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.
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 & Gifts, Richard HiQuebbq, Yelp 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:
Friday – Fly the Light Records Showcase:
Nights Like These
+ Special Guests
Saturday – (Memphis Tolerates You Fest):
The Devil’s Right Hand
+ Special Guests
GONER FEST 11
September 25-28, 2014
$70 Golden Pass, good for all events, available now at Goner Records
Tickets also available at the door of each event
$25 per night for Hi Tone shows.
$5 Buccaneer show / $10 Murphy’s show without wristbands
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.