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Take Me to The River: Memphis Soul & R&B Revue
featuring William Bell, Bobby Rush & Don Bryant

Thursday, January 25, 2018 | 8 pm

Carolina Theatre of Durham

Single tickets to Take Me to the River, and Duke Performances 2017/18 season ticket packages — including the Pick-Four or More — are now on sale. Patrons who buy a Pick-Four package will be provided with a 25% discount code via e-mail from the Duke University Box Office that can be applied at checkout for Take Me to the River.

$10 Duke student tickets will go on sale TUESDAY, AUGUST 29 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.


Memphis musicians William Bell, Bobby Rush, and Don Bryant are three of this country’s great elder statesmen of soul music. Recording for labels in Memphis and elsewhere in the South, they produced a bevy of acclaimed albums and helped turn out hits for the likes of Otis Redding, Tina Turner, and Al Green. With a sultrier, grittier sensibility than their Motown neighbors up north, the Memphis sound these artists created was recently featured in Take Me to the River, a musical documentary that took home the Audience Award at SXSW Film Festival and helped put this revue on the road.

Soul singer, architect of the Stax Records sound, and 2017 GRAMMY winner William Bell (“Born Under a Bad Sign,” “You Don’t Miss Your Water”) is joined by ribald blues showman and fellow 2017 GRAMMY winner Bobby Rush (“I Ain’t Studdin’ You”), and gospel and soul great Don Bryant of Hi Records (“I Can’t Stand The Rain”), all backed by Willie Mitchell’s legendary Hi Rhythm Section — the heartbeat behind Al Green’s biggest hits. Join us at the Carolina Theatre of Durham for a musical tour of the rich soul music legacy of Memphis, Tennessee led by some its most adept practitioners.

Take Me to the River is a co-presentation of Duke Performances & The Carolina Theatre of Durham.

“Take Me to the River reminds us where all the great music came from.”

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