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Party with pop stars this inauguration: a primer

No, Jay-Z won't be hosting the approximately half-dozen parties he held in Washington during the 2009 inauguration.

But you will be able to rub shoulders with two of the three four members of En Vogue. That's just the kind of inauguration this is shaping up to be.

Here are a few of the pop stars you might spot in Washington this weekend, organized, naturally, by musical taste:

You love the '90s

Talib Kweli will take the booth at Lil Miss Whiskey's for a DJ set on Saturday night. Even better: Q-Tip, of A Tribe Called Quest fame, spins at the 9:30 club for the Plan to Rock! benefit party. A notorious crate-digger, Tip will have no problem impressing the crowd there -- which,  celebrity-watchers will want to note, will include "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" cutie Tatyana Ali, comedian Aisha Tyler and "Private Practice" doc Kate Walsh. You can find En Vogue holding it down at Blues Alley, where the group performs on Friday and Saturday night. The '90s crooner Maxwell is on tap at the Victory Inaugural Ball on Monday.

You prefer 19th-century jams to 2Chainz

President Lincoln's Own Band, a modern-day group that can be seen in the Oscar-nominated film "Lincoln," is performing at the American History Museum on Saturday as part of its inauguration festivities.

You love Will.i.Am

You're in luck. The Black Eyed Pea has pretty much claimed the prize of Most Ubiquitous Celebrity of the 2013 Inauguration (a title held in 2009 by Jay-Z). Find him performing at the Green Ball; hosting Saturday's sold-out Generation Now party (where Common and John Legend will perform), while somehow simultaneously being at the private Democratic Governors Association at the Hamilton. (We suspect he may be attending the latter via hologram.)

Music? Who cares about music when Katy Perry's bra might shoot fireworks?

There are some shows you won't be able to get into, but you can always attempt to gawk from afar. Katy Perry, Alicia Keys and Usher are lined up to play the Kids' Inaugural Concert on Saturday night at Washington Convention Center. Generation Now will also have a red carpet down the street from the kids concert on Saturday night at the Reynolds Center. If it's star-watching you seek, you can also try to camp out outside the Harman Center for the Arts on Monday around 8:30 for the Creative Coalition ball red carpet, which promises Paula Abdul, Johnny Galecki ("The Big Bang Theory") and Taraji P. Henson.

If you can still keep your eyes open after the balls on Monday, the Learn. Build. Create. after-hours Inaugural party at the W Hotel will kick off at 11 p.m. and is expected to draw celebs including John Legend , Pharrell Williams, Malin Akerman and Rosario Dawson; the red carpet won’t be public, but it never hurts to camp out in the hotel’s luxe lobby bar, order a cocktail and wait for your brush with stardom.

Lavanya Ramanathan is a features reporter for Style.



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