Tickets still available for Denver celebration

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Inauguration



Tickets are still available for those who want to dine or see a concert with Colorado’s incoming governor, John Hickenlooper, and his running mate, Joe Garcia.

The two Democrats will be sworn into office at a 10 a.m. inaugural ceremony on the west steps of the Colorado Capitol on Jan. 11, the day before the Colorado Legislature convenes its 2011 session.

Attorney General John Suthers, who won re-election last month, also will be sworn into office along with incoming State Treasurer-elect Walker Stapleton and Scott Gessler, who was elected secretary of state.

Afterward, the new governor is expected to hold meetings all day, some with state officials and others with his transition team, said Ben Davis, who’s coordinating inaugural events for the Democrat.

Davis said Hickenlooper will officially resign his position as Denver mayor just before he’s sworn into office.

Unlike past inaugurations that included events over several days, Davis said the incoming governor wanted to keep his simple, and all occurring on the same day.

As a result, his $100-a-plate inaugural dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the nearby Fillmore Auditorium, just off the 16th Street Mall that begins near the Capitol Building. The dinner includes entertainment and a dance floor.

At 9 p.m., Hickenlooper and his new lieutenant governor will head to the Ogden Theater just east of the Capitol for an inaugural concert.

That event, which costs $75, will feature a Colorado band, OneRepublic, that’s recently earned national fame.

Some of the rock band’s music has been used in movies and television shows, including the 2010 film “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and the TV series “Pretty Little Liars” and “Nikita.”

Davis said a “very special” guest also will appear at the concert, but he’s not saying who that is.

All inaugural events are funded through private donations.

In addition to his inaugural speech, Hickenlooper and Garcia will address those who attend the inaugural dinner and are expected to say a few words at the concert.

Hickenlooper’s slated to give his first state-of-the-state address to the Legislature on Jan. 12.


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