Cooking up what is sure to be the best Tina Turner Heritage Days to date, the Oprah Winfrey Network Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s star and former Ikette, Miss Robbie Montgomery, will be signing her latest book Sweetie Pie’s Cookbook at the Tina Turner Museum during the fifth annual celebration on Saturday, September 24th at 2 PM.
“We are honored that Miss Robbie is taking time out of her busy schedule to make a stop at our fifth annual Tina Turner Heritage Days,” says West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center Executive Director Sonia Outlaw-Clark. “Her soul food recipes are sure to be a hit in the fans households and her stories as a back-up singer and dancer for our hometown icon are going to create a priceless event for Tina’s most devoted fans.”
Fans can attend the conversation with Miss Robbie Montgomery and acquire an autographed copy of her latest book on site at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center on Saturday, September 24th beginning at 2PM. To get a full overview of the weekend’s activities, see below:
Friday, September 23rd
All activities at WTDHC
5:00 PM – Fan gathering
6:00 PM – Tina Fan Art exhibit unveiling
6:30 PM – Karaoke, trivia and TinaFam Dance Off
Saturday, September 24th
Activities hosted at WTDHC
6:30 AM – 1 PM – Stew Master Competition
9:00 AM – 2 PM – Antique Tractor Show
11:30 AM Stew Master judging
1:30 PM Historical marker dedication
2:00 PM – To be announced special guest appearance.
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Tours of Tina’s childhood communities (Nutbush, former homes, church, etc.)
Tours will depart from the WTDHC. Two tour options will be offered.
7:00 PM – Tina Tribute Show at Carver High School gymnasium (Tina’s high school).
TSU Commercial Ensemble Band
Donovan Marcelle (Only fan to ever be invited on stage to perform with Tina)
Larry Edwards (Miss Congeniality 2, Entertainment Tonight, The Tonight Show, etc.)
Samira Truly Tina (Reel Award Winning Show, featured in the Wall Street Journal)
Luisa Marshall (Award Winning Show seen on Oprah Winfrey Show & Ellen)
Sunday, September 25th
7:30 AM – Breakfast at WTDHC
8:30 AM – Woodlawn Missionary Baptist Church service (Tina’s former place of worship)
Tickets to the event can be purchased on site or in advance at tinaturnerheritagedays.com. Packages including a tour and admission to the nightly show are available for $30. Separately, tour tickets are $10 each and a seat at the tribute show are $20 each.
To stay updated on the happening at WTDHC, visit westtnheritage.com
About Robbie Montgomery
Miss Robbie Montgomery is the owner of Sweetie Pie’s, the nationally acclaimed soul food restaurants she founded in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Prior to running her own restaurants, Miss Robbie toured as a back-up singer for several musical artists including Ike and Tina Turner, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Patti LaBelle and others. Miss Robbie started cooking with her mother as the oldest of nine siblings preparing meals for the family. She passes down those traditions for generations of fans to enjoy in Sweetie Pie’s Cookbook. Robbie takes you into the kitchen to prepare her most favored meals—smothered pork chops, salmon croquettes, baked chicken—and tells you heartfelt and humorous stories, including amazing tales from her life at the restaurant and on the road as a back-up singer. Her restaurant reality show Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s aired the Oprah Winfrey Network.
About the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center
The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center offers a refreshing Southern experience showcasing the history and culture of rural West Tennessee. Inside, visitors can learn about the history of cotton, explore the scenic and “wild” Hatchie River and get to know the legendary musicians who call West Tennessee home. Also, located on the grounds is Flagg Grove School, the childhood school of Tina Turner now home of the world renowned Tina Turner Museum, and the last home of Blues pioneer Sleepy John Estes. The West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center is located along the Americana Music Triangle, the world’s #1 music destination – a preservation project along a 1,500-mile stretch of highway that birthed nine uniquely American genres of music.
About Tina Turner Museum at Flagg Grove School
What’s Love Got to Do with It? Everything – a love of Tina Turner’s music and pop culture legacy, a love of historic preservation, a love of local communities and most of all a love for honoring the memories of those that traversed through the doors of Flagg Grove School. Via a special video that was filmed on the set of her latest IO commercial in Switzerland, Tina recalled the impact of education on her career.
“Everyone has a dream, but I have to say that your dreams cannot work without education,” says Tina. “It’s essential. It goes hand in hand. These days you must communicate with people. If you want to run your business, you need to have an education or you will have to depend on someone else and that is not always comfortable. I hope that as people walk through the school they see that I set an example for a home town girl that grew up in hard times that made a good life for herself and to follow by example.”
To date, over 574 million unique media impressions have been acquired on the museum. It also received nine coveted awards from the Tennessee Association of Museum at their 2015 awards ceremony.
Designed by renowned interior designer Stephen Sills, the museum sanctioned by Tina features multiple costumes from designers Bob Mackie, Giorgio Armani and Versace, gold record awards and photos from Tina’s personal collection. The exhibit, which is free for all visitors, is located adjacent to the WTDHC at 121 Sunny Hill Cove, Brownsville, TN 38012.
About Tina Turner
Tina Turner continues to be one of the world’s most popular entertainers around the globe earning her the title as “The Queen of Rock and Roll.” Turner is recognized as the most successful female rock artist, winning an enviable eight Grammys. The Guinness Book of World Records lists Tina as selling more concert tickets than any other solo performer in history. Turner’s combined album and single sales total approximately 100 million copies worldwide. Rolling Stone ranked her as 17 on the list of “Top 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” In 1991, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2005 she was recognized by the Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.