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Comebacks can be tough

When I heard the news that El DeBarge would be removing himself from tour because he was re-entering rehab I was very disappointed as were a lot of people I know.
 Myron Mays

When I heard the news that El DeBarge would be removing himself from tour because he was re-entering rehab I was very disappointed as were a lot of people I know. Then, after I took time to think about it, I sort of changed my mind. Yes, I know that we were all looking forward to seeing him after all of these years, but once you think about it, comebacks aren’t always that easy.

Here’s a guy that came from a talented – but troubled family –who at some point became the one that held the entire group together, had a successful solo career and then ran into problems of his own. There has got to be a lot of pressure on this guy to take people back to where they remember him the most.

The music of DeBarge – the group – was part of the soundtrack to a lot of our lives, including mine! Their music is why I don’t have good hair now. I spent much of my childhood experimenting with S-Curls and other hair relaxers trying to make my hair look like those guys. What was I supposed to do? Girls loved them! (lol)

I absolutely loved DeBarge and because I loved that group so much, I really want El to be ready and at his best when he returns. I wish him the best in his rehabilitation and I think that Music Soulchild will do a great job in replacing him when the Intimacy Tour comes to Memphis on March 6 with Kem and Ledisi at the Orpheum.

Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and at the Orpheum box office.

Turning melodies into royalties

Are you an independent musician, songwriter or singer? The Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission, in conjunction with The University of Memphis Sports & Entertainment Law Society, is hosting The Legal Clinic “LIVE” on Monday (Feb. 28).

 “Turning Melodies into Royalties” will be presented from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School Of Law in Wade Auditorium, 1 Front St. This event is free.

For more information, contact Pamela Kelly at the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission at 901-576-6857 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Indie Concert Series

This weekend will mark the biggest Indie Artist event to hit the city of Memphis. Showtime Entertainment presents the Weekend Concert Series that will feature 7 comedians, 7 poets, 14 rappers, 7 male singers and 7 female singers.

Told you it would be the biggest right?

Each participant will get to meet with A&R executives and producers with major record labels. It’s gonna take place at the Eccentric Lounge at 8014 Club Center Dr.  Advance tickets are on sale now. Early admission is $10; $20 at the door. For more information call 901-493-0336 or 901-412-0211.

Rance Allen Group update!

This Friday night (Feb. 25), the Rance Allen Group comes to the Stax Museum for “The Live Experience II”. Tickets are limited! There will also be an audience Q&A, along with refreshments. Call the museum at 901-261-6338 for more information.

Local Color on WKNO

If you want to get the inside information on what’s happening as far as concerts, stage plays and other entertainment, you don’t want to forget to check out “Local Color” on WKNO each Thursday night at 6:30 and Saturday afternoons at 1:30.

Next week: Tavis Smiley is in town and I will make sure I get the inside info to you. In the meantime,check out the interview I conducted with him a few days ago. (See page x). Until then, that’s what’s happening.

(Check me out on Facebook, Twitter or visit www.whatshappeningmyron.com. Got an event you’d like me to talk about...or attend? Get at me! I’m at myron@whatshappening myron.com!)

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