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There’s a concert coming to town, and by town we mean 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. First Lady Michelle Obama is spearheading the “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House” performance in celebration of the great “foremothers” of music on Thursday, March 6.

A lineup of legendary and contemporary vocalist, including Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Melissa Etheridge, Tessanne Chin, Janelle Monáe, Jill Scott, and Ariana Grande, will grace the stage during an event that will touch on “the struggles and achievements of women.”

Like the 12 previous shows at the White House, the FLOTUS will hold a workshop for students prior to the show. One hundred and twenty-four middle school through college students from across the country will participate in “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul.” There, they’ll receive an overview of the origins of soul music, the important artists, and will have an opportunity to discuss the state of women’s rights in the US in the 1950s and 1960s with Robert Santelli, Executive Director of The GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.

Additionally, President Barack Obama will make remarks at the 12th “In Performance at the White House” concert, which streams live on at 7:30 PM EST.

“Women of Soul” will air on PBS Monday, April 7 at 9 PM EST for those who aren’t on the show’s short list of invitees and cannot catch it via Internet later today.

Find more information on “In Performance at the White House” here.

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