Up-and-coming musician Paul McCartney will get a career boost from President Barack Obama when he appears at the White House next month to perform at a concert alongside such other notables as Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Faith Hill, Jack White, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, and — a key influence on McCartney’s music — the Jonas Brothers.
The June 2 show will find the former Beatle playing in the White House’s East Room, where he will also be the third person to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song (following Paul Simon and Wonder). The event will be taped for broadcast on PBS on July 28.
There’s a very real chance for some collaborations at the show, as Wonder and McCartney are longtime friends (Wonder covered the Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out” back in the day, and of course the pair duetted on “Ebony and Ivory” in 1982) and Costello helped co-write several songs with McCartney in the late ’80s. Then again, here’s hoping that Jack White and the Jonases work up something to do together.