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E-BRIEFS: MJG at Stax, All-Star Jazz-A-F!RE Benefit Concert, Unique Steppers, & ‘RISE’

  • Written by Tri-State Defender Newsroom

MJG 600MJG to share the real deal at Stax Fresh Trax

Record Deal or Record Steal? Super Star or Mega Scar? The wheels, deals and power appeal of the music industry are as attractive as ever, Everybody wants to be down! In an era of beats, rhymes, auto-tuned vocalists and music makin' machines...what's a "real" artist to do?

On Feb. 5th, MJG of the world-famous rap duo 8-Ball & MJG will stop by Stax Fresh Trax and spill the beans at the Stax Museum of American Soul at 926 East McLemore. Listen to MJG's journey and learn how to develop your own career path.

MJG will preview his solo project. Also, six more Memphis musicians with "new" music will entertain the Stax Fresh Trax listening audience. Hear new tracks from Lex Luthor, 40 Short, JL, T-Mack, Porcelen Chalet and Dennis Lewis
Free admission, 6 p.m.

Special benefit Jan. 26th for Memphis Black Arts Alliance

Come out and show your support for the Memphis Black Arts Alliance at the All-Star Jazz-A-F!RE Benefit Concert on Sunday (Jan. 26) fro 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Memphis Sounds at the EconoLodge, 22 N. Third.

All-Stars performers will include Ruby Wilson, Chris Ward, Ken Farmer, Ekpe Abioto, Kevin Sandford, Levi Frazier, Frank Phillips and Pamela Byrd.

On Jan. 1st, MBAA suspended operations until March 31st to contemplate the future of the 30-year-old cultural arts organization. If you're interested in seeing the organization continue, make plans to attend the special benefit. Admission is $25 for couples and $15 for singles.

Memphis Black Arts Alliance is tax-deductible, 501(c)3 arts-based community development organization founded in 1982. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Donations may be sent to Memphis Black Arts Alliance, P.O. Box 40854, Memphis, TN 38174.

Death of 3-year-old cancer patient spurs Unique Steppers

The Unique Steppers of Memphis will have a Dancing Through Heart Times event in memory of 3-year-old cancer patient Jashiah Davis from 7 p.m. to midnight on Friday (Jan. 24th) at The Inc. at 1675 Barcrest Rd.

The infant Davis passed away on Dec. 27th after a two-month battle with cancer. All money raised will go to the family to offset medical and final arrangement expenses.

There will be stepping music and dancing, as well as stepping lessons and food concessions. Entry: $10 at the door. All donations of $20 or more will include two free dance lessons.

The Unique Steppers of Memphis was started in 2010 as a social group to teach and enjoy stepping and stepping music. Now they are leveraging the popularity of the art form to support various projects in the community.

For more information, contact: Kenneth Madden at (901) 237-1823.

Collage Winter Concert Feb. 1

Collage presents the 2014 version of "RISE" on Feb. 1st at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 2nd at 2:30 p.m. at the Buckman Performing & Fine Arts Center.

"RISE" includes a world premiere ballet by Keith Lee, the first African-American male soloist with New York's famed American Ballet Theatre and founder of the Dance Theatre of Lynchburg. Lee has choreographed for numerous companies, including American Ballet Theatre, Washington Ballet, Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble and Memphis Concert Ballet.

The program also spotlights "Dawn," choreographed by Kevin Iega Jeff, one of the Julliard School's 100 Outstanding Alumni. Collage premiered "Dawn" during last year's presentation of "RISE." Choreography by Artistic Director Kevin Thomas and a tribute to Nelson Mandela choreographed by Arla Scott of Washington D.C. will roundsout the program.

Described as family friendly, 'RISE' runs approximately 90 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.

Tickets are $25 ($20 for patrons 35 years of age and younger. For more info or to inquire about group discounts, call 901-800-1873.

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