MENTION MUST BE MADE of last night’s concert at the White House in Washington, D.C., “Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House!”
The concert series, “In Performance at the White House,” began in 1978 and has celebrated American culture during every administration since President Carter. The series was “created to showcase the rich fabric of American culture in the setting of the nation’s most famous home.” In the past, concerts have honored such as Stevie Wonder and Burt Bacharach. They have “celebrated Hispanic musical heritage during Hispanic Heritage Month; marked Black History Month with events featuring music from the Civil Rights Movement, Motown and the Blues; explored the rich roots and resiliency of Country music; and spotlighted Broadway and the unique spirit of the American musical.” And last night, President and Mrs. Obama welcomed us into their home, hosting an event that was broadcast live throughout the US: “Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House!” This was the final show during the term of the presidency of Barack Obama. And last night’s concert did us proud, as Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Usher and more, paid tribute to one of America’s greats, the legendary RAY CHARLES!
Say what you must about television, in the United States, PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) brings an elevated level of entertainment to the public. Wherever you are, we invite you to join us in viewing the entire concert online, “Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House,” in high definition. Here’s the link to stream the program online: http://www.pbs.org/video/2365675329/
Here, an excerpt from the concert, a vocalist from San Diego, California, whose star is on the rise, Andra Day, with “Drown in My Own Tears” ~
– Robin Laurie Stewart