No one’s ever considered Justin Timberlake timid, but when he took the stage at the White House to participate in the “In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul” show on Tuesday night (April 9), he proved he had no fear by ordering the crowd, President Barack Obama included, to sing along.
The “Suit & Tie” singer joined forces with 71-year-old guitarist Steve Cropper to perform “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay,” and during the silky smooth number, Timberlake asked that the President take it away. “Mr. President, everyday, come on,” he said, as the crowd, President Obama and the first family included, sang the chorus.
The evening, which will air on PBS, celebrated the music of Memphis in the ’60s, involving soul-inspired performers like Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones and the Alabama Shakes.
Before he was grooving on stage, Timberlake joined Staples, Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite and Sam Moore for Michelle Obama‘s “Soulsville USA” student workshop, wherein more than 100 high school students convened at the White House to discuss “the rhythmic groove of Memphis soul.”
“In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul” will air Tuesday, April 16 at 8 p.m. on PBS.