An Evening of Respect Wraps Up Celebrating 75 Years of Otis Redding with Packed House Tribute Concert

Otis Redding 75th Birthday Celebration

MACON, GEORGIA—September 12, 2016—An raucous crowd just shy of a sellout joined The Otis Redding Foundation Sunday evening at Macon’s historic City Auditorium in a grand finale for the weekend of events celebrating the King of Soul Otis Redding’s 75th birthday.

“The electricity that was in the room for not only the guests but amongst the artists was incredible,” said Redding’s daughter, Foundation Director Karla Redding-Andrews. “What a way to end the celebration, with such an all-star lineup.”

Music by the Otis Redding Foundation’s DREAM Choir, a reunion of the ‘​80s hit group The Reddings with Mark Lockett, Birmingham-based soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Andra Day, internationally acclaimed violinist Robert McDuffie, ​Rolling Stones pianist Chuck Leavell, and Stax legends Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd and William Bell brought multiple standing ovations. The stars were not just on stage, however. Local Macon legend Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band attended the evening’s festivities, as did storied DJ Donnie Simpson.

Video greetings from Whoopi Goldberg, Randy Jackson, Lalah Hathaway, Charles Bradley, Allen Stone and Lionel Richie, along with remarks and a proclamation by U.S. Representative Sanford Bishop set the tone for an evening filled with deep respect, honor, and celebration for the late soul legend.

The DREAM Choir, made up of area students, next took the stage to sing “America the Beautiful,” “Amen” and “There is a Reason,” later returning with Andra Day to perform her hit “Rise Up.”

The Otis Redding Foundation honored Fred and Dinah Gretsch, longtime president and chief financial officer, respectively, of the Savannah-based Gretsch Company and Macon native McDuffie with its Award of RESPECT for their tireless dedication to education through music and the arts. After accepting his award with violin in hand, McDuffie joined Leavell onstage to perform a duet of Leavell’s instrumental “Southscape” to open the show.

The evening was filled with show-stopping performances that kept the audience dancing from St. Paul and the Broken Bones’ opener, “Ole Man Trouble,” to the closing number of the evening, Otis’ number-one hit single “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” delivered by all of the evening’s performers.

“It was a truly amazing evening and we thank the people of Macon-Bibb and from around the world who came to be a part of the celebration,” Redding-Andrews remarked.

The star-studded event, produced by Red Light Management and JAM, Inc. in association with the Otis Redding Foundation, paid tribute to Otis Redding’s music while carrying on his legacy of promoting education through music and art, which is the Foundation’s mission. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Otis Redding Foundation and DREAM Academy – Georgia’s first authentic state-wide arts-integrated public charter school, uniquely designed to educate and empower students to reach their full potential through the blending of music, the arts, and academics.

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Local Media Contact:

Karla Redding-Andrews or Leila Regan-Porter                                     Terrell Sandefur

The Otis Redding Foundation                                                                      478-319-0243

478-742-5737                                                                                                     terrell@terrellsandefur.com

foundation@otisredding.com

 

National Media Contact:

Rose Campbell

rose@thespellboundgroup.com

952-201-8148

Georgia State Commission Approves Arts Charter School In Macon

DREAM Academy Approved by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia

School Approved Unanimously at Wednesday’s Commission Meeting

 

DREAM Academy’s charter petition was unanimously approved Wednesday by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia (SCSC).

“On behalf of the DREAM Academy Board of Directors we are pleased that SCSC has exhibited belief and confidence in our program integrating music and arts in a community whose mark is just that—music and the arts. We look forward to creating this opportunity for the students and families in middle Georgia and beyond” said Karla Redding-Andrews.

Now that DREAM is approved, its Board of Directors and Support and Resource Team (DREAM Team) will begin pre-opening activities including student enrollment, initiation of facility acquisition or construction, leadership and staff hiring, and generating support through community and family partnerships. DREAM Academy will be a public charter school of choice and is proposed to open as a K-6 school in August 2017, and expand by a grade level each year until it reaches grade 12.

The guiding mission of DREAM Academy is to expand student access to structured, sustained, and effective education and programming paired with music, creative arts, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Founders and partners are led by the belief that this collaborative model can enhance the public education and community program opportunities in Middle Georgia by offering a unique learning environment embracing and integrating the arts, higher education, community, and industry partnerships.

A special press conference/town hall meeting with the express purpose of updating all interested parties— media, parents and community shareholders—on the approval and recent DREAM developments will be held at time and location to be announced in the coming weeks.

Updates and developments can be found on our website/social media regarding this exciting opportunity for students and families in Middle Georgia: www.dreamacademycharter.org

DREAM Academy Approved by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia

School Approved Unanimously at Wednesday’s Commission Meeting

August 31, 2016

Contact: Karla Redding-Andrews, 478-742-5737foundation@otisredding.com

DREAM Academy’s charter petition was unanimously approved Wednesday by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia (SCSC).

“On behalf of the DREAM Academy Board of Directors we are pleased that SCSC has exhibited belief and confidence in our program integrating music and arts in a community whose mark is just that—music and the arts. We look forward to creating this opportunity for the students and families in middle Georgia and beyond” said Karla Redding-Andrews.

Now that DREAM is approved, its Board of Directors and Support and Resource Team (DREAM Team) will begin pre-opening activities including student enrollment, initiation of facility acquisition or construction, leadership and staff hiring, and generating support through community and family partnerships. DREAM Academy will be a public charter school of choice and is proposed to open as a K-6 school in August 2017, and expand by a grade level each year until it reaches grade 12.

The guiding mission of DREAM Academy is to expand student access to structured, sustained, and effective education and programming paired with music, creative arts, leadership, and entrepreneurship. Founders and partners are led by the belief that this collaborative model can enhance the public education and community program opportunities in Middle Georgia by offering a unique learning environment embracing and integrating the arts, higher education, community, and industry partnerships.

A special press conference/town hall meeting with the express purpose of updating all interested parties— media, parents and community shareholders—on the approval and recent DREAM developments will be held at time and location to be announced in the coming weeks.

Updates and developments can be found on our website/social media regarding this exciting opportunity for students and families in Middle Georgia: www.dreamacademycharter.org