Stax Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Published on 01/11/2013





On May 2, 2003, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music opened its doors at the original site of Stax Records, which had been a vacant, overgrown lot for more than a decade with a single State of Tennessee historic marker on the sidewalk letting visitors from around the world know that this was once home to the label that launched the careers of such soul music luminaries as Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. & the MGs, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Sam & Dave, the Staple Singers and dozens of other artists who changed music and popular culture forever.

On Friday, January 11th, the Stax Museum – one of the Soulsville Foundation’s three programs along with the Stax Music Academy and The Soulsville Charter School – received a joint proclamation from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell proclaiming 2013 as the “Year of the Stax Museum” for the City of Memphis and Shelby County, and received a proclamation from Governor Bill Haslam proclaiming May 2, 2013 as “Stax Museum Day” throughout the State of Tennessee. (Pictured here L to R: Shelby County Mark Luttrell, Soulsville Foundation Board Chair Carolyn Hardy, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton with their 2013 "Year of the Stax Museum" proclamation.)


Some of the events planned for the 2013 Stax Museum 10th anniversary include:


January 22nd: Premier of TV 1 Unsung documentary on Isaac Hayes. Stax Museum theater. 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Free. Limited seating and reservations required.


January 26th: Staxtacular Presented by SunTrust. Largest fund-raiser of the year for the Stax Music Academy. Hosted by the Memphis Grizzlies. Includes great cuisine, open bars, live and silent auction, live music by The Bo-Keys with Percy Wiggins, and more. 7 p.m. ‘til the lights go out. $150 per person. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 901-261-6338.


February 2nd: WRBO Soul Classics 103.5 begins programming “Blues at Sunrise” live from the Stax Museum each Saturday 9 a.m. – noon throughout 2013.


February 5th: Stax Music Academy Black History Month musical “The Sacred Side of Soulsville” with special guests Stax legends and gospel great the Rance Allen Group along with Deborah Manning. Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. 10 a.m. performance for schools only, free, call 901-261-6356 for reservations. 7:30 for general public, $10 and $20, tickets available through Ticketmaster or at Cannon Center box office.


February 7th: Memphis Music Commission launches “Fresh Tracks at the Stax Museum” on the first Thursday of each month. Opportunity for current and new artists to play their music for peers and receive feedback. Free. 6 – 8 p.m.


March 3rd: Donald "Duck" Dunn Tribute Concert with the ORIGINAL BLUES BROTHERS Featuring Steve "The Colonel" Cropper and Lou "Blue Lou" Marini. Minglewood Hall, 7 pm. Opening act the Matt Oree Band. $25 advance, $30 at the door. Table of 8 available for $400 (includes ticket price. Click HERE to purchase tickets and tables.


March 18th: Homecoming 75th Birthday Concert with Memphis native and jazz legend Charles Lloyd and his Sky Trio. Rhodes College, 7:30 p.m. Admission $50 prefered seating, $35 general admission, FREE to Stax Music Academy and Rhodes College students. Click HERE to buy tickets.


April 27th: Third annual Stax to the Max Presented by ArtsMemphis. All day, free, outdoor music and arts festival at the Stax Museum. Live music by The Soulsville Charter School Symphony. The Monophonics, Stax Music Academy, William Bell, Toni Green, Kirk Whalum, Garry Goin Band, and more!


May: The Stax Museum of American Soul Music along with the Memphis In May International Festival will present an exhibit on this year’s Country of honor Sweden.  The exhibit will feature photographs, press releases, records and other memorabilia celebrating the 45th Anniversary of renowned Swedish journalist Jonas Berholm’s pilgrimage to Memphis as well as many other Soul-Centric cities throughout the United States.


June 29th: Stax Music Academy Summer Music Experience Grand Finale and Levitt Shell Spring Concert Series Finale. Free, Levitt Shell.


June: Thanks to a grant from the Kite Foundation, Stax Music Academy students will perform live music one day a week during June in the Stax Museum’s Studio A during business hours.


August 20: The Stax Museum Of American Soul Music along with The Recording Academy will present an exhibit celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy; highlighting many of the regions GRAMMY winners and nominees, such as: Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Johnny Cash and others.  The Stax Museum’s relationship with the Memphis Chapter of The Recording Academy makes this exhibit a perfect fits as so many Stax Records artists have been part of this area’s GRAMMY legacy.


September: In September close to the time of the semi annual celebration of Otis Redding's birthday, the Otis Redding Foundation will partner with the Stax Museum of American Soul Music to celebrate the museum's 10th anniversary by offering a very special and exclusive, first-ever, one-time-only Macon to Memphis Tour. The tour will be made available to a limited number of Otis Redding and Stax Records fans and will include experiences related to Otis Redding, Stax Records, the city of Macon and the city of Memphis. The tour is still in the planning stages so please sign up for e-news at and for updates and details. 



October 28th – 30th: In honor of Stax Museum’s anniversary, the Berklee College of Music in Boston, one of the most prestigious music schools in the world and a close partner with the Stax Music Academy, will host its annual national conference in Memphis with music educators and other guests from around the country.


The Stax Museum’s corporate partner for 2013 is Thomas & Betts and its hotel of choice for the year is The Peabody Hotel. And to help us kick off our celebration we have some very special friends who are celebrating their 80th anniversary this year, or should we say the 80th anniversary of their famous tradition!


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For more information, please contact Tim Sampson 901-261=6324 or