“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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Riccardo Fornasini


Mural #13 Booker T. & The MG’s

This mural is also a tribute to two historic locations: The Stax building, the legendary Memphis recording studios, now home to the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, and Ground Zero a blues club in Clarksdale, Mississippi, owned by Morgan Freeman. It got its name from the fact that Clarksdale has historically been referred to as Ground Zero for the blues. Bobby Rush is parked in front of Ground Zero.


In front of the Stax we find Booker T. Jones (Hammond organ), Steve Cropper (Guitar), Donald Duck Dunn (Bass), Al Jackson Jr. (Drums) who can be defined as the architects of Memphis Sound. It is the rhythm section of the Stax studios in Memphis and they are present in all the hits of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King. Eddie Floyd, The Staple Singers just to name a few. Green Onions, The Dock od The Bay and Respect, Soul Man, Knock On Wood, In The Midnight Hour are the classics where you can recognize the sound of the band.


Al Jackson Jr. was killed under mysterious circumstances in 1975. Steve Cropper and Donald Duck Dunn formed the rhythm section of the Blues Brothers Band. Booker T. Jones produced Bill Whiters’ debut album. They performed in Porretta in 2005 and 2007.


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