Wednesday, June 29, 2011

OUT 1020--ILLI MO arts and ent BITZ(JUNE 30-July 6)




Have a Safe Fourtth of July Weekend!

In our last day celebrating Black Music Month, we spotlight a STL artist that received some national success. His name is Phil Perry.

Born in Springfield, IL , Perry moved to East St Louis in the 1970s and joined the popular group The Montclairs from 1971 to 1975. They had minor soul ballads that included "Dreaming's Out Of Season", "Prelude to a Heartbreak", and "Begging's Hard To Do". The Montclairs left Paula Records and disbanded in 1975.

Perry later moved to California with former Montclair, Kevin Sanlin, and teamed up as a duo , that had a short stay with two albums, at Capitol in the early 1980's One song 'Just to Make You Happy' had a respectable level of success in radio.

As a songwriter, he became successful writing the 1980 hit “United Together:” for Aretha Franklin.

In the 1990s he had his biggest success with the number-one R&B hit "Call Me" (previously recorded and written by Aretha Franklin), a remake of the 1970 hit, as well as the top forty R&B singles "Amazing Love" and "Forever" (written by Brenda Russell) all from the hit album, Perry's first solo release The Heart of the Man (1991), even though he has released many albums since his breakthrough in 1991. Phil Perry is also featured on many GRP Records projects, with guitarist Lee Ritenour in particular.

In 2006, former co-producer of the Magic album, Chris 'Big Dog' Davis, urged Perry to record a collection of R&B hits, titled Classic Love Songs as an independent one-off project for Shanachie Records. Since that time, Perry has recorded four projects for Shanachie with 'The Big Dog', including the recent duo project with the great Melba Moore.

In 2007 he toured the country with saxophonist Dave Koz. That same year he released his acclaimed album "Mighty Love," for which he was voted the 2007 Male Vocalist of the Year, in the SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards

He is also featured on the Bebe's Kids soundtrack singing a track with the late Renee Diggs. Other film song credits include 'Roots", "Pretty in Pink", "Short Circuit", "Mr. Wonderful", "Nice Girls Don't Explode",Riding Bean, "Captain Ron" and a cameo appearance in the 2009 release of the Harrison Ford film "CROSSING OVER".

He is a featured vocalist on recordings by Ron Kenoly, Michel Colombier, Don Grusin, Dave Grusin, Freddie Hubbard, George Duke, Najee, Bill Withers, Barbara Streisand, Johnny Mathis, The Benoit-Freeman Project (David Benoit & Russ Freeman), Sergio Mendez, Bobby Womack,Chaka Khan, Fourplay, and Wil Downing, to name a few.


The verdict coming out Tuesday on reality show star/former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich’s bribery trial. He was convicted on 17 of 20 counts of abusing the powers of his office in a series of attempted shakedowns captured on undercover government recordings.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Blagojevich was stoic as the jury announced their decisions. His wife Patti Blagojevich was crying and shaking her head "no" as the jurors left the courtroom according to the Chicago Tribune.

Blago's trial last summer found him guilty of lying to the FBI, though that panel deadlocked on all the other counts.

This time the verdict given by the jury of 11 women and one man found Blagojevich guilty on 17 out of 20 criminal counts he faced, including charges of wire fraud, attempted extortion, bribery and conspiracy.

The jury acquitted Blagojevich on one count and deadlocked on two others.

Blagojevich claimed prosecutors "had twisted his words recorded on secret government wiretaps and insisted he was guilty of nothing more than thinking out loud" according to the Tribune.

Blagojevich was booed by some on his way out of the courthouse. As they arrived at their Ravenswood Manor home on the city's Northwest Side Monday afternoon, Patti ushered Blagojevich through the crowd of reporters, onlookers and neighbors.

Judge James Zagel restricted Blagojevich's travel. He will not be allowed to leave Illinois without permission from the court. The government also asked Blagojevich's property -- including his Northwest Side home and a D.C. apartment -- be put up as bond.

Blagojevich heads back to court August 11th for a status hearing could see a date set for the sentencing, probably sometime this fall.

Legal experts said he's likely to be sentenced to at least ten years.

Many pundits and opinionmakers are now saying was it worth spending millions of taxpayers dollars to convict Blago. With corruption in Chicago politics since day one, we think no. Blago was doing what was business as usual in politics—problem was he got caught and didn’t pay off the right people to keep it under wraps. Was he wrong in what he did? You bet. But if corruption is considered the norm, then it becomes the :right: thing to do. We think Blago wont do all his sentence whatever it is. He will get ff on good behavior we are sure if he is finally sentenced. But with this appeal that Blago is setting up in August there’s no telling when he will actually go into a prison. Now its time for some TV producer to get a reality show for him chronicling is freedom before the sentencing and call it, “Doing Time with Blago. “ lol .


St. Louis rap star Nelly was featured in a most talked about sketch, “The Real Husbands of Hollywood”, a three parter that parodied the The Real Housewives franchises and aired during the Bet Awards Sunday. It consisted of the rapper along with Bet Awards host Kevin Hart, Bobby Brown, and Jermaine Dupri (and a cameo by Anthony Anderson and Nick Cannon) . In the skit, while they are playing poker, Hart accuses Nelly for being :on the juice” for being so big and muscular and the rapper becomes the first of the guys to throw juice on Hart for the accusation. After it aired it was apparently a hit with twitter fans even Billboard Magazine editor Daniel Smyth chime d in saying . Real Husbands of Hollywood needs to be a show. With that cast. I would watch. And I don’t watch the other ones.#BETAwards

Hmm BETAwards is also the spot where Jaime Foxx and Martin Lawrence did a sketch called Stank Robbers playing Ugly Wanda and Shenene and now its greenlit to be a film. So it could actually happen.

In unrelated Nelly newz, he is featured on two remixed singles. The first is on newbie rapper YC’s ‘Racks” extended remix and video featuring the rapper and 16 of other rappers (including Chitown;s Twista). The other is the urban remix to Kelly Rowland’s “Commander” single that is on the deluxe album of Rowland’s upcoming CD, “ \Here I Am” that is set to be released July 26. The song will be the third song the two have collaborate don. The first being the No 1chart smash, “Dilemma’ in 2002 and the sequel, ”Gone” that was released in 2011 both songs appear on Nelly’s CD;s; : Nellyville; and :5,0” respectively. .


Close to 6, 500 people were in attendance at Don King's Show Me Something Great fight Saturday at the Family Arena in St Charles with headliner STL native Devon Alexander who won by split-decision victory over Lucas Matthysse. The CompuBox stats had Matthysse landing more punches overall, including more power shots. And Matthysse scored the fight’s only knockdown, in the fourth round. The stats were 96-93 for Alexander. 96-93 for Matthysse. The third judge has it 95-94. His fight was televised on HBO After Dark

The other STL area boxers were also victorious: ST Charles native Ryan Coyne won by unanimous, but narrow, decision over David Two of the judges had it 115-113, and the other had it 116-112 for Coyne.

After dominating all 10 rounds of his super welterweight fight against Shakir Ashanti on Saturday, St Louis native Cory Spinks left satisfied with his unanimous decision victory.

Coyne and Spnks fights were not televised . The three STLarea boxers were part of six fights that took place that night.


An opening performer on acclaimed indie hip-hop artist Tech N9ne's(PICTURED) All 6's and 7's tour was shot early Monday morning. The incident occurred hours after a performance in downtown Reno, Nevada's Knitting Factory, in an alley outside of the venue.

According to KOLO TV, the performer was shot in the buttocks after at least 16 rounds were fired in the Douglas Alley between the Knitting Factory and the Old Fitzgerald Casino, where the tour buses were parked. Bullets hit two people and police have apprehended who they believe to be the shooter.

Although initial reports stated that the wounded performer was part of Tech's Strange Music camp -- and that the incident occurred shortly after Tech N9ne's performance -- the label issued a statement refuting some of these notions.

Grammy award winning Country singer LeAnn Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian looked at condos in Chicago Monday, according to the country music star's Twitter page.


There was a St Louis case on Judge Alex recently involving a lady claiming she gave her aunt $1000 towards her grandmother's headstone after cutting a check for 5k to pay for her grandmother's funeral.


According to stltoday, about 10,000 "American Idol" fans and hopefuls jammed the streets outside the Scottrade Center Tuesday morning for a chance to show off their pipes and earn a ticket to Hollywood.

By 5:30 a.m., crowds packed 14th and Market streets outside the arena and St. Louis City Hall for a chance to audition at the Scottrade Center.

The host of the show, Ryan Seacrest, came out to greet the cheering crowd and film spots for the show.

At 7 a.m. the first round was allowed into Scottrade to audition. Entrances were staggered from there. While many St. Louisans showed up to audition, singers also came from Arkansas, Louisiana, Indiana and other states.

St. Louis is the first audition city for the show's upcoming 11th season.

The auditions were open to anyone 15 to 28 years old.

Singers auditioned in front of the television show's producers, but judges will not be in St. Louis yet. Qualifying singers will sing for judges when the television show returns to St. Louis this summer.(In ither words, J Lo has not resigned with the AI yet )

It marks the second time American Idol has come to St. Louis. When the show came here in 2004, the show auditioned Carrie Underwood and show finalists Nikko Smith and Aloha Mischeaux.


Actor Kevin James was at the St. Louis Zoo early Wednesday , where James premiered his new movie "The Zookeeper". Also spotted were Blues star T.J. Oshie, Cardinals greats Jack Clark and Adam Wainwright,. The animated film itself was not played.


St Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Franklin was released from the ball club Wednesday . Franklin's season reportedly began poorly and never rebounded. He suffered a blown save on opening day against the San Diego Padres and lost the closer's role before May. From reports,. The Cards benched him during home games . Franklin signed with teh Cards in 29007 as th eteam;s closer.

Manager Tony La Russa reportedly spoke by phone for about "7 or 8 minutes" with Franklin. Mozeliak and La Russa described the pitcher's reaction to the news as "relief."


As one leaves, two return. The Cardinals welcomed back third baseman David Freese and veteran infielder Nick Punto, who spent the last week with Class AAA Memphis and Class AA Springfield, respectively. Manager Tony La Russa wasted no time getting either player into the mix playing against Cincinnati (who won 6-5)

In more Cards newz, this week. at the Missouri History Museum in Forest Park, it premiered the HBO documentary "The Curious Case of Curt Flood." before a local audience and its HBO airing. The film documents the tattered life of the late St Louis Cardinals centerfielder who took the league to the U.S. Supreme Court after his refusal to be traded with unsettling results and spearheading free agency in the league. Its network premiere will be July 13.


It was reported that The Rams are one of five NFL teams that have been contacted about possibly moving to Los Angeles, according to a report out of Southern California.

Tim Leiweke, president and chief executive officer of the Anschutz Entertainment Group, which currently is negotiating a lease for property on which a stadium would be built in downtown LA, told the Orange County Register that he had spoken with representatives of the Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.

Although he indicated this his talks with the Rams and Jaguars hadn't been extensive, Leiweke said all five teams were "in the mix." But, he added, "We're not packing any (moving) vans right now."

Leiweke indicated that AEG would be willing to put up the funds to terminate a team's current stadium lease.

Under terms of their lease, the Rams could be free to leave St. Louis after the 2014 season if stadium upgrades aren't completed.

Rams executive vice president Kevin Demoff said the team's focus "is on forging a new labor agreement with the players. However, (owner) Stan Kroenke has made it perfectly clear that he's focused on working on a lease with the city of St. Louis.

Hmm, guess we will see. With this lockout, that deal may become more fact than speculation


On other Rams newz, former linebacker David Vobora was awarded $5.4 million as a result of a suit he filed against a company for supplying a contaminated supplement.

The NFL suspended Vobora for four games in 2009 after testing positive for a banned substance, which was found in the supplement.

U.S. District Court Judge Rodney W. Sippel of the Eastern District of Missouri ruled that Anti-Steroid Program LLC, also known as S.W.A.T.S., intentionally misrepresented the supplement. The judgment includes lost compensation from the four-week suspension and marketing opportunities and $2 million for damage to Vobora's reputation.


Lastly in the Rams camp, Former St Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk will be roasted and toasted by friends on Saturday July 9 at Lumiere Place. Dick Vermeil, Rich Eisen, and Michael Irvin among those scheduled to get in their shots at Faulk. FOX-2's Martin Kilcoyne will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.


Gunfire erupted outside a north St. Louis club early Saturday morning, leaving five people hurt, including two of the alleged gunmen. The shooting happened at the Lava Club in the 8900 block of Riverview Police say a disagreement escalated and then shots were fired


Emmy Award winning actress Cloris Leachman signs her 2009 memoir"Cloris," at Left Bank Books’ Central West End July 29 and she is mistress of ceremonies for All That Tap XX at the Touhill center on July 30.

Ryan Spearman Band will perform Aug. 26 at the Sheldon Concert Hall


Rapper "SHAWTY LO" will be LIVE IN CONCERT.........Thursday July 7th @ The Imperial Palace....The show is promoted by HELLA FLY PROMOTIONS & BLACK VIZION

Dorrough performed at Spruills Nite Club last Saturday.


BRADD YOUNG will perform @ THE LOFT (INDEPENDENCE DAY EXPLOSION) JULY 3RD during Sexy ad You Wanna Be Sundays

The STL area winners of the Fair St. Louis Music Video Contest were selected this week to perform as the opening act on each day of Fair St Louis performing on the Budweiser Main Stage under the Gateway Arch. Over 50 area bands and singers sent audition videos to the organization and here are the ones who were picked: They are Doorway of Fairview Heights who’s performing Saturday opening for Steve Miller Band; Option/Control of Fenton who’s performing Sunday opening for Montgomery Gentry and STL’s LastNight;s Vice opening for Maroon Five on July 4


Speaking of opening acts, Budweiser's Opening Act (formerly Battle For The Crown) is back!! You could win $5,000 in cash and an opening slot at this year's Budweiser Superfest featuring Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Mint Condition, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Doug E Fresh, August 4th at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater! (last year's winner was singer Coco Soul) Don't delay, upload your video TODAY! Check out the link for more detailed information! Deadline is July 14th!


STL based business Showroom Shine is up again for a Steve Harvey Hoodie Award for Best Detail Shop! They have won the award three years straight starting in 2008. Voting ends June 30. Go to for more info. The award show will take place in Las Vegas on Aug 11-14.

Majic 104.9 personality Tammie Holland was a guest announcer at the Devon Alexander fight at the Family Arena last Saturday. TO see her vlog go to


DJ Sir Thurl Big Cancer Bash will take place at The at Best Damned Ladies Night period at Club Amnesia this Saturday.


East St Louis native/director Joel P.E King will stage his next pplay ISSUES of LOVE at Grandel Theater on August 27-29th.

One half of the singing deo Az One, Niambi Rowland has a new YOUTUBE series that she has co-directed (with her other half, her sis in the duo Ayanna) called Naombi Knows, a weekly series where she gives the 411 on free and almost free events and activities going on in the STL.



Soul U has moved its weekly summer poetry showcase series SOUL STAGE from Inspot Dessert Lunge to a few doors down to the new Nubia Café on 5860 Delmar startong this past Weensday.


Speaking of Nubia Cafe, it is under NEW management, which includes NEW Decor' NEW Faces, NEW Food, NEW Scenery!

Lastly, congrats to STL era singer and Sineta Roker, who is currently the host of the monthly rotating networking event Sunday Social is engaged to be married to her fiance’ , Jeff. .


HAPPY STL CANCERian BDAZEs Black rep founder Ron Himes (PICTURED), state rep Maida Coleman, radio personality/dee-jay Tossin Ted, rapper Tech supreme, Africanist/drummer Kelly Wimbley, club owner Antwan Binion, vidoegrapher Lamont Roszell Alexander and model Gustova Costa


NYC native/STLbased stylist Ola and actress/singer Mylie Cyrus

BLIND DISHZ—Which STL based mover and shaker was spotted getting their work out on at Golds Gym in North County St Louis ?

Hint #1, It is a male

Hint #2. He is part of a music group

Hint #3. His first name is the last name of a well known boxer

PRO=MO=CIAL=I=CIOUS. Which movers and shakers got it in this week? Singer/ webcast host/producer Niambi Rowland and model;/TV show producer Gbassa d’Acosta and The Men of Hella Fly Promotions (King Kerry and Dano Johnson) and club owner Johnathan Burns.

Niambi Rowland.(RIGHT).This lovely half of the talented singing duo Az One is branching out these days outside of music. Just recently she debuted her weekly series “Nioami Knows”:on YOUTUBE, (she also co-directed with her singing partner , her sis Ayanna) a Show Me St Louis” styled show where she features events that are free or almost free in the St Louis area. (GO TO BITZ ABOVE for more info). On the singing tip, she and her sis will perform Juy 1 at a free concert at North Riverfront Park along with Dirty Muggs (SEE EVENTZ BELOW).

GBassa DAcosta.(FAR RIGHT) This lovely model turned TV producer is coming off of doing Red Carpet coverage at the BET Awards in Los Angeles Sunday that will be aired on a future broadcast of her weekly TV Show Sexy N the STL that is broadcast Wednesday an Fridays on Charter Cable and Fox 2 respectively (SEE OUTGOING BITZ). She and her TV team also continues to host the weekly music showcase Winning Wednesdays that takes place at Europe Nightclub(SEE ONGOING BITZ)

King Kerry and Dano Johnson (RIGHT). This swagged out promo duo is continuing its stride on the promotions game. This Friday, they are introducing a new Friday night event along with Super Smooth and Umbrella Group called Forever Young Fridays at Envy Lounge starting this Friday and on Sunday, they are having a special Sexy As You Wanna be Sundays at the Loft with a concert by Rockhouse Ent.’s (the co-promoter) Bradd Young.

John Burns (FAR RIGHT),. This STL club entrepreneur continues to get it in with his club Emvy as one of the htspots in the STL. Almost each week he has a special night for promtoters to hold events two being ROC DA MIC MONDAYS AT ENVY (with a R&B/POETRY EDITION held this week) , Rewind Thursdays and Hangover Saturdays. Just added are new weekly events FLIRT AFTER WORK WEDNESDAYS and Forever Young Fridays .



Why did Chris Brown wear some pants with two camel humps on the sides? Why did BET make a mistake on the Viewers Choice Award win? Why did Patti Labelle call Marsha Ambrousus a “heifer” during her award speech? Why was Labelle’s; ex husband sitting behind her and her son sitting next to her in the crowd? Why was Beyonce’s performance taped and not live? Why did they have the gospel moment with Mary Mary and Donnie McClurkin right after the sex filled performance of Kelly Rowland and Trey Songz? And why did Kelly conjure up the costume of Janet;s :”I Get Lonely: video during her performance of :”Motivation?” Why did one of the singers from Mary Mary wearing skin tight pants? Why did the guy who was eddie Kane in The Five Heartbeats reunion really look like Eddie Kane? Why did Alexander O neal perform on stage with raggedy teeth and not knowing the lyrics to Saturday Love? Why did Wiz Khalifa win Best New Artist? And why was he shocked when he actually won? Why was singer Shirley Caeser on the Patti Labelle tribute and not the Walter Hawkins tribute with Mary Mary and Donnie McClurkin? And why was she wearing a dress that made her look like Glenda the Good Witch? Why was BET Prez Debra Lee wearing a coat that look like shower curtains? Why was the buzz about how big Free’s boorty was in her dress? Why did Rick Ross take his shirt off exposing enormous man boobs? Why was Chris Brown the only artist performing more than once on the show? Why weren’t there any competition in the Rap female category? And why was Nicki Minaj shocked that she won? Why were there so many rapper s sagging with skinny jeans? Why was the BET censor bleeping more non cussing words than cuss words? And why did it seem as though the Youth Award that was given to both Willow and Jaden seemed fixed?


Elitism Check out my features on LooseCannon Slim and Melody Angel in the June issue of Elitism at

YOURS TRULY was on two STL based radio shows last week promoting the play SNAP HONEY:

First, I was at Mary One Johnson’s radio show on WGNU on Wednesday, Pictured is co0host Stan the man (left) and Johnson after her show.


I was on Lesley on The Town on last Thursday with cast members Jaron Hicks (left) and L.A Williams (right). The host was Lesley Hunter (next to me)

After my staging of SNAP HONEY last Saturday at the Missouri History Museum, I had my GRAND PARTY to celebrate the 1,000th post of my blo OUTTOWN. Here am I with my cake at Bar Louie.

HEY COUTURIAN GENTS if you got style and you think you got game, MR COUTURE 3 is coming up in August in St Louis and we are seeking gents of all ages who got style. The winner will get to walk in NEW YORK Fall Fashion Week in September.. Auditions coming in July . To submit send a recent pic, stats and contact info to


Stress Free Fridays will be held at Twisted Olive located 6608-A Delmar Blvd. University City. 5 p.m.


The Dirty Muggs & Az One will perform at a free concert at North Riverfront Park on Riverview July 1 starting at 6 p.m.

Elvis Costello & the Imposters will performJuly 1 at the Pageant.

Ex Pearl jam singer Eddie Vedder's solo tour will stop at the Fox Theatre July 1.


MO BEATZ presents MO Pinz Bowling Party - Part 2


Saturday, July 2 · 1:00pm - 4:00pm


Olivette Lanes

9520 Olive Blvd


St. Louis native country singer Derek Anthony is also planning a free concert locally on July 2 at Crest Bowl.

Legendary R&B singer Bobby Womack will perform at the Ambassador July 2.




SATURDAY JULY 2nd @ "LOLA"...(500 N 14th st, DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS)


FAIR ST LOUIS Steve Miller Band on July 2, Maroon 5 on July 3 and Montgomery Gentry on July 4, all the concerts are under the Gateway Arch.This year, Fair St. Louis has been expanded from two days to three days. Go to


Free Rockin' On the Landing Independence Day celebration with three days of musical performances from local original and cover bands throughout Laclede's Landing Saturday-Monday. The event runs from 1 p.m.-11 p.m. each day, and is free.

Bands will perform on the Bud Light Main Stage at North First St. and Lucas streets.

Get more information at


Sunday Social-July 4th Weekend

"A Unique Daytime Experience"

Sunday, 7.3.11@ Bar Italia (13
Maryland Plaza, in the Central West End)

2-8pm. *Complimentary Entry with your individual RSVP to

and arrival by 4pm. $10 after 4pm.



downtownEast St Louis


Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists

Where • Marvin & Harlene Studio Theatre, Jewish Community Center, 2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur

When • Sunday through July 3

How much • $12 to $20; $65 for 7 p.m. Sunday gala opening

More info • or 314-442-3283

2011 Grammy nominee Florenceand the Machine will perform July 5 at the Pageant.


Mocha hosts The Best Damned Ladies NIght period at Club Amnesia every Saturday!

Mocha hosts Sistah Girl Tuesdays at the Loft.

Jobbs!! Positions available with the National Children’s Study in St. Louis. One is a part time Community Liaison. The other is a full time nurse/phlebotomist. Perhaps you or someone you know would be interested. Please share the link.



Mocha's column COFFEE TALK can be seen in the weekly The Evening Whirl newspaper published on Mondays

For more info on these items, contact Miss Latte at 314.646.9917or



Aireez DaRychuss has a show coming up on 06/30/2011 at 08:00 PM @ The Ambassador/Klymaxx room . in St. Louis, MO


Aireez will one of several poets who will peform at the 2nd annual National Poetry awards that will take place Aug 19 and 20 in Dallas.


Rhythm & Words Wednesdays 2nd & 4th Wed every month Meshon's Bar & Grill 410 N Tucker Blvd


ThundaGrownd Thursday Variety Showcase Final Thu. of every month8:30pm

at Big Moe's


WORD THERAPY AT CLUB PARADISE Open Mic Final Friday of the month $5 cover first 10 on the sign-up list free 812 Martin Luther King on the East Sid

New CD "ThundaGrowndPresentsA.D. Fire & Adrenaline

Aireez DaRychuss music available on

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