White House Blues

The Obamas welcomed an all-star cast for an evening of blues music at the White House -- and the president added his voice during "Sweet Home Chicago."

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Blues legend B.B. King performed with an all-star cast at a White House event on Tuesday night.
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The event, In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues, notably included a few melodious notes from the president, who sang a few lines of "Sweet Home Chicago" (see video here).
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The evening featured performances by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Keb Mo, Derek Trucks and more.
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In addition to his crooning -- the president can definitely carry a tune! -- Obama also included a few arm gestures reminiscent of a certain someone on the wall behind him.
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Blues musicians performed beneath a portrait of Martha Washington, too.
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As part of the In Perfomance series, music legends and contemporary major artists have been invited to perform at the White House for a celebration of blues music and in recognition of Black History Month.
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Shemekia Copeland (L) and Susan Tedeschi (R) performed with the all-star cast.
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Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews performed. The evening also featured Taraji P. Henson as the program host and Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader.
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Earlier in the day Tuesday, first lady Michelle Obama spoke at an event to welcome 120 middle and high school students from across the country who were taking part in an interactive workshop called "At the Crossroads: A History of the Blues in America" at the White House
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Mrs. Obama joked with Keb Mo, who performed later in the evening.
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Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Shmekia Copeland and Keb Mo performed during the event for students.
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