Today’s recap includes tour, concert, special event, and venue announcements as compiled by TicketNews on January 7, 2009. Influential rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z recently...

Today’s recap includes tour, concert, special event, and venue announcements as compiled by TicketNews on January 7, 2009.

Influential rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z recently announced that he will be having a concert in Washington, D.C. on January 19 to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama. The concert will take place at the Warner Theatre, a venue that seats less than 2,000 people. Ticket prices for the concert will range from $375 to $500. After Obama was elected president this past November, Jay-Z wrote the “History” to commemorate the landmark election.

Continuing to tour in support of her second studio album, “On a Clear Night,” up-and-coming singer Missy Higgins will embark on a 24-city trek across the U.S. which is scheduled to begin February 19 at the House of Blues in Houston. Along the way she will welcome guest appearance from fellow rising stars Justin Nozuka and Lenka. Her tour will wrap up on March 23 at The Fillmore in San Francisco.

Those are the complete stories for the day. For a few final concert and tour tidbits, check out the rest of today’s news in brief.

Comedian and host of the popular television game show “Deal or No Deal” Howie Mandel has added a couple new shows to his schedule. On February 20, he will make an appearance at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL and then on April 23 he will go north for a show in Windsor, Ontario at the Caesars Windsor “The Colosseum.” Mandel will also have shows in New York, Las Vegas, New Jersey and more.

Punk band Pennywise has added four dates to their tour in the coming months. Three of those tour dates will take place in California from February 20-22. The fourth concert will take place in Aspen, CO during ESPN’s X Games. Pennywise formed in 1988 and rose to popularity in the mid-1990s.

Singer/songwriter Jewel has added an additional date to the end of her upcoming tour. The tour will kick off in Windsor, Ontario on January 23 and will conclude with the recently added show in San Francisco at The Warfield. The Grammy nominated singer rose to fame after the success of her debut album “Pieces of You” which went platinum 12 times.

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