Justin Timberlake made an appearance at the White House in Washington DC yesterday. The entertainer was on hand for Michelle Obama's Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul event, an interactive music workshop for 120 middle and high school students from across the country. Justin spoke to the crowd in the State Dining Room, where he was joined by legendary artists Mavis Staples, Sam Moore, and Charlie Musselwhite to teach the origins and influences of Memphis soul music. They took turns sharing stories and even had some laughs, stopping to fist-bump each other on the stage. The first lady's educational event precedes an evening concert called In Performance at the White House, a tradition that the Obamas started back in 2009. Later, Justin hit the stage with Queen Latifah and several other performers to celebrate the history of soul music. President Barack Obama hosted the event, and joked to Justin that he should be the singer at two newly-engaged White House staffers' wedding. He and Michelle later sang along to Justin's performance of "Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay" and enthusiastically danced in their seats.
Justin's stop in DC comes on the heels of a day of golfing with Kiefer Sutherland in Toluca Lake, CA, over the weekend. He's been enjoying some downtime in between promoting his hit album The 20/20 Experience and gearing up for his Summer stadium tour with Jay-Z, which kicks off in London on July 14.