If not for soul music, human people would be forced to seduce their dates the old-fashioned way, by strumming a keytar with their feet. Pay tribute to the sole-saving musical sensation with today's deal: for $12, you get a four-pack of passes to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music (a $48 value). The museum's historic location grandly sits at the corner of McLemore Avenue and College Street.
The Stax Museum is one of the only soul-music museums in the world. It originally sprouted from an old movie theater into recording studios, offices, and engineering rooms and also birthed Stax Records, a soul-music label that influenced music internationally. Explore this artifact-packed temple of tunes to discover over 2,000 soulful objet d'art and exhibits. The museum celebrates the songs of archetypal artists like Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. and the M.G.’s, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and soul much more. As you stroll through the cabinet of wonders, music playing throughout the museum encourages the practice of extemporaneous dance moves on the Soul Train dance floor. Walls of records, film screenings, memorabilia, and countless items of musical intrigue are scattered throughout. Bask in the ambience of Isaac Hayes's peacock-blue 1972 fur-lined super-fly Cadillac Eldorado with a television, refrigerator, gold trim, and electromagnetic women attractor.
Soul is often mistaken for the ethereal substance that shoe bottoms are made from. Real soul, however, is music that pours one's heart and experience into a funky fusion of gospel and rhythm and blues. Celebrate some of the world's most influential artists, go on a date with your three soul mates, or rendezvous with soul with today's deal.
- The wind came in the form of R&B, and Stax helped create a hurricane. Stax completely ignored segregation in a city where the public pool chose to shut down rather than abide by an order to allow blacks and whites to swim together. – Ginia Bellafante, New York Times
- TWO THUMBS WAY UP!! This place is great. I danced and cried my way through a three hour trip to Stax a few days ago. – The_Diva777, TripAdvisor
- This is hallowed ground, folks... and the folks at Stax have done a great job restoring it and making it available for the next generation of soul lovers. – Reed W., Yelp
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Named by Time Magazine as the most Authentic American Experience in Tennessee, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music is a state-of-the-art facility with films, videos, interactive exhibits, 2,500+ artifacts, and more to showcase the unique history of American soul music, and specifically that of Stax Records. Using video footage of sermons and early 20th-century gospel performances, the Roots of Soul exhibit investigates soul and gospel's close-knit relationship forged out of a mutual distaste for sea shanties, and a chronologically ordered stretch of 912 singles and 292 full-length albums adorns the winding Hall of Records. Elsewhere, the "Express Yourself" dance floor coaxes tapping toes and curmudgeonly steam engines to boogie along to continuous Soul Train footage, and inside the reconstructed Studio A, patrons glimpse the room where numerous Stax hits were recorded, accompanied by original instruments and samples of recording-session outtakes. Additional unearthed remnants include Albert King's Flying V purple guitar, a Mavis Staples stage dress, and Isaac Hayes's completely restored, gold-trimmed and fur-lined 1972 Cadillac El Dorado.