Alexander, author of the biography Drama: The Music of Mary J. Blige.”
On June 16, there will be another educational event, titled “The Women of Stax: A Memphis Music Living History Program.” The event will focus on the contributions of some key female figures to the label’s history, including co-founder Estelle Axton and singers Carla Thomas and Mavis Staples, among others.
The June festivities will continue with a “Soulsville Record Swap” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18. Record dealers from across the region are expected to attend, and the Stax Museum will also be selling deeply discounted CDS, books, apparel and souvenirs. Regular admission is $5. It’s $10 for early bird entry, and free with regular museum admission.
Programming will conclude with a Stax Music Academy Grand Finale Concert at the Levitt Shell on June 25 at 7:30 p.m. The show is free.
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SAILING into MEMPHIS
Grammy-nominated singer Sturgill Simpson is coming to Memphis. The Kentucky-bred, Asheville, North Carolina-based roots-music explorer has announced a Sept. 10 concert at the orpheum.
Simpson released his highly anticipated third album, “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” last month. The disc follows the critically acclaimed singersongwriter’s 2013 debut, “High Top Mountain,” and 2014 breakthrough “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music.”
Tickets for Simpson’s Orpheum show are $35 and $45. They go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 20, at the Orpheum box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or (800) 745-3000.
Tickets for country music explorer Sturgill Simpson’s Sept. 10 Orpheum concert go on sale this week.