Celebrating the Release of the B.A.R. Album with @Lil_Wyte_ and @FrayserBoy at @HardRockMemphis @selectohits


On Saturday night February 8, an all-star contingent of Memphis rappers and fans took over the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street to celebrate the release of Lil Wyte & Frayser Boy’s new duo album B.A.R. on Phixieous Entertainment. Wes Phillips, Jeff Phillips and Terrance “DJ Bay” Long of Select-O-Hits were in the building, as well as La Chat, Miscellaneous, Criminal Manne, Al Kapone and Thug Therapy. Unlike a lot of album release parties, people actually performed, and coming as it did after a big University of Memphis Tigers win at the Fed Ex Forum, it was a fun night indeed.




Thankful 4 The Drummers At The @HardRockMemphis with @CalvinR_Rodgers @Bart_Orr


Friday night, the Memphis gospel music community came out to support local Memphis drummers, and to see Calvin “C-Rod” Rodgers, arguably one of the best gospel drummers of today. It was amazing and fortunate to get to see him play, as last year, after a brutal robbery and beating, it was for a time doubtful that he would ever be able to play again. The event, called Thankful 4 The Drummers, was sponsored by Marcus Malone at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street in downtown Memphis, and was opened up by local drummers such as Tevin Curtis, Bart Orr and Chris Pat. Altogether it was an amazing night of great drumming that didn’t break up until nearly 1 AM.




The Music Exchange September Edition at @HardRockMemphis @mixtapemag @bigedddouble #TMXMemphis


On Wednesday September 11th, the September edition of The Music Exchange/Memphis Record Pool took place at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street, bringing out an all-star crowd of Memphis’ best DJ’s and artists, including DJ 007, Gangsta Blac, Miscellaneous, Snootie Wild, Chiccen, Urban Jones and DJ Bay of Select-O-Hits. The restaurant was filled to overflowing, and was literally standing room only.

6/7/10: Rodney “King” Ellis (@PHAROHRAEL)Live at Memphis Music Monday/Live at The Daq


Every other Monday the Memphis Music Commission sponsors a Memphis Music Monday event at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street, and the first one of the summer featured a Memphis soul singer named Rodney Ellis, who had first gained some attention singing hooks for rappers Eightball & MJG. His performance was quite good, so when he announced that he would be performing again out at the Daq, a new nightclub in Hickory Hill, I decided to go out there.
The Daq was located at Hacks Cross Road and the Bill Morris Parkway, and proved to be a large and sleekly modern venue, with an ample area for bands to play against the north wall. The place was actually really crowded for a Monday night, and as I arrived, one band was taking down so that King Ellis’ band could set up. Club nights of any sort are fairly rare on Mondays, so it was great to see a singer working with a live band on a Monday night here in Memphis

Touch of Soul performing at the Memphis Music Monday at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street, Memphis, August 1, 2011

Touch of Soul performing at the Memphis Music Monday at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale Street, Memphis, August 1, 2011

This week’s Memphis Music Monday at the Hard Rock Cafe featured The Absentees from Hernando, Mississippi, Memphis hip-hop artist Chris Blake, and Overwater Entertainment’s amazing Touch of Soul band. Memphis legend David Porter was also in the house, as was My World Entertainment CEO Danny Peterson and his main artist, R & B singer Chris D Pher. 

This week’s Memphis Music Monday at the Hard Rock Cafe featured The Absentees from Hernando, Mississippi, Memphis hip-hop artist Chris Blake, and Overwater Entertainment’s amazing Touch of Soul band. Memphis legend David Porter was also in the house, as was My World Entertainment CEO Danny Peterson and his main artist, R & B singer Chris D Pher.