Washington, D.C. PBS member station WETA-TV will broadcast “In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues” February 27 at 9 p.m. Eastern Time. The blues-themed special will honor the musical form that sprang from the Mississippi Delta and flourished in the Westside of Chicago, with roots in Africa and slavery. Its performances will explore those roots and pay homage to important 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 and roll.
Hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, it will include performances by Jeff Beck, Gary Clark, Jr., Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Keb Mo, Susan Tedeschi with Derek Trucks, and others. Booker T. Jones will serve as band leader and music director. Check listings to determine if your local PBS station will broadcast the event.
The concert will be the 48th in the Emmy-nominated “In Performance at the White House” series, which began in 1978. The program will be broadcast at a later date via the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.
A line cut of the concert will stream live tonight (February 21) at 7:20 p.m. Eastern at pbs.org/whitehouse.