Southern Soul Blues Music is a style of popular music developed by Black Americans combining elements of gospel, blues and R&B and is derived or pertains to the South. It is music filled with emotion, sensuality and passionate romanticism. This music warms your home and touches deep down into your heart and soul.
    The first annual Southern Soul Blues Festival will be held on Friday, Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Crown Arena. The artists scheduled to perform include Lacee, Shirley Brown, Clarence Carter, Theodis Ealey, Willie Hill, Sir Charles Jones, K-Ci from Jodeci, Lebrado and Fayetteville’s own Reggie Codrington.  {mosimage}
    “I want the crowd to enjoy themselves and send the couples home with a romantic nightcap,” said  Codrington, a smooth jazz saxophonist and performer of the Southern Soul Blues Festival. “I want the audience to take their minds off of the issues and problems going on in the world and enjoy some soothing and mellow music.” 
    Codrington was born with a mild case of Cerebral Palsy. After a total of nine operations, intensive physical therapy and fierce determination, he has been playing saxophone for 28 years and been making a living out of it for 18 years.     Codrington has experienced some bumps and bruises along the way but has learned a wealth of information regarding the entertainment business. His latest CD, Sunny Days, includes the single “Special Treasure” and can be purchased at www.cdbaby.com. His next CD will be released in December 2008.                         
    Southern Soul songstress, Lacee, will perform her hit, “The Twist,” for the audience. She is from Memphis, Tenn., and has done extensive work with the Bar-Kays, Howard Hewitt and Glenn Jones. “I want the audience to be energetic and feel what I feel,” said Lacee. “Before I get on the stage I pray because I want to minister to others.” 
Lacee added that she puts emphasis on her music because she wants to inspire others. Her next album will be released in September 2008.                  
    “This is going to be a spectacular event,” said Codrington.   
    {mosimage}Tickets are $39 in advance, $46 the day of the show and are on sale now. Military and group discounts are available. Tickets may be purchased at the Crown Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com or by calling 223-2900. The Crown Center Box Office is located at the Crown Coliseum and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information call 438-4100. 
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