The Boots Farrar Pavilion will be filled with the sounds of the Godfather of the saxophone tonight.
Ace Cannon, who was inducted into both the Rock and Soul Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2000, started his career in Memphis, recording on many of the 1950's hits on SUN RECORDS. In 1959 he started with the Bill Black Combo, where he traveled on all concert dates and played the lead saxophone on all the original recordings. They appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Merv Griffin Show, Dick Clark's American Bandstand and The Buddy Dean Show in Baltimore.
In 1962 Ace recorded the instrumental smash "Tuff". Since that time, he has recorded 67 albums and 46 singles.
Presently considered one of the top artists for TV sales, Ace Cannon has made numerous appearances on "Nashville Now," "New Country," Charlie Daniel's Jam" and "Fan Fair." He has played across the country at concerts, clubs, fairs and major festivals.
Ace is considered a musical genius even as far away as the Caribbean, where more than 23,000 people recently showed up for two sold-out shows at The Spectakula Forum and Queen's Park in tiny Port of Spain, Trinidad. This has been the main reason Ace was asked to return on more than a dozen tours in the Caribbean which included the islands of Barbados, Trinidad, Tobago and British Guyana, South America, Hamilton, Bermuda since 1975.
Ace Cannon along with Morehouse native Bill Tharp and Carl Griffin will be the marquee performers at 7 p.m. tonight. The gate fee is $3 for ages six and above and handicap parking is available and can be arranged by calling 281.1406.