The museum is located in the center of Porretta on the Vicolo which contains the mural of Sam Cooke, one of the fathers of soul music, at number 76 of Via Mazzini. The museum collects the testimonies of the passage from Porretta of the greats of the soul, beginning with Rufus Thomas, Bobby Rush or Toni Green of which stage clothes, shoes or other personal objects are preserved. The photo collection and the audiovisual part are very extensive.
Porretta Soul Festival - Tribute to Otis Redding "the sweet sound of rhythm & blues" Since 1988 the Porretta Soul Festival, a Tribute to Otis Redding has become the most prestigious European event entirely dedicated to rhythm & blues and soul music: and particularly to the Memphis Sound, the music school of the great Otis Redding, to whom the festival is dedicated. Over the past 31 years the biggest names in soul have come to Porretta, many of them especially for the Festival on their first trip to Europe; others, authentic legends, were discovered in unknown spots in the Deep South of U.S.A. and introduced to the international public and press who spoke of the “miracle” of Porretta as the musical event of the year.
A curiosity: in Porretta there are the Rufus Thomas park, via Otis Redding and a bridge dedicated to Solomon Burke.