Pat Green, Clay Walker and the Eli Young Band will honor their home state January 18 when they perform at the Evening Inaugural Celebration, along with special guest Bonnie Bishop. The swearing-in ceremony for Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst will take place that morning at 11:00 AM on the South steps of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas.

"We've lined up such a solid group of performers to top off what will be a most historically-significant day for our great state," said Weisie Steen, Chair of the 2011 Texas Inaugural Committee. "Texas is fertile ground for good music, so the Evening Inaugural Celebration showcases a few home-grown favorites that have become household names. It's sure to be a night to remember!"

The Lone Star State is a special place to Pat, who donated proceeds from his book 'Pat Green's Dance Halls & Dreams' to the Texas Dancehall Preservation Society. "Old dance halls around Texas are special to guys like me," Green told the Las Vegas Sun, "They gave me a start. They gave Willie Nelson his start. They gave George Strait his start. They're like musical fiber. They're good for me. It's wonderful to get the chance to follow in the footsteps of guys I consider to be the greatest talent of all time. It's good for me to realize where I came from."

According to the 2011 Texas Inaugural Committee, this year's celebrations are scaled back from years past, and through ticket sales and private funding, are operating at no state expense.

The swearing-in is free and open to the public. The evening celebration, which begins at 7:30 P.M. at the Palmer Events Center, is invitation-only, although those interested in attending may request an invitation by emailing here. Cocktail attire is recommend, rather than formal.

More details on the event may be found here.

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