Stax Museum offers virtual events for Black History Month

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Stax Museum of American Soul Music and its Tennessee Academy of Music are once again offering an online concert and virtual tour in honor of Black History Month in February.

The Memphis-based studio produced soulful music by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, the Staples Singers, Booker T. and the MGs, Wilson Pickett and others in the 1960s and 1970s. The studio has been turned into a museum and the adjacent Stax Music Academy teaches music theory, business and performance to young people.

The museum offered an online concert and virtual tours in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 130,000 students and adults watched the programs, Stax said in a news release.

This year’s online concert will see Stax Music Academy students perform videos featuring songs by BB King, the Pointer Sisters, Ike & Tina Turner, Rufus Thomas, Duke Ellington and Beyonce, Stax said. .

“Even with the continuing waves of the COVID virus and other events that continue to change the world day by day, our students at Stax Music Academy still find great comfort and happiness in studying, creating, rehearsing and playing music. music,” Pat Mitchell Worley, executive director of Stax Music Academy, said in a statement.

The virtual tour will focus on the accomplishments of Mavis Staples of the Staple Singers, former label owner Al Bell, songwriter and singer Bettye Crutcher, and Al Jackson Jr., drummer for Booker T. & the MG’s.

Study guides and other activities will accompany the productions. Registration is available on the Stax Museum website.

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