Stax Museum of American Soul to Open Shortly

Apr 29, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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The Stax Museum of American Soul Music (Memphis) will have its grand opening today and May 1, 2003. "Soul Comes Home" is the theme for the international celebration that will include concerts, artist tributes and reunions, conference luncheons, a benefit celebrity golf tournament, tours and the movie premiere of the digitally remastered WattStax.

Scheduled to appear during the three-day event are Stax soul legends Isaac Hayes, Mavis Staples, Booker T & The MGs, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, William Bell, The Bar-Kays, The Temprees, Big Star, the Rance Allen Group, The MarKeys (also known as the Memphis Horns), Little Milton, Mable John, Jean Knight and Linda Lyndell. Hi Records recording artist Ann Peebles, Wilson Pickett, Bootsy Collins, Solomon Burke, Jimmie Vaughan, Warren Haynes (of the Allman Brothers), Luther Vandross and many others will join in the celebration, with posthumous tributes to Stax powerhouses Otis Redding, Johnnie Taylor and Rufus Thomas.

With over 17,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Stax Museum will preserve, promote, interpret and present the life and cultural contributions of soul music. The Museum’s state-of-the-art, acoustically treated music exhibitory will outline the roots of American soul music, its significant contributors, its alignment to history and heritage, and its enduring presence in society. On the original site of Stax Recording Company’s studios, the museum will house archives and over 2,000 artifacts of the soul music label and its artists.

Part of a $20 million revitalization project, the museum is adjacent to the 27,000-square-foot Stax Music Academy that provides urban youth music programming and lessons.

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