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With his silky, sultry voice in full effect, R&B soul singer Lyfe Jennings inaugurated the first Valentine's Day Love Jam at Minglewood Hall this past Friday night (Feb 9th). Performing chart topping hits such as “Must be nice” and “Statistics,” the former VH1 “Love and Hip-Hop” star pressed the case...
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 than $1 million for the...
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 Saturday at 11 a.m. at...
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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 things to many people, but...
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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 life by CLE Events creator...
Guitarist and bluesman Preston Shannon, who has his own star on Beale Street, has passed away at age 70. In June, Shannon was given six months to live after having been diagnosed with cancer, according to family members who said he made through seven months. A fixture on Beale St., Shannon...
Leela James gave a soul-stirring performance as she headlined the Savage X The Soul Tour with R&B artist Tank at the New Daisy Theatre on Saturday. Tank has wrapped up his original Savage tour and is now on a second run, with James bringing her soulful sound to the...
Boo Mitchell got juice; or, rather, the Mitchell family. Royal Studios 60th anniversary concert at The Orpheum on Sunday night was a star-studded evening accented with stellar performances, including a surprise appearance by Tank, who paid tribute to Al Green, sparkly slip-on loafers and all. I would venture to say some...
First of all, thanks to everyone who reached out and prayed for me and my family after my dad, Bernal E. Smith II, suddenly passed away. And to my dad: Rest in peace — I will love you forever. Here’s a look at a few entertainment options in Memphis this...
Sold out! A packed house – 18,000-plus – filled with fans and others who just wanted to be part of the mix that turned out in support of rap star Yo Gotti and the fifth installment of his annual birthday bash.   Backstage at the FedExForum, where the bash was held...