2017-01-12 White House, Washington, DC

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Bruce stages a secret acoustic gig of fifteen songs in the White House's East Room to reward Barack Obama's staff for their hard work during the past eight years. Patti joins Bruce for "Tougher Than The Rest" and "If I Should Fall Behind". The set also includes a rare performance of "My Father's House", last played October 6, 2005 in Rochester, NY.

"It was a dream of a setlist … Bruce opened with a very brief note of thanks to the president and the staff who were being honoured before launching into "Working On The Highway". That opener led into an incredible "Growin' Up" for a lively start, but not much of the set was so upbeat, with haunting readings of songs like "My Hometown", "My Father's House", and "Devils & Dust". The mood in the room the whole night – both reception and concert – was not exactly sombre, but it wasn't festive, either. It was elegiac, I'd say. There was a clear sense of something ending, both with the conclusion of an adventure for the staff and the silent presence of the coming political transition. Bruce's demeanor was definitely in line with that overall vibe."

Barack Obama's Staff Thank You Event

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