The Big O Youth Educational Dream Foundation, the charity established by the family of late legendary soul singer Otis Redding, announced a weekend of tributes to commemorate his 70th birthday.
“It’s going to be a wonderful weekend celebrated in his honor,” said his daughter, Karla Redding-Andrews, while making the announcement Tuesday at the Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “What makes this so important is to show all the people coming in (for the weekend) that this is Macon, Georgia, and this is how we celebrate.”
The events will take place Sept. 8-10.
“To be back at home for this 70th means the world to me,” Redding-Andrews said.
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The Big O Foundation commemorates the weekend every year and alternates between Macon and Atlanta.
Betsy Fitzgerald, executive director of The Grand Opera House, which is handling ticket operations for the tribute concert, said she is seeing many out-of-state purchases.
“It’s really exciting seeing a hometown legend getting so much support around the U.S.,” she said.
A Weekend of Respect:
Sept. 8: The Edge 14 Cinemas, 245 Tom Hill Sr. Blvd. 4 and 7 p.m., “Dreams to Remember: The Legacy of Otis Redding.” 6:30 p.m., “Shake! Otis Live at Monterey.” Free.
Sept. 9: Third Street Park. Noon-4 p.m., a free event featuring music and ice cream. The city of Macon and Bibb County plan to declare Sept. 9 as Otis Redding Day.
Sept. 10: Macon City Auditorium, 8 p.m. “An Evening of Respect,” a tribute concert starring Dexter Redding and Otis Redding III with performances by Musiq Soulchild, Jimmy Hall, Timothy Bloom & V. Bozeman, violinist Ken Ford, international recording artist Brenda Vaughn and more. Tickets are available at the Mercer University Box Office, 400 Poplar St., or by calling (478) 301-5470, or online at www.thegrandmacon.com.