ITS THURSDAY--TIME TO GET TOWNED!
This Friday, will be the 1st year anniversary of the King of Pop’s death.
Born in west Memphis, Ark and raised in East St. Louis, Shirley Brown (born is an American soul singer, best known for her million-selling single "Woman to Woman" which was nominated for a Grammy Award for R&B Song of the Year in 1975.
Early experience singing gospel gave her a powerful but expressive voice likened to Aretha Franklin. She worked with Albert King and bandleader Oliver Sain, before signing with Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee.
Her 1974 hit, "Woman to Woman" spent two weeks at #1 in the Billboard R&B chart and climbed to #22 in the Billboard Hot 100. It sold over one million copies by December 1974, and was awarded a gold disc. It was to prove to be Stax's final major hit record, (the song was later covered by Barbara Mandrell in 1978 and became a top-five country hit). It was such a massive hit that an answer record was recorded by Barbara Mason in 1975 called, “From his Woman to You” which was also big pop and R&B hit.
A successful debut album, Woman to Woman was released by Stax on their Truth label, but by 1975, the company was struggling financially and also facing litigation. A follow-up single, "It Ain't No Fun" was only a moderate success, and Stax closed soon afterwards.
Her signing to Arista Records in 1977 resulted in the album Shirley Brown, produced by the former Stax owner Jim Stewart and writer-producer Bettye Crutcher, who provided most of the songs. These included "Blessed Is The Woman" which reached #14 R&B (#102 pop).
Brown continued to record for several labels since then, including Fantasy, on the re-formed Stax label, and Sound Town. She has been with the Mississippi based blues and soul label, Malaco Records since the late 1980s. She remains a popular live performer, mainly in southern states of the US, without having found the recording success of her earlier years.
To listen to her biggest hit, “Woman to Woman” go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZssL3nr6JZg
THIS WEEK in the ILLMO, the big STORIES are Chi-town related. The Biggest one is:
The Blago trial continues. Nothing riveting. Just the prosecutors played wire taps of Blago cutting deals for Obama’s Senate Seat.
OTHER BIG STORIES are:
Speaking of court, former rap mogul "Suge" Knight sued Chitown hip-hop star Kanye West last Friday over a shooting incident inside a Miami Beach club in 2005.
Knight claimed the Shore Club's owners didn't provide enough security at the party where an unknown gunman shot Knight in the leg. West hosted the 2005 before the MTV Video Music Awards.
In court papers, West and the Shore Club ownership have denied Knight's claims of negligence(aka NO CONTEST)
Knight said in his lawsuit, now being handled in Miami federal court, that West and the Shore Club should have realized the party could produce a "dangerous environment" because of a widely known history of sometimes violent feuding among rap figures.
He's seeking more than $1 million in damages in his lawsuit, but he would have to share the money with a bankruptcy trustee and the Internal Revenue Service if he prevails due to his filing bankruptcy in 2006 and paying off his debts. .
Knight reportedly wanted a face off with West and his counsel could settle.
West was a no show for the confab.
No one has been arrested in the August 2005 shooting. The shooting reportedly shattered Knight's femur and reportedly left him with $200,000 in medical bills.
Hmmm, is it us or is Knight reaching? Why is he suing West? We are sure West was paid by the club to throwing his party at the Miami club and had nothing to do with the planning of the party including security. It wasn’t like security want there AT ALL. Knight does have a case with the club not searching people thoroughly for weapons, but West should not be part of the blame. And why four years later after the fact? Thats a bit suspicious as well especially now that the former rap mogul of Death Row claimed bankruptcy in 2006 a year after the incident.
And speaking of West, he will perform on the BET Music Awards June 27 and is nominated for video "Run This Town" with Rihanna and Jay Z.
Chicago talk show mogul Oprah Winfrey is among 30 celebrities who will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (and much much much overdue we think). The others include Oscar winning actress Penelope Cruz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Tina Fey, Black Eyed Peas frontman William, Melissa Etheridge, Los Tigres Del Norte and Rascal Flatts. The 30 made the cut of people whose stars will be unveiled on the famous boardwalk next year, reported Los Angeles Times online.
Jefferson, Mo. Native comic/actor Cedric the Entertainer was part of cable channel TBS’ show festival and its taping at Chi-town’s The Chicago Theatre. On June 18, he hosted his own night to promote his newest sitcom, “Cedric the Entertainer’s Urban circus”
Cable channel TBS will be bringing back the humor-centric programming block “TBS Presents a ‘Very Funny’ Festival: Just for Laughs,” five days worth of comedy co-sponsored by the television outlet.
With a show themed loosely (very loosely) around his life story, Cedric shared the stage with street performers, strong men, acrobats, contortionists and plenty of first-tier stand-ups, including stellar sets by JB Smoove, Sommore and Russell Peters.
Reportedly, Cedric did more hosting than performing, prompting “some grumbling in the seats.” Jerry Seinfeld made a cameo appearance -- to re-create the famously amusing Kings of Comedy sketch where the two drove a space shuttle together --
The comedy festival is aired June. 23.
Speaking of sitcoms, Chitown native and Emmy Award winning comic/actress/talk show host Sherri Shepherd's sitcom, "Sherri" also based on her life, was recently cancelled by Lifetime after one season. The network had budget cuts and saw her show to cost too much to produce (close to 3 milli). But fans dont fret, it has been talks with other networks to bring it back on next season. Meanwhile Shepherd and her "The View" colleague Elisabeth Hassleback have been taking turns moderating the show this week while its lead moderator Whoopi Goldberg is on vacation off to Atlanta filming Tyler Perry's" For Colored Girls." and Barbara Walters recovers from heart surgery.
Speaking of STL stars in Ch-town, STL raised rap mogul Nelly is currently on a “The Black Affair” party tour which coincides with the 10th anniversary of Nelly’s “Country Grammar” album. He, along with the St. Lunatics and protege Avery Storm just performed at the urban lunge The Shrine in Chi-town.The tour will conclude at Home nightclub July 23.
In related newz, Nelly’s sixth CD, “5.0” has been pushed back to Sept. 21.
In unrelated newz, regarding Home Nightclub, there has been a complaint filed against Home Nightclub involving profiling. At last Friday’s concert with rapper Lil Kim, it was reported by www.stlhiphop.com that several patrons who wore hip-hop based attire were literally escorted from the premises.
Here is a quote from its promoter, Rockhouse Entertainment VIA FACEBOOK:”CLUB HOME TREATED LIL KIM & SOME OF MY OTHER PERSONAL FRIENDS LIKE CRAP LAST NITE, SOMETHIN I WILL NOT SOON 4GET.”
We thought Home Nightclub took care of this problem after going through new management. What kind of people did security think were coming to Home to see Lil Kim, people in ball gowns and tuxes?
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Two STL natives are getting face time on reality shows. First is comic Nikki Glaser (PICTURED) who was one of 11 comics advancing to the semifinals on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” seen last Monday during Part Two of the NYC auditions. The other is a STL resident (name unknown) who will be seen in an upcoming episode of TLC's "Cake Boss," when a cake client drives to New Jersey from STL to order an over-the-top cake for the grand opening of the River City Casino here in South County last Spring. The cake was built by Buddy Valastro. The episode will air June 28 on TLC.
Two superstar based concerts are coming to the Lou in August:
Grammy Award winning singer/producer T-Pain has been added to the Aug. 14 Black Eyed Peas concert at Scottrade Center during the St. Louis stop of the Peas’ “The E.N.D. World Tour.
STL native Emmy nominated actress Jenna Fischer, of the hit TV series "The Office,” can be seen on the big screen in the drama, "Solitary Man." Fischer plays the daughter who shows tough love to ne'er-do-well car dealer and father Michael Douglas. Susan Sarandon plays her mother.
Live on the Levee is no more—in name that is. Last week, the free summer concert series under the Archgrounds got a name change: Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts, as reported by the Fair St. Louis Foundation.
In a press release, Fair St. Louis rep say, “We feel “Celebrate St. Louis Summer Concerts” more closely signifies our mission of celebrating the region and providing free entertainment in one of the most historic settings in the country.”
The free concert series kicks off July 9 near the base of the Arch on Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd., with rapper Common.
Get more information at http://www.celebratestlouis.org/.
Do yawl like the name change? We are still on the fence about it. Maybe they shouda renamed it “St. Louis Live on the Levee.”
Two music legends in the game are coming to STL whose tickets go on sale Friday. First is dance duo The Tom Tom Club will perform Sept. 26 at the Old Rock House. And
Rap group Cypress Hill will perform Aug. 16, at the Pageant (Hope the group got the no smoking policy memo. LOL)
Two fests comin to the Verizon Wirless Ampitheater in August with both shows' tickets going on sale Saturday
The Budweiser Superfest is making a return in the New Millennium. The R&B concert staple will get a facelift with newer R&B acts coming to the Lou. Performing will be Anthony Hamilton, Raheem DeVaughn, Jaheim, and Kem, Aug. 26. More acts will be announced. Tickets goon sale Saturday.
The next Pointfest concert is Aug. 14 with Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Puddle of Mudd, Hurt, Flyleaf, and Sick Puppies. Also on the bill are Ludo, Cavo, 10 Years, Halestorm, American Bang, Hail the Villain, Violent Soho, Red Line Chemistry, Autovein, My Darkest Day, New Medicine, and a lineup of St. Louis rock bands. Tickets goon sale . Saturday.
The big STL story is:
80s and 90s vet artists are coming to the Lou. This weekend Tony and Grammy Award winning singer Jennifer Holliday will headline PrideFest’s main stage entertainment June 26 at Tower Grove Park. On the main stage June 27, is 90s dance diva Crystal Waters. PrideFest will include the official Pride Parade, Morgan Ford Pet Parade, a dance pavilion, and a commitment ceremony. Ultra, the after party, is June 26 on the Atomic Cowboy patio with Peppermint, Lola Van Ella, and more. Get more information at http://www.pridestl.org/
Also, Hip-hop duo KID 'N PLAY will host the "I AM LEGEND"party to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hit film, “House Party (which was written and driected by East St Louis natives the Hudlin Brothers) at Exo Lounge July 2. It also will double as a b-day party for Grammy nominated female rapper Monie Love who will also host. Invited celbrities are Montell Jordan" Next" Full Force" MC Lyte & Force M.D.'s It is produced by Soul Stylz. RSVP FOR FREE ADMISSION UNTIL 12P: Click Herehttp://www.eventbrite.com/event/735548044
Saturday, June 26th
Marriott Union Station, St. Louis, MO
This “Hollywood style” red carpet event will honor Weekend of Champions supporters from sports, entertainment and business. Event will include decadent desserts, live entertainment, casino night and other surprises. Purchase tickets now.
#4 - Official Night of Heroes Celebration & Auction After Party, presented by The Sports Nook
Saturday, June 26th
LURE Night Club, St. Louis, MO
The official after party will pick up where the Night of Heroes left off. Hosted at one of the hottest night clubs in St. Louis, The Sports Nook is providing a night of fun for STL Elite. Purchase tickets now.
HTTP://WWW.STLWEEKENDOFCHAMPIONS.ORG for the rundown.
Two venues will be going through the wrecking ball, with one area still standing. On Monday, the city of Belleville gave the OK for Skyview Driev Inn to use the lot next to it, foermrly the Quad Cinama to expand its busines swith a third screen. The city will splitteh costs with eth owner of Skyview to getteh Quad building torn down to make room for the Skyview’s expansion. Skyview also agreed to remain at the site for 10 yearThe other is The President Casino that will be demolished July 1.
Two STL publications have announced its winners in its respective reader's polls
The 24 winners of the Riverfront Times' 2010 Music Showcase were revealed this week. Some of them are
Best Funk/Soul/R&B Group—Funky Butt Brass band
Best Funk/Soul/R&B Solo—Lamar Harris(FAR LEFT)
Hip Hop Artist-Murphy Lee
Hip Hop Group—Midwest Avengers(FAR RIGHT)
Hip Hop DJ—DJ Needles
Best Jazz Artist—Willis Akins(MIDDLE)
All the winners are listed in this week's issue of the Riverfront Times.
St. Louis Magazine's A-List list has been published. Some of the winners were Sweetie Pies (Best Comfort Food) , Moris Fashions (Male Boutique) Moolah (Best Theatre) and KMOX;s Carol Daniel for Best Tv show with “Great Day St. Louis.” To celebrate their will be a party for the winners and noninees Thursday, July 157:30 - 11:00 p.m. Maryland Plaza in the CWE Read more and purchase tickets here. General admission tickets are $35 and (New in 2010!) VIP is $85.
Two STL sistas are vying for locals to vote for them to gain national TV exposure on the talk show area,
First up, The Tony Scott Show is campaigning for its co-host Tammie Holland to be on “Regis and Kelly.” )its namesake wa son the show in 1990 when it was “Regis and Kathie Lee”) The syndicated talk show is looking for a female radio broadcaster as a guest co-host on the show. Viewers can nominate an eligible broadcaster up to once a day through JULY 16th, and voting once a day AUGUST 9th-11th. Holland wants the STL to vote for her. To do such go to http://bventertainment.go.com/tv/buenavista/regisandkelly/contests/cohostsearch10/index.html
STL talk show hopeful Cheri Renee is still campaigning on facebook for people to vote for her to cop an audition for a talk show spot on Oprah Winfrey's new OWN network in 2011. She gas a new link for people to vote at http://myown.oprah.com/audition/index.html?request=video_details&response_id=4194&promo_id=1
St. Louis native and Jive Records artist Tydis is making strides with his single, “She make me Say” featuring New Boyz. Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Te1mmwa_j0Q
The STL biz moguls Roberts Brothers is celebrating one year since the opening of its hotel, Hotel Indigo in Midtown. To celebrate they will have a bday party spanning over four days June 30-July 3 at the hotel located on Lindell and Euclid.
On **Wednesday they will have Cakes, CHAMPAGNE & Coffee with live art, Help blow the candles out 4pm - 7pm!On Thursday is a Puppy Happy Hour with a patriot twist.Red, white & Indigo Bandannas will be provide for each pet,treats and water provided by Wolfgang’s Pet Stop from 5- 7pm.On Friday The Indigo welcomes new guests with drink specials and happy hour appetizers.On Saturday, Saturday is a Courtyard BBQ
STL playwright Michael Harper’s play The Fight For Amazing Love has been postponed.Scheduled for this Saturday, it will now debut August 7, @ 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at The Roberts Orpheum Theatre.
Tickets will go on sale at all Ticketmaster locations on July 1, via www.ticketmaster.com or by dialing (314) 421-4400. As a bonus for the changes, the play’s star, singer Dave Hollister will be singing some of his favorite hits and some new material.
This is the third change involving the play. It was scheduled for this Saturday at the Pageant, a venue change from the Ambssador which was announced in May.
Craig Morris, the co-owner of the Label is celebrating his b-day this birthday weekend starting June 26 with the debut of Open Bar Saturdays ($10 all you can drink!! and $5 appetizers) with DJ Trife Trizzle and Mocha Latte will be on the mic. Doors open at 8pm .
Speaking of debuts, there will be a new monthly music showcase thas set to debut July 9 called SOULFUL SOUND FRIDAYS "a monthly event that showcases very talented local artist in the St. Louis area every 2nd friday ! Live music is provided by " The Funky Soul Band" and hosted by Cutis of Soul and special guest " Aloha Mischeaux"at Club Klymaxx inside the Ambassador.!
Lastly, a speedy recovery to Hella Fly Promotions' Dano Johnson who had a pendicitis on his b-day this past Sunday and was rushed to the hospital for surgery We hearthat the event promoter is recovering nicely.
Comedian./actor G Thang(PICTURED) , musician Dwan Bosman, Nelly’s manager Tony “T Luv” Davis, comedcan/actor Maurice G, radio personality Silly Asz Jamal, photographer Lousi Ingrum, Inbox Tv’s Kayshanell and Soul Stylz’ Jamie Spencer.
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My promotions company, Ma’atology will be a media sponsor for the CLEONS Fashion Show that will be held in Chi-town at the Dusable Museum July 10. STL model Alex Michael Day is one of the models who will walk down the runway.
Check out my compilated work in the Entertainment section of the Evening Whirl on Mondays.
IN THE MIA FILE. Where is socilaite/promoter Rachel Westerfield?
BLIND BITZ—Which STL mover and shaker told an event assistant while she was taking pics, “Turn that big ol booty around so we can see it. Oh, don’t worry, my girlfriend got a big ole booty, too. “ (HINT. This mover and shaker is not a promoter but “guards” them. His name’s initials also are initials that make up a curse word.)
Mocha Latte. The Queen of Promotions always gets it in every Friday at Karma as the host of Loose Cannons Friday Night Fixx, but starting this Saturday, she is moving her hype skills to another venue for the debut of Open Bar Saturdays at the Label (where its co-owner Craig Morris celebrate his b-day) on 7th and Broadway.
Big Tah. This swagged out promoter of the sexy Summer in the City calendar has been gettin his evenst started with the new Martini Mondays at the Loft. But Tah's brand has also been teaming up with various STL promoters for bus trips in town (with Hella Fly to Crown Winery) and to differnt cities (recently Memphis). This wekeend, his promotions group gearing up for a trip up to Chi-town for the Taste of Chicago.
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Homecoming: Fluxus and Visual PoetryHomecoming presents the work of four artists active in the artistic traditions of Fluxus, Intermedia and publication who each have ties to St. Louis. They are part of the "Eternal Network," an underground affiliation of artists, poets and anti-artists who deal with text, image, sound, object and performance.The exhibition promises to both challenge viewers and encourage their interaction. Featuring works by John M. Bennett, Keith A. Buchholz, Larry Miller and Cecil Touchon. Curated by Keith A. Buchholz:Running THRU July 11+++++++++++++++++++
THE YOUTH ENTERTAINMENT CENTER IS INVITING YOU OUT FOR AN EVENING OF FUN, THURS. JUNE 14, LIVE MUSIC AND FOOD AT ONE OF ST.LOUIS'S PREMIER HOT SPOTS LOLA, 500 NORTH 14TH STREET. COME OUT TO DRINK EAT FOR A GREAT CAUSE THIS THURSDAY EVENING FROM 6-10P.M. HERE'S A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON THE CENTER AND WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU THIS THURSDAY EVENING!
Eagles and Dixie Chicks June 24 at Busch Stadium.
Join Stress Free Fridays this Friday, June 25, 2010 as we visit one of the hottest venues in Downtown St. Louis, The Label...enjoy great food, drinks and a vibe that will allow you to forget your troubles and stressors! The Resident DJ's will have you on the dance floor all night long!We will be celebrating the Birthday of The Labels' own, Craig Morris...HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Craig!Early arrival is a must...5pm start time!Please RSVP...Visit our website: www.stressfreefridays.ning.com
SUMMER SOUL GROOVE TOUR 2010 WITH ROSE ROYCE AND LAKESIDE Friday, June 25, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
9800 HALLS FERRY
Bella Vita Entertainment Presents: "BOOMERANG", Boomerang will reintroduce the concepts of bands plus live vocals to inspire, energize, and motivate creativity... Friday, June 25 at Lola's, 500 N 14th Street. "Bringing it back for the 1st time". With a starting line up of St. Louis most well known artist(s)- artist(s) that embrace their talent and use it simply for their love of the art. Mixing jazz, neo-soul, hip hop, pop, and r&b in its rawest form.
3 WAY PROMOTIONS PRESENTS THE TASTE OF CHICAGOJUNE 25-27 3 DAYS 2 NIGHTS IN CHI TOWNTHE TASTE- MAGNIFICENT MILE-UNITED CENTER-SEARS TOWER- MICHIGAN AVE-CENTRAL PARK- MULTIPLE CLUBS-& RESTARAUNTSLIVE IN CONCERT @ THE TASTERob Base, Slick Rick, Doug E. Fresh, Salt-n-Pepa, Bell Biv DevoeTRIP INLCUDES:HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS- ROUND TRIP BUS RIDE- IN TOWN TRAVEL-COMPLIMENTARY BREAKFAST & COCKTAILS:FOR MORE INFORMATION- WWW.3WAYPROMOTION.COM
This play is postponed to August (SEE ILLI MO BITZ ABOVE)
Football star Laurence Maroney presents LM39 Foundation Charity Weekend which includes a Football Camp June 25 with Chaminade Prep High School, a 7 on 7 football matchup with local high schools June 26 and following with a Gala Banquet at the Sheraton Hotel and Celebrity Party at the 555 Building and conclude with a Celebrity B-Ball game at Herbert Hoovers Boys and Girls Club June 27.
TO THE WOMEN OF ST LOUIS )dont miss the 'HUNG LOW' tour June 26th!!! All "FREE" food, 2 for 1 drink specials, the hottest camera man in the city, sex toys by the "SEX TOY QUEEN", "FREE" champaign for VIP tables & sum of the baddest MALE "STRIPPERS" in the game.........all for ju...st ($10} at the door!!! for more info call 314-337-8436
SHOCK G featuring Humpty Hump & DJ Fuze of Digital Underground
Music/Arts - Performance
Saturday, June 26, 2010 at 8:00pm
Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 10:00pm
THIS SUMMER COMING TO BINIONS OL'SKOOL AT IT'S BEST UP CLOSE & PERSONAL. EVERY 4TH SATURDAY OF THE MONTH STARTING JUNE 26TH THE RETURN OF SHOCK G FEATURING HUMPTY HUMP & DJ FUZE OF DIGITAL UNDERGROUND FOR MORE INFO. 314-721-5885
Mocha is on the mic hosting Frdiay Night Foxx at Karma Nightclub.
Mocha debuts her mic at the Label on 76th and Broadway starting this Saturday!
Cool Summer Job!! Missouri needs 1000 "Outdoor Ambassdors" ages 17-24 pay is 7.25, thru Sept 30th 2010. Eligible for up to 240 hrs. Call 1800-592-6020 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org go to http://www.mo.gov/
Check out Mocha Latte’s weekly column COFFEE TALK every Monday in theEvening Whirl .
Aireez Dyrychuss will be perfrmoning at Soul Sound Frdiays at teh Ambassador starting July 9 (SEE ILLMO BITZ ABOVE)
Rhythm & Words Wednesdays2nd & 4th Wed every monthMeshon's Bar & Grill410 N Tucker BlvdSt. Louis MO
ThundaGrownd Thursday Variety Showcase: Final Thu. of every monthThursday, May 27, 20108:30pm - 10:30pm$5 cover Big Moe's 1072 Tower Grove St.across from Sweetie Pie's on Manchester) St. Louis MO
Word Therapy @ Club Paradise : Open MicFinal Friday of the month $5 cover first 10 on the sign-up list free812 Martin Luther King Dr, East St. Louis, IL
New CD "ThundaGrownd Presents, A.D. Fire & Adrenaline"
MORE INFO on Aireez Darychuss
BLACK REP BITZ
The Me Nobody Knows, Music by Gary William Friedman, Lyrics by Will Holt THRU- July 2, 2010 A compelling musical based on the anthologized writings of more than200 inner city youth collected by school teacher Stephen M.Joseph. At odds with a squalid setting and a cynical,materialistic view of the world, themes of hope and renewal emerged. For more information on any of these upcoming events contactThe BlackRep Box Office at (314) 534-3807.