“Come quick, Jack White’s playing in the quad!” said no high school student ever – until yesterday.
In a surprise appearance at Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Jack White played a blistering lunchtime set for students in honor of the last day of classes. White, who was in town touring for his new album Boarding House Reach, approached the principal of the school about playing the show, according to The Washington Post.
And of course, Principal Kimberly Martin was all for it; although she did keep it a secret from faculty until the morning of. As for the kids – they had no idea as they poured into the quad for lunchtime. “They were dancing and having quite a time,” Principal Martin told The Post about the students. “They definitely knew the music.” At first, the students were a bit shy (as most high schoolers are), but then White “called them towards him, and the kids just rushed him.”
Photos and footage of the surprise show have been pouring out on social media, with White performing the rollicking “Over and Over and Over” from Boarding House Reach, as well as old White Stripes classics like “Seven Nation Army.” And that was the point when the stage was mobbed, see below:
Meanwhile, White’s been on a cross-country tour for his latest album, Boarding House Reach, with a few stops at major summer festivals like Governor’s Ball in New York and Arroyo Seco in Pasadena, California. And ahead of that, White took the stage during “Saturday Night Live.”
But compared to any sold out stadium show, or headlining festival appearance, there’s nothing quite like surprising a rowdy bunch of thrashing, hormone-raging teenagers.