The Stax Museum of American Soul Music (Memphis) will have its grandopening today and May 1, 2003. “Soul Comes Home” is the theme for theinternational celebration that will include concerts, artist tributesand reunions, conference luncheons, a benefit celebrity golftournament, tours and the movie premiere of the digitally remasteredWattStax.
Scheduled to appear during the three-day event are Stax soul legendsIsaac Hayes, Mavis Staples, Booker T & The MGs, Eddie Floyd, CarlaThomas, William Bell, The Bar-Kays, The Temprees, Big Star, the RanceAllen Group, The MarKeys (also known as the Memphis Horns), LittleMilton, Mable John, Jean Knight and Linda Lyndell. Hi Records recordingartist Ann Peebles, Wilson Pickett, Bootsy Collins, Solomon Burke,Jimmie Vaughan, Warren Haynes (of the Allman Brothers), Luther Vandrossand many others will join in the celebration, with posthumous tributesto Stax powerhouses Otis Redding, Johnnie Taylor and Rufus Thomas.
With over 17,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Stax Museum willpreserve, promote, interpret and present the life and culturalcontributions of soul music. The Museum’s state-of-the-art,acoustically treated music exhibitory will outline the roots ofAmerican soul music, its significant contributors, its alignment tohistory and heritage, and its enduring presence in society. On theoriginal site of Stax Recording Company’s studios, the museumwill house archives and over 2,000 artifacts of the soul music labeland its artists.
Part of a $20 million revitalization project, the museum is adjacentto the 27,000-square-foot Stax Music Academy that provides urban youthmusic programming and lessons.
For more, visit www.soulsvilleusa.com.