Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite
In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul was a PBS music special taped in the East Room of the White House, celebrating the timeless classics of Memphis Soul. President and Mrs. Obama hosted the event. Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite played I'm In I'm Out And I'm Gone from Get Up! with Booker T. Jones, the event's musical director. Charlie also played harmonica with Cyndi Lauper. The final featured the ensemble performing "In the Midnight Hour." The sixty-minute television special honored the memorable soul sounds from the mid- to late-1960s that came from Memphis, Tennessee and legendary labels like Stax-Volt Records, that featured artists such as Al Green, Mavis Staples, Carla Thomas, Otis Redding and many more. The evening paid homage to Memphis, a segregated city in the 1960s where many whites and blacks nonetheless came together to make soulful music, a mix of gospel and potent rhythmic grooves — known today as "Memphis Soul." "In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul" premiered April 16 at 8pm on PBS and was also streamed live at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live. Replay the event at PBS.org!