Last night, New York’s famed Apollo hosted “An Evening of Respect,” a tribute to late soul legend Otis Redding featuring a number of musicians close with Redding and those inspired by his iconic songs, including guitarists Warren Haynes and Marcus King, house band The Dap-Kings, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Stax legend Steve Cropper, Otis Redding III, Dexter Redding and more.
The night kicked off with a traditional New Orleans second line entrance from Preservation Hall Jazz Band, before the band took the stage for Redding’s “Amen.” Otis Redding Foundation executive director Karla Redding-Andrews then welcomed the audience and musicians, and it was announced that the night’s planned hostess, Whoopi Goldberg, would miss the show due to the flu.
The Dap-Kings then kicked off the night proper with a cover of Bar-Kays’ “Soul Finger” prior to Otis III and Dexter joining them for a run of “Knock On Wood,” “That’s How Strong My Love Is” and “Shake.” Next up was Nikka Costa and Otis III for “Nobody’s Fault But Mine,” followed by St. Paul & The Broken Bones’ frontman Paul Janeway leading on “Down in the Valley” and “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long.”
A few songs later, Haynes came out for “Hard to Handle” before King joined him and the Kings on “Can’t Turn You Loose.” Ruth B and Pres Hall then took over the stage for “Pain In My Heart” followed by a Dap-Kings-backed “My Girl” featuring Otis III.
To kick off the final stretch of the night, Cropper and Booker T. took on the latter’s classic “Green Onions,” followed by “Hip Hug-Her,” and the duo (also with The Dap-Kings) then welcomed out vocalist Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child for “A Change is Gonna Come,” Aloe Black for “I’ve Got Dreams To Remember” and “Try a Little Tenderness,” and “Respect” with Ledisi. The night then rounded out with a big collaboration on “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay” lead by Blacc.
See video highlights and a selection of photos (including the evening’s full setlist) from the night below.