Memphis Music Industry


MMT Speaker Series with The Bar-Kays

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  • Date: December 21, 2017
  • Time: 18:00
  • Location Crosstown Concourse Church Health Community Room 1350 Concourse Avenue
  • Venue: MMT Speaker Series with The Bar-Kays

Join The Consortium MMT for a conversational evening with the Masters of Funk, James Alexander and Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays, moderated by their fellow Stax legend, The Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town) founding president and Hall of Fame songwriter, David Porter. Copies of Larry Dodson’s autobiography, And The Band Plays On, will be available for purchase with a book signing to take place after the main event. The MMT Speaker Series will take place at the Crosstown Concourse Church Health Community Room on the 1st floor between the west and central atriums.

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Initially a funky instrumental soul combo on Stax/Volt, The Bar-Kays were nearly destroyed when most of the band perished in the same plane crashthat claimed Otis Redding. Amazingly, the Bar-Kays not only regrouped but prospered, evolving into a popular funk ensemble over the course of the ’70s. They continued to score hits on the R&B charts through much of the ’80s as well, making for a career longevity that no one would have predicted for Stax’s formerly star-crossed number-two house band for a total of 29 albums, including 1 platinum album, 5 gold albums, and 20 top ten singles. The Bar-Kays music has been sampled by everyone from Coolio to Will Smith, to old schoolers like Cameo. Their career has been documented in music institutions such as The Stax Museum of American Soul Music and the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.

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