The Otis Redding Foundation will host a weekend of events celebrating Otis Redding’s 81st birthday

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The concerts will feature the GRAMMY Award winner Robert GlasperMickey Guyton, GRAMMY nominee, The War and Treaty, Monophonics, etc.

Groundbreaking ceremony for the Otis Redding Center for the Arts

MACON, Ga., August 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Otis Redding Foundation to Celebrate Otis Redding’s Legacy on What Would Have Been Soul Singer’s 81st Birthdayst birthday. The events, which will take place on September 9 and 10, will bring together world-renowned musicians Macon, Georgia and serve as a major fundraiser to benefit the future Otis Redding Center for the Arts, which will further support the Foundation’s mission to empower, enrich and motivate young people through educational programs involving music, writing and instrumentation.

“Our family is thrilled to celebrate my father’s legacy in person for the first time since the pandemic. We are happy to bring the weekend celebration back to Builder and thank the countless patrons who have supported The Otis Redding Foundation since my mother established it in 2007. We are excited to share our vision for music education with the community,” says Karla Redding Andrewsvice president and executive director of the Otis Redding Foundation.

The weekend of events will begin on friday september 9 with the highly anticipated grand opening of the new Otis Redding Center for the Arts, an 11,000 square foot space dedicated to music education, equipped with learning labs, collaborative spaces, practice rooms and a stage for student performance.

Tonight, An evening of respect will take place at Macon’s the historic Grand Opera House and a jazz-influenced, GRAMMY Award-winning pianist Robert Glasper and GRAMMY-nominated singer mickey guyton. During the event, the Otis Redding Foundation will honor supporters DJ Derrick “D-NICE” Jones, Georgia heroes Chuck and Rose Lane Leavell, Dr. Vickie Perdue Scott of the Legacy Builders Foundation and Dr. C. David Keith of Mercer University.

The Big “O” Homecoming Show will take place on Saturday September 10 at the Capitol Theater and feature performances by Kendra Morris, Monophonics and The War and Treaty. The tribute show is a reminder to Otis Redding own Home Coming Show and Dance held at the Macon City Auditorium throughout the 1960s, where the singer brought his contemporaries and musical peers to Macon.

Since its inception, the Otis Redding Foundation has supported thousands of students in pursuing their goals in music and the arts. Programs include the annual Otis Music Camp for 12-18 year olds, DREAM Camp for 5-11 year olds, music education workshops, private and group lessons and opportunities to perform on iconic stages, such as the Ryman Theater in NashvilleTN.

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About the Otis Redding Foundation

The mission of the Otis Redding Foundation is to empower, enrich and motivate all young people through programs involving music, writing and instrumentation. Every partnership and sponsored program since its inception in 2007 supports the philanthropic commitment of Otis Redding to empower and enlighten all young people to achieve their dreams.

The Otis Redding Center for the Arts

The Otis Redding Center for the Arts is a multipurpose space open to students ages 3-18 who wish to explore their interest in all elements of music and the arts. Planning is well advanced with a proposed opening in 2023. The Center will have Macon’s top musicians offering private music lessons in areas such as piano, audio engineering, strings, and more. Students are encouraged to go beyond and tap into their best efforts. The Center believes in the vitality of music and the arts and continues to develop these avenues for young people. Partnerships with Mercer UniversityMiddle Georgia State University, Georgia Southern University and more help make these efforts possible for our students.

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