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Dodson announces retirement from legendary Bar-Kays

Larry Dodson Sr., The Bar-Kays’ lead singer, will retire at the end of the year after 47 years as the frontman of the internationally renowned funk and R&B band.

“It has been a blast…and I am fortunate to do what I enjoy for almost five decades with The Bar-Kays,” said Dodson.

Dodson, bassist and founding member James Alexander and the band will tour together for the remainder of 2017 to give their fans a final opportunity to see them together with Dodson on stage.

“I love Larry…he is like a brother and I wish him the best in his retirement,” said Alexander.

The Bar-Kays will perform in Memphis on June 16 during the 25th Anniversary of the Juneteenth Urban Music Festival presented by Next Millennium Entertainment. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts in downtown Memphis.

   Fans will have the opportunity to enjoy Dodson and Alexander together on stage one final time in their hometown. There will also be a special guest performance by ConFunkShun.

“The band will not be breaking up and will continue to perform for our fans for years to come,” said Dodson.

Dodson and Alexander will keep The Bar-Kays legacy alive as they search for a new lead singer for the band. The Bar-Kays will then begin rehearsing for their 2018 Spring tour with their new lead singer.

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“The new lead singer that we select has some big shoes to fill,” said Alexander.

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