ANDRA DAY TO APPEAR AS SPECIAL GUEST AT “AN EVENING OF RESPECT” TRIBUTE CONCERT, PART OF CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF OTIS REDDING WEEKEND

Andra Day will join St. Paul and the Broken Bones, The Reddings, featuring Mark Lockett & Otis’ sons Dexter and Otis III, Chuck Leavell, Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, William Bell  + more at the all-star tribute concert.

 

September 6, 2016 – Macon, GA – The Otis Redding Foundation is pleased to announce that the Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Andra Day will be appearing as a special guest at this year’s “An Evening of Respect” tribute concert taking place at the Macon City Auditorium on Sunday, September 11. Day, who has performed at the White House and alongside legends such as Stevie Wonder, will be taking the stage to pay tribute to the King of Soul, Otis Redding.   “We’ve been fans of Andra for quite some time now, she has one of the greatest new voices in R&B and soul,” mentioned Karla Redding-Andrews, Otis’ daughter and the executive director of the Foundation. “It is truly an honor to have her break from her busy schedule to pay a little r-e-s-p-e-c-t to my father.”   Produced by Jampol Artist Management, in association with Jonathan Shank/Red Light Management, and the Otis Redding Foundation, “An Evening of Respect” will also include Indie darlings St. Paul and the Broken Bones paying tribute to their idol, and a Reddings reunion featuring Otis’ sons Dexter and Otis III and former bandmate, Mark Lockett. Also set to hit the stage is Macon native, and Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie, Stax Records legends Steve Cropper, William Bell and Eddie Floyd, The Rolling Stones’ Chuck Leavell, and the Otis Redding Foundation DREAM Choir.   Proceeds from the event benefit the Otis Redding Foundation and the 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. The DREAM Academy’s charter petition was unanimously approved last week by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia (SCSC), 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.   Tickets to “An Evening of Respect” are on sale now. There are two levels of VIP tickets available for “An Evening of Respect”: The ‘Big O’ SUPER VIP experience includes premium reserved seating, limited edition event poster, VIP laminate, early entry into the venue, and an invitation to the official after-party at the Armory Ballroom. The ‘King of Soul’ VIP experience includes premium reserved seating, limited edition event poster, VIP laminate, & early entry into the venue. VIP floor tickets are available by calling call the Otis Redding Foundation at 478-742-5737. General admission tickets are available here. Details are available at www.otisreddingfoundation.org/EOR

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