PBS to Air "Motown Sound" White House Concert With Nick Jonas, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Jordin Sparks

News   PBS to Air "Motown Sound" White House Concert With Nick Jonas, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Jordin Sparks
 
Jamie Foxx, Amber Riley, Mark Salling and Jordin Sparks will celebrate Black History Month with "The Motown Sound," a special Feb. 24 concert at the White House. PBS will record the event for a March 1 television special.

Jordin Sparks
Jordin Sparks

"The Motown Sound" will honor the legacy of Motown and the artists who defined the soul-infused music. PBS will air the event nationwide March 1 at 8 PM as a 60-minute special as part of the "In Performance at the White House" series.

Foxx ("Dreamgirls") will host and perform alongside "Glee" cast members Riley and Salling, as well as "American Idol" contestant and In the Heights actress Jordin Sparks, Nick Jonas (Les Miserables), Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, the group Gloriana, Ledisi, John Legend, Smokey Robinson and Seal.

According to PBS, the tribute concert promises "stars from the Motown Records label's golden age and performances by artists of today who have been influenced by Motown and its powerful legacy. Celebrating a 50th anniversary last year, the Motown Records label was devised by music entrepreneur Berry Gordy and launched an historic cultural shift in the racial integration of popular music, with crossover hits and artists such as Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Mary Wells, The Four Tops and many others."

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