Wednesday, October 15, 2008

O.V. Wright Night!

The rise of the internet has caused so many great things to happen within the community of soul fans and for soul artists. The Lattimore Brown story is a great example, and another has been efforts by fans to make sure that deceased soul stars are given fitting gravestones and memorials to reflect the adoration that fans around the world have for them. One example that comes to mind immediately is the fine job the folks at the Soulful Detroit site at providing a memorial marker for Darrell Banks, whose grave lay unmarked for over thirty years. Today I pause to recognize yet another movement.

The O.V. Wright Memorial Fund was established some time ago by a team of soul fans who realized that the legendary soul man's grave in Memphis went unmarked. My man Red Kelly has been actively involved with the Fund in addition to his work with the rediscovery of Lattimore Brown, and he has asked that I make notice of "O.V. Wright Night," which we be held at the Ground Zero Blues Club in Memphis on Saturday, November 15. Otis Clay is the featured guest, and he'll be performing with the legendary Hi Rhythm Section. I've provided a link below which you can use to purchase tickets, which are $25 each (there is also a $2 Paypal fee). Prior to the show, ticketholders will also be able to take a special after-hours tour of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music at a reduced price (see the Fund website for more details). On Sunday, November 16, the reveal of O.V. Wright's memorial marker will take place. If you are able to attend this event, I would strongly recommend it. If you are not able to attend, like me (unfortunately), please visit the Fund's website and make a donation.


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