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Memphis’ Evvie McKinney sings her way to ‘The Four’ finale on Fox

by Lee R. Watkins Evvie McKinney comes from a close-knit musical family, so it was no surprise that she dedicated her debut performance on Fox’s “The Four” to her late father. McKinney, 20, is a Memphis-native and the youngest of seven children. She appeared on “The...

VIDEO: Naturally 7 performs “Wall of Sound” at The Halloran Centre

After opening with a performance of "Feel It (In The Air Tonight)" -- their riff on Phil Collins' classic that was almost identical to the one we posted here last week -- one of the members of Naturally 7 welcomed the audience to the show. For...

LEGACY: The Temptations’ Dennis Edwards dies at 74

Dennis Edwards, whose face and voice became synonomous with The Tempations and who later in his career starred as the front man for The Temptations Review, died in Chicago on Thursday night at age 74. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Edwards, who was living...

As a band, Naturally 7 has all the sound — and none of the instruments

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Whatever you do, don’t call Naturally 7 an a cappella group. Not that they’d mind — that’s how they got started — but a cappella just isn’t accurate, not anymore. When the internationally renowned group takes the stage at the Halloran Centre for Performing...

Protestors hold ‘March for Black Women’ outside of R. Kelly concert

On Saturday, dozens of Black women gathered for a “March for Black Women” outside of an R. Kelly concert in New York City. The event, organized by Black Women’s Blueprint, was part of the #MuteRKelly movement, which aims to disrupt support for the performer in the...

Grizzlies host a funky good time at Staxtacular

On a rainy Saturday night in South Memphis, more than 500 attendees were a part of Grit, Grind and Groove at Staxtacular 2018. The Memphis Grizzlies and the Soulsville Foundation held the event, now in its 13th year. Over the years, Staxtacular has raised more...

Beale Street Procession for Preston Shannon

In a note of respect, a procession made its way along Beale Street on Friday, passing through the entertainment district that bluesman Preston Shannon punctuated with talent and professional dignity. Shannon, 70, died on Monday, succumbing to a bout with cancer. Shannon’s funeral was set for...

LEGACY: Preston Shannon (1947-2018): ‘The party starts every time he performs’

by Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, Special to The New Tri-State Defender The distinctive vocals of Preston Shannon and his skillful artistry on the electric blues guitar were stilled Monday morning when the storied bluesman lost his bout with cancer. He was 70. Shannon’s music meant many...

Dreamfest draws indie music lovers – and delivers

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by Dalisia Brye Special to The New Tri-State Defender The 1884 Lounge was filled to capacity as it kicked off the seventh installment of Dreamfest this past weekend. Acts from across the Mid-South performed in front of indie music lovers selected from hundreds of submissions. Brought to...

This Conversation With Erykah Badu Will Make You Wonder if She Dabbles in Hotepery

“I don’t care if the whole group says something; I’m going to be honest. I know I don’t have the most popular opinion sometimes,” Erykah Badu said during an interview with Vulture that left me wondering if years of breathing in incense fumes could...
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