Thursday, April 09, 2009

Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum to play
Ameristar's Bottleneck Blues Bar on July 30

Saxophonists Gerald Albright and Kirk Whalum (pictured) will bring their "Sax for Stax" tour to the St. Louis area for a show on Thursday, July 30 at Ameristar Casino St. Charles’ Bottleneck Blues Bar.

The tour is named after Albright's 2008 CD in which the Memphis native paid tribute to his hometown with instrumental versions of tunes associated with Stax Records, the Memphis-based label that was home to Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes, Johnnie Taylor, the Staple Singers, and other soul hitmakers of the 1960s and '70s.

Whalum also is from Memphis, and guested on the Sax for Stax CD. His uncle, pianist/singer and saxophonist Hugh "Peanuts" Whalum, has been a mainstay on the St. Louis music scene since the late 1950s.

Tickets for the "Sax for Stax" show at the Bottleneck Blues Bar will be $45 and $50, and go on sale Monday, May 25.

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