The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House is a PBS music special in the East Room of the White House. President and Mrs. Obama hosted the event on Thursday, February 24 in celebration of Black History Month and the legacy of Motown, the distinctive soul-infused pop music sound, style and presentation that was born in Detroit and embodied by the Motown Records label.
The evening will include program host Jamie Foxx and performances by Foxx, Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, the group Gloriana, Nick Jonas, Ledisi, John Legend, Amber Riley, Smokey Robinson, Mark Salling, Seal and Jordin Sparks.
American Masters continues its 25th anniversary season withTroubadours: Carole King, James Taylor and the Rise of the Singer-Songwriter, a first-hand account of the genesis and blossoming of this 1970s music movement, centering on King and Taylor’s historic collaboration and the nightclub that nurtured a community of gifted young artists and budding critical and commercial sensations.
The documentary explores 1970s music movement through new interviews with Carole King, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Martin, and others. It also features never-before-seen archival footage and performances from King/Taylor Troubadour Reunion world tour.
Twenty years after dazzling audiences in his first solo Broadway concert early in his career, three-time Grammy Award-winner Harry Connick, Jr. returned to the Main Stem in a roster of favorites, performed in his trademark New Orleans style.
Taped in July of 2010 at New York’s Neil Simon Theater,Harry Connick, Jr. In Concert On Broadway features Connick’s big band and a 12 piece string section, with the star on both a Steinway grand and upright honky-tonk piano.