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Fall, fur & fashion

Fur-4-600Models – including various Memphis notables – styled in wraps from The Fur Vault at Macy's during the 2013 Fall Fur Fashions for Women of Distinction red-carpet event last Sunday (Sept. 29).

The invitation-only affair was held at the Macy's Oak Court store on Poplar Ave.

Approximately 300 women from the Mid-South area previewed the new line-up of 2014 fur coats from around the globe.

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

TaKeOver for five hours of fun

Myron-Mays-160WHAT'S HAPPENING MYRON The TaKeOver returns Saturday (Oct. 5th) at the Prohibition Lounge at 94 South Front Street in Downtown Memphis. It starts at 2 p.m. and continues through 7 p.m. If you haven't been to one of these, you're missing out on five hours of fun. There will be food and drink specials the whole time, with music provided by DJ Suave and Bother John.

After you leave the TaKeOver, you can unwind and enjoy Boney James and Raheem Devaughn at the Cannon Center for a night of sexy jazz and Neo Soul. Tickets are still available at the Cannon Center Box Office.

Ladies & Gentlemen ... Mr. John Gary Williams!

jgw-portrait-600One of the truest living embodiments of why Memphis soul music is Memphis soul music will take the stage at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park on Saturday (Sept. 28) night.

The evening's concert has the elements that are present when the full power and reason of music spring to life. Consider the featured performers: the Bo Keys, Percy Wiggins, and the supporting ensemble Opus 1 (comprised Memphis Symphony Orchestra members), and a rejuvenated version of the Mad Lads.

The frontman for the new-look Mad Lads will be original lead singer John Gary Williams. And in that name lies a history we all share.

  • Written by Tony Jones

Disney show rocks on ice

Crowd-Shot-600With snippets from the films "The Little Mermaid," "Tangled" featuring Rapunzel, "Brave" and "Beauty and the Beast," Disney sets out to combine the heart of some it's best films with elegance and athletic figure skating in "Rockin' Ever After."

The venue this past weekend for the Disney on Ice production was the FedExForum.

As always, the show opens up with Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy warming up the crowd. It then moves on to "The Little Mermaid" leading the other mermaids into a medley of 80's rock songs.

  • Written by Warren Roseborough

Hamilton delivers with don’t-sleep-on-me show

anthonyhamilton-400Never disappointed!

Those are words that comes to mind when I think of Anthony Hamilton being in concert. Although I have seen him before, He always delivers.

This time the venue was the downtown Cannon Center for the Performing Arts last Friday (Sept. 13). Marcus Dorris and Mix and Mingle Entertainment once again brought an evening to Memphis that I am glad I didn't sleep on and that I got to experience up close and personal.

  • Written by Wendolyn Harrington-Cade/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

Comebacks, returns and the ‘Classic’

Myron-Mays-160WHAT’S HAPPENING MYRON Guess who's back? No, not me. I didn't go anywhere. I'm talking about Eddie Murphy! No, not Eddie Murphy the actor. I'm talking about Eddie Murphy the singer! Yeah, I know...same person. But Eddie hasn't made a record in years! Remember "Party all the Time?"

Now he is back on the music scene with a new song called "Red Light" featuring Snoop Dogg...or Snoop Lion rather. The laid back, smooth reggae tune is described as an anthem to raise awareness of important social changes in light of recent world events.

After I stumbled across the story about Eddie's new venture, I rushed to YouTube just to see what kind of amusement I could get out of it for a day. I mean, come on, this is the same guy who also recorded "Put Your Mouth on Me." And the song was just a bad as the title.

A UniverSoul Big Top Party

Circus-1-600The circus with a purpose – UniverSoul Circus – was back in Memphis on Tuesday, with some new acts and the same agenda.

The only African-American Circus in the world, UniverSoul Circus always makes a point to tell the children to tell their parents that they love them and that they thank them for bringing them to the circus.

Tuesday's opening-night performance started with a local flavor, featuring The Millennium Madness Fancy Trick Drill Team that many have seen do their thing at the Southern Heritage Classic, area high schools and other Memphis venues.

  • Written by Warren Roseborough

Home Grown Funk – Family Reunion

home-Grown-Funk-600One of the most fun things in life is reminiscing, and this Friday (Aug. 30) the New Daisy Theatre, 330 Beale Street, will feel like the inside of a way-back machine, with a special musical performance by Home Grown Funk.

Quite a few Memphians have connection to the band that became a household name but never made it over the national hump.

"I've met so many people over the years who have come up to me and told me how they will never forget Home Grown Funk," said Jerry "Big Jerry" Jones, who formed the band in 1972, along with John Harris and Alvin Potts (keyboards). The trio then expanded to include Lee Chastain (bass) and James Lewis (guitar).

  • Written by Tony Jones