The Last 19 Days of Sanity

I’m going to be lazy today. Before I move on from Inauguration Day 2009, I’m simply copying and pasting from Wikipedia the list of performers at We are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial, held on January 18, 2009:

“The event was musically directed by Rob Mathes of the Kennedy Center Honors. A backing band used by many of the artists was in the orchestra pit, and featured veteran session drummer Kenny Aronoff.

The concert featured performances by (in alphabetical order) Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renée Fleming, Caleb Green, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, Bettye Lavette, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Jennifer Nettles, Pete Seeger, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, U2, Usher, will.i.am and Stevie Wonder.Several of the songs performed had been used by Obama’s presidential campaign.

The concert also featured readings of historical passages by Jack Black, Steve Carell, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Foxx, Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah, Laura Linney, George Lopez, Kal Penn, Marisa Tomei, Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker and Tiger Woods.

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 An estimated 400,000 people attended We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration concert at the Lincoln Memorial on January 18, 2009. 

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