Obama’s Historic Speech Tonight, Star-studded lineup

Millions of people can’t wait for this historic event!!! I’m so excited that it’s the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” during the March on Washington. The speech is enough for me, but I hear tell there will be some entertainment.

Colorado jam-rock group Yonder Mountain String Band is scheduled to play sometime before the opening gavel at about 3 p.m. MDT. Academy Award winning actress and “American Idol” finalist Jennifer Hudson is slated to sing the national anthem.

Between 5 and 6 p.m. MDT, will.i.am — member of the hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas — will perform, accompanied by John Legend on piano, the official schedule shows. Singer Sheryl Crow is also scheduled for that hour. Then, between 6 and 7 p.m. MDT, soul legend Stevie Wonder will perform. Between 7 and 8 p.m., singer Michael McDonald is on the bill.

As for the surprise, rumors have been circulating for days that rocker Bruce Springsteen — who has endorsed Obama — would perform Thursday night shortly before or after the candidate’s speech.

Springsteen’s tune “The Rising” has been an Obama campaign theme and a recording of it was played Wedneday when the candidate made a suprise appearance after vice presidential nominee Joe Biden’s acceptance speech at the Pepsi Center.Veteran Rocky Mountain News pop-music critic Mark Brown reported Monday that “multiple sources,” which he didn’t name, had confirmed to him that Springsteen and fellow New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi would perform at Invesco.

Other media have attribued the rumor to Obama aides. But on Wednesday, both Politico and Atlantic Monthly reported on their websites that Springsteen would not be playing at Invesco, both citing an unnamed Obama aide. – Denver Business Journal

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