Search form

In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues

A PBS special taped in the East Room of the White House celebrating Blues music.  President and Mrs. Obama will host the concert event on Tuesday, February 21 in recognition of Black History Month.  The evening will include program host Taraji P. Henson and performances by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark, Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Keb Mo, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, with Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader.  (Program subject to change.)

The event will honor the musical form that sprang from the Mississippi Delta and flourished in the Westside of Chicago with deep roots in Africa and slavery.  The performances will explore those roots and pay homage to the great figures of the Blues and the songs they made famous by tracing the influence of the Blues on modern American music from soul to rock’n’roll.  The television special is part of the Emmy Award-nominated PBS “In Performance at the White House” series and will premiere Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).

 

Press releases

Images

IPWH-Blues-BBKing-01

B.B. King, performer in “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.”  Premieres Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

Credit: ©2011 JB Brookman Photography.

IPWH-Blues-BuddyGuy-01

Buddy Guy, performer in “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.”  Premieres Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

Credit: Paul Natkin.

IPWH-Blues-Jagger-01

Mick Jagger, performer in “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.”  Premieres Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.
 

Credit: Courtesy artist.

IPWH-Blues-BookerT-01

Booker T. Jones, music director and band leader for “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.”  Premieres Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

Credit: Piper Ferguson.

IPWH-Blues-Copeland-01

Shemekia Copeland, performer in “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.”  Premieres Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

Credit: © Carol Friedman.

IPWH-Blues-Beck-01

Jeff Beck, performer in “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.”  Premieres Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

Credit: Photo by Ross Halfin. Digital manipulation by Kazuyo Horie.

IPWH-Blues-GaryClarkJr-01

Gary Clark, Jr., performer in “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.”  Premieres Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

Credit: Joe Koch.

IPWH-Blues-Tedeschi-01

Susan Tedeschi, performer in “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.”  Premieres Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

Credit: James Minchin.

IPWH-Blues-Trucks-01

Derek Trucks, performer in “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.”  Premieres Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

Credit: James Minchin.

IPWH-Blues-KebMo-01

Keb Mo, performer in “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.”  Premieres Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

Credit: Meghan Aileen Schirmer.

IPWH-Blues-TromboneShorty-01

Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, performer in “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.”  Premieres Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

Credit: Kirk Edwards.

IPWH-Blues-Haynes-01

Warren Haynes, performer in “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.”  Premieres Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

Credit: Stewart O’Shields.

IPWH-Blues-TarajiHenson-01

Taraji P. Henson, program host for “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.”  Premieres Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.

Credit: Courtesy Sharp Associates.

Additional information

Welcome back!