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Obama to host Memphis soul tribute with Al Green, Justin Timberlake

April 04, 2013|By August Brown
  • President Obama will be hosting a tribute to Memphis musical traditions at the White House.
President Obama will be hosting a tribute to Memphis musical traditions… (Haraz N. Ghanbari / Associated…)

We all know that President Obama has a soft spot for Al Green. Now he's making his affection for classic soul music official, with a White House concert dedicated to Memphis musical traditions.

The show, part of PBS' "Performance at the White House" series, will feature (naturally) Green and a bevy of guests, including Justin Timberlake, the Alabama Shakes, Mavis Staples, Steve Cropper, Charlie Musselwhite and Booker T. Jones.

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The concert takes place April 9 and will air on PBS on April 16 at 8 p.m.

The show is a nice capstone to a triumphant week for Timberlake, whose album "The 20/20 Experience" hit the top slot of the Billboard album charts, sailing in at just under a million copies in its first week.

There's no word whether the president will reprise his famous rendition of "Let's Stay Together" at this show, but he did check in for a few bars of "Sweet Home Chicago"  with B.B. King and Mick Jagger at last year's tribute to Chicago blues.


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