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
HERE ARE THE TOP 10 STL EVENTS OF 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.
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!
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.
AND THE NUMBER 1 EVENT in the STL WAS:
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. The game was held on July 14, 2009, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, the home of the National League St. Louis Cardinals. The game was the first all-star game held in St. Louis since 1966. 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. 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.