NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — New Orleans native and musician Troy Andrews–better known as Trombone Shorty–spent part of his day at the White House.
Andrews, along with a list of American music legends, were on hand performing Wednesday night in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. The performance included the first live hip-hop performance at the executive mansion in history.
Performers included blues legend Buddy Guy, hip-hop icon Queen Latfiah, and Motown’s Smokey Robinson. Other performers included James Taylor, Usher, Keb’ Mo’, and rapper MC Lyte.
The music special, “A Celebration of American Creativity: In Performance at the White House” airs on PBS January 8, 2016.
Earlier in the day, Andrews, Robinson, and others gave students from the Washington, D.C. area an overview of America’s cultural impact on music and to teach them songwriting techniques.