Online Show Celebrates The Legendary Sounds of Stax and Motown

Published January 31, 2024

Embrace a musical journey this Black History Month with the soulful tunes of Stax Records and Motown, as they come alive in a free online show titled 'Stax Meets Motown.' Music admirers can experience the harmony of these iconic labels by streaming the event online, with registration opening on February 2nd, for everyone to partake in this cultural celebration.

Soulful Collaboration on Display

Talented musicians from the Stax Music Academy are set to perform chart-topping hits from the renowned soul and R&B houses. Legendary tracks by Motown greats such as Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, and the Jackson Five will meld with soul-stirring melodies from Stax's Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, and the Bar-Kays.

Educational Fusion with Entertainment

Filmed at the historic Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, the show is an educational blend, providing an electrifying learning experience aimed at students, teachers, youth groups, and organizations, especially those with limited access to artistic resources. Stax has described the show as a vibrant mix of popular stage musicals and 1960's soul music. Accompanying the musical show is a study guide focusing on subjects like the civil rights movement, Black radio’s role, recording industry dynamics, 1960's fashion, and key historical events such as the Detroit Riots of 1967.

A Digital Tradition for Wider Reach

The Stax Music Academy began this initiative of virtual presentations in 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic circumstances to widespread acclaim. With a fresh spin this year, the program not only showcases the best of soul music from the '60s and '70s but also stands as a testament to the enduring impact of Stax and Motown on music and culture.

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