As it has in years past, the annual WLOK Stone Soul Picnic is expected to deliver a day of family-oriented fun. (Courtesy photo)

Local gospel greats, along with some of the nation’s most-prestigious gospel singers, will headline the 45th annual WLOK Stone Soul Picnic, which is set for the Levitt Shell in Overton Park on Aug. 31.

Art Gilliam, president and chief executive officer of WLOK Radio and the Gilliam Foundation.

“Three generations of Memphians have enjoyed WLOK Stone Soul Picnic since it began in 1974 simply because it’s an event that’s filled with fun, music, fellowship, and unity,’’ said Art Gilliam, president and chief executive officer of WLOK Radio and the Gilliam Foundation.

“Last year we wrapped the theme of unity around the picnic to create an understanding and appreciation for the cultural differences within our community. We tie it all to the heartfelt and uplifting sounds of pure gospel.”

One of the oldest and largest outdoor events in the Mid-South, WLOK Stone Soul Picnic will run from noon to 7 p.m. at the Levitt Shell at 1928 Poplar Ave. in Overton Park. Admission is free.

The seven-hour event will star gospel and rhythm and blues greats familiar to listeners of WLOK, including The Bar-Kays, and will feature Grammy Award winner Myron Butler.

Also scheduled for performances are The Echoaires, Gospel Four, Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association, Christian Imani, Mt. Moriah East Baptist Church, Darrel Pettis & Take 2, Reverend Wilkins & 3D, Personal Praise, Guitar Baby and Uncle Richard’s Puppets.

Throughout the day there will be food trucks and rides for children

WLOK, the city’s first black-owned radio station and Memphis’ only black-owned FM station, broadcasts on AM 1340 and FM 105.

(For more information, contact Art Gilliam, 901- 527-9565, or [email protected])