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Originally published April 04, 2013

White House to Sway to the Sounds of Memphis Soul

by Associated Press

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    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama listen to performance during the White House Music Series saluting Blues Music in recognition of Black History Month, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. On stage from left to right are Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks, Gary Clark, Jr., B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Shemekia Copeland, Susan Tedeschi and Keb Mo. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama listen to performance during the White House Music Series saluting Blues Music in recognition of Black History Month, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. On stage from left to right are Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Jeff Beck, Derek Trucks, Gary Clark, Jr., B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Shemekia Copeland, Susan Tedeschi and Keb Mo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)


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The White House is going to sway to the sounds of soul on April 9.

A dozen music legends and contemporary artists ranging from William Bell and Mavis Staples to Cyndi Lauper and Justin Timberlake will be on hand that day to help President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama celebrate Memphis soul music.

Performers will also participate in a workshop on the history of Memphis soul for students from around the country.

It’s the 10th installment in the “In Performance at the White House” series. It will be broadcast April 16 on PBS stations.

Starting in February 2009, the series has celebrated the music of Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Hal David, Hispanic music, music from the civil rights era, Motown and the blues, Broadway and country music.