â€˜In Performance at the White Houseâ€™ Presents â€˜Red, White And Blues'
February 15, 2012 at 11:56 AM (PT)
The Emmy Award-nominated "In Performance at the White House" series, aired on PBS, returns with "Red, White And Blues." The show will be taped FEBRUARY, 21st at the EAST ROOM OF THE WHITE HOUSE and will be hosted PRESIDENT and MRS. OBAMA. It is in recognition of BLACK HISTORY month.
The evening will include program host TARAJI P. HENSON and performances by MICK JAGGER, B.B. KING, TROMBONE SHORTY, JEFF BECK, GARY CLARK, JR., SHEMEKIA COPELAND, BUDDY GUY, WARREN HAYNES, KEB MO, SUSAN TEDESCHI & DEREK TRUCKS, with BOOKER T. JONES as musical director and band leader.
The show will honor the musical form that sprang from the MISSISSIPPI DELTA and flourished in the Westside of CHICAGO with deep roots in AFRICA and slavery. The performances will explore those roots and pay homage to the great figures of the Blues.
"This concert at the WHITE HOUSE celebrates the musical contributions that the Blues have made to our culture," CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING Pres./CEO PATRICIA HARRISON said. "Through public media, all Americans are able to explore and experience this unique part of our country’s heritage."
In addition to the evening concert, the afternoon of the concert taping the WHITE HOUSE will host "At the Crossroads: A History of the Blues in AMERICA," an educational workshop for middle and high school students from across the country.
The event will be produced by The GRAMMY MUSEUM and led by ROBERT SANTELLI, the executive director. SANTELLI is a leading musicologist and music educator who will give the participating students an overview of the origins of the Blues, discuss important artists from throughout its history, and cover the genre’s evolution.'