Happening Around Town | The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House

Motown Happening Around Town | The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House

A free concert that does not require tickets just a seat in front of my television screen or my computer….don’t watch the show if you don’t want to. There are a plenty of fans that love First Lady Obama that will be tuned in with the volume turn all the way up.

The White House will celebrate Black History Month with a Feb. 24 concert celebrating Detroit’s best-known musical import. President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama will host “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House,” a tribute to therecord companyBerry Gordy Jr. founded here at the dawn of the 1960s.

The concert will be filmed for broadcast at 8 p.m. March 1 on PBS stations.

Announced performers include just one from Motown’s classic era: Smokey Robinson. The rest of the roster are contemporary artists Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx, Gloriana, Nick Jonas, Ledisi, John Legend, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Seal and Jordin Sparks. Detroiter Greg Phillinganes will serve as music director.

Earlier in the day Feb. 24, Michelle Obama will host a workshop on Motown at the White House for more than 100 students from Michigan, four other states and the District of Columbia. Titled “The Sound of Young America: The Historyof Motown,” it will be moderated by Grammy Museum executive director Bob Santelli and include many of the concert’s performers discussing how Motown came about in Detroit and its legacy during the last 50 years.

The discussion will stream live on www.whitehouse.gov, www.pbs.org/whitehouse, www.grammymuseum.org and www.blackpublicmedia.org.

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