Thursday, June 7, 2012

OUT 1142--ILLI MO BITZ (JUNE 7-13)





This week we feature Chicago native gospel/R&B group, Staple Singers.

The family began appearing in Chicago-area churches in 1948, and signed their first professional contract in 1952.[1] During their early career they recorded in an acoustic gospel-folk style with various labels: United Records, Vee-Jay Records (their "Uncloudy Day" and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" were best sellers), Checker Records, Riverside Records, and then Epic Records in 1965.
While the family surname is "Staples", the group used the singular form for its name, resulting in the group's name being "The Staple Singers".
It was on Epic that the Staple Singers began moving into mainstream pop markets, with "Why (Am I Treated So Bad)" and "For What It's Worth" (Stephen Stills) in 1967. In 1968, the Staple Singers signed to Stax Records and released two albums with Steve Cropper and Booker T & the MG's Soul Folk in Action and We'll Get Over. By 1970, Al Bell had become producer, and with Engineer Terry Manning, the family began recording at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, and Memphis' Ardent Studios, moving in a more funk and soul direction.
The first Stax hit was "Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)". Their 1971 recording of "Respect Yourself", written by Luther Ingram andMack Rice, peaked at #2 on the R&B charts and was a #12 pop hit as well. The song's theme of self-empowerment had universal appeal, released in the period immediately following the intense American civil rights movement of the 1960s. In 1972, the group had a huge #1 hit in the United States with "I'll Take You There". It topped both pop and R&B charts. "If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)" would become another big hit, reaching #9 pop and #1 on the R&B chart in 1973.
Then, after Stax's bankruptcy in 1975, they signed to Curtis Mayfield's label, Curtom Records, and released "Let's Do It Again", produced by Mayfield; the song became their second #1 pop hit in the US and the album also. In 1976, they collaborated with The Band for their film The Last Waltz, performing on the song "The Weight" (which The Staple Singers had previously covered on their first Stax album). However, they were not able to regain their momentum, releasing only occasional minor hits.

Their 1984 album Turning Point featured their final Top 40 hit, a cover of Talking Heads' "Slippery People" (which also reached the Top 5 on the Dance chart). In 1994, they again performed the song "The Weight" with Country music artistMarty Stuart for MCA Nashville's Rhythm, Country and Blues compilation, somewhat re-establishing an audience. The song "Respect Yourself" was used by Spike Lee in the soundtrack to his movie Crooklyn, made in 1994.
In 1999, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pops Staples died of complications from a concussion suffered in December 2000. In 2005, the group was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Mavis Staples has continued to carry on the family tradition and continues to add her vocal talents to both the projects of other artists and her own solo ventures.

Music duo Mickey & Mallory will have its:“Gangsta Lovin” CD Release Party, Sat. June 16 at, The Inspot Lounge Dessert Bar and Lounge, located at 5854 Delmar Blvd. Hosted by Sexy In The STL TV, the invite only gala will also have a performance by MahoganyMascara. DJ Jewel will handle the beats and sounds for the night. For VIP and general info email For more info or 314.334.0150

On Thursday, July 12, OUTTOWN will spinoff to a new blog called OUTSTAGN, giving a stage (or platform) to mover and shakers in the arts and entertainment in the STL area (and “out of town”) by ways of interviews and features. It also will focus on recaps and reviews of fashion and style as seen at red carpeted, regular club events, and fashion shows. Lastly, in our theme of stages, we will review live theater, and concerts.

It will be compiled at random.

And don’t worry, we will still have the OUTTOWN faves such as BLIND DISHZ, BLIND PICZ, PROMOCIALITES, BDAZEs and EVENTZ that will likely post every Thursday as UPSTAGE BITZ, but  the weekly compilations of top stories in theMidwest will be eliminated.

It's that time gents for Mista Couture. We are seeking gents with style and ladies with fashion flair to be escorts for the gents. If your interested in being a contestant or escort, email before July 1, 2012 for details!


President Barack Obama is on the cover of the latest issue of Essence magazine.  President Barack Obama covers the July issue of ESSENCE hitting stands on June 12th.
In his interview with the magazine, Obama shares his plans for improving the economy, our health, homes and future — and why he’s excited about the next four years: 
“I’ve always approached my presidency as a long-term proposition . . . I didn’t run for office just to clean up the mess I inherited. I didn’t run for office just to return to the status quo. Understanding that some of the things I get done, we may not see the benefits from them for ten years. But that’s how change happens.”
Meanwhile, his wife FLOTUS Michelle Obama appeared with Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. to announce changes to Disney’s nutrition guideline policy.
The company will drop advertisers from its children’s programming that do not comply with tighter nutrition guidelines instituted by the media and entertainment giant.

It was rumored that media mogul Oprah Winfrey was getting fired from OWN. Well, not exactly. She  is losing her power at her OWN cable network. In a shocking move recently, executives at Discovery, which gave Oprah her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), have decided she can no longer make executive decisions. They have curtailed her control at the network, and she will be the C.E.O. in name only. Since OWN, launched in January 2011, they’ve lost over $330 million.  

Wow, that should have really added salt to the already open wound of the losses with her network. Reportedly her co-owners feel that she is clueless as to how to run a network. Well, she admitted to this earlier in the year so what is new?  Let’s hope Oprah can swim in the shark infested ratings of her network.

Kennett, Mo native and Grammy award winning singer Sheryl Crow revealed that she has a benign brain tumor, but her rep says it’s nothing to be alarmed about.
The 50-year-old told an audience about her condition at a recent concert, but her representative, Christine Wolff, said it’s very common.
The tumor is a meningioma, and it’s typically benign and develops from the protective linings of the brain and spinal cord.
Wolff said that Crow is doing great and is healthy and happy.
Crow battled breast cancer several years back.

 Sheryl Crow was performing at Taste of Pinellas last month when, inexplicably, she forgot the words to one of her signature songs, Soak Up the Sun.
"Oh, what's the words?" she said.
Then she told the audience, "I'm 50, what can I say? My brain has gone to s---."

Oak Park, Ill native and Emmy Award winning actress Betty White has been shrined in wax. On Monday, in front of hundreds of fans screaming, "You're amazing," former Golden GirlBetty White unveiled her very own wax figure at Madame Tussauds Hollywood. 

"The only thing that irks me is they waited until I was 90," the TV legend joked as the crowd chuckled. "A few decades ago would have been swell." 

Dressed in a bright pink blazer with perfectly coiffed hair, White matched the color of her replica, which was clad in a hot pink tracksuit. 

"I think they did a wonderful job," the Hot in Cleveland star told PEOPLE of putting together her mirror image. "I'm really amazed. I'm so impressed. I don't know how they do this, but it's a tremendous honor and I appreciate it." 

White has just one problem. 

"She won't look at me," the actress lightheartedly complained. "I keep talking to her, but she won't turn her head." 

As fans continued to cheer and surround the roped-off area in which White sat, the always-humble star didn't seem to understand the big fuss. 


There are rumors from various sources that St Louis native fashion mogul Kimora Lee and her husband actor/model Djimon Honsou have split.
According to reports, they have split after a big fight over money and prompted by Simmons’ ex-husband, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons ’ decision to stop funding the pair’s lifestyle..
Last week,the Trulia Luxe Living blog said Simmons, 37, who is  the creative director and president of shopping web site, was unloading her modest six-bedroom, eight-bath Beverly Hills country home at a loss. Simmons reportedly paid $5.9 million for the home at the height of the market in 2007 and has now listed it for just $4.7 million.
On Monday, Simmons responded via Twitter to speculation the house sale was a sign of financial difficulty.
“Wow, I put 1 of several properties I own (+ DONT live in) on the market & now apparently my whole life is fallin apart?!” she tweeted. “Rumors, Rumors ...”
Yet reps for both Simmons and Hounsou sidestepped discussing the state of their relationship.
Simmons’ spokeswoman said only that “Kimora has a beautiful family life.”
Hounsou’s rep emailed that he couldn’t “liase” with us until after deadline because he was taking a plane from L.A. to New York.
Simmons began dating the 48-year-old Hounsou, from Benin, Africa, in March 2007 after separating in 2006 from Simmons. The two were married for 10 years and have two daughters, Ming , 12, and Aoki , 9. They divorced in 2009.

In summer 2008, Simmons and Hounsou participated in a traditional Beninese commitment ceremony. In May 2009, their son Kenzo Lee Hounsou was born. He just celebrated his third birthday.

Rumors also is out that their marriage isn’t really legal because of Benin laws of marriage conflicting with laws in the United States. Also its rumored that Russell Simmons is tired of funding the bills for his ex-wife,  and Kimora is tired of being with a man (Honsou) who can’t support her lifestyle. This is quite interesting with this set up. Our thing is Russell should pay child support for his children with Kimora but he shouldn’t have to support her lifestyle. As far as Djimora’s relationship, it seemed a bit for show if you let us play it. It didn’t seem genuine for some reason.

St Louis bred rap superstar Nelly has landed a mentor slot on the upcoming music competition show. "The Next: Fame is at Your Doorstep." That will air on the CW August 16.  Other mentors are Joe Jonas, Gloria Estefan and John Rich. The show is exec produced by Queen Latifah.

The star-studded West Coast performance of the gay marriage play "8'' led by George Clooney and Springfield, Mo native actor Brad Pitt will be heard again this month — on radio and online.
A recording by L.A. Theatre Works of the March 3 performance inLos Angeles will be broadcast in the coming days on various radio stations including 91.5 WBEZ in Chicago, and over 100 other markets nationwide. June is Gay Pride Month.
The play is about the 2010 federal court fight against Proposition 8, the gay-marriage ban that California voters approved in 2008. The play by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black made its Broadway debut last year in similar starry fashion.
Relying largely on transcripts from court proceedings, "8'' introduces viewers to the couples who challenged the California initiative, the attorneys who argued their case and witness who spoke out against them. The legal fight over Prop. 8 is ongoing.
The play made its world premiere on Broadway last year starring Morgan Freeman, Anthony Edwards, John Lithgow and Cheyenne Jackson.
The Los Angeles production is also available for streaming, download and CD at

Kansas City, Mo actor Ed Asner is heading to Broadway this fall in Craig Wright's "Grace."
Producers said the production about a young couple trying to start a new life in Florida will also star Michael Shannonand Kate Arrington. Opening night is set for Oct. 4.
Asner, the former star of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," returns to Broadway for the first time in nearly 25 years.
"Grace" first premiered at The Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C., in 2004, and was also seen at Northlight Theater in Chicago and at the Pasadena Playhouse in Los Angeles.
ADD: Jefferson, Mo native and St Louis raised comedian/actor Cedric The Entertainer reprising his role as the  voice of Maurice  in Madagascar 3. The movie will be in theatres starting this Friday. 

The St. Louis Cardinals had five picks on the first day of the draft, partly thanks to Albert Pujols' free agent departure for the Angels. They loaded up on college talent.
The World Series champions took Texas A&M right-hander Michael Wacha with the 19th overall pick last Monday night, and took three more college players before selecting Texas high school catcher Steve Bean with the 59th pick.
Baseball America ranked Wacha's change-up the best of this year's class to go with an above-average fastball. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Wacha was 9-1 with two shutouts and a 2.06 ERA as a college junior with 116 strikeouts in 113 1/3 innings.
Wacha entered draft day uncertain of the Cardinals' intentions.
Florida State center fielder James Ramsey, a 22-year-old senior, was taken with the 23rd overall pick. Ramsey is the ACC player of the year.
With the 36th pick, and the second Pujols compensation selection, the Cardinals took Stanford third baseman Stephen Piscotty, who won the Cape Cod League batting title last summer.
They took another third baseman, Patrick Wisdom of St. Mary's, with the 52nd pick. The 59th pick came as compensation for pitcher Edwin Jackson. Bean is from Rockwall, Texas, High School and had committed to Texas, but the Cardinals got a good feel after Bean participated in a workout at Busch Stadium.
St. Louis had five first-round picks for the first time since 1991. They last had multiple first-rounders in 2005, taking outfielder Colby Rasmus and infielder Tyler Greene. (SEE STL NEWZ BELOW FOR MORE ON THIS STORY)

In other MLB Draft news, The Chicago White Sox selected versatile outfielder Courtney Hawkins of Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, with the 13th pick in the MLB Draft on Monday night. Hawkins, who attended the draft at the MLB Network's New Jersey studios, celebrated by doing a backflip at the request of reporter Sam Ryan.
The 18-year-old Hawkins is batting .437 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI this season. He is 5-2 as a pitcher with a .096 ERA. He earlier signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Texas.Hawkins, who played in the Double Duty Classic in Chicago last summer at U.S. Cellular Field, is the first high school player the White Sox have taken with their first pick since 2001.
The Chicago Cubs selected Albert Almora, an 18-year-old outfielder from Mater Academy Charter in Hialeah Gardens, Fla., with the sixth pick in Monday night's first-year player draft. He is the first player drafted under the new Cubs' regime headed by president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, whose goal is to rebuild the Cubs through drafts and player development.
There is a new book out on St. Joseph, Mo native and legendary anchorman Walter Cronkite called “Cronkite written by Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley. Although Brinkley all but reveres Cronkite, he lets readers in on some less-publicized sides of Uncle Walter: his stinginess, for example, and his heavy drinking, and his taste for dirty jokes and strippers. We learn that kindly old Cronkite knew how to carry a grudge or two, against the likes of Edward R. Morrow, Roger Mudd, Daniel Schorr, Eric Sevareid and, especially, his successor Dan Rather. 

St Louis native rapper and new So So Def signee Fresco Kane just released his irst single, “Hump Wit It” with Busta Rhymes.

The 2012 Missouri Broadcasters Association Annual Convention will be held Friday June 1 and Saturday June 2, 2012 at the The Lodge of Four Seasons in Four Seasons, MO.  Four Missouri based journalists were inducted into the Hall of Fame at the awards banquet last Saturday night they were: Moberly Mo native and radio station owner Jerrell Shepherd, Kansas City based radio manager and innovator  Bob Wormington, Missouri radio broadcaster Curt Brown, the late St Louis sports broadcaster Jack Buck, St Louis journalist Martin Duggan and St Louis sports director/announcer Jay Randolph, Sr  . Many TV and radio stations in Missouri markets won various awards. (GO TO
To see all the winners)

The 2012 Miss Teen Chicago took place last weekend in the Windy City. The winner was  Miss Diana of Bulgaria. She will now represent Chicago and the surrounding communities at the national competition, which will take place in Orlando, Florida. In addition to their expense-paid trip, winners will compete for more than $30,000 in prizes and awards.

St. Louis showed its spirit last Tuesday night as "America's Got Talent" aired another episode from auditions taped earlier this year.
Three talents that got air time and gt a ticket to audition in las Vegas were Isaac Ryan Brown: A beyond-cute 6-year-old boy with personality to burn who sang the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" and had what the judges rightly noted was serious "star quality." "As long as it's coming from your heart, that's the only thing that really matters," Brown said of performing, prompting universal "awwws."

Spencer Horsman: The self-dubbed "world's youngest escape artist" (Stern observed that he looked 14, though he's actually 26) managed to wriggle free of a straitjacket while hanging upside down just before a flaming rope keeping a jagged trap from clapping shut on him burned through, spelling his doom. It was dramatic, and he had a sweet onstage demeanor. As long as he's got some good follow-up stunts, this young Houdini could stick around a while.

The Cut Throat Freakshow: This act included a woman named "Candy Pants" who walked and did a handstand on crushed glass, a guy who picked up a chair with his eyelids and a sword swallower – and that's pretty much all the details I could make out through my fingers.

Not all the acts were waved through to the Vegas round, of course, though some were offered consolation prizes that seemed to please them nearly as much. A pint-size Ozzy Osbourne impersonator earned a hug from Ozzy's wife, "AGT" judge Sharon Osbourne. "I would die," he said, when offered the opportunity to clinch his hero's spouse.

A guy named Ron Christopher Porter Jr., whose dream is to do movie trailer voice-overs ("I don't see where this would be an act … I don't think you can go onstage with this," Stern wisely intoned) was invited to "hang out" with "AGT" host Nick Cannon. "Really? Oh my god!" Porter said, jumping up and down as if he'd just won the Publisher's Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. Porter was further rewarded with more stage time and a ride in Cannon's limo.

There were other seriously buzzer-worthy acts: a female drummer who'd lost her band, a woman who crushes soda cans with her bare hands ("This chick almost hit me in the face with her cans," quipped Mandel), a guy in a chicken costume, some dude with a lasso and a small plastic bull.



After rejecting the Rams' plan to improve the Edward Jones Dome, the public agency that operates the downtown facility said it wants to negotiate with the franchise before the Dome-renovation issue — and, possibly, the future of the Rams in St. Louis — is put in the hands of arbitrators this month.

According to the, The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, which manages the Dome, rejected on last Friday a Rams' proposal that called for much of the stadium to be rebuilt with bigger VIP areas, more concession facilities and a sliding roof panel. City officials have estimated the team's proposal could cost $700 million and would make it impossible to book large conventions during construction.

The Rams' proposal was a counteroffer to a much more modest renovation plan put forward Feb. 1 by the CVC. Under that plan, the team would have picked up 52 percent of the $124 million construction costs. The Rams plan did not indicate how much, if anything, the franchise would be willing to contribute.

The dueling plans come as a result of a clause in the team's 1995 lease of the Dome that requires it to be a "first-tier" facility in 15 categories by 2015. If that doesn't happen, the Rams can terminate the lease after the 2014 season — 10 years before the 30-year lease would otherwise expire.
In a statement on its rejection of the Rams' plan, the CVC suggested it hopes to find some middle ground with the Rams before a June 15 deadline triggers mandatory, binding arbitration.

Hmm, this is interesting. So the CVC is bending over backwards to settle a deal with the Rams before going to courts to settle it. And that means one thing—the city is gonna be flipped the bill on most of the $700millionand probably will be done in say a 10 year time span.  Rams owner Stan Kroenke has the city where he wants and he knows it. Without the team, the city will lose millions in tax revenue and the city cant afford to lose the team even though the team hasn’t won a championship in well over a decade. So, the way its looking the city is about to write out a check for the renovations to the Edward Jones Dome can start.

According to the,  Metro East law enforcement officials raided several East St. Louis nightclubs early Sunday morning as a battle continues over what time the clubs should stop liquor sales. 
Police targeted three clubs: Posh, Club 103 and Club Rolex.  A man was murdered outside of Club 103 earlier this year. 
Authorities also raided several convenience stores, seizing drugs. St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly has filed a temporary restraining order to close three of the Crown Food Marts. 
Four people and the the corporate entity doing business as Crown Food Mart were charged with 57 different drug distribution and public nuisance crimes. More than $200,000 in assets and drugs were seized during the searches. Liquor licenses for the Crown Food Marts on River Park, Collinsville Avenue and 8301 State Street have been suspended.
"There is strong reason to believe the continued operation of businesses that profit from and perpetuate illegal and dangerous activities cause substantial harm to the interests of the public in East Saint Louis and surrounding communities," Kelly said in a statement.
A special grand jury will focus on the results of the investigation.
The clubs have been a near constant subject of controversy.  U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., came to the city earlier this year and called for Mayor Alvin Parks to end the city's late-night liquor sales, which he called "an invitation for more murders, more crime." He has asked the city to enforce a 1 a.m. "last call" for liquor sales. 
Parks has so far refused, saying the clubs provide jobs and tax revenue for a city with serious economic woes. 

Looks like doomsday is near for East St Louis nightclubs. But the question is, why didn’t the local police do the raiding? Didn’t they know what was goin on? We just sayin.

On the final day of Major League Baseball's first-year player draft, the Cardinals did what their manager expressly requested they wouldn't.
In the 23rd round  on last  Wednesday, the Cardinals selected St. Louis-area center fielder Tate Matheny, son of their manager — Mike Matheny. Going into the draft, the elder Matheny talked with team officials about his son, who emerged this spring as a vibrant talent at Westminster Christian and arguably the best player in the area, and he requested that they not draft Tate.

As the first two days of the draft came and went without teams willing to take Tate and meet his preferred signing bonus, the Cards approached Mike about another scenario.

"I thought if he didn't go higher in the draft, in an area where it made sense for him to sign, that they would get him later on, just in case," the manager said. "I think they were just seeing a kid who was a draftable (prospect), a local kid, and they just wanted to give him an honor. It's a day he'll never forget."

The Cardinals concluded the three-day, 40-round draft Wednesday with a series of picks that had Cardinals connections. General manager John Mozeliak said going into the final rounds the plan was to make several "legacy picks." The team selected five players with ties to the club. The sons of two members of Matheny's coaching staff were selected by the team: third-base coach Jose Oquendo's switch-hitting son Eduardo was taken in the 32nd round and bench coach Mike Aldrete's son Michael, a pitcher, is likely to sign with the club after going in the 39th round.
The Cards also picked minor-league hitting instructor Derrick May's son, Derrick Jr., an outfielder, in the 37th round. They took scout Joe Almaraz's son Jacoby, a first baseman, in the 21st round.

Its going to be interesting how Metheny will treat his own son in the ranks. And the media will be there to see every move on whether he gets favoritism or be intentionally overlooked.

The Visa Championships brings the road to the London Olympics through St. Louis this week. The best gymnasts in the world are in town for the competition vying for a shot at the Olympic trials.  It begins Thursday and goes through Sunday at the Chaifetz Arena.  Tickets are still available. After this weekend, the field will be narrowed down to 15 men and 15 women. In a few weeks, one more competition takes place that will determine who makes the Olympic team. In previous Olympics, six gymnasts were allowed on the team, but for London there will only be five.

Film director Jennifer Lynch  is in town to shoot her new film "A Fall From Grace about about a homicide detective tracking a serial killer along the Mississippi River who burns his victims.
The city of St. Louis no longer has a Film Commission office. And Governor Nixon led the charge to cut funding to the Missouri Film Office. The issue is  Missouri has $4.5 million to use for tax breaks, but the Department of Economic Development doesn't have anyone to recruit out-of-state productions. For the time being,  Lynch and her crew are shooting scenes on the East St. Louis riverfront, but hope to shoot in St. Louis this fall.
Producer David Michaels and Writer/Producer Eric Wilkinson have made it their mission to revive the St. Louis Film Commission office. Wilkinson got the inspiration for the story when he videotaped his walk across the abandoned Old Chain of Rocks Bridge over the Mississippi near St. Louis, only to find out later that two young women were murdered there in 1991.


Several golf professionals, including former Cardinal’s baseball great Ozzie Smith and several lake-area golfers, participated in a 100 holes of golf marathon for charity. Smith was scheduled to play at Osage National Golf Course last month as part of the Golf Marathon, but he was unable to attend. He did, however, play at the Jefferson City Country Club Memorial Day when he and others actually played 100 holes in one day. The marathon was in support of the Gateway PGA Foundation and four local charities including the Lake of the Ozarks Junior Golf Association.

Author Douglas Brinkley, of the book “Cronkite” had a book signing
Monday at  Maryville University auditorium.
According to reports, a spokesman for the nightclub, Jumpin' Jupiter's landlord said an agreement is being worked out between the parties that will allow the club to "continue to operate in the space for a long time to come."
The immediate plan is to keep the restaurant and entertainment venue open for its upcoming performances.
From earlier reports, a St. Louis County judge ordered the 1-year-old Jumpin' Jupiter restaurant-cabaret space out of 7376 Manchester Road in Maplewood an eviction notice in reference to  a lawsuit filed March 30 against the Jumpin' Jupiter and its owner, Jim Callahan, by the property's landlord, Maple King LLC.
Circuit Judge Sandra Farragut-Hemphill ruled April 29 that Jumpin' Jupiter must give the space back to the landlord. The court issued orders on May 22 and May 24, respectively, for the club to repay Maple King $40,506.20 and to vacate the building.
"We are not being evicted," Callahan wrote on his Facebook page the day before the judge ordered him out. "Cutting costs. Paying off all accounts payable... We are not closing."

Comedian Tracy Morgan from "30 Rock" returns to St. Louis with a concert Aug. 3 at Lumiere Place Casino for two

The Smooth Jazz Cruise presents David Sanborn and Brian Culbertson,  Aug. 23 at the Pageant.

Summerland 2012 with Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground is at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Family Arena.

House Party Tour 2012 featuring Whodini is at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Ambassador.

Will Downing  will perform at the Pageant June 30

Radio personality John Carney debuted his Carney show Monday where he began 15 years ago.


KMOV (Channel 4) is adding newscasts from 7 to 8 a.m. and 10:30 to 11 a.m. Sundays beginning July 8. John Knicely and Diana Zoga will anchor "Awake Sunday," with Kristen Cornett on weather.


The Winners at 2012 RFT Awards were announced Sunday at Old Rock House
Some of the winners were DJ Needles  (Best DJ); Nite Owl (Hip Hop Solo) and Kim Massie f(Best  R&B Artist) the 2012 RFT Music Hall Of Fame Inductees were The Urge, The Bottle Rockets, Pokey Lafarge & the South City Three, Soulard Blues Band, Midwest Avengers, Bunnygrunt, So Many Dynamos and Jay Farrar

Speaking of the Midwest Avengers the group released anew single, Soldier Story.” This is the first single off of our newest album "Hurry Up and Wait" which will be released later this summer. The single is  a dedication to the men and women who serve in the American Armed Forces. This song represents different aspects of soldier's lives in the military.  For that reason the group decided to donate half (50%) of all the proceeds from this song to: and   The single will be available for download on iTunes, Google Play, AmazonMP3, Zune, Rhapsody and Spotify!


Opera Singer Tracy Dahl will star in Opera Theatre of St. Louis' production of "Unsuk Chin's "Alice in Wonderland," opening June 13  Whitaker Hall, Washington University Main Campus, One Brookings Drive
How much • $50, general seating; $100, preferred seating
More info or 314-961-0644

 DJ Whobeta brings you an exclusive interview this Sat. June 9, at 12:15 pm with Lil' Boosie daughter Iviona Hatch "LIVE" Everyone tune in you don't want to miss this exclusive...Powered by: Fl@out Entertainment LLC (@FlatOutEnt) 89.5 The Wave 


NYC native and STL based stylist and fashion designer has her design line Ola Styles in the Macys located in South County Mall Ola Style is a collection that invokes the true meaning of expressing yourself. To be your own person is not just about who you are on the inside but how you choose to express yourself with the outward appearance. Ola Style captures this dream beautifully with the carefully selected fabrics and color choices. This New York invasion of style and a twist of Ola Hawatmehs own spontaneity originals can be found for the first time at Macy’s in the South County Mall on June 9th\ at 2 p.m. with a fashion show. 


The Third Annual Rose Man Party for Lee Nixon is June 23 at the Ambassador, inside the Club Klymaxx room. Kim Massie and the Solid Senders will perform, along with Pieces of the Family featuring Marvin "Hitman" Rice and saxophonist Mike Fitzgerald.


Javier Mendoza's CD release party for his "Vida, Trabajo, Amor" project is at 7:30 p.m. July 24 at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

St. Louis R&B singer Coco Soul is coming up at the Sheldon Concert Hall's "Notes From Home" series with an evening of Coco Soul and Friends and the Soul Academy of Music, taking place June 26.


Sidewalk Chalk will be performing live at Lola in St. Louis on June 7th! Joining them will be St. Louis natives Illphonics and DJ Nune. 

Aireez Darychuss and Fiyah Poet will perform at AfterWork Confessions event present by The Truth this Thursday at City Lounge. Full Details:
Corey Black will perform at Got lyrics this Thursday at Inspot Lounge on Delmar Loop.





Shock rocker Alice Cooper will perform at the Pageant June 16.
 Tony and Emmy Award winning actress Leslie Uggams will reprise her role as Muzzy in this summer's production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the Muny. In its premiere Muny production, the show will run June 18-24
The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue 2012 will perform June 20 at the Fox Theatre featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs.

REO Speedwagon, Styx and Ted Nugent headline the Midwest Rock N’ Roll Express Tour, coming to Verizon Wireless Amphitheater June 22.
Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat co-headline a tour coming to Peabody Opera House June 24.

Afrojack will perform June 24 at the Pageant.


Comedian Margaret Cho is at Lumiere Place Casino’s Lumiere Theater for two shows,. June 23.


Merle Haggard &;Marty Stuart team up for a tour coming to the Family Arena June 24.

Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Thompson Square’s will perform June 29 show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
FAIR ST LOUIS The 32nd annual Fair Saint Louis will will feature three days of free entertainment on the grounds of the Gateway Arch.  Featured headliners include Heart on Wednesday, July 4, Third Eye Blind on Friday, July 6 and Dierks Bentley on Saturday, July 7. Activities will also include two Independence Day runs in collaboration with the St. Louis Sports Commission, the 135th annual VP Parade themed “Parade Around the World,” air shows and more!
The Jacksons 2012 Unity Tour will make a stop in St Louis July 11 at Fox Theatre


Ledisi will perform July 13 at the Pageant.
Eric Benet is also on the bill.

Rock singer Fiona Apple heads to the Peabody Opera House July 14.

The Summer Music Festival starring Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Patti LaBelle is July 15 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. Also on the bill are the O'Jays, Babyface and Tank.

Rock group O.A.R. will perform at the Fox Theatre. July 19.


The Indigo Girls will perform July 21 at the Pageant.

Grammy Award winning rock group Train performs at the Peabody Opera House July 29.

Seal is playing the Fox Theatre July 31.Macy Gray opens. 
Comedian/radio personality/game show host Steve Harvey will perform at Chaifetz Arena on July 27.


Grammy Award nominated rapper/singer Nicki Minaj will perform at the Peabody Opera House July 31.  


Zac Brown Band will perform Aug. 1 at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

Diamond Rio and Jo Dee Messina are joining forces for a Vatterott College benefit taking place Aug. 4 at the Pageant.
Erin Bode is also on the bill.

Grammy Award winning country singer Lyle Lovett will perform Aug. 25 at the Peabody Opera House.


Phish will perform at the Chaifetz Arena Aug 28


 BLIND DISHZ. Which STL comedian is also a licensed hairdresser?

HINT 1. The comedian is a male

HINT 2. The comedian has been featured in movies

HINT 3. The comedian gets his name from a popular gangsta rap song from the 1990s.

PRO-MO-CIAL-ITES. (June 3-9)Which STL mover and shakers got it in this week promoting their events and being on the scene?

Ashley Salazar. This two time Notice Me Award winner is gearing for votes from the public to be featured in Playboy Magazine as Miss June with the voting online poll opening this month (SEE NEW ONGOING BITZ BELOW). She is also celebrating her b-day at Club Amnesia this Thursday during Liquid Aseets’ Threesome Thursdays.

Chrys Yvette. This playwright and director had four sold out shows this past weekend (two this past Sunday) with her stageplay “The Dating Game” that  took place at the Regional Arts Commission. She got newz this week that a possible encore of the show is in the works!

Phil Assets. The CEO of Liquid Assets continues to get it in every week with special nites at Club Amnesia including Threesome Thursdays and Ladies Night on Saturdays.

Stuart Allen. The CEO of Prime Time Promotions and F U Im Famous Enterprises, will have a special F U Im Famous event at OZ Nightclub with a $1,000 Balloon Drop  and Friday he co-hosts a Glow Party at Europe Nightclub (SEE EVENTZ BELOW). He also released F U Im Famous paraphernalia including hats and tees.





Why didn’t the judge catch that Zimmeramn’s had extra money when his bail was set? Why did Erykah Badu get naked once again in a music video?Why are people trying to make Queen Latifah come out of the closet just because she performed at a gay and lesbian event? Why does Evander Holyfield owe over $4000 grand in child support? Why are there rumors that Tina Tuner is dead and she is isn’t? Why are so many Jacksons concert dates being cancelled? Why is Janet Jackson exec  producing a documentary about male to female  transgenders? Why isn’t Carol Daniel hosting Great Day St Louis? Why are there rumors saying that the Miss USA pageant was rigged? Why didn’t the  Today Show give Aretha more time to prepare her shrimp dish?  And why didn’t Lauryn Hill pay her taxes?

HAPPY STL GEMINIans BDAZES--Former NBA player Anthony Bonner(PICTURED) photographer William Greenblatt , radio personality Calvin King, rapper Rucka Puff Rocka, radio personality Staci Static, model Ashley Salazaar, event promoter Michael Henderson, actor Don Mclendon, fashion designer Bronica Richardson, fashion designer Demetrius Easley , visual artist Cheryl Gunnell  and photographer Carl 

St Louis native opera singer  Kendall Gladen  is  home to sing the lead in one of the world’s most popular operas, Carmen at the Opera Theatre of St Louis 212 season . The showtimes THRU until June 23. For more info on  showtimes go to


The Black Rep presents Insidious Thru June 24. For ticket and showtimes go to

What: Circus Flora
When: Through June 24; 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 2 and 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. One-hour “Little Top” shows are at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays.
Where: Grand Center, next to Powell Hall and near the corner of North Grand Boulevard and Samuel Shepard Drive
How much: $10-$44
More info: 314-534-1111 or; 314-289-4040 or


Join ALIVE Magazine as we toast our 2012 Hot List Winners at this rooftop party in the Central West End. Experience our list of the city's best spots to eat, drink, shop and play all in one place. Don't miss the hottest party of the summer complete with Miller brews and Pearl cocktails. Mix and mingle with our 2012 Hot List winners at Mandarin Lounge on June 7th. 

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.




So here is the deal facebook:


EUROPE NIGHT CLUB is known for some of the biggest shows in missouri. Pauly D, Borgore, Tiesto, Travis Barker, Adventure club, DJ BL3nd just to name a few. We will be dumping balloons filled with 5, 10, and 20's on to the crowd. 2 FOR 1 DRINKS AND 2 FOR 1 BOTTLES




'9 Circles'
When • 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday
Where • Black Cat Theatre, 2810 Sutton Boulevard
How much • $15-$18
More info • 314-968-8070;

'Travels with My Aunt'
When • 8 p.m. June 14 and 15, 2 p.m. June 17
Where • Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theatre, 6800 Wydown Boulevard
How much • $20
More info • 314-725-9108,

Superjam June9 at Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre

R&B singer  "CARL THOMAS" will be performing @ the "I'M A SURVIVOR" ALL WHITE CANCER BENEFIT PARTY on June 10TH, at the Planetarium at Forest Park 

3rd Annual: Fathers Day Weekend!
*Rolling for Backstoppers June 13 at Skate King from 7pm-11pm.
Tickets $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
*Roll Out White Party at the June 15th at the Loft happy hour until 2am.
Tickets $10
*Roll for Rememberance Motorcycle Ride June 16th starting at Skate
King. Registration at 9am. Kickstands up at 1045am. Route ends at Forest Park. Regestration $25 for one rider $15 for additional passenger.

Also, Foxy 95.5 and HOT 104.1 will have their Community Day in Forest Park after the Roll for Rememberance. Music, fun, and a softball game between the radio station and Fire & Police.


heir Community Day in Forest Park after the Roll for Rememberance. Music, fun, and a softball game between the radio station and Fire & Police.

CHA$E & AYE VERB Presents...

Turnt Up Tuesdayz @ The City(
1917 Washington Ave.): CHA$E's Red & White Birthday Celebration! 


2nd To NONE Sundays @ 609!

Hosted By A-Plus from Hot 104.1! Doors Open @
9pm! Long Islands 2 For 1 'Til 10pm! 7 Birthday Parties In The Building! DJ Krisstyle from Hot 104.1 on the 1s & 2s! King Yella & on the pics! EARLY ATTENDANCE IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED! 


St. Louis native gospel singer Cheneta Jones  released her debut CD release TRANSFORMED.   The CD will be available May 22 on Real Talent Media Group / Habakkuk Music / INgrooves Fontana Distribution.  Consumers can pre-order TRANSFORMED for only $4.99 on iTunes.


Ashley Salzaar has wanted to be in Playboy for a long time. She is running
for Miss Social because the month I want to win is June her birthday month! This would be the best present ever :)

Voting will be through out the month unless I can win a spot in one of the weekly challenges to become a finalists.




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