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Gov. Pat McCrory banged out a drum solo on stage at the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh on Thursday night, kicking off the inauguration festivities.
The mostly young crowd, some in suits, some in flannel, clapped along and a few started singing Queen's "We Will Rock You" to McCrory's bass line. "There we go," McCrory said.
The Republican governor, wearing a sport coat and no tie, seemed at ease at the event. When he left the stage, he listened to the music from in front of the stage, shunning the roped-off VIP section saved for him on the club's upper level.
The night before the Inaugural ball, Pat McCrory' will attend a concert aimed at the younger crowd. Hosted by the Junior League, the Rock the Ball concert at Lincoln Theater in Raleigh will feature bands American Aquarium, the Balsa Gliders and Big Daddy Love.
McCrory's nieces and nephews will serve as honorary hosts and introduce their uncle. The relatives participating: Mary Mac & Camp Jenkins of Chapel Hill, Katie & Greg Fader of Greenville,Patrick Sebastian of Raleigh, Chris McCrory of Charlotte, Katy & Matt Harvey of Charlotte, Molly McCrory of Charlotte, Wilson McCrory of Charlotte, Tripp & Stacie Winslow of Winston-Salem, Mac Winslow & Blythe Clifford of Raleigh and Will Bentley of Los Angeles.
Gov. Bev Perdue's sons attended the event four years ago but unlike McCrory she didn't attend.
Gov.-elect Beverly Perdue's inaugural committee has released the full schedule of public events for the new governor's oath-taking, from prayer to party.
The public events are:
Friday, Jan. 9:
10:30 a.m. - A prayer and worship service at the First Baptist Church at the corner of Wilmington and Morgan streets in downtown Raleigh.
Saturday, Jan. 10:
10 a.m. - Pre-inaugural concert on the steps of the state library.
10:30 a.m. - Inaugural ceremonies for Gov.-elect Perdue and the Council of State, the top, statewide elected officials, such as lieutenant governor and attorney general.
12:30 p.m. - Inaugural parade on Fayetteville Street
2:30 p.m. - Open house at the Executive Mansion
Several other ticketed events, including the inaugural ball, have been organized by the Junior League of Raleligh.