Fourteen students from the Stax Music Academy will depart Memphis on June 26th to open festivities for the 19th Annual Porretta Soul Festival in Porretta Terme, Italy. The trip is the first-ever Stax Music Academy Summer Tour Presented by FedEx.
Founded in 1988 by Porretta Terme native Graziano Uliani as a tribute to the late Stax Records legend Otis Redding, the Porretta Soul Festival takes place in the towns Rufus Thomas Park.
The students will perform elsewhere and will then travel to London. The festival will also feature Memphis Horns legend Wayne Jackson, James Govan & the Rum Boogie Blues Band, Charlie Wood, The Neville Brothers, and New Orleans queen of soul Irma Thomas.
For more info on the festival, go here.