The stars, including Jay Z, Bruce Springsteen and Jessica Alba will be out in shows around Washington D.C. in the days leading up to the inauguration of Barack Obama as U.S. President.

Other stars include Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Dionne Warwick, Elvis Costello, Sam Moore, as well as classical music notables including Itzhak Perlman and Yo Yo Ma.

In Concert on the Eve of Change, a special one-night only event on January 19, will feature Jay-Z and his live band at the intimate 1,847-capacity Warner Theater, reported E! News.

Bruce Springsteen is planning to jam January 19 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial according to Washington Post. The concert is open to the public for free of charge.

Other events include Declare Yourself's inauguration kick-off event which will be hosted by Jessica Alba on January 18 features performance by Maroon 5 and DJ Sam Ronson. There are also other surprise guests.

There are also unofficial parties in and around inauguration time in D.C. include one thrown by Dionne Warwick at the Marriott Wardman; a concert headlining Alicia Keys on January 18; a free show by Aretha Franklin at the Kennedy Center; a ball organized by the Creative Coalition featuring performances by Sam Moore, Sting and Elvis Costello.

For the official swearing-in ceremony Queen of Soul Franklin and go-to guardians of high culture Itzhak Perlman and Yo Yo Ma are on the bill.