Celebrating Memphis Music With The 4 Soul Band at the Hard Rock Cafe

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The 4 Soul Band featuring Otis Logan on drums has been one of Memphis’ premiere neb-soul and funk bands for the last several years, but now has a new look since the departure of bassist Lloyd Anderson to the cruise ship circuit. On Monday, May 4, they were the headlining act for the biweekly Memphis Music Monday sponsored by the Memphis Music Commission. They performed several instrumentals, and backed up guest vocalist Randy D on a Usher cover as well. Horn work was provided by ubiquitous Memphis musician Suavo J. It was also my first time checking out the new Hard Rock Cafe, located in the former Elvis Presley’s building just outside the Beale Street district. While the stage is somewhat smaller, the upstairs is bigger, and the outdoor second story deck is a very pleasant oasis in downtown Memphis.

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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

With my folkz after the Memphis Music Monday on Beale, August 1, 2011

With my folkz after the Memphis Music Monday on Beale, August 1, 2011

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.