Washington — If "Hit the Road Jack" blares from the White House on Wednesday, it won't necessarily be dedicated to President Barack Obama.
Obama and his wife, Michelle, are hosting a musical tribute to Ray Charles. "Hit the Road Jack" was one of Charles' hits.
Usher, Demi Lovato, Yolanda Adams and The Band Perry are among a group of contemporary artists who will perform Charles' music during the taping of "Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House." The program is to be live streamed Wednesday on the White House website and broadcast Friday on public television stations in the U.S.
Mrs. Obama says the event is bittersweet because it's the final "In Performance" event of her husband's presidency.
Charles, who was blind, died in June 2004.