It's always fun to watch President Obama go to music-related events, most especially because there's usually a good chance that he might get on stage to sing. Tuesday night was one of those nights. The event's part of the In Performance at the White House series and is nothing but fun. The first family hosted a few music greats — everyone from Booker T. Jones to Cyndi Lauper — and Queen Latifah was hosting and singing as well. Justin Timberlake was there, too, for some reason. According to Obama in his opening remarks, the former N'Sync star could offer "a few points" on getting married. (Feel old yet?)
No matter what happened, we couldn't wait to see Obama sing "Sweet Home Chicago" again. "Tonight, I am speaking not just as a President, but as one of America's best-known Al Green impersonators," Obama joked. So let's scratch that "Sweet Home Chicago" request. We wouldn't wait to hear Obama sing anything. But he didn't. Anyway, here's how it went down.
UPDATE (9:16 p.m. EST): Obama didn't sing a thing! Unlike last year's star-studded event that peaked with the president and Buddy Guy passed the microphone back in forth in a finale rendition of "Sweet Home Chicago," Obama stayed in his chair at the end of this year's show. He did sing along to Timberlake's version of "Sittin' by the Dock of the Bay," but the White House didn't even let the press pool stick around for the whole show either. Susan Crabtree from The Washington Times said she was "disappointed."
Well, at last year's show is still cool?
The full set list, which you can watch with your own eyes next Tuesday night on PBS:
1. Sam Moore and Joshua Ledet: “Soul Man” (written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter)
2. Mavis Staples: “I'll Take You There” (written by Alvertis Isbell)
3. Justin Timberlake and Steve Cropper: “(Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay” (written by Otis Redding and Steve Cropper)
4. Eddie Floyd: “Knock on Wood” (written by Eddie Floyd and Steve Cropper)
5. Alabama Shakes and Steve Cropper: “Born Under a Bad Sign” (written by Booker T. Jones and William Bell)
6. William Bell: “You Don't Miss Your Water” (written by William Bell)
7. Queen Latifah: “I Can't Stand the Rain” (written by Ann Peebles, Don Bryant, and Bernard "Bernie" Miller)
8. Sam Moore: “When Something is Wrong with My Baby” (written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter)
9. Joshua Ledet: “When A Man Loves a Woman” (written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright)
10. Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite: “I'm In I'm Out and I'm Gone” (written by Ben Harper and Jason Mozersky)
11. Cyndi Lauper and Charlie Musselwhite: “Try a Little Tenderness” (written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly and Harry M. Woods)
12. All-Cast Finale: “In the Midnight Hour” (written by Steve Cropper and Wilson Pickett, Jr.)
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