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April 12, 2023
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(BPRW) Music Legend Static Major Exhibit Opens at Roots 101 African American Museum During Kentucky Derby Weekend

(Black PR Wire) Louisville, KY - On Monday, May 8th, Roots 101 African American Museum will open a long-awaited tribute to the late Stephen "Static Major" Garrett, the "King of Kentucky." The exhibit will take visitors through the legendary music career of the musical genius, who was born in Louisville on November 11, 1974, and died on February 23, 2008.

Static Major was a singer, songwriter, and record producer, who was a member of the R&B trio 'Playa' that went on to have hits like "Cheers 2 U" and "Don't Stop the Music." This year marks the 25th anniversary of the group's formation. Static Major was also a songwriter for some of the biggest artists in R&B and Hip-Hop, from Aaliyah, Ginuwine, and Nicole Wray to Pretty Ricky and Lil Wayne.

After his death in 2018, hip-hop superstar Drake featured Garrett in his hit song "After Dark." Then in 2020, Louisville native Jack Harlow released "Luv Is Dro," which was a reworked version of Garrett's song.

Prior to the public exhibit opening, which will run from May 8th thru July 8th at Roots 101, there will be a private event on Sunday, May 7th, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The Music Is Like Breathing Brunch will give family, friends, and special guests an opportunity to get the first look at the exhibit and share special stories of the talented Kentucky native who was ahead of his time.

Avonti Garrett, the widow and mother of his two children, remembers not only the artist but also the family man. "Stephen Ellis Garrett aka Static Major was a special one-of-a-kind person. He not only was a talented singer, songwriter, and producer, he was a good husband, father, son, and friend. The love that he generously displayed made all of us feel special to him. His timeless music still has a great influence over the music industry. Static Major is and will forever be a true legend. The Goat!!! By age 33. His family, friends, and I appreciate the love, and we are truly grateful for the honoring of his legacy. He is greatly missed by all."

Lamont Collins, Founder of Roots 101, shares his excitement about having the exhibit at his museum. "It's so important to document and preserve our history. Stephen "Static Major" Garrett played and still plays a vital role in the entertainment industry. This was a long time in the making; it should have happened a long time ago. We are happy that Roots 101 in Garrett's hometown was able to make it happen. We invite you to come see the temporary exhibit. We hope it will have a permanent home someday, but it is an honor to be the first to display his life and superstar career. Legacies matter, and Roots 101 continues to chronicle the history of African Americans in our community and the outstanding contributions made not only to Kentucky but the world."

The exhibit's opening during Kentucky Derby weekend is fitting, as Static Major's legacy has left an indelible mark on the music industry. The exhibit will be open to the public from May 8th thru July 8th, with the possibility of a longer run.

Roots 101 African American Museum's mission is to promote understanding and inspire appreciation of the achievement, contribution, and experiences of African Americans using exhibits, programs, and activities to illustrate African American history, culture, and art. The nationally recognized museum was voted by USA Today as a top attraction and has achieved numerous accolades since opening in 2019.

Source: Roots 101 African American Museum