“Porretta belongs on every serious blues and soul festival-goer's bucket list, a confluence of positive forces to be honored and treasured.”
Dick Shurman, Paul Harris Living Blues 2017

ART DIRECTOR Graziano Uliani


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Mural #3 The Memphis Horns

Wayne Jackson, (1941 – 2016) trumpet and Andrew Love, (1941 – 2012) tenor saxophone have made up the most titled horn section in the history of Soul and beyond. Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus Thomas, Aretha Franklin, Doobie Brothers, U2, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Al Green, Rod Steward, Joe Cocker, Otis Clay, Ann Peebles, Joe Tex, Elvis Presley and Zucchero have something in common. The winds of the Memphis Horns. Regular visitors to Porretta since February 1987 have baptized the first edition in 1988 to create an affective and indissoluble bond with the Porretta Soul Festival. In 2012 they were awarded the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement.

Mural #7 Isaac Hayes

His name is linked above all to the theme of Shaft (Theme From Shaft), a song that made him universally famous and for which he won the Oscar in 1972 for best original song. He was one of Stax Records’ foremost artists and producers writing with David Porter authentic standards such as Soul Men, I Thank You or Hold On I’m Coming. As a session man we find him in many productions by Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Mable John and Soul Children. Guest at the Porretta Soul Festival 1997 and 2005. he was the voice of Chef of the South Park series.