By Jim Stanford on February 22, 2012
It’s good to be the president, especially when the house band on Mardi Gras features B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Mick Jagger, backed by Jeff Beck, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Trombone Shorty and Gary Clark Jr., among others. And, of course, the ever-smooth Barry O. on vocals.
The celebration of the blues was the latest in a series of concerts First Lady Michelle Obama has organized honoring American music.
From the Washington Post review:
‘This music speaks to something universal,’ the president said before introducing King. ‘No one goes through life without both joy and pain, triumph and sorrow. The blues gets all of that.’
PBS will broadcast the show Feb. 27. “Previous performances in the series have saluted the music of the civil rights era, Motown and Broadway, as well as jazz, country (twice), classical and Latin music,” the Post reported.
(Via Teton Dems)