together. My wife Kim and I are looking forward to the inauguration ceremonies,” Greenwood said in a statement, referencing his performances at three prior presidential inaugurations.
Jon Voight, perhaps the most vocal and high-profile Hollywood backer of Trump, will also attend the event. As with Trump’s campaign, the theme and official title for the concert is the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.”
So far, a narrative shaping Trump’s inauguration has been the perception that major entertainment industry names have refused invites to perform at the festivities. Especially since a star-studded Women’s March on Washington is planned for the day after the inauguration as a protest, with celebs like America Ferrera, Uzo Aduba, Debra Messing and Patricia Arquette to attend.
Prior to Friday’s unveiling, Cowboy Troy, country band Big & Rich and America’s Got Talent singer Jackie Evancho were among the entertainers who were listed as performing at Trump celebrations.
“President-elect Trump has made it clear that this inaugural is of, by, and for the American people. The 58th Inaugural will celebrate American history and heritage, while setting the course to a brighter and bolder future for all Americans,” said chairman Tom Barrack in a press release. “Above all, it will serve as tribute to one of our greatest attributes, the peaceful transition of partisan power.”
The Lincoln Mall celebration will include military band performances and a fireworks show, the Inaugural Committee said.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter – Erik Hayden