John Legend, Seal Snowed Out of White House Civil Rights Concert; Dylan, Smokey, Jennifer Hudson Make the Gig
Tonight PBS will air "In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement," a concert honoring Black History Month that was taped at Obama's crib last Tuesday. As the WSJ reports, the show was supposed to have been taped yesterday but was hastily rescheduled because of fears about the snowstorm that has been disrupting activity all along the East coast.
The new recording time for the concert meant that, unfortunately, such scheduled talent as John Legend, Queen Latifah and Robert De Niro weren't able to make it to DC on time. Natalie Cole ended up filling for John Legend, and Yolanda Adams filled in for Seal. Luckily for Bob Dylan fans, he was already in the capital and was able to record "The Times They Are a-Changin'" -- not that Ehrlich knew in advance what song the musician was going to play.
Here's the always impeccable Smokey Robinson and Jennifer Hudson duetting on "People Get Ready":
PBS allegedly also posted the Dylan performance, though the link is mysteriously inactive (we call Dylan management shenanigans!):
BONUS performances: Seal replacement Yolanda Adams doing Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come"...
... and Dylan doing the same song 6 years ago at the Apollo Theater: