The 2017 Soulsville USA Festival takes place on Saturday, October 21st from 11am-6pm in the historic Soulsville USA district on College & McLemore.
If you (or your parents) were in Memphis in the 60’s/70’s, you’re probably very familiar with the many contributions Stax Records has made to not only Memphis but to Soul music overall. Songs such as “Respect Yourself” or “Soul Man” and artists such as Mavis Staples, David Porter, Isaac Hayes, Maurice White & William Bell have helped shape the world with soul music. One of the goals of the Soulsville USA Festival is to educate the city about those who have contributed to Memphis’ soulful musical history and introduce them to those of us who are contributing to the city’s soulful future.
This year’s festival features three stages of live music from DeRobert & the Half Truths, Stax Music Academy, Jamille Hunter, Candice Ivory, Quelude, Chris Little, Keia Johnson, c’beyohn, Black Cream, Candy Fox, LeMoyne-Owen College Gospel Choir, Bird Williams, ED II & the Jazz Pocket, Truth & Consequence, and Absolute Music!
In addition to the stellar music line-up, this year’s festival will feature a) free museum entry + educational talk backs & activities inside Stax Museum of American Soul Music b) the ARTent with demos from an array of visual artists c) Knowledge Quest Kids Zone with games, face-painting, caricature drawings, and other fun activities for kids of all ages d) interactive ballet, contemporary, jookin/b-boy, and stepping dance demos on our dance stage. Add all of that to 40 craft/vendors & food trucks, plus the fact that you get all of this for FREE and what do you get? A beautiful day at the Soulsville USA Festival!