Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Natalie Cole are among those headlining a concert at the White House tonight, the second such concert held since the sequester went into effect and marking a dozen since President Barack Obama took office.
Música Latina: In Performance at the White House will be held at 7 p.m. in the White House East Room in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, according to the White House. Obama will deliver remarks at the event.
This is the 12th such concert since Obama has taken office. The last concert was on April 9 with a “Memphis Soul” theme. It will be the 52nd overall “In Performance at the White House” event, a program which began under President Jimmy Carter in 1978.
The White House said the concert is about “reflecting the influence of richly diverse Latino communities from throughout the Americas. The program celebrates the beauty and diversity of that music.” The concert will be broadcast Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. on PBS stations nationally and on Oct. 13 on the American Forces Network.
Artists performing will be Natalie Cole, Lila Downs, Gloria Estefan, Raul Malo, Ricky Martin, Prince Royce, Arturo Sandoval, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz and Marco Antonio Solis.
First Lady Michelle Obama will host a special daytime event at the White House for Washington, D.C. area student about the history of Latin music.
The April concert featured Al Green, Justin Timberlake and Queen Latifah
When the first post-sequester concert stirred controversy in April, the White House told CBS News — among other media outlets — that the event is not paid for by the administration or taxpayers, but rather is covered by WETA, the Washington, D.C. area PBS affiliate. Federal tax dollars are in the mix, however, through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting funding. CPB – the parent agency of PBS and NPR – is a mixture of tax dollars and private donations.