A celebration of Memphis soul music occurred at the White House yesterday and ended with a star-studded concert that included Mavis Staples and Alabama Shakes as well as Booker T. Jones and Justin Timberlake.
“Let’s face it, who does not love this music?” President Obama said when opening the event. “These songs get us on the dance floor. They get stuck in our heads. We go back over them again and again. And they’ve played an important part in our history.”
Queen Latifah, Steve Cropper, William Bell, Ben Harper, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore and Charlie Musselwhite also performed at the 10th installment of the In Performance at the White House series. According to USA Today, Al Green was set to perform, but the legendary soul singer suffered a back injury early yesterday that forced him to not attend. The concert was filmed by PBS and is set to air next Tuesday, April 16.
Watch the clip of President Obama jamming to Timberlake’s rendition of the Otis Redding classic in the player above.