Solange and Esperanza Spalding are both scheduled to perform at the Peace Ball in Washington D.C. on 19th January, which is being organised in opposition to the inauguration of incoming U.S. President Donald Trump.
Both artists, who released critically acclaimed albums in 2016, will perform at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. They will be joined by artists and activists that include former Communist Party USA leader Angela Davis, authors Naomi Klein and Alice Walker, playwright Eve Ensler, and film stars Ashley Judd, Fran Drescher and Danny Glover.
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Event organiser Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys and Poet, told The Washington Post that the ball is a non-partisan gathering of “artists, activists and progressives” that aims to celebrate accomplishments and progress made “over the last four years… on marriage equality, criminal justice reform, and health care.”
It has been widely reported that Trump has been struggling to persuade stars to perform for him. Yet to announce any major acts, the soon to be 45th President of the United States will have to make do with, and not without controversy, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, The Rockettes and former America’s Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho.