The official White House announcement bills it as “In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul”, but it seems more like just another star-studded concert hosted by the Obamas.
The Tuesday, April 9, event will feature performances by Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Al Green, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples and Justin Timberlake, with Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader, according to the announcement.
The White House has come under fire recently for canceling White House tours due to sequester, so it is no surprise that criticism is sure to follow when yet another high-profile event is scheduled.
Conservative journalist Michelle Malkin called out the president on Fox’s Hannity for hosting a lavish gala, saying it was a “slap in the face of taxpayers” and even government workers who feared losing their jobs in the shadow of sequestration.
You can see the entire event streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live, starting at 6:55 p.m. ET. The actual program, “In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul”, will be broadcast Tuesday, April 16 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide.
Averaging two concerts per year, the White House website describes the events as follows:
“In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul” will be the tenth “In Performance at the White House” program hosted by the President and Mrs. Obama. Starting in February 2009, these events have honored the musical genius of Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach and Hal David; celebrated Hispanic musical heritage during Hispanic Heritage Month; marked Black History Month with events featuring music from the Civil Rights Movement, Motown and the Blues; spotlighted Broadway and the unique spirit of the American musical; and explored the rich roots and resiliency of Country Music.
See the Mediaite report on Malkin’s comments here.
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