On February 21, 2012 the President and First Lady invited a group of blues legends to perform in the East Room as part of the "In Performance at the White House" series produced by PBS.
The musicians included Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck and BB King, and the night was a celebration of what President Obama called, "music with humble beginnings -- roots in slavery and segregation, a society that rarely treated black Americans with the dignity and respect that they deserved. The blues bore witness to these hard times. And like so many of the men and women who sang them, the blues refused to be limited by the circumstances of their birth."
Before you tune in for "In Performance" tonight on PBS, take a look behind the scenes:
Special thanks to PBS for sharing video footage from this event.