Booker T. & the MGs

Soulsville U.S.A. reestablishes its northern outpost at the Dakota with the arrival upriver of the inimitable Booker T. & the MGs, the iconic groove masters who were the heart and definitely soul of Stax Records. Through the 1960s and early '70s, B3 organ wizard Booker T. Jones, guitarist Steve Cropper, bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, and drummer Al Jackson were the house band at Stax's studio on Memphis's McLemore Avenue, defining the Stax sound while playing behind the likes of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, and Wilson Pickett. Meanwhile, the MGs issued their own series of instrumental hits, including such nuggets as "Green Onions" and "Time Is Tight." During Stax's heyday, Eddie Floyd scored hits with soul classics like "Knock on Wood," "Raise Your Hand," and "Bring It on Home to Me," as well as being a prolific writer for other artists, including "Don't Mess with Cupid" for Redding and "634-5789" for Pickett. The original Stax is long gone. But in recent years the label has been revived by Concord, the iconic Soulsville marquee again reigns on McLemore, and Jones, Cropper, Dunn, Steve Potts (the late Jackson's cousin), and their friend Floyd continue working their magic. $55 at 7 p.m.; $35 at 9:30 p.m. (Pho
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Starts: June 15. Continues through June 16, 2010

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