Music Festival Features Memphis Natives Booker T. Jones,
The Bar-Kays and William Bell
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (April 7, 2014) – A triple header of soul and blues men – Booker T. Jones, The Bar-Kays and William Bell – modern music makers who brought “soul” into the mainstream, perform at the Memphis Music Fest at The Mahaffey Theater Friday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $39, $49 and $69 and go on sale Friday, April 11 at noon.
Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, record producer and arranger Booker T. Jones is a 1992 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee, 2007 Grammy® Lifetime Achievement recipient and four-time Grammy® winner. Best known as the front man for Booker T. and the MGs, Jones had an early start in the music industry from high school days. He played the oboe, saxophone, trombone, bass and piano, served as organist at his church and worked as a staff musician at the age of 16 for Stax Records in Memphis, co-writing the classic instrumental “Green Onions.” He released his 10th album, Sound the Alarm, featuring a group of guest artists including his son Ted Jones last year.
The funk-o-matic Memphis group The Bar-Kays originated as the Stax Records’ house band in 1966 and developed a raw soul sound that resonated with a young African-American audience. Their purposeful soulfulness carried them to a chart-topping perch in 1967 with the hit “Soulfinger.” The band has a career total of 29 albums including one platinum album, five gold albums and 20 Top 10 singles. Band members are Lead Singer Larry Dodson, found of The Bar-Kays and Bass Player James Alexander, Guitarists Tony Gentry and Mike Anderson, Keyboardists Ezra Williams and Mark Bynum, Drummer Carlos Sargent and Background Vocalists Darrel Stanly and Archie Love.
Singer/songwriter William Bell has come to define the essence of “soul” during a distinguished 40-year career that started with the band The Del-Rios in the late 1950s. He is probably best known for his debut single, 1961’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water.” His Top 20 hit single, “Everybody Loves a Winner” came out in his first full-length album. Bell and Jones co-wrote “Born Under a Bad Sign” which became the signature tune for blue great Albert King and was later recorded by Cream. His 1967 “Every Day Will be a Holiday” was featured in the 2010 sci-fi thriller Repo Man.
Tickets for the Memphis Music Fest are $39, $49 and $69 and may be purchased online at TheMahaffey.com, the mobile app My Mahaffey, the theater’s Social Ticketing Facebook app, charge by phone at 727.893.7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Box Office is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m Monday-Saturday or at least 90 minutes to any ticketed event. Groups of 10 or more can save 10%. Please call Cherie at 727.892.5716 for more information. There are no added charges ever on tickets purchased directly from The Mahaffey Theater.
About The Mahaffey Theater
The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey Theater hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions.
Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.
About The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts
Founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2009, The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is dedicated to the success and future of The Mahaffey Theater and to the notion that through diverse programing and patron membership support, performing arts should be enjoyed by all of St. Petersburg’s citizens. It’s your theater!
The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is committed to supporting and presenting all genres of the performing arts at The Mahaffey Theater, funding arts education for school children through the Class Acts performance series and providing its member patrons with unequaled services, entertainment and cultural experiences.