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Soulsville: The Music of Stax Records

Friday, September 13, 2019 | 8:30PM

Soulsville: The Music of Stax Records
Advance $40.00 / Door $45.00 *

Stax Records is synonymous with Southern soul music. Originally known as Satellite, the Memphis company was founded in 1957 by Jim Stewart and his sister, Estelle Axton, and took its new name in 1961 from the first two letters of their last names. Among the many artists who scored hits on Stax and its Volt subsidiary during the Sixties were Rufus and Carla Thomas, Booker T. & the MGs (an interracial instrumental quartet that also served as the company’s rhythm section), Sam and Dave, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, and Otis Redding.

Under the direction of Juno Award winning producer and musical director, Lance Anderson, the September appearance at Hugh’s Room Live will also bring together three legends of the ‘Toronto Sound’, The Blue-eyed Prince of Soul, George Olliver, (Mandala) the irrepressible John Finley (Checkmates, and the supergroup Rhinoceros) and Jay Douglas (The Cougars). These wonderful soul veterans, all grew up on this music. They are the real deal! Add extraordinary singers Cheryl Lescom and Kitchener phenomenon, Matt Weidinger, and you have a show not to be missed.

The show will feature Memphis-born Shamakah Ali (The Bar-Kays, Al Green) on drums laying down that fat southern backbeat; Collin Barrett on bass; Toronto veteran Terry Blersh (Danny Brooks, The Royals) on guitar; Simon Wallis (Lighthouse) on the saxophone; Dave Dunlop (The Boss Brass) playing trumpet; and musical director, Lance Anderson (Joint Chiefs of Soul, Shakura S’Aida) on piano and Hammond B3 organ. This is truly an all-star line-up.

Stax Records was a breeding ground for the Soul music explosion of the mid sixties to late seventies. With The MG’s as the house band and Booker T. and Steve Cropper (amongst others) as songwriters and producers, they created a string of hits that continue to influence R&B music today. The hits kept coming, and ‘Soulsville’ will feature them all, like: Hold On I’m Coming, Soul Man, Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, Knock on Wood, In The Midnight Hour, and instrumentals like Green Onions and Time is Tight by Booker T. and Soul Finger by the Bar Kays. This infectious music will soothe your soul and have you dancin’ in the aisles. And when you hear Cheryl Lescom sing ‘I’ve Been Lovin’ You too Long’, you will think you have died and gone to heaven.

Anderson says, “These singers and players are some of the best that Canada has to offer. The music is a combination of Gospel and Blues that was born on the Mississippi at Memphis but was ground out in the clubs across Canada. This is not the slick soul of Detroit’s Motown, but the gritty Yonge St. soul that captured Canada’s bar scene and turned Toronto and Kitchener into soul towns.”

This will be the fourth in a series of concerts that Anderson has brought to the Hugh’s Room Live. Previous concerts include:

The Last Waltz: A Musical Celebration of The Band
Mad Dogs and Englishmen: The Music of Joe Cocker and Leon Russell
Genius and Soul: The Music of Ray Charles

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