January 17, 2017

Trump, Pence inaugural balls deemed ‘most affordable in recent history’

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, along with their wives, will attend all three inaugural balls on Friday night as is tradition for newly minted commanders in chief, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced late Tuesday. The committee is touting all three events as the "most affordable in recent history" to ensure they are accessible to the public.

Two of the official balls - Liberty and Freedom - will be open to the public, though closed to media not part of the press pool. These balls will cost $50 each, significantly lower than the hundreds of dollars previous ones have cost, possibly due to the lack of A-list performers. In 2009, President Obama had Beyonce as a headline at one of his official balls.

The Freedom Ball is expected to have 25,000 people. Liberty is expected to host about 8,000.

Trump and Pence will also attend the private Salute to Our Armed Services Ball at the National Building Museum, open to invited members of the military, including active duty and reserve military, Medal of Honor recipients, wounded warriors, military families, veterans and first responders.

Liberty and Freedom will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and be available to all television networks free of cost for the first time in history. Performers and singers at the balls include Sam Moore, Tim Rushlow and his Big Band, Silhouettes, The Rockettes, Pelican212, The Piano Guys, Circus 1903, Cache Olson, Lexi Walker, and Erin Boehme.

The military ball will feature performances from Tony Orlando and Josh Weathers.

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