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In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues

Obamas host an all-star event celebrating blues music

Obama, In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues

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Blues legend B.B. King performs with an all-star cast at a White House event titled "In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues."  As part of the In Perfomance series, music legends and contemporary artists were invited to perform at the White House for a celebration of blues music and in recognition of Black History Month. The program featured appearances by B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark, Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Mick Jagger, Keb' Mo', Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, with Taraji P. Henson as the program host and Booker T. Jones as music director and bandleader. The event took place on February 21st, 2012.

Obama, In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues

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Jeff Beck and B.B. King

Jeff Beck greets blues legend B.B. King before performing at the White House on February 21st, 2012.  

Obama, In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues

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Shemekia Copeland and Susan Tedeschi

Shemekia Copeland and Susan Tedeschi perform together at the White House on February 21st, 2012.  

Obama, In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues

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All-Stars

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks and Gary Clark, Jr. play during a celebration of blues music at the White House on February 21st, 2012.     

Obama, In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues

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Captive Audience

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listen as blues legend B.B. King performs during a White House event on February 21st, 2012.  

Obama, In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues

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President Obama Joins the Band

President Obama joined a band of blues all-stars including Mick JaggerB.B. King, Booker T. Jones and Buddy Guy for a rendition of the standard "Sweet Home Chicago" at a concert in the East Room of the White House celebrating the blues. Obama, who recently impressed music fans by singing a few lines from Al Green's classic "Let's Stay Together" at an event in Harlem, was just as smooth in this impromptu performance, which occurred when the musicians urged the President to pick up a microphone.

 

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