President Obama Performs with Mick Jagger, BB King, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi and Jeff Beck
Mick Jagger, BB King, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Jeff Beck, Keb Mo, Gary Clark Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and others performed for President Obama in the White House’s East Room last night.
The all-star performance was part of a blues tribute tied to Black History month and featured a number of unique collaborations. Booker T. Jones led the evening’s house band and welcomed President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama into the ballroom with version of his classic “Green Onions.” Obama wished the audience a happy Mardi Gras and even joked that “Trombone Shorty brought some beads up from New Orleans.” Earlier in the day, Trombone Shorty and others also participated in a student workshop in the White House’s State Dining Room.
BB King—who performed in a wheel chair—opened the night with a set of blues classics like “Let the Good Times Roll” and “The Thrill is Gone,” while Trombone Shorty joined Jones and the house band for “St. James Infirmary.” Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy also shared the stage for “Let Me Love You Baby.”
A bit later in the show, Mick Jagger took the stage to sing “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” “Commit A Crime” and “Miss You.” Adding some extra star power, Jeff Beck played guitar on “Commit A Crime” while both Shemekia Copeland and Susan Tedeschi sang backup on “Miss You.”
Near the end of the night, Tedeschi, Jones, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks and the evening’s house band all paid tribute to Etta James with a take on her classic “I’d Rather Go Blind.”
For an encore, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr, Jagger, Beck, Booker T Jones and the evening’s house band also shared the stage on a version of “Five Long Years.” Most of the evening’s players then returned to the stage for a cover of “Sweet Home Chicago.” Obama introduced the group as the White House Blues All-Stars and Jagger pulled the President—and longtime Chicago resident—onstage to sing a few verses of the song while King, Haynes, Trucks, Beck and others played.
The blues concert, which is part of the “In Performance at the White House” series, will air on PBS on February 27. A larger video of last night’s performance are also available on Relix.com.