The Otis Redding Foundation will celebrate Otis Redding’s legacy on what would have been the Georgia-born singer’s 81st birthday.
The events taking place September 9 and 10 will bring world-class musicians to Redding’s hometown of Macon and serve as a major fundraiser to benefit the future Otis Redding Center for the Arts.
The center is intended to support the Otis Redding 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 Macon and thank the countless patrons who have supported the Otis Redding Foundation since my mother established it in 2007,” said Karla Redding-Andrews, daughter of Otis Redding and Executive Director of the Foundation. .
The weekend of events will kick off with the grand opening of the new Otis Redding Center for the Arts, a space dedicated to music education, collaboration, practice and performance.
Friday night, An evening of respect will take place at the historic Grand Opera House in Macon and will feature GRAMMY-winning, jazz-influenced pianist Robert Glasper and GRAMMY-nominated singer Mickey Guyton.
The Big “O” Homecoming Show takes place Saturday, September 10 at the Capitol Theater and features performances by Kendra Morris, Monophonics and The War and Treaty.
The tribute show is a callback to Otis Redding’s Home Coming Show and Dance held at Macon City Auditorium throughout the 1960s, where the singer brought his contemporaries and musical peers to Macon.