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  • Crosstown Concourse Church Health Community Room 1350 Concourse Avenue Memphis, TN, 38104 United States (map)

Join us for a conversational evening with James Alexander and Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays moderated by The Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town) Founder and President, Hall of Fame songwriter and Stax Legend 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.


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 crash that 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.


NOTE: Featured guest(s) will not accept any unsolicited material.

Earlier Event: December 15
Later Event: January 26
Lunch & Listen with Ashley Avenue