Stax Academy Performs the 'Sacred Side of Soulsville'

Stax Academy Performs the 'Sacred Side of Soulsville'

Students from Stax Music Academy in South Memphis are celebrating Black History month by performing the "Sacred Side of Soulsville" at the Cannon Center.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - "This is our Black History month event, the second year we've done this at the Stax Music Academy . We are hoping that this becomes Memphis' signature Black History month event every year," said Tim Sampson with the Soulsville Foundation.

From African dances to the bouncing lindy hops of juke joints, it's all on one stage, performed by kids at Stax Academy and the Soulsville Charter school.

"I play Lewis Jordan, which is the club singer. He had a lot to do with the invention of swing music back in the day. So it's going to be an interesting ball. Honestly, I'm really exited to play him," said Justin Hicks with Stax Music Academy.

"The Scared Side of Soulsville" pays homage to blues and gospel legends from South Memphis, such as The Rance Allen group.

"It's a great opportunity. I grew up listening to Rance Allen in the church in Memphis, Tennessee, so just to actually be in the same production with him is amazing," said Ashley Butler of Stax Academy.

Rance Allen said kids need "self confidence. I believe getting as much knowledge as they can get. Gotta have faith in God and they need some old examples like us."

If you would like to check out the "Sacred Side of Soulsville," tickets are still available. You can purchase them at the Cannon Center Box Office or any Ticketmaster location. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m.

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