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Hot Buttered Soul an Isaac Hayes Tribute

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Hot Buttered Soul is a tribute to the music of Isaac Hayes and Stax Records. In the spirit of shows like, Motown The Musical, Smokey Joe’s café and Memphis, HBS is a high energy, choreographed trip down memory lane to the roots of soul music and the sounds born in Memphis, TN.

In 1962 Isaac Hayes auditioned for Stax records and by 1964 became a vital part of the house band that would be so crucial to the label’s sound. He, along with his writing partner David Porter would go on to craft many of the label’s biggest hits and perform the backing tracks on most of the others. The duo, along with Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Al Jackson, Jr. and Booker T Jones were collectively known as the “Big Six” within the walls of Stax and were (either as a group or in various combinations) responsible for producing almost all of the label’s output from about 1963 through 1969.

In 1972 Hayes was awarded the Academy Award for Best Original Song for
“Theme from Shaft”. He became the third African-American, after Sidney Poitier and Hattie McDaniel, to win an Academy Award in any competitive field covered by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He also won two Grammy Awards that same year. Later, he was given his third Grammy for his music album Black Moses.

The show treats the audience to a ringside seat as they witness the beginnings of the era that made Stax records and Memphis the epicenter of soul music during the 60’s and 70’s. Hayes’ daughter Heather and her band perform and tell stories about the songs, the sessions, the artists and the music written, produced and performed by her dad at Stax and beyond.

This is the story of a great career and the magic that started in Memphis and thrilled the globe.

Show includes music from:

Carla Thomas
Booker T & The MGs
Otis Redding
Sam & Dave
Isaac Hayes
Rufus Thomas
Eddie Floyd
William Bell
Johnnie Taylor
The Staple Singers
Jean Knight
Dionne Warwick
Michael Jackson
The Emotions
Earth, Wind & Fire


Purchasing a General Admission ticket does not guarantee a seat/table.

Additional reservations are not required if a table, booth or banquette have been purchased via Ticketfly.

PLEASE NOTE: If earlier dinner reservations are made, your seats are not guaranteed for the show. For example, it is unlikely to be able to reserve a table at 8:00pm and keep it for a 10:00pm show. The only way to guarantee a seat for the show is to purchase table, booth, or banquette tickets.

Bar area and patio seating is reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Reservations for the Captain’s Room (private dining room) can be reserved for parties of 10-24 guests. For more info please contact Mike at mikeh@venkmans.com.