Last week The Root‘s Cynthia Gordy was at the White House for “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House” (well, at least for the first song).
Those of us who didn’t get to hang out with the stars and the Obamas’ can watch the hour-long concert celebrating Black History Month (the president called the songs “the sound track of the civil rights era”) from the comfort of our homes tonight.
According to PBS, the tribute concert promises “stars from the Motown Records label’s golden age and performances by artists of today who have been influenced by Motown and its powerful legacy. Celebrating a 50th anniversary last year, the Motown Records label was devised by music entrepreneur Berry Gordy and launched an historic cultural shift in the racial integration of popular music, with crossover hits and artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, The Four Tops and many others.”
Look for performances by Jamie Foxx, Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Jordin Sparks and others.
Here, check out a preview of Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson singing “People Get Ready”:
Read more at Playbill.