Category Archives: Memphis

Juicy J and Project Pat Tear It Up at Minglewood Hall

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So Colt 45 and K97 got together and made quite a few Memphians very happy by putting on Juicy J and Project Pat at Minglewood Hall. Now I know most people would take one look at me and think I don’t have any business going to this show, but let me tell you something. I remember rolling around in my cousin’s old car bumpin’ “Tear Da Club Up” just as well as everyone else that grew up in this great city. I did my first twerk at 616 Marshall Avenue, and last night I was pleasantly surprised that I can still get that low without breaking a hip. It was just as sweaty and dirty as I wanted it to be. We dusted our shoulders off, we showed out, the bandz made her dance, me dance, and errbody dance!

Considering all of the social unrest going around lately sparked by the Ferguson shooting, and overflowing into our town with the Kroger parking lot fight, it was refreshing to see a group of people from all parts of town, and all walks of life, united by the common goal of watching some of our favorite artists at work. Sure a few drunken skirmishes broke out here and there, but the only shots taken all night were of the liquid variety. Getting up for work was a little harder this morning, and my ears are still ringing worse than after a night at Raiford’s, but it is a small price to pay for another unforgettable Memphis moment.

Hi-Tone has Gone to the Dogs

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Get ready for the first ever Gone to the Dogs Festival presented by Sweet Water Brewing Company at The Hi-Tone, November 21-22! It is $10 for a 1 day ticket and $15 for both days. All proceeds are going to Street Dog Foundation. Saving puppies is always a good idea. Gift certificates, food, and lots of free stuff will be provided by Cooper Young Glassworks & GiftsRichard HiQuebbqYelp Memphis, Memphis Hates You, and more.

Grab your tickets at  http://www.holdmyticket.com/event/183163.

Here’s the lineup, doors open at 8:00 both nights:

FridayFly the Light Records Showcase:

Arms Aloft
Nights Like These
Gryscl
Chaos Order
Ugly Girls
Vera
+ Special Guests

Saturday – (Memphis Tolerates You Fest):

Iron Tongue
Tanks
Klaxxon
Reserving Dirtnaps
The Devil’s Right Hand
Wights
+ Special Guests

Concerts for Causes in Memphis

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Who doesn’t love getting together with their friends, enjoying a few grown up drinks, and watching some great performances in the process? It is even better when it is for a great cause! There are some excellent opportunities coming up in Memphis this fall to enjoy some of your favorite activities, without feeling guilty, because you are giving back to the community.

Two events will be supporting the Church Health Center. Church Health Center provides affordable medical services to individuals without health insurance. Since so many starving artists fall into this category, it is no wonder that so many are willing to provide the entertainment to help raise much needed funds.

One of these events is Rock for Love 8. This year’s the music festival will be held from September 5-7 with a huge dose of live, local musicians pumping out tunes at multiple venues around the city. Don’t miss what are sure to be outstanding performances from James & the Ultrasounds at Hi Tone, Mighty Souls Brass Band at Overton Square, and Al Kapone at Hattiloo. Check out the full lineup here.

There will be another chance to not only support Church Health Center, but to honor the memory of local legend Russell George at Ernestine & Hazel’s on September 13 from 7-11pm. Donate $10, munch on a soul burger, and listen to the Ernestine & Hazel’s band. E&H has not been quite the same since Russell passed away, but it is still one of the best places in town to grab a snack, have a cold beer, and be in the company of friendly faces.

Another upcoming event for a great cause is The Levitt Shell’s 3rd Annual Stars at the Shell Benefit Concert. This years benefit on October 25 will feature R&B and soul singer, Aaron Neville. The Shell hosts some of the best free concerts around, and this benefit helps them keep it up! General Admission tickets are available here.

September 2014 Events Memphis, TN

EARL “THE PEARL” BANKS

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

SWEETWATER BEER DINNER

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

DUELING PIANOS

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

KING BEEZ

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 @ 8:30 PM-12:30 AM

Tori Tollison

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 6:00 PM-10:00 PM

MEMPHIS JONES

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 5:30 PM-8:00 PM

SAVED BY THE BELL TRIVIA NIGHT

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

BARBARA BLUE

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

BRAD BIRKEDAHL AND THE BURNIN’ LOVE BAND

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

MIDNITE TRAIN FROM MEMPHIS

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

Heath & Danny

Thursday, September 04, 2014 @ 7:00 PM-11:00 PM

SOUNDS OF BEALE STREET: ALMOST FAMOUS

Thursday, September 04, 2014 @ 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

90s TV TRIVIA

Thursday, September 04, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

MEMPHIS BLUESMASTERS

Thursday, September 04, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Thursday, September 04, 2014 @ 8:00 PM until Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

DON VALENTINE

Thursday, September 04, 2014 @ 8:00 PM until Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Rock for Love 8

Friday, September 05-Sunday September 7 

Lineup

Tim (Piano Man) Plunk

Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

Chris Johnson & Company

Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY

Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 11:00 AM until Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 1:30 PM
  • Featuring Mr. Frazier’s Fishfry

PLANTATION ALL STARS

Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

BLIND CRIPPLED AND CRAZY

Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 5:30 PM-8:30 PM

FIRST FRIDAYS: HOMECOMING “50 YEARS INSIDE THE WF”

Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

A CIVIL RIGHTS MEMORIAL CLOSING RECEPTION

Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

ALL THE WAY FROM MEMPHIS WITH MEMPHIS JONES

Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

FREE FRIDAY FLICKS: SHORTS: THE ADVENTURES OF THE WISHING ROCK

Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

ROXI LOVE

Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 7:00 PM-11:00 PM

ORPHEUM SUMMER MOVIE SERIES: ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

THE DELTA PROJECT

Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 8:00 PM -12:00 AM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 9:00 PM until Saturday, September 06, 2014 @ 1:00 AM

DELTA CRUSH

Friday, September 05, 2014 @ 9:00 PM-1:00 AM

DOWNTOWN BICYCLE RIDE

Saturday, September 06, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

PLANTATION ALL STARS

Saturday, September 06, 2014 @ 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

JEFF CROSSLIN

Saturday, September 06, 2014 @ 5:30 PM-8:30 PM

AFTER THE MARKET READINGS: PAT MORGAN

Saturday, September 06, 2014 @ 1:00 PM

PLANTATION ALL STARS

Saturday, September 06, 2014 @ 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

JEFF CROSSLIN

Saturday, September 06, 2014 @ 5:30 PM-8:30 PM

BONFIRE ORCHESTRA

Saturday, September 06, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

NEO SOUL SATURDAY

Saturday, September 06, 2014 @ 7:30 PM-10:30 PM

THE DELTA PROJECT

Saturday, September 06, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

DELTA CRUSH

Saturday, September 06, 2014 @ 8:00 PM12:00 AM

AN EVENING WITH ALMOST ELTON JOHN

Saturday, September 06, 2014 @ 9:00 PM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Saturday, September 06, 2014 @ 9:00 PM-1:00 AM

KALEIDOSCOPE

Saturday, September 06, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

MEMPHIS BLUES SOCIETY JAM

Sunday, September 07, 2014 @ 7:00 PM-11:00 PM
  • With Earl the Pearl Banks

THE DR. “FEEL GOOD” POTTS BAND

Sunday, September 07, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE KING BEEZ

Sunday, September 07, 2014 @ 8:30 PM-12:30 AM

THE DR. “FEEL GOOD” POTTS BAND

Monday, September 08, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

BLAKE RYAN BAND

Monday, September 08, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

DEVIL TRAIN

Monday, September 08, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

NEEDTOBREATHE

Tuesday, September 09, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
  • With special guest, The Oh Hellos

DON VALENTINE

Tuesday, September 09, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Tuesday, September 09, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

C3 BLUES BAND

Tuesday, September 09, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

FOOD TRUCK RODEO

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 @ 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

BIG BARTON

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 @ 11:45 AM-1:00 PM

AZIZ ANSARI LIVE!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
  • Modern Romance Tour

Donnie Smith Acoustic Show

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 @ 6:00 PM-10:00 PM

PLANTATION ALL STARS

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

TEEN HUSTLE, DINGUS TRON

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

Heath & Danny

Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 7:00 PM-11:00 PM

PLANTATION ALL STARS

Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 3:00 PM until Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

TACOS & TUNES

Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 6:00 PM-10:00 PM

SOUNDS OF BEALE STREET: SAY IT AIN’T SO

Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

GLADYS KNIGHT

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MEMPHIS BLUESMASTERS

Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

DON VALENTINE

Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

SHAHMAN

Thursday, September 11, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY

Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 11:00 AM-1:30 PM

PLANTATION ALL STARS

Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

Heath & Danny

Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 7:00 PM-11:00 PM

JEFF CROSSLIN

Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 5:30 PM-8:30 PM

FREE FRIDAY FLICKS: DIARY OF A WIMPY KID

Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

DARREN JAY AND THE DELTA SOULS

Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 9:00 PM-1:00 AM

DELTA CRUSH

Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 9:00 PM-1:00 AM

HOPE CLAYBURN AND SOUL SCRIMMAGE

Friday, September 12, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

27th Annual Cooper-Young Festival

PLANTATION ALL STARS

Saturday, September 13, 2014 @ 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

JEFF CROSSLIN

Saturday, September 13, 2014-8:30 PM

RUSSELL GEORGE MEMORIAL BENEFIT

Saturday, September 13, 2014 @ 7:00 PM-11:00 PM

DARREN JAY & THE DELTA SOULS

Saturday, September 13, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

DELTA CRUSH

Saturday, September 13, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

AN EVENING WITH JOURNEY

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THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Saturday, September 13, 2014 @ 9:00 PM-1:00 AM

INTERNATIONAL HAIR FEST

Sunday, September 14, 2014 @ 1:00 PM until Sunday, September 14, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

MEMPHIS BLUES SOCIETY JAM

Sunday, September 14, 2014 @ 7:00 PM until-11:00 PM
  • With Chic Jones and the Peckerwood Blues Band

THE DR. “FEEL GOOD” POTTS BAND

Sunday, September 14, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE DR. “FEEL GOOD” POTTS BAND

Monday, September 15, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

GHOST TOWN BLUES BAND

Monday, September 15, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

GHOST TOWN BLUES BAND

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

DON VALENTINE

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 @ 8:00 PM until Wednesday, September 17, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

Donnie Smith Acoustic Show

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 @ 6:00 PM-11:00 PM

PLANTATION ALL STARS

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

901 BLUES BAND

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

STAMMER

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

PLANTATION ALL STARS

Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

TACOS & TUNES

Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 6:00 PM-10:00 PM

Donnie Smith Acoustic Show

Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 6:00 PM-11:00 PM

SOUNDS OF BEALE STREET: GHOST TOWN BLUES BAND

Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

MEMPHIS BLUESMASTERS

Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

DON VALENTINE

Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

PLANTATION ALL STARS

Friday, September 19, 2014 @ 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

PAM AND TERRY

Friday, September 19, 2014 @ 5:30 P-8:30 PM

FREE FRIDAY FLICKS: FOOTLOOSE (1984)

Friday, September 19, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

901 BLUES BAND

Friday, September 19, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Friday, September 19, 2014 @ 9:00 PM-1:00 AM

Donnie Smith Acoustic Show

Friday, September 19, 2014 @ 6:00 PM-11:00 PM

THE DELTA PROJECT

Friday, September 19, 2014 @ 9:00 PM-1:00 AM

MARCELLA & HER LOVERS

Friday, September 19, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

PLANTATION ALL STARS

Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

PAM AND TERRY

Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 5:30 PM-8:30 PM

Donnie Smith Duo

Friday, September 20, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

RIVER SERIES AT THE HARBOR TOWN AMPHITHEATER

Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
  • Featuring John Paul Keith and Mark Stuart

901 BLUES BAND

Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

FOLLOW APOLLO

Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 9:00 PM-1:00 AM

THE DEATHLESS, POP RITUAL, ANOTHER GREEN WORLD, WHITE WIND, PROM DATE

Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 10:00 PM

GET THE LED OUT

Sunday, September 21, 2014 @ 6:30 PM

MEMPHIS BLUES SOCIETY JAM

Sunday, September 21, 2014 @ 7:00 PM-11:00 PM
  • With Little Boys Blue

THE DR. “FEEL GOOD” POTTS BAND

Sunday, September 21, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

BRANDON SANTINI AND HIS BAND

Monday, September 22, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE DR. “FEEL GOOD” POTTS BAND

Monday, September 22, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

BRANDON SANTINI AND HIS BAND

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

DON VALENTINE

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 7:30 PM-7:00 PM

PLANTATION ALL STARS

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

MIDNITE TRAIN FROM MEMPHIS

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

FOOD TRUCK RODEO

Thursday, September 25, 2014 @ 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

PLANTATION ALL STARS

Thursday, September 25, 2014 @ 3:00 PM-5:00 PM

SOUNDS OF BEALE STREET: STUNNING CUNNING BAND

Thursday, September 25, 2014 @ 7:00 PM-10:00 PM

MEMPHIS BLUESMASTERS

Thursday, September 25, 2014 @ 8:00 PM until Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

GRACIE CURRAN

Thursday, September 25, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

GONERFEST AFTER PARTY

Thursday, September 25, 2014 @ 11:00 PM

PLANTATION ALL STARS

Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

PAM AND TERRY

Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 5:30 PM-8:30 PM

FREE FRIDAY FLICKS: BACK TO THE FUTURE

Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

DON VALENTINE

Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

GRACIE CURRAN

Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE PRIME CUT BAND

Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 9:00 PM-12:00 AM
  • With Vicki Newsum

ANDY DOZIER AND HEAVY SOUL

Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 9:00 PM-1:00 AM

DUNCAN-WILLIAMS DRAGON BOAT RACES

Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

BIG SCOOP ICE CREAM FESTIVAL

Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 11:00 AM-4:00 PM

PLANTATION ALL STARS

Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

PAM AND TERRY

Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 5:30 PM-8:30 PM

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

ANDY DOZIER AND HEAVY SOUL

Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 8:00 PM until Sunday, September 28, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Saturday, September 27, 2014 @ 9:00 PM-1:00 AM

MEMPHIS BLUES SOCIETY JAM

Sunday, September 28, 2014 @ 7:00 PM-11:00 PM
  • With Robert Nighthawk and the Wampus Cats

AMOS LEE

Sunday, September 28, 2014 @ 7:30 PM

THE DR. “FEEL GOOD” POTTS BAND

Sunday, September 28, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

BRANDON SANTINI AND HIS BAND

Monday, September 29, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE DR. “FEEL GOOD” POTTS BAND

Monday, September 29, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

BRANDON SANTINI AND HIS BAND

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

DON VALENTINE

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 @ 8:00 PM-12:00 AM
 
 
 

Coming Soon to Overton Square: The Zebra Lounge Piano Bar

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Get ready to earn your stripes, Memphis! The Zebra Lounge is coming to Midtown this fall. This piano bar has become an icon in Chicago over the last 85 years, attracting regulars and newcomers alike, with current owner Michael Vaughn taking the reins in 2009. Impressed with the uniqueness of Memphis, and inspired by the undeniable local talent, Vaughn is teaming up with partners Steven Kouba and Tamara Goldstein to make a second Zebra home on Overton Square. Hoping to recreate the intimacy and simple elegance of the Chicago location, the Zebra team invites you to relax, have a few cocktails, and enjoy your favorite tunes. This “unique watering hole” will feature local musicians 7 nights a week, ready to get your toes tapping to any request you can imagine. Keep checking in for updates on the opening.

Journey: Coming to Memphis in September

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They are the band that can stop any bar fight, and get the whole room singing along. They are the band that can get the crowd believing in their team again when a come-back seems impossible. In Memphis, many a growl towel has been raised with the words “We Believe,” to show support for our Grizzlies. We waited “Faithfully” with “Open Arms,” and Journey is coming to our town! See Journey at Mud Island Amphitheatre September, 13. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.

27th Annual Cooper-Young Festival

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The 27th annual Cooper-Young Festival is set for Saturday, Sept. 13, with Cory Branan as the headliner. He’ll be joined by several local favorites like Mighty Souls Brass Band, Devil Train, and more.

 

Main Stage
11:15 a.m. – Devil Train
12:15 p.m. – Mighty Souls Brass Band
1:15 p.m. – James & the Ultrasounds
2:15 p.m. – Candace Ashir
3:15 p.m. – Marcella Simien & Her Lovers
4:15 p.m. – Darrel Petties & Strength and Praise
5:15 p.m. – Cory Branan

Memphis Grizzlies Stage (partnered with Goner Records)
12:30 p.m.- Subtractions
1:30 – Talbot Adams
2:30 p.m.- Nots
3:30 p.m. – Mark Edgar Stuart
4:30 p.m. – Manatees

School of Rock Stage
Noon – Tribute to U2
2 p.m. – Indie rock
4 p.m. – School of Rock house band

My Date with Michael Bublé

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We sang, we danced, he showered me in paper hearts, and he invited a few thousand other people to join us on our perfectly romantic evening. Then again, I brought my parents along. I guess it was a very awkward date, but as far as a brilliantly entertaining concert, Michael Bublé did not fail to impress.

He opened the evening with a smoldering rendition of the Little Willie John classic “Fever,” complete with flames leaping from the stage. Throughout the show Bublé ran through all the great American standards from “You Make Me Feel So Young” to “I’ve Got the World on a String,” sprinkling in his own hits like “Haven’t Met You Yet” and “It’s a Beautiful Day.” The production was beautifully done with sliding panels that moved the band to different sections of the stage and sometimes rose up in the back to dance with the music and enhance the videos and lighting. I think what surprised the audience most about Michael (I feel like we are on a first name basis now), was his sense of humor. Michael stated a few dozen times how excited he was to be playing in the city where Elvis came from. Then an audience member felt the need to correct Michael and let him know that Elvis was, in fact, from Tupelo, MS. Michael quickly responded, “I know he’s from Tupelo, but he didn’t like it there, so he moved to Memphis!” If there was anyone left in the crowd that was not eating out of his hand, this won them over.

Some people might find Michael Bublé and his fans a bit square, these people are wrong. My own father went into the evening rolling his eyes, and came out thoroughly entertained. Michael screams class and cool swagger, and he’s just plain charming. He is the kind of guy who will walk your daughter to her car and open the door for her, but then probably do dirty things with her in the backseat, but you can’t help but forgive the guy.

A Little Movie about Nobody

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I had an extra twenty minutes to spare today and someone was nice enough to pass me a copy of the biographical short film, Nobody. The movie gives viewers a brief glimpse into the life of Elvis in 1953, when he was just an 18-year-old kid, facing the conflicting emotions we all share at that stage in life. If not for a nudge from his mother, and a push from a Humes High School teacher, The King of Rock might never have been born. Drake Milligan who portrays Elvis in the film is not just another impersonator. In a very short time he shows Elvis’s transition from a confused kid, to finding the spark and charm that would carry him through his carrier. The film was shot at a few historically significant locations for Elvis, including Humes High School and Sun Studio. The wardrobe was provided by none other than the original “clothier to the king,” Lansky Brothers.

I learned more about the early life of Elvis in the few minutes it took to watch this film than I ever knew before, and hope it encourages other writers and filmmakers to focus on this part of his story. I look forward to seeing more from the young writer/director, William Bryan, and would not be surprised if this film provides the spark for the beginning of a long and successful carrier for him as well. If you missed the movie’s debut at Studio on the Square in Memphis during Elvis Week, learn more here.