R. Kelly is coming!

Ladies and gentlemen...Robert Sylvester Kelly, better known as R-uh, Kellz, Mr. Entertainment, R. Kelly or whatever you'd like to call him, is bringing the "Single Ladies Tour" to Memphis at the Orpheum on Oct. 23.

There is no telling how long this concert will be because this guy has hits for days, including "Honey Love," "Trapped in the Closet," "Bump N' Grind," "I Believe I Can Fly," "Step in the Name of Love" and "Down Low." That's just to name a VERY few and does not even count "Share my Love" and "Feeling Single" – the hits from his eleventh studio album, "Write Me Back."

This will be a show you don't want to miss, especially if you're a fan of Chicago stepping. Kellz seems to be the "King" of that genre these days...and he does it very well.

Tickets are available at the Orpheum box office, through all Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com. And get this: exclusive pre-sale tickets go on sale for one day only on Thursday (Sept. 13) from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Just enter the password "LADIES."

Here are a few more events to add to your calendar:

Masters of Funk

The Batesville Civic Center will be on fire on Sept. 22 as the Masters of Funk World Concert Tour makes its way through town. This will be worth the drive down I-55. I'm talking about Lakeside, Slave, The Mary Jane Girls, The Bar-Kays, Brick, Confunkshun and Glenn Jones. Wow, can you handle all this funk?

Well, you can give it a shot by getting your tickets now! Advance tickets start at $25, with a limited amount of "Meet & Greet" tickets for $45. Tickets are available at the Batesville Civic Center box office, online at www.batesvilleciviccenter-ms.com or by telephone at 662-563-1392. For more information, visit www.amsconcerts.com.

The Book Club

The Book Club meets this Saturday (Sept. 15) afternoon. We will discuss Joy King's novel, "Dirty Little Secrets," and pick October's selection. Activities will include "The Big Question," door prizes, networking and a whole lot of fun. Join us at McAlister's located at Poplar & Highland at 4 p.m.

Parting shot

Thanks to everyone who came out to The Venue last weekend to help me celebrate my "Pre 40th Birthday Party." I had the greatest time of my life. I never thought I'd have such a great time turning 39. From the comedians to the Chicago Steppers to the Soul Train line, I couldn't have wished for a better night. And for that, I'm grateful. Thanks again.

Hey...Memphis' own King Ellis will be performing at the Ice Bar and Grill this Saturday night (Sept.) 15. It kicks off at 8 p.m. That's where I'll be. Until then, that's what's happening.

(Got an event you'd like for me to cover or attend? Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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