02/26/2014 7:30pm



On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, get out your platform shoes and bell bottoms because the Stax Music Academy is bringing “Peace, Love, and Sooouuuul” to Minglewood Hall in Memphis in celebration of Black History Month.


  • When: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 10 am, 1 pm, 7:30 pm
  • Where: Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Avenue 901-312-6058
  • Admission: 10 am and 1 pm FREE (schools by reservation only), 7:30 pm $10
  • To make school reservation: Call Melody Barham 901-261-6426


Based on the famed television show Soul Train and inspired by the book Love, Peace and Soul! The Behind the Scenes Story of America’s Favorite Dance Show: Soul Train by Ericka Blount Danois, the Stax Music Academy’s “Peace, Love and Soulsville” is an original musical complete with live music, dancing, and retro-era costumes.

The impetus of this year’s show, according Soulsville Foundation communications director Tim Sampson, was the Stax Museum of American Soul Music brining in Danois for a signing when her book was released in October 2013. “Soul Train played a large part in the success of taking so many Stax Records acts to a national audience in the early 1970s that we thought it was a perfect fit to have Ericka come for an event at the Stax Museum,” he said. “I think we all got a bit of Soul Train fever and it just made sense for the Stax Music Academy to ‘get on board’ and keep up the momentum.”

Danois will be at the evening performance of the event signing more books, which may be purchased that night. Some of the dancers in the show will include performers from Memphis’ Collage Dance Collective.

The Stax Music Academy began its annual Black History Month musical tradition in 2012 with a grant from ArtsMemphis as a way to engage even more students than it already does, including those from The Soulsville Charter School, another of the Soulsville Foundation’s programs. “We always have a healthy number of students in the Stax Music Academy that also attend The Soulsville Charter School, but not every child we serve has musical talent,” Stax Music Academy artistic director Justin Merrick said, “so we used this as a vehicle to have students help with costume design, stage sets, and other aspects of the show. We also recruited low-income students from other schools and organizations, who wouldn’t normally get this kind of exposure to the arts.”

The sponsors for this year’s Stax Music Academy Black History Month musical are Laurelwood Shopping Center and ArtsFirst First Tennessee Foundation.

For more information, please contact Tim Sampson 901-485-8735,