Dylan, Mellencamp sing at the White House
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
– Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp will pay a visit to the White House Wednesday for a concert honoring the Civil Rights movement.
This is the opening concert of the 2010 White House Music Series.
Hosted by President and Mrs. Obama in the White House East Room, the "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement" concert event will celebrate Black History month. Other artists slated to perform include Smoky Robinson, Natalie Cole, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Howard University Choir, with Morgan Freeman and Queen Latifah serving as emcees.
Following opening remarks from the President, it will feature songs from the Civil Rights Movement as well as readings from famous Civil Rights speeches and writings.
Mellencamp will sing Keep Your Eyes On the Prize, an anthem of the movement. He will be joined by Joan Baez for a rendition of If I Had A Hammer. She previously collaborated with John on the song Jim Crow from his 2007 album "Freedom's Road," a song about civil rights.
The taped concert will air Thursday Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. eastern on PBS stations nationwide.
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