Mayor-elect Annise Parker's swearing-in ceremony
Monday over the weekend will be private, but after that on Monday it's an eclectic mix of events and personalities for the public to share in.
It includes a Discovery Green concert featuring two Houston performers who had hits a long while ago: Archie Bell of "Tighten Up" fame, and, as a release says, "Roy Head, Texas legend of blue-eyed soul, who took 'Treat Her Right,' recorded in the shadow of downtown, to #2 on the pop charts."
Yvonne Washington will also appear in what the mayor-elect's office is calling an "over-the-top soul revue." Funky!!
Bookending the over-the-topness will be closer Jennifer Holliday, whose name the mayor-elect's office misspells but who nevertheless might be talked into singing "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," and opener Mango Punch.
Even better -- Joel Osteen will be part of the day!! So we'll find out how God wants all of us, especially him, to be rich.
Osteen will be part of the ceremony at the Wortham Theater earlier in the day. You want eclectic? You got it:
The inaugural program will feature former Channel 11 News Anchor Lisa Foronda as mistress of ceremonies, 2009 America's Got Talent first runner up Barbara Padilla, Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen, St. John's United Methodist Church Pastor Rudy Rasmus, poet Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and children from the Chinese Community Center. Music will be provided by the 200-member Inauguration Orchestra and Choir, comprised of many of Houston's top musicians.
The free concert will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Discovery Green. Its being funded by private donations, and will move to the George R. Brown if weather gets dicey.
"I opted for a free concert over an invitation-only gala because I want all of Houston to be able to participate in the celebration," Parker said in the announcement. "I invite families to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets and join me under the stars in downtown Houston for an event that will have everyone on their feet dancing. It's the perfect way to mark the start of a new decade and a new city government that I pledge will be inclusive and transparent."
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