22 Apr 2011
- Written by Myron Mays
And as good as the evening was too and for me, I am quite sure that Memphis Music Legend John Blackfoot Colbert felt even better. That’s “J. Blackfoot” for those who didn’t know his government name. This was really a night to be proud of, especially if you are from Memphis or have ever loved Memphis music.
J. Blackfoot’s stamp is all over funk music. Not only was he a member of the Soul Children, he was also the first lead singer of the newly formed Bar-Kays and was instrumental in the formation of a little known funk band called Confunkshun. This little bit of information was actually shared by the Bar-Kays leader, Larry Dodson, and Michael Cooper, who is the lead singer of Confunkshun. Both Dodson and Alexander were on hand to share their memories of how J. Blackfoot had impacted their lives and careers.
Among those who performed were Mr. Sam, Queen Anne Hines, Archie Love, The Unexpected Band, The Duchess, as well as Laura Luke out of Birmingham, Ala. The most touching part of the night, however, was the tribute led with a song by Hines. It ended with everyone bringing a single rose and placing it in front of Blackfoot, giving him his roses while he is still living. He also walked away with a beautiful plaque and proclamations from both the State of Tennessee as well as the Memphis City Council.
When it came time for the headliner, no one could wait any longer. We wanted Michael Cooper! We wanted to hear “Loves Train” and “My Baby’s House.”
And we got exactly what we wanted.
Cooper brought the house down. He gave props to the honoree, saying, “There would be no ‘Loves Train,’ no ‘My Baby’s House’ and no Confunkshun without J. Blackfoot.”
Strong words that should have made anyone proud, and a notable element of one of the best shows I have ever hosted.
This is the first of several events that Jackson Brown will be having to honor Memphis Music Legends. He announced that the next honoree will be none other than the Queen of Beale Street, Ms. Ruby Wilson. So once everything is all set, of course I’ll be sure to share that information with you
Southern Black Writers Conference & Film Festival
The Southern Black Writers Conference takes place April 28 through May 1. The conference features: authors and actors panels, poetry readings, children’s story time, young writers workshops, art exhibits, and an international film festival. And I will be moderating.
For more details, contact Lawrence Wayne for more at 901-312-7025 or visit www.memphisblack writers.com.
The Love Letter Tour
Get ready for Mr. Entertainment himself, R. Kelly, as he makes his way through the Mid-South for the Love Letter Tour, June 2 at the Desoto Civic Center. He will be bringing along Keysha Cole and Marsha Ambrosius as well. You can get your tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and the Desoto Civic Center box office. You can also charge by phone at 800-745-3000.
Free Business Development Workshop
The City of Memphis Office of Contract Compliance presents the Business Development Workshop series on April 28 at Blockers Soul Food Restaurant located at 3624 Austin Peay No. 4 in the Raleigh Oaks Plaza from 6 p.m. until 7:30 pm. The event is free to the public. To reserve your seat, call 901-636-6210.