Thursday, December 10, 2009

STL-EVENTZ of 2009

The STL had its share of hot events that were on and poppin in 2009 from national acts hosting parties and promoters putting on weekly, monthly networking events and special events involving networking, movies, music, fashion and having a good time.

Here are the events that were happening but didnt make the Top 10:

11.Derrty ENT v Loosecannon Basketball Challenge at Chaifetz Arena , May 2009

12.MJ Tribute at Café Soul at Loft, August 2009

13.Obama City Hall Inauguration at City Hall STL downtown , January 2009

14.Streetballers Red Carpet and Screening, Ronnie's 20 Cinema, October 2009

15.Foxyfext 2, at Forest Park, June 2009

16.Day26 CD Release Party at The Venue, April 2009

17.Nellys Jammy Jam at Home Nightclub, November 2009

18.Traffic Music Awards, at Roberts Orpheum Theatre, July 2009

19.Angels in Disguise Fashion Show, SLU, May 2009

20Sexy and Successful Alive Magazine Event, Red Moon, November 2009


SYGU's Rhashad Whittier

SYGU's Eddie Hollman and Darryl Gillespie.

(PICTURED) Mario, Kyjuan, Nelly and Murphy Lee on stage at Nelly's Black and White Ball at Chase Park Plaza

10. Nelly's 4th Annual Black and White Ball at Chase Park Plaza (DEC 2009) and SYGU's TEESE 09 at F15teen (MAY 2009) (TIE)

Nelly's 4th Annual Black and White Ball, put on by Crown Royal and Syngery, had its share of STL stars and some national celebs (including R&B singer Mario, Bill Bellamy and Jermaine Dupri). The highlight was the party portion of the event where all of the Derrty ENT crew partied with the celebs on stage until the clock struck 1 a.m. Tied with Nelly's event is the promotions group SYGU's annual Teese event. Held at 15Teen, the event where folk dressed in their best tee was packed with partiers to the point where people had to wait outside and in the lobby to get inside and upstairs. They also had a sequel to Teese at Loft in September.

9.Maxwell After Party at Karma (NOV 2009)

Super R&B star Maxwell made a rare appearance at an afterparty here in St. Louis when he made an appearance at Karma after his sold out concert at the Chaifetz Arena. Although the singer was a bit standoffish with the media and photographers, he was very generous showing his gratitude with fans as he shook hands, took pics and thanked them for supporting him.

8. Derrty DJ Midwest Summit (St. Lunatics Reunion) at Pageant (MAY 2009)

Put on by the now defunct 100.3 the Beat, this second annual concert at the Pageant showcased local artists (Unladylike, Luey V) and national acts (Gorilla Zoe, Twista, Young Joc), but the highlight was when the St. Lunatics performed a reunion show as well as the stop-start ness of the show with sound difficulties that didnt stop the Tics from putting on a show of their greatest hits.

7. Superjam 2 (Plies) at Verizon Wireless Ampitheater (JUNE 2009)

Although not as memorable than the 1st Superjam focusing more on local talent than national (although with T.I. and Keyshia Cole as the headliners were the highlights) it still was the summer hip-hop concert showcasing more national acts this year (including Souljah Boy, Pleasure P, Trey Songz, Jerimih, Day 26, Keri Hilson, Plies, and Jeezy), the highlight was during Plies set when he asked for some of his fans to come up on stage as he handed them money as well as give one young lady his blinged out necklace. And Plies,well,being Plies raw and uncut!

6.Gucci Mane at Club Society (APRIL 2009)

This event made history for the club as it brought in more than 4,000 fans to this event. Its biggest crowd ever. The crowd was four lines deep and the lines were as long as a block. Also, people stood in line for hours and were still trying to get in to the club an hour before the club closed. A few weeks later, the club was shut down after a shoot out a mile away with some rivals after the Yo Gotti b-day party.

5.Lupe Fiasco at Live on the Levee (AUGUST 2009)

Close to 30,000 Lupe hands packed under the Archgrounds to catch a free concert from underground Chitown rapper Lupe Fiasco. A mix of young fans of all colors sang in unison all of his songs which was quite memorable. Opening were the STL hip-hop movement Made Monarchs which included Black Spade, Corey Balck, Tef Poe,Tech 9,and Rockwell Knuckles.

4.Rock the River Concert (Kirk Franklin) at the Archgrounds (AUGUST 2009)

Around 65,000
youth and young adults flooded the Arch Grounds on a Sunday to hear the sounds of Christian rock, hip-hop, and rap artists, including Kirk Franklin, as well as messages delivered by evangelist Franklin Graham.

3."Up in the Air" Auditions at Crestwood Center (JAN. 2009).

Close to 15,000 people stood in long lines and long hours at Crestwood Center over one weekend in hopes to land a part as an extra in George Clooney's "Up in the Air." The competition was for 2,100 available parts. It was a first for St. Louis for a big budgeted Hollywood film to be casting in the area.

John Mellencamp

Gretchen Wilson

Willie Nelson

2.Farm Aid at Verizon Wireless Ampitheater (OCT 2009)

This sold out concert (nearly 6,000 under the Ampitheater and 18,000 lawn seats) which aids farmers in the Midwest was held for the first time in its nearly 25 year history in Missouri was the biggest concert of the summer. The 12 hours long concert featured various pop and country acts including Granite City based Gretchen Wilson, and Jason Mraz as well as Farm Aid stalwarts Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp. The event also was televised live on Direct TV for viewers.


Phillies' Ryan Howard at Red Carpet at his All Star after party at Lumen

Cards' Albert Pujols at Red Carpet ceremony on Market Street in downtown STL at All Star Game

1.The MLB All Star Game at Busch Stadium, downtown/Lumen/Lure, AUGUST 2009

The 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 80th
midseason exhibition between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball.[1] The game was held on July 14, 2009, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, the home of the National League St. Louis Cardinals.[2][3] The game was the first all-star game held in St. Louis since 1966.[4] This was the seventh year in which the All-Star Game determines home field advantage in the World Series, with the American League winning all seven games to date under this format. After the game, the National League leads, 40–38–2, but has not won since 1996. Fox televised the contest, with Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the booth for the game broadcast, joined at the bottom of the 2nd inning by President Barack Obama. Pre-game coverage began at 5 PM US EDT on MLB Network, with ESPN joining in at 7 PM US EDT. Outside the USA, Rogers Sportsnet (Canada) and ESPN America (Europe) carried MLB's international feed with their own video feed and announcers.

The Star-Spangled Banner" was sung by Sheryl Crow. Stan Musial, a former player for the host St. Louis Cardinals and a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, gave the baseball for the ceremonial first pitch to the President of the United States Barack Obama, who threw it to the hometown Cardinals' first baseman and leading All-Star vote-getter, Albert Pujols.[11] During the seventh-inning stretch, Sara Evans sang "God Bless America". Spotted in the crowd were actors Denzel Washibngton and Halle Berry and b-ball legend Mcihael Jordan.

There also were two major star studded after parties. One was thrown by St. Lousi native Phillies superstar Ryan Howard who had a Red Carpet event at Lumen. At the event were some major clebs including Derek Jeter, Barry Larkin, Alyssa Milano, and rapper DMC. It aslo had many professional athletes and STL VIPS. There also was an after party thrown at Lure Nightclub thrown by Cedric The Entertainer. Spotted were Nelly and Chingy and many STL hip-hop rappers.

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