Staxtacular 2019 fundraiser features live music by Stax Music Academy & The Bar-Kays!

The Soulsville Foundation’s 15th annual Staxtacular Presented by SunTrust fundraiser for the Stax Music Academy will be held Friday, February 8, 2019 at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music from 7 – 11 p.m. This year’s host is Memphis Grizzlies star Dillon Brooks.

It is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Stax Music Academy.

The “GRIT, GRIND, AND GET FUNKY” event includes cuisine stations and cocktail bars throughout the museum, as well as an on site and online auction, dancing, free valet parking for all guests, appearances by other Grizz players, and live music. This year’s entertainment begins with a performance by the internationally renowned Stax Music Academy, followed by a later night funk fest by Stax icons and international music stars The Bar-Kays, making their Staxtacular debut.

Tickets to the event are limited and are $175 per person. They may be purchased online at or by calling 901-261-6332. Blocks of 10 tickets are also available for $1,500.

What: Staxtacular Presented by SunTrust to benefit the Stax Music Academy

Where: Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore, Memphis, TN 38106

When: Friday, February 8, 2019, 7-11 pm

Tickets: $175 per person

“This is going to be a very special Staxtacular because of the music, among other things,” said Soulsville Foundation spokesman Tim Sampson. “We have the dynamic young generation of the Stax Music Academy followed by the legendary Bar-Kays, who the students admire, emulate, and study. It’s always fascinating when the generations get to experience each other’s music live.”

Perhaps best known for their 1967 Stax smash hit “Soul Finger,” the Bar-Kays, who celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2017, started out as a rag-tag group of Memphis teens who grew up near Stax Records. They went on to be Otis Redding’s backing band and later played with icons such as Isaac Hayes, Johnnie Taylor, and Rufus and Carla Thomas. With their first half-century under their belts, the Bar-Kays remain one of the hardest working and most honored groups in music history. The band played at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration and were featured in a nationally televised White House tribute to Memphis soul in 2013. Inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame and Beale Street Walk of Fame, the band has a career total of 29 albums, including 5 gold and 1 platinum, 40 single releases, and 20 top ten singles and albums,

Now in its 15th year, Staxtacular Presented by SunTrust has raised more than $1 million to date for the Stax Music Academy, a program of the Soulsville Foundation that also operates the Stax Museum of American Soul Music and The Soulsville Charter School. Sponsorships for the event are still available. For more information about sponsorship, auction donations, and blocks of tickets, please contact Christy Valentine at 901-261-6332 or gro.n1548078646oitad1548078646nuofe1548078646llivs1548078646luos@1548078646enitn1548078646elav.1548078646ytsir1548078646hc1548078646.