The Commercial Appeal - Go Memphis - - MU­SIC -

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.

For more on Stax events mark­ing African Amer­i­can Mu­sic Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Month, go to stax­musuem. com. “Real Love, No


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, tick­et­mas­ or (800) 745-3000.

Tick­ets for coun­try mu­sic ex­plorer Sturgill Simp­son’s Sept. 10 Or­pheum con­cert go on sale this week.

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