Stax Museum of American Soul Music and Stax Music Academy are bringing the Stax story and music to the world during Black History Month, and Choose901 is a proud sponsor. There are TWO incredible opportunities for classrooms and living rooms around the world—The Stax Museum Virtual Tour (that is SO much more than that) and a Black History Month Concert that will feature the music of Stax legends and is filmed in many of our city’s most historically significant locations.
Stax Music Academy’s performance of Better Days with Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons during President Biden’s recent inauguration had Memphis TURNED UP, and now everyone in the #Choose901 community wants more. Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long. Stax is back again, and these events are bigger and better (we didn’t think it was even possible).
STAX MUSEUM VIRTUAL TOUR
Beginning February 10, 2021, you can register online for this tour, and you’ll see the history of Stax played out in ways none of us have seen. School groups, children of all ages, and adults alike can sign up for this new experience. The museum describes the tour:
“Blending elements of a traditional museum tour, interviews, and live musical performances, this virtual museum experience will share the history of Stax Records and Memphis music through those who lived it and continue to be impacted by its legacy. Featured tour guides include former Stax Records employees, Stax Music Academy students, staff, and alumni, and a number of popular Memphis musicians.
This all-ages tour will help the Stax Museum continue introducing new generations to the authentic music created at Stax and offer keen insight into the culture that existed there. From stories of opportunity and empowerment to racial equality, social justice, and the pure magic of making timeless music, this engaging, informative experience will be available at www.staxmuseum.com beginning February 10, 2021 for those who register for a free student stream or pay-what you-can-donate option for others.”
STAX MUSIC ACADEMY’S VIRTUAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH CONCERT: “R & R: Rhythm and Revolution: Expressions of Struggle, Collaboration, and Peace”
The Rhythm and Revolution concert will be available here beginning February 17, 2021 (but you can register TODAY!). If you’ve seen one of Stax Music Academy’s performances live, you know they bring down the house every time. This concert is free for students, schools, and youth organizations and has a pay-what-you-can option for others. Stax explains the purpose and details of the show:
“Throughout American history, music has played a pivotal role in the fight for racial equality. From the message songs imprisoned Africans crafted as a way to communicate with each other during slavery, to impassioned protest songs during the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-20th century, the soundtrack generated by Black singers, musicians, and writers has brought as much strength to the struggle as any factor in the fight for freedom…[The show] will feature songs made famous by artists like Aretha Franklin and the Staple Singers to Al Green, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Janet Jackson, and Albert King. Mixed with jazz, spoken word, and original music from SMA’s talented students, viewers will experience music of the Civil Rights Movement and more recent anthems in this upbeat production designed especially for students who are currently lacking access to the arts during the COVID pandemic.”
The Black History Month Rhythm and Revolution performance will be filmed around Memphis at some of our most historically significant landmarks like the world-renowned Stax Museum, I AM A MAN Plaza at historic Clayborn Temple, Beale Street, and Royal Studios. But the very greatest part of the show is that the Stax students have been involved in everything about the production from designing costumes to engineering to production.
A Note for Educators and Parents: Interested in the performance study guide? Register as an “educator” in the EventBrite Link, and Stax will send you one. The guide will feature a set of questions to help process thoughts/feelings that may arise during the concert, will teach about the music, and will include info about a songwriting competition for grades 4-12 (cash prize for the winner!).
Get ready, Memphis. This IS the show we’re waiting on the edge of our seats for.