Trump Aide Isn’t Sweating Inauguration Bookings: ‘This Isn’t Woodstock’

Donald Trump’s transition team says it’s not at all worried about the lack of A-list celebs signing up to perform at the President-elect’s inauguration.

“Not at all,” Boris Epshteyn, the communications director for the inauguration, told CNN on Monday. “You know, this is not Woodstock. It’s not Summer Jam. It’s not a concert. It’s not about celebrities.”

Epshteyn told CNN that Trump doesn’t want to have a bunch of A-list celebrities perform at the event, and instead wants to book performers who represent Americans. There’ve been widespread reports that Trump’s team has been unable to attract the kind of high-profile musical acts that participated in past inaugurations, resorting to bringing in “Dancing with the Stars” booker Suzanne Bender to try and wrangle some last-minute talent.

So far, “America’s Got Talent” singer Jackie Evancho, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Radio City Rockettes have confirmed that they’ll be performing.

“The Rockettes represent the American people. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir represents the American people,” Epshteyn told CNN, adding that other yet-to-be-announced performers will also represent the everyday American at the event. “And that’s what we’re concentrating on.”

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Lauren Fox is a reporter at Talking Points Memo.
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