Most fans will have the opportunity to see Justin Timberlake live on stage in baseball and football stadiums this summer, but if you’re the leader of the free world, you can just go ahead and book JT to play your home.
Last night, Timberlake joined Booker T. Jones, Ben Harper, Alabama Shakes, Mavis Staples, and a handful of other performers in a tribute to Memphis soul music. It was the latest entry in the “In Performance at the White House” series, concerts that have become a staple of the Obama White House.
“Let’s face it, who does not love this music?” the President said during his introduction to the evening’s music. “These songs get us on the dance floor. They get stuck in our heads. We go back over them again and again. And they’ve played an important part in our history.”
Obama pointed out that Jones and Steve Cropper (another of last night’s performers) formed one of Memphis’ first integrated bands despite the city’s segregation.
“This is the music that asked us to try a little tenderness,” he added. “It’s the music that put Mr. Big Stuff in his place. And it’s the music that challenged us to accept new ways of thinking with four timeless words: ‘Can you dig it?'”
Timberlake’s performance included a rendition of Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay.” And you don’t have to be a member of the First Family to enjoy this show — it’ll air on PBS next Tuesday, April 16.
Meanwhile, Timberlake continues to rule everything all the time: He’s got the Jay-Z tour coming up, as well as a second volume of The 20/20 Experience. He’d do well do release another one, as the first one is No. 1 for a third straight week.