Jagger, B.B. King, ready to sing blues for Obama
First lady Michelle Obama interacts with Blues artists Shemekia Copeland, left, and Keb Mo, center, during a student workshop celebrating Blues music, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mick Jagger, B.B. King and Jeff Beck are teaming up with musical up-and-comers at the White House to celebrate the blues.
Jagger tweeted that President Barack Obama popped in during a rehearsal for Tuesday's A-list concert and "seemed really relaxed and happy!"
Grammy-winner Keb Mo, for his part, joked during a break in Tuesday morning's rehearsal that Obama himself would be performing three numbers, and there could even be a record in the works. Mo joked that Obama's record would be called, "After the second term, now I can finally get my groove on."
From left, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Shemekia Copeland, and Keb Mo, perform during a student workshop celebrating Blues music, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The lineup for Tuesday's concert spans generations, from legends like King and Buddy Guy to young faces such as 26-year-old Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and Gary Clark Jr., whose style blends hip hop, contemporary soul and indie rock.
Andrews said he got a chill just hearing King play a few notes during rehearsal. He added that he was hoping to learn something — and maybe even borrow a few moves — from the veterans in the group.
Even in rehearsal, Andrews said, Jagger, the longtime Rolling Stones frontman, "was in character right away like he was playing in a stadium — all of the moves and things. I'm like, I'm going to steal some of those."
First lady Michelle Obama hosts a student workshop celebrating Blues music in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
At an afternoon blues workshop for middle school and high school students visiting the White House, first lady Michelle Obama declared, "Today, we've got the blues — but in a very good way."