On February 21, 2012, the White House hosted an event aptly titled “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues.” The program, hosted by Taraji P. Henson with musical director Booker T. Jones.
Since 1978, ‘In Performance at the White House’ has spotlighted some of our nation’s best performers, and celebrated our nation’s heritage. For this occasion, an all-star cast was invited to Washington, D.C. for a celebration of Blues music and in recognition of Black History Month. Among those chosen were, of course, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Gary Clark, Jr. among so many blues powerhouses.
In this edition of Blues Photo of the Week, we see one of the multiple collaborations that the show enabled, and the finale of the entire celebration with “Sweet Home Chicago.” Even President Obama joined in! Pictured here are Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Shemekia Copeland, Susan Tedeschi and Keb Mo who paid homage to one of the most prominent and influential genres of American music, and are still keeping the blues alive today.
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