Stax Museum and Stax Music Academy present a free indoor/outdoor event with live music, an exhibition opening, and more to celebrate Soulsville USA
On Friday, August 6, 2021 from 6 – 8 p.m., the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and its expansive, secured parking lot will be abuzz with activities as the Soulsville Foundation’s Stax Museum and Stax Music Academy present “SOLID GOLD SOULSVILLE: A Celebration of the Music and Community at the Global Capital of Soul,” an indoor/outdoor free event open to all residents of the Soulsville USA community and to the general public.
- WHO: Hosted by the Soulsville Foundation for Soulsville USA residents and the general public
- WHAT: SOLID GOLD SOULSVILLE community event
- WHERE: Indoor/outdoor at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore Ave, Memphis, TN, 38106
- WHEN: Friday, August 6, 2021, 6 – 8 p.m.
The event will serve not only as the official opening of the Stax Museum’s new exhibit, “Sold Gold Soul,” but also as a kickoff of the Stax Music Academy’s #MusicMustContinue fundraising campaign, the beginning of the 2021/2022 school year, and the return of live music to the Soulsville campus.
The celebration will include performances on an outdoor stage 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, Give901 and Memphis Police Department Crump Station school supplies giveaways, Choose901 Summer Learning Kits giveaways, arts and crafts activities designed by the Stax Museum, community partners with informational booths, a Stax Museum sidewalk sale, and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for those who qualify.
The Stax Museum will be open and offering free admission to all attendees from 6 -8 p.m. as it launches its newest temporary exhibit, “SOLID GOLD SOUL: The Best of the Rest from the Stax Museum.”
Since opening in 2003, the Stax Museum’s permanent galleries have showcased approximately 3,000 artifacts, but the museum’s collection vault boasts thousands more objects, including stage costumes, recording equipment, musical instruments, photographs, documents, and vinyl records. Solid Gold Soul showcases the museum staff’s favorite objects that are not part of the permanent exhibits and, with the exception of Isaac Hayes’ office desk and chair (which were on display in the Stax Museum exhibit “Give A Damn” at Crosstown Arts in 2019), all items in the new exhibit are on display for the first time. Highlights include rare photographs of Otis Redding performing in Memphis, stage costumes worn by members of Funkadelic and the T.S.U. Toronadoes, and rare vinyl records and photographs from the recently acquired Bob Abrahamian Collection. Each artifact tells a story about the person who used, wore, or played it.
According to Soulsville Foundation communications director Tim Sampson, “This is a way for the Soulsville Foundation to re engage with the community after the past year-plus of closing temporarily at various times, canceling most in-person events, and many of us living in isolation. We hope this will be a fun, entertaining, informative, and productive event that will finally allow us to all come together in person.”
“SOLID GOLD SOULSVILLE: A Celebration of the Music and Community at the Global Capital of Soul” is sponsored by Concord.