Press Release
Memphis Soul Viewing Event at Malco Paradiso

Press Contacts: Teri L. Sullivan
WKNO-TV/Channel 10
(901) 729-8735

Tim Sampson
Communications Director
Soulsville Foundation
(901) 946-2535 ext. 324

April 12, 2013
For Immediate Release


Memphis, TN — In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul is a PBS music special that was taped in the East Room of the White House Tuesday, April 9, 2013, celebrating the timeless classics of Memphis soul music, particularly that of Stax Records and Hi Records. President and Mrs. Obama hosted the event, which premieres Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. on WKNO-TV/Channel 10.

To celebrate, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, WKNO-TV, and WDIA/Clear Channel Radio will host a live viewing at Malco Paradiso. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Event starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are free but limited and can be reserved at

Queen Latifah also hosted In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul, and the special features performances by Sam Moore, Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones, William Bell, Eddie Floyd, Justin Timberlake, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Steve Cropper, Ben Harper, Charlie Musselwhite, and others.

Local support of the television broadcast is provided by Alchemy, Bowden Internal Medicine, McEwen’s on Monroe, and Trustmark Bank.

In addition to the performances, the PBS special pays homage to Memphis, a segregated city in the 1960s where many whites and blacks nonetheless came together to make soulful music, a mix of gospel and potent rhythmic grooves — known today as “Memphis Soul.”

According to Stax Museum communications director Tim Sampson, “This couldn’t be a more perfect time for the White House to honor Memphis soul music as this year is the 10th anniversary of the Stax Museum. This is definitely one of the greatest highlights of our year.”

“We are pleased that Memphis music and history are being saluted by our nation’s President,” said Michael J. LaBonia, WKNO President and CEO, “and are happy to partner with these great Memphis institutions to help our community celebrate.”

About the Stax Museum of American Soul Music
The Stax Museum of American Souls Music seeks to present, preserve, promote and interpret the art, history, culture and heritage of American Soul Music, specifically the Memphis Sound and its influences internationally.

About WKNO
WKNO is a non-profit, private foundation serving the Mid-South for more than 56 years. An important community resource, WKNO uses the power of non-commercial public broadcasting to provide the Mid-South with quality educational and cultural programs that inform, entertain, and inspire. For more information:

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