Macon celebrating legacy of Otis Redding

Celebrating the legacy of Otis Redding

In honor of the King of Soul's 75th birthday, The Otis Redding Foundation and members in the community gathered together Friday to celebrate the life of Otis Redding.

A few people on Cherry street told 13WMAZ that Otis Redding's strong musical influence here brought them to this celebration.

The event was full of marching, dancing, and a whole lot of singing, all in celebration for Otis Redding, Macon's King of Soul.

“As I always say, the community of Macon and Central Georgia supports the Redding family in everything that we do and we are so blessed,” said Karla Redding-Andrews, the daughter of the late singer.  “So blessed to be active members of this community. I know my dad is so proud. He's so proud,” she continued.

After the band's performance, Redding-Andrews received a proclamation from Mayor Robert Reichert.

“I do hereby proclaim September 9th- 11th as Otis Redding Weekend,” said Reichert.

Nearly 100 people came in support.

“We love the legacy of Otis Redding,” said Redding.

Susannah Maddux says she's not originally from Macon but has a few Otis favorites.

“'Try a Little Tenderness' and 'Love Man,' and she especially loves 'Love Man,'" Maddux said, pointing to her daughter. "We were dancing to it last night.”

She says his music tells a story that is long-lasting and vibrant.

“His story helps me understand the roots of this place that is now and so I appreciate the hyperlocal feel that he has here,” said Maddux.

A film screening of the movie "Unsung"  was held at the Douglass Theatre, as well as a Photography exhibit at the Tubman Museum.

On Saturday, there will be another event called "A Picnic Under the Stars with Otis Redding" at Coleman Hill.

Both of those events are free for all who attend. 

On Sunday, the celebration will wrap up with a musical tribute concert.

The concert will feature artists like Andre Day, and Steve Cropper. The ticket prices vary based on seating.

You can find more information on the event here: http://otisreddingfoundation.org/


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