Memphis, Tennessee (AFP) – The Stax Museum of American Soul Music and its Tennessee Music Academy are once again giving an online concert and virtual tour in honor of Black History Month in February.
The Memphis-based studio produced soul music for Otis Redding, Sam, Dave, Carla Thomas, Staples Singers, Booker T. and the MGs, Wilson Pickett, and others in the 1960s and 1970s. The studio has been converted into a museum, and the neighboring Stax Music Academy teaches music theory, business, and performance to young adults.
The museum offered an online concert and virtual tours in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 130,000 students and adults have watched the programs, Stax said in a press release.
Stax said that this year’s online concert will see Stax Music Academy students perform videos featuring songs from BB King, Pointer Sisters, Ike & Tina Turner, Rufus Thomas, Duke Ellington and Beyonce.
“Even with the ongoing waves of the COVID virus and other events that continue to change the world day in and day out, Stax Music Academy students still find a great deal of comfort and happiness in studying, creating, exercising and performing music,” said Pat Mitchell Worley, Executive Director of Stax Music Academy. In a statement.
The virtual tour will focus on the achievements of the Mavis Staples of the Staple Singers, former owner of the Al Bell brand, songwriter and singer Bettye Crutcher, and Al Jackson Jr. , drummer for Booker T. & the MG’s.
Study guides and other activities will accompany the production. Registration is available on the Stax Museum website.