Written by Live Nation Staff • Photography by Roger Kisby, Getty Images • January 18, 2017
With the inauguration right around the corner, musicians across the nation are gearing up to fight the good fight. Though the president-elect had a bit of trouble finding musical support for his commencement, there are tons of alternative events you can attend if you’re in the area. Though many of these events are already sold out, here are a few celebratory events:
Featuring: Common, The Nationals
Jan. 19 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
Hosted by Planned Parenthood and the All Access coalition, rapper Common and rock band The National will be headlining this free concert in support of “reproductive health, freedom and justice.” The All Access coalition is a collective of 13 organizations all committed to providing and supporting health and abortion services for women throughout the country. Tickets for this event are free, but have all been accounted for.
"Women should be able to make their own decisions about their bodies and health. This is a basic human right, and we’re at the very beginning of a long and tough battle to defend these basic rights,” says lead singer of The National, Matt Berninger. "A concert in DC, inspiring people to take action, seems like a pretty good way to kick it off.”
“Peace Ball: Voices of Hope and Resistance”
Featuring: Solange, Esperanza Spalding, Danny Glover, Ashley Judd, Eve Ensler +more
Jan. 19 - Washington, D.C. @ National Museum of African American History and Culture
Organized by Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal, the Peace Ball is intended to be a celebration rather than a protest of the new president-elect. "It’s a celebration of accomplishment — over the last four years, there’s been progress on marriage equality, criminal justice reform, and health care. We don’t always take the time to stand back and look at this great stuff and celebrate,” says Shallal. With so much commotion around our upcoming political state, this will be a refreshing taste of positivity and light.
“Brooklyn Freedom Concert: Inauguration of Hope”
Featuring: Jeremy Bass, Elijah Bridges, Christine Cherry, Bryan Dunn, Dru Cutler Music, Chanese Robin Elifé, Amanda Gookin, Opera Cowgirls, Caitlin McKechney, Nicole Mitchell, Phoebe Nir, Amos Rose, Amy Marie Stewart and composers Alex Weston and Alyssa Weinberg
Jan. 19 - Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Unit J
Held at one of Brooklyn’s most esteemed all-inclusive art spaces, the first annual Brooklyn Freedom Concert aims to bring together creative individuals who support the fight for equality. Hosted by Petra Fried, self-described as "New York City's giant blonde bombshell lesbian 90s power ballad loving drag queen,” all proceeds from the concert will benefit The Audre Lorde Project and the Brooklyn Community Pride Center. Both organizations aim to provide a safe space for those of the LGBTQ community as well as social and health services. With a focus on nonviolent activism within New York, the event emphasizes inclusivity and equality, welcoming those of all ends of the human spectrum to come enjoy a wide variety of music. Tickets and more information are available here, but if you can’t make it, Unit J will be streaming the show from its Facebook page.
"Prophets of Rage & Friends Anti-Inaugural Ball”
Featuring: Prophets of Rage, Audioslave, Vic Mensa, Jack Black, Jackson Browne & The Los Angeles Freedom Choir
Jan. 20 - Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Prophets of Rage held nothing back in naming this event after its intended purpose. In a statement on Facebook the band explained, "The Anti-Inaugural Ball is a celebration of resistance. Resistance to racism. Resistance to sexism. Resistance to homophobia. Resistance to bullying. Resistance to environmental devastation. Resistance to fascism. Resistance to Donald Trump. We are staring down the barrel of a dystopian nightmare unless we act NOW, unless we fight back NOW. We intend to create 'No Trump Zones' across the country; in our homes, our schools, our places of work, and our concert stages. Bad Presidents make for great music. Join us as we get loud and stand together to defend our rights, our country, and our planet."
This will be Audioslave’s first performance in eleven years; it seems the upcoming inauguration of the president-elect has caused a strong enough stir to get the band members back together for one more jam. Tickets went on sale last night but have already sold out—don’t freak out yet, though! The full show will be live streamed on Prophets of Rage’s official Facebook page. A portion of proceeds from the event will go towards the RAINN organization, which stands for ‘Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.’
”Laugh. Dance… Then Get Back to Work”: The Official March After-Party
Featuring: The National, Sleater-Kinney, Tig Notaro, Janeane Garofalo, Ted Leo & Senators Al Franken and Cory Booker
Jan. 21 - Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
The Women’s March on Washington will be taking place the day after the inauguration, followed up with an after-party that evening. Hosted by Funny or Die and 9:30 Club, proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood. Among the lineup will be The National, Sleater-Kinney, Tig Notaro, Janeane Garofalo, Ted Leo and Senators Al Franken and Cory Booker will appear along with Phoebe Robinson (2 Dope Queens), Samantha Ronson, Sam Harris (X Ambassadors), Casey Wilson, June Diane Raphael, Morgan Walsh and Ronna & Beverly. This will be a second chance for music fans in DC to check out The National at 9:30 Club this weekend.
Charitybuzz is holding an auction for 2 VIP tickets to the sold-out show, which you can bid on here until January 20 at noon Eastern.
“The Anti-Ball: A Benefit for Planned Parenthood”
Featuring: Antibalas, TEEN, Kimya Dawson, Trixie Whitley, Xenia Rubinos, Holly Miranda and Kyp Malone
Sat, Jan. 21 - Washington, D.C. @ Black Cat
Another after-party option for those celebrating the Women’s March, The Anti-Ball will bring in live music, dancing, speakers and protest, all with the goal to support an organization whose future may be in danger, Planned Parenthood.
“Beyond being a benefit for an American institution under threat by the incoming administration and by Congress, the artists performing are making a statement with their presence,” Antibalas’ Stuart Bogie says. “Neither our shared culture, nor our passivity can be bought. We, just like the demonstrators, must put our lives on hold to go stand up and be heard in this fragile time for our democracy.”
Antibalas bandmate Martín Perna adds, “As musicians, we can contribute by gathering people, motivating them, collaborating and reinforcing our shared values of social and economic justice, gender equality and reproductive rights.”