Feature Performer at “Dinner, Divas & Dancing”: Larry Edwards of Las Vegas’s Divas

Larry Edwards

Larry Edwards

The sixth annual Tina Turner Heritage Days returns to Brownsville, TN September 22-24 with a line up staged to be Simply The Best Tina Turner festival to date. Las Vegas’ very own Diva, Larry Edwards, who has famously impersonated the icon in Miss Congeniality 2, Oprah Winfrey Show, The Tonight Show and Entertainment Tonight among many others, will be returning to anchor the “Dinner, Divas and Dancing” at Tina’s former school Carver High School.

A soon-to-be-announced temporary exhibition will also be kicking off the event on Tuesday, September 19 unveiling a never-before-displayed piece of Tina’s career to be on exclusive exhibition at the Tina Turner Museum throughout the festival.

“The Tina Turner Heritage Days are always such an exciting time for the Brownsville community and for Tina Fans that travel here from around the globe as we honor the worldwide icon that was reared right here in Haywood County,” says Tina Turner Museum and West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center (WTDHC) Executive Director Sonia Outlaw-Clark. “This year fan favorites like tours and dance competitions will be returning alongside Tina tribute performer Larry Edwards, who first hit the stage at Tina’s former school last year.  We even have a very special, never exhibited piece that will only be on exhibition this year for the three days of the festival at the Tina Turner Museum. You will not want to miss the 2017 Tina Turner Heritage Days”

The full offerings throughout the weekend are below:

Friday, September 22

11 AM – T3 Mystery Tour – Explore the back roads and hills of West Tennessee with stops at Century Farm Winery, Samuel T. Bryant Distillery, Rusty’s TV & Movie Car Museum and the Legends of Tennessee Music Museum.
Cost: $20
Pre-register by clicking here.

Activities hosted at WTDHC
5 PM – Fan gathering
6 PM – Tina Fan Art exhibit unveiling
6:30 PM – Live painting exhibition with artist Stéphane Leblanc
7 PM – Tinaoke

Saturday, September 23

Activities hosted at WTDHC
6:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Stew Master Competition. Registration deadline September 8. Click here to register.
9 AM – 1 PM – Antique Tractor Show
11:30 AM – Stew Master judging

Off Site

9 AM – 1 PM – Tour of Tina’s childhood communities (Nutbush, former homes, church, etc.) Tours will depart from the WTDHC.
Cost: $10
Purchase tickets by clicking here.

7 PM – Dinner, Divas & Dancing at Carver High School gymnasium (Tina’s high school).
Doors open at 6 PM
Special dance presentation by Jarid and The Heartaches
Larry Edwards (Miss Congeniality 2, Entertainment Tonight, The Tonight Show, etc.)
Elmo and the Shades (Memphis rhythm and blues band)
Dinner & Concert: $25
Concert Only: $15
Purchase tickets: tinaturnerheritagedays.com

Sunday, September 24

7:30 AM – Breakfast at WTDHC
9:20 AM – Woodlawn Missionary Baptist Church service (Tina’s former place of worship)

To stay updated on the latest news from the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center and the Tina Turner Museum, visit the recently redesigned site: westtnheritage.com

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 at an 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 604 million unique media impressions have been acquired on the museum. 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. She is currently working on a musical titled “Tina The Tina Turner Musical” set to premiere in London in 2018. To stay updated on the musical, visit: www.tinathemusical.com.