Country acts highlight inauguration week in Texas

Charles Kelley, left, Hillary Scott, center, and Dave Haywood of the group Lady Antebellum perform at the American Country Countdown Awards at the Music City Center on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
Charles Kelley, left, Hillary Scott, center, and Dave Haywood of the group Lady Antebellum perform at the American Country Countdown Awards at the Music City Center on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – For the first time in 14 years, Texas is about to have a new governor. While the transfer of power will include several formalities, there are also concerts, balls, parades, and even a barbecue anyone in Austin can enjoy.

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, Governor-elect Greg Abbott will take the oath of office, ending Rick Perry’s record-setting tenure.  but that is just one part of the week. Sen. Dan Patrick will also take the oath of office as the next lieutenant governor. That will take place on the south steps of the Texas State Capitol.

Immediately after the oath, anyone can grab lunch at the Inauguration Barbecue on the West Capitol Grounds. A plate of brisket and fixings costs $10.

At 2 p.m., the Governor and others will take part in a parade down Congress Avenue. Expect the road to be closed through at least 4 p.m.

On Tuesday night, members of the Texas political elite will dance into the evening at the Future of Texas Ball. Anyone can purchase tickets for $75 and be treated to country acts. Lady Antebellum and Texas-native Pat Green.

The night before the oath (Jan. 19), the Josh Abbott Band (no relation to Greg Abbott) and Rod Baird will perform at the Young Texans Celebration. That takes starts at 8 p.m. in the Moody Theater, home of ACL Live. Tickets for that event start at $35. That concert is meant for people under the age of 40. Both Baird and the Josh Abbott Band have Texas ties. Baird graduated from Texas Christian University and lives in Austin now. Josh Abbott formed a band with his fraternity brother Austin Davis and others while they studied at Texas Tech University.

Tickets are still available for the events. You can find them here.

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