Hey, any excuse:
WH.gov: As part of their “In Performance at the White House” series, the President and First Lady will invite music legends and contemporary major artists to the White House for a celebration of Memphis Soul music.
The program will include performances by Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, —-> Al Green <—-, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples and Justin Timberlake, with Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader.
The entire event will be streamed live on White House live starting at 6:55 PM ET – and will be broadcast Tuesday, April 16 on PBS ….
As she has done with previous White House music events, the First Lady will host a special daytime event for students.
The First Lady will welcome 120 middle and high school students from across the country to take part in an interactive student workshop event: “Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul.” Beginning at 11:00 AM in the State Dining Room, Robert Santelli, Executive Director of The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, will lead the students in an overview of the origins of Memphis Soul, discuss important artists from throughout its history, and explore the elements of soul and gospel that helped contribute to the genre’s unique sound.
The workshop, “Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul,” will stream live on White House live
I. Am. In. Heaven.