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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.

Memphis Events-October 2014

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SEINFELD TRIVIA NIGHT

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Grand Opening: Lafayette’s Music Room

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 @ 5:45 PM

Location: Overton Square

Feed the Soul

Thursday, October 02, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

MIFA benefit Tickets: $45 live music, local food, beer, and wine.

Location: The Warehouse

SOUNDS OF BEALE STREET: THE SENSATION BAND

Thursday, October 02, 2014 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

TACOS & TUNES

Thursday, October 02, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Thursday, October 02, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

90s TV TRIVIA

Thursday, October 02, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

SALSA CONVENTION

Friday, October 03, 2014 @ 12:00 AM – Sunday, October 05, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

PAM AND TERRY

Friday, October 03, 2014 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Friday, October 03, 2014 @ 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

PAM AND TERRY

Saturday, October 04, 2014 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

BLUES BALL

Saturday, October 04, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

AN EVENING WITH ALMOST ELTON JOHN

Saturday, October 04, 2014 @ 8:30 PM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Saturday, October 04, 2014 @ 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

KATY PERRY

Sunday, October 05, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
  • The Prismatic World Tour

MEMPHIS BLUES SOCIETY JAM

Sunday, October 05, 2014 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • With Eric Hughes Band

THE HEAD AND THE HEART w/ RAYLAND BAXTER

Monday, October 06, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

Location: Minglewood Hall

JUICY J w/ PROJECT PAT

Wednesday, October 08, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

Location: Minglewood Hall

TACOS & TUNES

Thursday, October 09, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

SOUNDS OF BEALE STREET: CHRIS GALES BAND

Thursday, October 09, 2014 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

PAM AND TERRY

Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 5:30 PM until Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 8:30 PM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

INSANE CLOWN POSSE

Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

THE EPITOME OF SOUL AWARD HONORING STEVIE WONDER: A SOULRIGHT EVENING

Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

LADIES’ CHOICE TOUR

Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

TONY MAC & THE BLUES CONNECTION

Saturday, October 11, 2014 @ 9:30 PM

BRAD BIRKENDAL

Sunday, October 12, 2014 @ 6:00 PM

MEMPHIS BLUES SOCIETY JAM

Sunday, October 12, 2014 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • With Elmo & the Shades

THE WORD

Monday, October 13, 2014 @ 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
  • Open Mic and Live Music

GRACIE CURRAN AND THE HIGH FALUTIN’ BAND

Monday, October 13, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

PEARL JAM

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 7:30 PM
  • Lightning Bolt Tour

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

GRACIE CURRAN AND THE HIGH FALUTIN’ BAND

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

TACOS & TUNES

Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Thursday, October 16, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

PAM AND TERRY

Friday, October 17, 2014 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Friday, October 17, 2014 @ 8:00 PM -12:00 AM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Friday, October 17, 2014 @ 9:00 PM -1:00 AM

HONKY TONK BEATNIX

Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM

RIVER SERIES AT THE HARBOR TOWN AMPHITHEATER

Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
  • Featuring Ex-Cult and Limes

MEMPHIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: TCHAIKOVSKY’S FIRST PIANO CONCERTO

Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 7:30 PM

WIDESPREAD PANIC

Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

STEEPWATER BAND

Saturday, October 18, 2014 @ 11:00 PM – 2:00 AM

MEMPHIS BLUES SOCIETY JAM

Sunday, October 19, 2014 @ 7:00 PM -11:00 PM
  • With Red Thomas

WIDESPREAD PANIC

Sunday, October 19, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

JEFF JENSEN BAND

Monday, October 20, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

BRANDON SANTINI AND HIS BAND

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

GWAR

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

BRANDON SANTINI AND HIS BAND

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 8:00 -12:00 AM

TACOS & TUNES

Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

BRIAN REGAN

Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 7:30 PM

MEMPHIS BLUESMASTERS

Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

Nightmare on Main Street III

Friday, October 24, 2014 @ 900 PM – 2:00 AM

Location: Ernestine & Hazel’s

PAM AND TERRY

Friday, October 24, 2014 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

RIVERARTSFEST

Friday, October 24, 2014 @ 6:00 PM until Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 5:00 PM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Friday, October 24, 2014 @ 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

PAM AND TERRY

Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

ALTON BROWN LIVE!

Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 7:30 PM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Saturday, October 25, 2014 @ 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

ROCK -N- BEALE ALL-STAR TRIBUTE TO JIMI JAMISON

Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 5:30 PM

MEMPHIS BLUES SOCIETY JAM

Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • With Raven’s Call

THE WORD

Monday, October 27, 2014 @ 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM
  • Open Mic and Live Music

GHOST TOWN BLUES BAND

Monday, October 27, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

ONCE

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 @ 7:30 PM until Sunday, November 02, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

GHOST TOWN BLUES BAND

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 @ 8:00 PM -12:00 AM

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 @ 8:00 PM until – 12:00 AM

BRANDON SANTINI AND HIS BAND

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 @ 8:00 PM -12:00 AM

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

TACOS & TUNES

from Thursday, October 30, 2014 @ 7:00 PM

MEMPHIS BLUESMASTERS

Thursday, October 30, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Thursday, October 30, 2014 @ 8:00 PM until Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 12:00 AM

JEFF CROSSLIN

Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

SOUTH MAIN TROLLEY TOUR

Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

ERIC CHURCH

from Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 8:00 PM
  • THE OUTSIDERS WORLD TOUR

THE MCDANIEL BAND

Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM

THE PRIME CUT BAND

Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 9:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • With Vicki Newsum

THE BOOGIE BLUES BAND

Friday, October 31, 2014 @ 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

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.

Elvis Week August 8th – 17th

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Elvis Week is steadily approaching, a week that most Memphians love to hate, but if you let yourself kick back and enjoy the ride, you won’t be disappointed. It is a week of events from August 8- August 17 that bring out the kooky and the cool from all around the world to celebrate the life of Rock n Roll’s favorite icon, Elvis Presley. Tickets for all the fun can be found here.

I would recommend checking out at least one night of the Hard Rock Last Chance Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The first three rounds will be hosted at the new and improved Hard Rock Café on August 8, 9, and 10 at its new home on Beale Street in the Lansky building. The final two rounds will be held at Orpheum Theatre on August 12 and 14. Who doesn’t want to watch a bunch of sweaty, old dudes breaking out their best Elvis impressions?

If you are more at the tour bus speed, the Hound Dog Tour by Backbeat Tours is definitely for you. You will hit all the Elvis landmarks including Sun Studio, Humes High School, Overton Park Shell, and Lansky Bros. Clothing, all while listening to all your favorite Elvis songs performed live on the “music bus.” Hitch a ride with these guys on August 9 or 10 and tickets can be purchased here.

An event that you won’t find on any reputable list is the Stumbling Elvis Pub Crawl. If you want to get in on the fun while enjoying a few adult beverages on Beale, grab your shades, quaff the pompadour, and meet up at The Flying Saucer on August 9 at 7:00pm. You won’t even have to feel guilty when that Call a Cab makes you vomit on your jumpsuit, because it’s for charity. Bring non-perishable, individually wrapped snack foods or a stuffed animal for FedEx Family house.

The annual Candlelight Vigil, which has a special way of bringing the locals and the tourists together, will be held at 8:30pm on August, 15 at the Gates of Graceland. Carry a candle up the driveway to Elvis’ grave-site, and join everyone in remembering the man and legend. Admission is free and the gates remain until everyone wishing to participate has had the opportunity. If you don’t want to be last in line at the crack of dawn the next morning, you should probably get there a little early.

If you find yourself a little “Elvised-out” there are plenty of other ways to enjoy this fine city. If you have never been to Memphis, you are probably wondering what that smell is. You can solve this mystery with a little trip over to the new Central BBQ location in the South Main area, conveniently located just spitting distance from The National Civil Rights Museum. I would also advise a visit to Overton Square, which has recently gone through a serious transformation, new restaurants, bars, and shops are opening in the area daily.