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SOUL FILMS
(April 24, 2003)

The Bar-Kays at WattStax

GoMemphis, the Commercial Appeal Memphis newspaper's web site has a great article on the films about Soul Music to appear soon on our screens. Read all the details at 0,1426,MCA_511_1910242,00.html

 

Schedule for Stax released
(April 17, 2003)

Stax studio. April 18, 2003


DATE:  Monday, April 28th

EVENT:  Stax Celebrity Golf Classic with David Porter and Friends
   To benefit Stax Music Academy and Museum
CO-CHAIRS: Isaac Hayes and Mavis Staples
Celebrity Golfers: Loren Roberts, Richard Roundtree, Jimmy Jam, Julius
Erving, Steadman Graham, Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway and others
PLACE:  Spring Creek Golf Course; Collierville, TN
FEES:   $500.00 per player
REGISTRATION: Soulsville, 870 E. McLemore Ave / Memphis, TN 38106
   Phone: (901) 775-0072/Fax: 948-8560
   Registered Players & Participants Only/Private Event

DATE:  Monday, April 28th
EVENT: Film Premiere: "Tom Dowd & the Language of Music"
 A feature-length documentary profiling the life and
 work of a man whose personal history reflects the
 revolution of modern music and recording technology:
legendary producer/recording engineer Tom Dowd.
Credits include: Otis Redding, Eric Clapton, Aretha
Franklin, Booker T. & the MGs, Lynyrd Skynyrd,
Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Marley, Thelonius Monk and others.
Q&A:   Mark Moormann, Producer/Director
TIME:  7:00PM
SEATING:  Limited 150; one showing only
PLACE:  Malco Studio on the Square
BENEFIT:  Stax Museum of American Soul Music
TICKETS:  $10.00 (purchase at door)

DATE:  Tuesday, April 29th
EVENT: "Essential Soul: The Enduring Legacy of Stax" Conference - Luncheon
PLACE:  Stax Music Academy/Museum
   926 E. McLemore Avenue @ College Street
PANELISTS: Rob Bowman, author Soulsville USA
   Peter Guralnick, author Sweet Soul Music
   Al Bell, former President Stax Records
SPEAKER:  Phyl Garland, professor - Columbia University,
music critic and author of Sounds of Soul
FEES:   $65.00 (includes lunch and Museum tour)
SEATING:  Limited: 70 guests
TIME:  8AM - 8:30AM Registration
8:30AM - 11:30AM Conference & Speaker
   11:30AM - 12:30PM Lunch
   12:30PM - Museum Tour/Authors' Autographs
TICKETS:  Unique Tours 1(800)743-7781 or
   Visit
www.uniquememphis.com and also
   Satellite Gift Shop in person at 926 E. McLemore Avenue

DATE:  Tuesday, April 29th
EVENT:  Soul n' Roll
APPEARING: Big Star, Little Milton, The Bar-Kays, Mable John,
   Linda Lyndell
PLACE:  The Lounge/Gibson Guitar Factory
   (1 block south of BB King's - Beale Street)
TIME:  6:30PM (doors open)
   7:30PM (show starts)
TICKETS:  New Era Tickets Memphis Area Box Locations
   (Applicable service fees may apply)
   Toll Free Number: 877-639-3728
   WEBSITE:
www.neweratickets.com and also
   Unique Tours 1(800)743-7781 or
   Visit
www.uniquememphis.com
   Advance:  $25.00
   At Door:   $35.00

DATE:  Wednesday, April 30th
EVENT:  "New mix for an old Song: Music Industry Current Issues"
PLACE:  Stax Music Academy/Museum
   926 E. McLemore Avenue @ College Street
PANELISTS: Robert Gordon, author "It Came From Memphis"
Phyl Garland, author "Sounds of Soul"
   Rob Bowman, author "Soulsville USA"
Al Bell, former President Stax Records
SPEAKER:  Dr. Portia Maultsby, Professor of Folklore
   and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University
FEES:   $65.00 (includes lunch and Museum tour)
SEATING:  Limited: 70 guests
TIME:  8AM - 8:30AM Registration
   8:30AM - 11:30AM Conference & Speaker
   11:30AM - 12:30PM Lunch
   12:30PM - Museum Tour/Authors' Autographs
TICKETS:  Unique Tours 1(800)743-7781 or
   Visit
www.uniquememphis.com and also
   Satellite Gift Shop in person at 926 E. McLemore Avenue

DATE:  Wednesday, April 30th
EVENT:  Soul Comes Home Stax Concert
PLACE:  Orpheum Theatre  (Main Street @ Beale)
TIME:  8:00PM
FEATURING: Rance Allen, Eddie Floyd, William Bell, Jean Knight,
   Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & The MG's, the Mar-Keys,
Mavis Staples, Ann Peebles, Luther Vandross, Jimmy Vaughn, Wilson Pickett,
Solomon Burke and others
TICKETS:  $125 (includes "the celebrity party" at Isaac Hayes
   Food and Passion Restaurant - Peabody Place)
   $85, $65, $50, $25
   Tickets available at Orpheum Box Office
TicketMaster on line at
www.ticketmaster.com;
   901/525-1515; visit any TicketMaster outlet
"Soul Comes Home" Packages available through Unique Tours 1(800)743-7781;
visit
www.uniquememphis.com

DATE:  Thursday, May 1st
EVENT:  WattStax Premiere and Stax Concert
WattStax: 1973 film produced by Larry Shaw and Al Bell with director Mel
Stuart featuring Albert King, Carla Thomas, Luther Ingram, Rufus Thomas,
Richard Pryor and others in the biggest music event of the Black Power era.
The 2003 Sundance Collection winner.  The audio track of the new edition was
re-mastered completely from the
original concert masters and is being released in 5.1 Dolby Digital.
PLACE:  Orpheum Theatre (Main Street @ Beale)
TIME:  7:30PM
FEATURING: The Temprees,  Floyd Taylor (tribute to dad Johnnie Taylor), The
Dramatics and others
TICKETS:  $30, $25, $15, $12
   Tickets available at Orpheum Box Office
TicketMaster on line at
www.ticketmaster.com
   901/525-1515; visit any TicketMaster outlet
"Soul Comes Home" Packages available through Unique Tours - 1(800)743-7781;
visit
www.uniquememphis.com

DATE:  Friday, May 2, 2003
EVENT:  "Soul Comes Home" and Lives Forever
   (Historical Ceremony to open Museum)
PLACE:  Stax Museum of American Soul Music
   926 E. McLemore Avenue (McLemore at College Street)
TIME:  8:30AM
TOURS:  9:00AM - 5:00PM Monday - Saturday
   1:00PM - 5:00PM Sunday
ADMISSION: $9 ADULTS; $8 SENIORS; $6 CHILD (9-12); FREE for
Stax Museum members and children 8 and under with paid adult or senior
admission. 10% discount to AAA members.
BROADCAST: Soul Classics 103.5
   The Soul Patrol: Henry Nelson, Mother Wit, PA Bomani


Program/Event Schedules Subject to Change
Call Stax Museum of American Soul Music
for more information:
(901) 942-SOUL (7685) or
Toll free 1-888-942-SOUL.

 

  • R.I.P. HOMER BANKS
    (April 4, 2003)


    Homer Banks will not appear at the Stax Museum opening. He just died yesterday in Memphis. Soul singer Homer Banks, known mostly for his songwriting, died of cancer on April, 4.That, coupled with the passing of Edwin Starr a few days earlier and it is a 1-2 punch that Soul Music fans have not seen Otis Redding's plane crash that took most of The Bar-Kays with him.

    Banks was a Memphis cat, and during the mid-sixties he tried to get work as a singer and songwriter at Stax but Jim Stewart didn't seem to like him. His partner, Estelle Axton did.(For some unusual reason HE got into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame, but SHE did not. He may have produced the records, but she found some of the best talent.

    They were PARTNERS and should have been inducted together.) She put him to work in their record store and encouraged his songwriting. Although Stax never cut him as a singer, they signed Banks to a song publishing deal when Johnnie Taylor cut Banks'"Ain't That Lovin' You (for More Reasons Than One)" (Reggae singer Dennis Brown recorded a great version of it in 1978.).

    Meanwhile, Banks recorded five singles for the Minit label at other Memphis studios. Although none of those songs were even R&B hits, white people were listening.Stevie Winwood ripped off the intro to "A Lot of Love" for "Gimme Some Lovin'" and The Box Tops and Three Dog Night covered Banks' song for LP cuts.All five of Banks' singles on Minit are excellent examples of fine non-Stax, sixties Memphis soul.

    But Banks' real calling was as a songwriter.On November 23, 1968, a song that Banks co-wrote was the Number One R&B hit in the country and even a Top 5 pop hit--Johnnie Taylor's "Who's Makin' Love."

    It's a shame that Banks didn't record at Stax Perhaps he may have actually had a hit.Oh, well, the five singles he cut are fabulous. Long live Homer Banks.

    Phast Phreddie Patterson

     

    STAX MUSEUM OPENING EVENTS
    (April 3, 2003)

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    Dubbed "Soul Comes Home," the April 27 through May 1 festivities feature public events including: concert revues at the Orpheum and the Gibson Guitar Lounge, Stax legacy conferences, luncheons, a previously announced celebrity golf tournament, museum tours and the premiere of the re-released, digitally re-mastered WattStax concert movie.

    The April 30 Orpheum concert will be partially televised at a later date, said Deanie Parker, Soulsville's president and executive director.

    Orpheum event tickets, ranging from $12.50 to $125, go on sale today. The Lounge tickets, with prices not yet announced, will go on sale Monday.

    Former Stax legends scheduled to perform include Oscar and Grammy winner Isaac Hayes and Mavis Staples of the Staple Singers. Stax performers also include Booker T. & the MG's.

    Other Stax artists performing that week include The Memphis Horns (also known as The Mar-Keys), Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, William Bell, The Bar-Kays, The Temprees, Big Star, The Rance Allen Group, Little Milton, Mable John, Jean Knight and Linda Lyndell.

    Guest performers include Hi Records artist Ann Peebles, Warren Haynes of the Allman Brothers, and Wilson Pickett, Bootsy Collins and Solomon Burke.

    There will be a musical tribute to late Stax legends Otis Redding, Johnnie Taylor  and Rufus Thomas.

    More details at http://www.soulsvilleusa.com/3_1_1-archivedRelease.cfm?newsarticleID=32
     

     

    THE STAX MUSEUM LATEST PHOTO
    (April 1, 2003)

    Stax Museum

    The most recent photo of the Stax Museum, thanks to Joe Pusateri. You will be allowed to get inside in less than a month now.

    BOOKER T. & THE MG'S AT BLUESVILLE
    (April 1, 2003)

    Booker T. & The MG's

    Booker T. & The MG's concert at Bluesville in the Horseshoe casino in Tunica, near Memphis last March 29. From left to right: Booker T. Jones, Donald Dunn, Steve Cropper and Steve Potts. (c) Joe Pusateri.

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