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B.B. King, Mick Jagger lead blues session at the White House

February 21, 2012 | 11:30 am

B.B. King will play at the White House for a program celebrating the blues
B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy and Booker T. Jones are among a dozen musicians who wlll be on Capitol Hill tonight singing and playing the blues in the latest “In Performance at the White House” concert series.

Also along for the “Red, White and Blues” event, which will be hosted by President and First Lady Michelle Obama in the East Room of the White House, will be Trombone Shorty, Keb' Mo', Shemekia Copeland, Warren Haynes, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Gary Clark Jr. The performance will result in a one-hour PBS special scheduled to air Monday at 9 p.m.

The show is the culmination of a daylong program today at the White House exploring the genre that also includes an educational session for several dozen high school students from around the country.  Keb'  Mo', Copeland and Trombone Shorty, along with Michelle Obama, will explore the blues with the students and with Robert Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, which has organized the program.

That session will be streamed live today at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time at www.whitehouse.gov/live, www.pbs.org/whitehouse and www.blackpublicmedia.org.

This is the fourth such program at the White House organized by the Grammy Museum, following sessions on country music, Motown and music of the civil-rights movement.


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Photo: B.B. King at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1997. Credit: Jean Bernard Sieber/ARC/Reuters.