Memphis, TN, June 06, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The Allen Jones/Marjorie Barringer/Bar-Kays Scholarship Fund memorializes Allen A. Jones, former producer and mentor of the Bar-Kays, a Memphis music institution. His mother, Marjorie Barringer, and Bar-Kays members James Alexander and Larry Dodson created the fund.
Jones wrote songs for Isaac Hayes and Otis Redding, but also managed and produced the highly successful Bar-Kays. “At the age of 17, Allen was fortunate enough to know what he wanted to do in life. But many of today’s high school seniors either don’t know where they want to go, or have no one interested in helping them get there,” notes Barringer.
“Allen was an average student who had talent and worked hard. He was a behind-the-scenes person who knew how to share success with others,” recalls Dodson.
The purpose of the fund is to benefit graduating high school seniors who live in the city of Memphis and will attend LeMoyne-Owen College. This year’s awardees are Serenity Suggs-Fluker of Whitehaven High School and Otis Wilkins of Kingsbury High School. Acceptance for 2014-2015 school year scholarship applications will begin in January. Application and all related attachments must be received in the offices of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis by 5 p.m. on April 1, 2014. For more information and to learn how to apply visit cfgm.org.
While the Bar-Kays give back to the community on a regular basis, they are also on a national tour promoting their latest EP. The Bar-Kays will be performing in a rare two-hour performance at Minglewood Hall in Memphis Friday, July 5 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m.
“’An Evening with the Bar-Kays’ will be our first 2-hour concert in our home city in ten years and we are going to give our fans our classic and current hits,” said Dodson.
The soulful sounds and majestic moves of the Bar-Kays will be experienced by those who attend the live performance of classic and current hits from their latest EP, including the title single “Grown Folks” that reached the Top 10 on the Adult R&B Billboard Charts.
Exclusive seating is available with the purchase of a VIP package for $75. This package includes VIP seating and an after-party ticket. All other seats are priced at $40. Tickets can be purchased at the Minglewood Hall Box Office, Minglewoodhall.com or by calling 901-312-6058.
The concert will be hosted by radio personality “The Bell Ringer” Stan Bell of Clear Channel Radio’s V101 and WDIA. The opening act will be performed by comedian Funny Man Prescott as seen on “BET's Comic View,” “Bad Boys of Comedy,” and HBO's “Def Comedy Jam.”