In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul
Friday, May 23 at 10:00 p.m.
President and Mrs. Obama host a celebration of the timeless classics of “Memphis Soul.”
Recorded on April 9 in the East Room of the White House, the all-star concert honors the memorable soul sounds from the mid- to late-1960s that came from Memphis, Tennessee, and legendary labels like Stax-Volt Records, which featured artists such as Al Green, Mavis Staples, Carla Thomas, Otis Redding and many more.
The evening pays homage to Memphis, a segregated city in the 1960s, where many whites and blacks nonetheless came together to make soulful music, a mix of gospel and potent rhythmic grooves — known as Memphis Soul.
Among the performers: Queen Latifah (top), Charlie Musselwhite (top right) and Ben Harper (bottom right).