The African American Arts Institute held a 50th-anniversary banquet celebration for the IU Soul Revue on April 22 and honored former alumnus Mike Burton.
The event was held at the J.W. Marriott in Indianapolis as one of the two-part events for the Soul Revue’s anniversary. The concert was last Saturday at the Madame Walker Theater in Indianapolis and was such a hit it sold out in advance.
Founded in 1971 by Portia Maultsby, under the leadership of Herman C. Hudson, the Soul Revue has a rich history on IU’s campus.
For 50 years, the IU Soul Revue has existed for students to hone in on their musical talents. From singers to technicians, hundreds of students have been able to be a part of this wonderful ensemble.
Members of the original Soul Revue were in attendance and represented their era and the emergence of the Soul Revue from 1971 to 1972.
As a part of the tradition of this celebration within the African American Arts Institute, Burton was honored with the Herman C. Hudson Award.
Burton was recognized because he — a renowned saxophonist — has made significant contributions to the world of music since leaving IU and being a member of the Soul Revue from the late 1990s to the early 2000s.
The Herman C. Hudson award was created to recognize those individuals who have taken their wealth of knowledge and experience from AAAI and gone on to make a difference in the world.
Burton has certainly made a difference in the lives of young Black boys and girls who aspire to one day be in his shoes as he is quite accomplished in the world of music.
Burton said he was truly shocked to receive the award and recognition.
“I remember receiving a call from (AAAI director) Dr. Sykes stating I would be the recipient of this award and I immediately thought, ‘Why me?’” Burton said.
Burton has gone on to perform with Black music legends such as Patti LaBelle, Anita Baker, Mary J. Blige and Jill Scott.
“The Soul Revue has a giant place in my heart,” Burton said. “It truly enhanced my time here at IU and even my family.”
Burton met his wife in Soul Revue, Chef Razia Sabour, and the couple has been going strong ever since.
Burton said he owes a lot to Soul Revue and is truly grateful for the experiences and connections he has gained as a result of being a member.