(Some of) the Rockettes, America's Got Talent's Jackie Evancho, and (some of the) Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform at President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20, but one New Jersey group’s gala will get a little Springsteen.
Just not directly.
The New Jersey State Society has booked the B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band, for their Garden State Inaugural Gala, an event in honor of President-elect Trump’s inauguration taking place Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Bruce Springsteen superfan and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will serve as the event’s honorary chair along with wife Mary Pat Christie, according to an event page.
Springsteen himself has spoken out against President-elect Trump several times. Most recently, Springsteen appeared on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, telling the host earlier this month that he has “felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now.”
“It’s as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Forget about where they are ideologically,” Springsteen said on WTF. “Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?”
He also called Trump "a moron" in an interview with Rolling Stone.
Forming back in 1980 as “Backstreets, a Tribute to the Boss,” the B Street Band now bills itself as the “hardest working tribute band on the circuit.” The group previously played the Garden State Inaugural Gala for President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, as well as Christie’s inauguration in 2010.
“Be prepared for a spectacular evening as we capture, the fun and romance of the Jersey Shore with dancing in the Presidential Ballroom to the B-Street Band,” an event page reads, “the #1 Springsteen tribute band.”
Also promised are “hot and hearty nostalgic delights” from a “Boardwalk Cafe Buffet,” a “Fun Zone” with games, and perhaps most importantly, an open bar. However, while President-elect Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence have been invited to the event, “their attendance is not guaranteed.”
Tickets to the Garden State Inaugural Gala run $225 to $300. Tickets to the All American Gala, another Trump inauguration gala scheduled for Jan. 19 with music from 80s tribute band the Reagan Years, start at $275.
Springsteen’s camp has so far not issued any statement about the B Street Band playing a Trump inauguration Gala. But as the New York Daily News points out, music rights organization SESAC says musicians who want to play copyrighted songs must get approval from the owner of the songs’ copyrights.
The B Street Band is next scheduled to perform at Sugarhouse Casino at 9 p.m Friday, Jan. 13. Admission is free.