Porretta Soul is a Soul music festival that usually takes place in the third week of July in the Rufus Thomas Park in Porretta Terme, which is a scenic spa centre among the Apennine mountains in the province of Bologna, Italy.

It began on December 10, 1987 by Graziano Uliani, a passionate Soul music fan, who, after attending the events in Macon, Georgia commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the death of Otis Redding, decided to dedicate a festival in his honour.
Thanks to some fortunate encounters, Uliani has been able to bring to Porretta most of the major Soul band in the world. Porretta now has a street dedicated to Otis Redding and the park where the Porretta Soul Festival is held, is named Rufus Thomas Park. After more than 20 years, Porretta Soul Festival is now part of the geography of Soul music in the world and it is considered the European showcase of the Memphis Sound.
The festival is associated with the Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis and the Centre For Southern Folklore in Memphis.

The following are some of the artists who played at Porretta Soul:

Rufus & Carla Thomas, Solomon Burke, Howard Tate, Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Sam Moore, Irma Thomas, The Memphis Horns, LaVern Baker, Millie Jackson, Otis Clay, Ann Peebles, Mavis Staples, Booker T. & the M.G.s, The Neville Brothers, Chaka Khan, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Joe Simon, Mable John, Bar-Kays, Harvey Scales.

Official website:
www.porrettasoul.it