It’s Friday in Memphis and time to get your groove on!
Tonight the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Stax Music Academy present, SOLID GOLD SOULSVILLE, a FREE indoor/outdoor festival celebrating the music and community in the heart of our city – Soulsville, USA!
The festival includes live outdoor performances by 926, the Stax Music Academy Alumni Band, and other local artists. There will also be family-friendly games and activities, local food truck vendors, giveaways, arts and crafts, and a Stax Museum sidewalk sale. You can even get your Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on site!
Stax Museum will be open and free to tour during the festival where you can be the first to see the brand new exhibit—“SOLID GOLD SOUL: The Best of the Rest from the Stax Museum,” featuring never-before-seen artifacts from the Museum’s vault—making its debut.
There are so many rare gems in this exhibit, like the photographs of Otis Redding performing at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis. The stage costumes alone are worth the tour, like the “prison suit with handcuffs” worn on stage by Isaac Hayes’ guitarist and Stax session/touring player Harold Beane during his short stint playing guitar for George Clinton and Funkadelic.
The exhibit also features rare vinyl records and photographs from the recently acquired Bob Abrahamian Collection which documents the story of Chicago’s soul music scene of the 1960s and 1970s. Every artifact tells a story about the person who used it, wore it, or played it.
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