UPDATE: Shortly after this story was posted, Billboard spoke to a member of the B-Street Band who clarified that the Garden State Gala is a non-partisan event unconnected to official Trump inaugural balls and that the gig was booked four years ago, before Trump was a nominee for president.
During his first press conference in nearly six months on Wednesday (Jan 11), president-elect Donald Trump promised "tremendous talent" for his inauguration festivities. Though nobody with the Trump team has specified the full roster of performers so far, given the latest name on the short list for Trump's celebration, it's looking unlikely that next week's events will match the star-power that greeted President Obama during his first 2009 inauguration.
In contrast to such high-profile stars such as Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder and Mary J. Blige who played at Obama's inaugural balls and his massive "We Are One" concert in 2009, the biggest new booking for an event during Trump's inauguration weekend is one of the hardest working (cover) bands in the land: the Bruce Springsteen tribute act the B-Street Band. They join America's Got Talent season five runner-up Jackie Evancho, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, most of the Radio City Rockettes, country duo Big & Rich and country rapper Cowboy Troy as the only announced performers connected to the Trump inauguration so far.