Sunday, January 18, 2009

Where to Hear Sunday's Washington, D.C. Inauguration Concert

HBO has the exclusive rights to show the inauguration concert on TV, but luckily you can hear the concert FREE on the radio on a number of NPR affiliates throughout the country, or listen online with a free live stream. The concert starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 18th and includes such stars as Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, Herbie Hancock, Sheryl Crow, and Stevie Wonder.

There will also be celebrities such as Jack Black, Martin Luther King III, Laura Linney, and Denzel Washington speaking or reading passages of historical texts. And Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at the concert as well.

The radio stations broadcasting the concert included New York's WFUV and WNYC; see the Web site above for full details. (I've since noticed that at least a couple of the stations NPR mentioned are either not broadcasting the concert but are Webcasting it; or are broadcasting it only on their secondary HD channels.) Some of the stations broadcasting the concert may stream it live from their Web sites as well. NOTE: Unlike many other live concerts broadcast on NPR, this one will not be archived for future listening (says NPR), so if you want to hear it, catch it live.

Full list of scheduled performers, according to NPR:
Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Mstr. Sgt. Caleb Green, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, Bettye Lavette, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, U2, Usher, and Stevie Wonder.

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