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Memphis music being honored at the White House

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Tuesday at the White House, the focus will be on Memphis. Student workshops and evening performances will all center on celebrating Memphis soul. The event is called "In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul."

There will be performances from Memphis' own Justin Timberlake, plus Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, The Bar-Kays, The Alabama Shakes and others.

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Memphis City Council Chairman Edmund Ford is an invited guest of the President and First Lady. He says he's excited to see Memphis honored at the White House.

"I'm glad that the city of Memphis is being looked at from a positive perspective at the White House to where hundreds of thousands of people will be able to view that," he says.

Two Memphis students have also been invited. Adrian Williams and Stephani Brownlee, two seniors at Soulsville Charter School, are also making the trip.

They join a total of 120 students from across the country in First Lady Michelle Obama's student workshop leading up to the evening performances. The workshop is called "Soulsville USA: The History of Memphis Soul."

"For the White House to highlight the music that came from where I grew up is amazing.  Because it's heard all over the world," says Brownlee.

The entire event will be streamed live on the White House website. The performance event begins at 5:55 p.m.

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