A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House” is a PBS music special from the South Lawn of the White House. President and Mrs. Obama will host the event on Thursday, November 6, 2014 in advance of Veterans Day and as part of The White House “Joining Forces” initiative, with an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve theUnited States. The concert, which will have a live audience that will include hundreds of members of the military, will feature performances by Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos, and also active duty military members U.S. Army SGT. Christiana R. Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer. Don Was will be the music director. The production is also working with the USO, for a performance by Daughtry via satellite of their USO concert at Yokota Air Base inJapan, as well as a live-viewing audience of troops from the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir in Virginia— both to be included in the White House concert and the broadcast. (Program subject to change.)
The program, part of the Emmy Award-nominated “In Performance at the White House” series, is the fifty-thirdproduction in the series’ thirty-six years. The sixty-minute television special is produced by WETA Washington, D.C., the flagship public broadcaster in the nation’s capital, in association with AEG Ehrlich Ventures and The GRAMMY Museum®. “A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House” will premiere Friday, November 7 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS stations nationwide, as part of the PBS Fall Arts Festival. (Check local listings.) The program will also be broadcast on November 11, Veterans Day, via the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.
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The broadcast has been made possible by a special collaboration with USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and USO, Inc. A joint sponsorship by The Boeing Company and Lockheed Martin provides major corporate funding for this event. Additional funders include the Anne Ray Charitable Trust, The Annenberg Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, PBS and public television viewers.
President Barrack Obama joined Willie Nelson, John Fogerty, Common and Mary J. Blige onstage at a tribute concert to honor American troops Thursday (November 6). The group collaborated on an amped-up version of Nelson’s “On the Road Again” with the president struggling to sing along.
A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House aired on PBS last night (November 7) and the highlight of the concert came during the final performance of the Red Headed Stranger’s classic 1980 tune, The Huffington Post notes. President Obama introduced Nelson, then informed the audience that the singer asked him to join in on the track. “Willie says I’m going to have to sing with him, so I’ll try it out,” he says in the video below, excellently titled, “yo, what is this.”