Thursday, September 12 at 5 pm (Mountain Village Sunset Plaza)
Friday, September 13 at 12 pm (Main Stage)
This band records for Stax Records, which should tell you all you need to know. This Memphis-based outfit stays as true to blues, rock, funk and soul traditions as any of its predecessors at the legendary label, but with a fresh injection of youthful energy and sheer talent. Named after the road that leads to “Soulsville,” the original home of Stax, Southern Avenue is Memphis-born, church-bred sisters Tierinii (vocals) and Tikyra (drums) Jackson, Israeli-born blues guitarist Ori Naftaly, and keyboardist Jeremy Powell. Their self-titled album earned them a Blues Music Award last year for Best Emerging Artist Album and that’s no surprise. It is a fine collection of fiery blues, call-and-response gospel-tinged outings, mature arrangements and ace musicianship. They are, after all, just living up to the Stax reputation. As Tierinii says, "I feel like being on Stax is a responsibility. It's up to us to live up to that.” Mission accomplished.