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Justin Timberlake, Ben Harper play the White House

Justin Timberlake, Ben Harper play the White House

(Washington, DC)  --  Sam Moore, Cyndi Lauper, and Mavis Staples are just some of the stars who added a bit of Memphis Soul to the nation's capital at the latest "In Performance at the White House" show.  Moore launched the star-packed concert, teaming up with former "American Idol" finalist Joshua Ledet on the Sam & Dave hit "Soul Man." 

Cyndi received a standing ovation for her rocking rendition of "Try A Little Tenderness," while Mavis contributed the Staple Singers' classic "I'll Take You There."  Booker T and the M.G.'s guitarist Steve Cropper lent his talents to Justin Timberlake's cover of Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."  He also sat in with the Alabama Shakes. 

Booker T was there as well, serving as the show's musical director.  Other stars performing for President Obama and the First Family at the special East Room event included Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Ben Harper, and Queen Latifah.  "In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul" will air on PBS on April 16th. 

 

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