White House Concert to Salute Motown Legacy

Concert to air later on PBS

Wednesday, Feb 16, 2011  |  Updated 2:45 PM EDT
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White House Concert to Salute Motown Legacy

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Smokey Robinson performs at the Austin Music Hall as part of Day Three of SXSW 2010 on March 19, 2010 in Austin, Texas.

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Next week’s concert sounds like the hottest ticket in town… but you can’t buy a ticket for it.

It's a presidential-invite only crowd that will be on hand to watch music legends and major contemporary artists play a tribute concert for Black History Month and the legacy of Motown Records at the White House.  On February 24, PBS presents “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House."   According to a statement from the White House:

The program will include tributes to Motown’s distinctive soul-infused pop music sound that solidified its popularity in American culture, and showcase Motown’s impact on all music. The event will include legends from Motown’s golden age and performances by artists from today, all in tribute to Motown's 50-year legacy. Performers include Smokey Robinson, Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Gloriana, Nick Jonas, Ledisi, John Legend, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Seal and Jordin Sparks with Greg Phillinganes as the night’s music director.

 

The concert will be produced by Washington’s public TV station WETA, in association with Bounce, a division of AEG, and the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), White House officials said.

The program will air on PBS stations nationwide on Tuesday, March 1, at 8 p.m. (ET)

It will be broadcast via the American Forces Network on March 11 to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

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