History Museum kicks of Twilight Tuesdays with R.E.S.P.E.C.T. to late great Aretha Franklin

By Bill Beene

of the NorthSider


Local singing sensation Kim Massie takes on a tribute to late, great Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin to respectfully kick off the Missouri History Museum’s immensely popular and heavily attended Twilight Tuesdays outdoor concert series.


The jamming commences at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 7 on the museum’s front lawn area at Lindell and DeBaliviere Blvds.


Massie, a life-long fan of Franklin, said she’s excited to pay tribute to Franklin who died last year, but, respectfully said, there’s no comparison to the gospel-rooted soul singer.


“There’s no comparison to this legendary icon, I’m only showing respect, appreciation and reverence to Miss Aretha,” Massie said.


The St. Louis-staple singer grew up on Franklin’s songs, as her dad would play crankup music any time of the day. Massie was pulled into every song by Franklin’s delivery, style, range and passion.


Massie sang the Queen of Soul’s songs within the confines of her home until she felt comfortable enough to deliver what she thought was a respectful representation.


“The mastery of her craft has inspired and motivated me to a level of empowerment that I wanna share with everyone — and not just women, but men too.”

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Bill Beene Bill Beene was born and raised in north St. Louis. He has been a journalist for 12 years. He enjoys cooking and roller skating. He lives in the historic Ville neighborhood.

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