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African American Music Appreciation Month at Stax

Stax Museum will celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month with a full lineup of events throughout June including alumni band concerts, food trucks, guitar lessons, and a grand finale performance at the Levitt Shell.

The third annual Stax Music Academy Alumni Band will start summer performances at BB King’s Blues Club, and on June 7th live in Studio A.

The alumni band is made up of Stax Music Academy graduates who are in college, but return to Memphis during the summer break.

“This is way to keep our former students in the ‘Stax Music Academy family,’ provide them with paid summer employment, further hone their musical performance skills, and offer tourists and locals alike a unique music experience. This started out as something of an experiment and halfway into their first summer shows, they were performing like the tight-knit cast of a Broadway musical.”

– Artistic Director at Stax Music Academy Justin Merrick.


  • Every Monday and Friday, the alumni band will play at BB King’s from 12:30-4:30pm. Starting on June 9th, the alumni band will fill Stax Museum’s Studio A with sweet sounds from 2-4pm each Tuesday until July 7th.
  • Each Saturday of June, two food trucks will be available to all in Stax Museum’s parking lot from 11 am till 3:30 pm.
  • Now till June 12th, Steve Cropper Soul & Blues Program will have Memphis guitarist and music instructor Charlton Johnson teach the guitar trade, classes at Memphis Slim Collaboratory, recording sessions at Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studio, and a special appearance by Steve Cropper, legendary guitarist of Booker T. & the MGs. Adult and high school guitarists are welcome to attend.
  • And on June 27th, Stax will have the Grand Finale Concert at the Levitt Shell at 7:30 pm. This free concert will top-off the June celebrations.

“While we celebrate African American music at the Soulsville Foundation every day of the year, we like to recognize this special month in June. As the world’s only soul music museum and one of the most important resources in Memphis for tourists and our own local young people, we feel that this month deserves some special attention. We plan to make it as entertaining and fulfilling as possible and hope everyone will come out to join us in the celebration.”

– Soulsville Foundation CEO Calvin Stovall

Admission to Stax Museum is free from 1-5pm every Tuesday to Shelby County residents (with ID), and general admission to Stax is $13.

You can get museum tickets, purchase apparel, or become a Stax member here.

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