Thursday, June 14, 2012

OUT 1146-- ILLI MO BITZ (JUNE 14-20)


The first day of summer will be June 20!


This week we feature the late singer, Minnie Riperton
 Minnie Jean Riperton (November 8, 1947 – July 12, 1979) was an American singer-songwriter best known for her vocal range of five-and-a-half octaves, and her 1975 single "Lovin' You". She was married to songwriter and music producer Richard Rudolph from 1972 until her death in the summer of 1979. They had two children—music engineer Marc Rudolph and actress/comedienne Maya Rudolph.[1]
Riperton grew up on Chicago's South Side. As a child, she studied music, drama, and dance at Chicago's Lincoln Center. In her teen years, she sang lead vocals for the Chicago-based girl group, The Gems. Her early affiliation with the legendary Chicago-based Chess Records afforded her the opportunity to sing backup for various established artists such as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Ramsey Lewis, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters.
While at Chess, Riperton also sang lead for the experimental rock/soul group Rotary Connection, from 1967 to 1971. In 1969 Riperton, along with Rotary Connection, played in the first Catholic Rock Mass at the Liturgical Conference National Convention, Milwaukee Arena, Milwaukee, WI, produced by James F. Colaianni. Riperton reached the apex of her career with her number-one hit single, "Lovin' You," on April 4, 1975. The single was the last release from her 1974 gold album entitled Perfect Angel.
Aside from her various hits, Riperton is perhaps best remembered today for her ability to sing in the whistle register, in which she had rare facility.[7] Riperton possessed a five-octave vocal range(the liner notes to her Petals legacy album ascribe five-and-a-half octaves to her). Riperton's ability to enunciate in the high registers set her apart from most other whistle-register singers. Riperton was also noted for her ability to sound almost mechanical or instrumental in the whistle register. She has also been credited for her ability to sustain notes in the sixth and seventh octave for long periods of time. Having an innate ability to imitate many instruments helped lead to Riperton's discovery while she was a secretary at Chess Records. In her recordings. Riperton's highest recorded note reached in the whistle register was F7 on the third scale of "You Take My Breath Away". In a 1998 interview for Vibe magazine,Mariah Carey cited Riperton as an influence on her.

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!

...oh and today is Flag Day....


The NBA Finals with the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder Tuesday night. Although the Thunder defeated the Heat 105-94 victory over Miami in Oklahoma in Game 1 on Tuesday night (that aired on ABC), Chicago native and Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade (PICTURED with Thunder’s  Russell Westbrook and Derrick Fisher) had 19 points but shot just seven of 19 for the Heat.

Game 2  will be tonite, Thursday, in Oklahoma City Thunder, 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC

Game 3: will be Sunday,  in Miami ; Game 4 will be next Tuesday, also in Miami .  The remaining three games if necessary will be  next Thursday (in Miami) and , Sunday, June 24, and Tuesday, June 26 (in Oklahoma)

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey will be talking to eight, Kardashian-Jenner family members in an interview set to air on Winfrey's cable channel, OWN.
Winfrey talked to Kris and Bruce Jenner and their combined offspring at their Hidden Hills, Calif., home. Also on hand wereKhloe Kardashian's husband, Lamar Odom, and Kourtney Kardashian's boyfriend, Scott Disick, OWN said Monday.

Oprah Winfrey surprised many fans by interviewing the Kardashian family for OWN’s “Next Chapter,” and the queen of talk took a moment to explain why she chose to go behind the scenes with the reality TV brood.

“Ok my friends I had the longest interviewing session I can ever recall, talking to ALLLLLLLL the Kardashians,” Oprah said in a post published on her Facebook page on Wednesday. “I had never met them, nor seen the show. I did a full on Kardashian Kram in preparation, watching major shows from every season.

“I genuinely wanted to know why they have become a cultural phenomenon? Why do so many people love to watch their every move and why do so many others love to hate them,” the post continued.

The sit-down yielded plenty of intriguing material, Oprah revealed, including shocking revelations from Kim about her ill-fated marriage to basketball star Kris Humphries.
“Everyone who’s asked was the marriage a publicity stunt? Why did she leave after 72 days? Her answer leveled me,” she wrote.

Additionally, Oprah said she received answers to all of her questions and “more,” noting that while the Kardashians are known for their transparency on camera, the family approached the interview with “another level of forthrightness and honesty.”

The interview will air 8 p.m. EDT Sunday on "Oprah's Next Chapter." It will be followed at 9 p.m. EDT with the second part of Winfrey's interview with rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.

Come on. Really? We all know the real reason she scooped up this reality show brood: ratings! Ratings! Ratings! She needs all the sensationalism to the S power to get OWN out of the ratings doldrums, okay. And we are sure Oprah didn’t ask this question, “So do you think you all became famous because of  the sex tape of Ray J having sex with Kim?”

UPDATE: We just got reports that Oprah DID ask Kim K about the Ray J sex tape making her famous! She teased it on her blog so this will be a ratings bonanza for Miss O.

Oak Park, Ill native and Emmy Award winning actress Betty White stopped by the White House on Monday to meet with President Barack Obama - and first dog, Bo.

The "Hot in Cleveland" star and President Obama were snapped chatting together in the Oval Office; her visit to the White House comes on the heels of her endorsement for the President.

White "very, very much favors" President Obama for a second term, she told the Associated Press back in May.

The "Golden Girl" not only got face time with Obama, she even spent some quality time with Bo.
White and Bo, the Obama's black-and-white Portuguese Water Dog, were spotted on the South Lawn together on Monday.

White is well-known for being an animal lover and activist.

White spoke with The Huffington Post  on how it was exciting to meet with the president.
"It was a thrill to be with Mr. Obama," White said in a phone interview, "but the big thrill was being with Bo, their dog. He's the cutest guy you've ever seen in your life. I spent a half-hour with him on my lap."

In unrelated Betty newz, she was in  Chicago  this week where she was helping celebrate the 25th anniversary and grand reopening of the Museum of Broadcast Communications. 
Bruce DuMont, the founder and president of the museum tapped White as a resource to bring awareness to the 62,000-square-foot museum which showcases television and radio achievements and memorabilia over the years.

“Television is my life and it’s been very good to me,” said White. “It’s time I return the favor.”

White said DuMont approached her last year “at one of the more expensive breakfasts I’ve had,” to discuss expansion plans and branding.

“I’m still in the business. My health and energy are good and I’m being invited to keep working. That makes me very happy,” said White.

According to Mediatakeout, Chitown reared rap superstar Kanye West gave Kim  Kardashian "a special 'promise' ring" on last Friday,. Although it's reportedly "just a friendship ring" the diamond is "HUGE" and "most people ... will consider it an ENGAGEMENT RING."

Although Kimye consider themselves to be "betrothed," which according to MTO means they're "not engaged ... but close to it," they're not actually calling it an engagement ring because "Kanye recognizes that Kim is STILL LEGALLY MARRIED to Kris Humphries. And that if he were to PROPOSE to Kim, it could NEGATIVELY impact her divorce case." Hopefully Kim's divorce attorneys have pointed that out to her before, but if not, or if she's refusing to listen to them, at least Kanye has a good head on his shoulders!

MTO also claims that the commitment ceremony, or whatever they're calling it, went down in Ireland, where they're celebrating Kanye's birthday. Supposedly the event was photographed (of course it was!), and Jay-Z and Beyonce were there.

Ho Hum…. whats next, another sex tape?

Chicago native and emmy Award winning comedian/talk show host Sherri Shepherd has contacted authorities over a series of menacing tweets she received from a Twitter user with the handle DaClone Killer, including one that read, "Somebody should drag u in a back alley and rape you."

A rep for Shepherd confirmed to E! News, "Law enforcement is involved as well as corporate legal and security departments. This matter is being taken very seriously."

In the meantime, Shepherd took DaClone Killer and other bullies to task via Twitter. And DaClone Killer, who, if you follow the thread, appears to have been incensed by something Shepherd said about Lil Kim, is still tweeting away, too.

MORE: Is Star Jones' Ex-Husband Al Reynolds Really Living at Sherri Shepherd's Place?!

The NYPD would not confirm that Shepherd had filed a report, but she vowed that she planned to call the cops on her twitagonist.

"@DaCloneKiller You think I should be raped in a back alley?" she wrote yesterday. "Let's see if the police agree w you & I took a pic of your tweet...I'M FILING A POLICE REPORT. SO TELL ME NOW WHAT SHOULD BE DONE W ME."

We are sure DaClone didn’t expect this publicity, but we think this will set a precedent as far as how far folk can go in regards to using new social media to express comments about someone. In a way, it’s a cyber assault and Shepherd did the right thing in reporting the twit..


Chicago native and Grammy Award winning singer/producer R Kelly is in the process of working out a deal with the government. The I.R.S. claims Kelly, 45, failed to pay $4.8 million in taxes going back to 2005. R Kelly's people say things should be resolved soon. The breakdown of the alleged non-payments includes: $1,472,366.77 (2005), $710,520.51 (2006), $376,180.11 (2007), $1,122,694.90 (2008), $173,815.18 (2009) and $992,495.24 (2010). The total bill comes to $4,848,072.71.

In unrelated R newz, he  is expected to make his music return later this month with his 11th studio album, Write Me Back. The lead single from the disc, "Share My Love," was released in February and a second song, "Feelin' Single" hit late last month. The disc is the follow-up to 2010's Love Letter, an ode to Kelly's favorite music from the 1950's and '60's. Also, his new book about his life titled Soul-A-Coaster was released  June 12th

First lady Michelle Obama and DolothIll native and Emmy Award winning  actress Jane Lynch will be in Chi-Town for a fund-raising luncheon downtown June 26. Tickets start at $250 and if you want a picture with them, make it $2,500

Almost 21 years after his death, Alton Ill native and East St Louis raised jazz icon  Miles Davis was  paid tribute by America and France in the form of a postage stamp.

The influential jazz trumpeter is depicted on a pair of commemorative stamps along with legendary French singer Edith Piaf, issued on Tuesday by both the United States Postal Service and France's postal agency La Poste.

A first-day ceremony for the stamps was held at New York City's Rubin Museum of Art, attended by members of Davis' family and former colleagues.

"He was a man of many facets and I have been blessed to benefit from most of them," said actress Cicely Tyson, who is Davis' former wife. "He was a man who communicated through his music. Through his music, you knew his physical, mental, emotional and spiritual state. That's how he spoke to everyone."

Bassist Ron Carter, who played with Davis as a member of his quintet from the mid to late '60s, shared his memories of his former bandleader. "I met Miles in 1960 at a concert, so I've known him up until his passing," he said. "Miles was a person who always had something else to do. He and I were kind of the buddies in the band...He never advised Wayne [Shorter] how to write...he never told Tony [Williams] how to play the drums." He later added: "He played trumpet and he was my friend." (SEE STL NEWZ FOR MORE OF THIS STORY)
St Louis native golfer will be competing in this years' U.S. Open that will take place at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. He will play This Thursday and Friday. Tee time will be 7:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The purse will be $6 million.

Comedian/actor Gary Owen will host Shaq’s All Star Comedy Jam Tour which starts Friday in Chicago at Auditorium Theater. Legendary DJ Spinderella will be the featured DJ on tour,

 A 19-month-old Springfield, Mo boy has been chosen as the new face of an advertising campaign for Gerber, the baby food manufacturer. Tate Rosendahl was selected as the GrandPrize winner of the 2011 Gerber Generation Photo Search and is now the new face of a Gerber ad campaign.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that Gerber judges looked over photos of 156,000 children ranging in age from birth to preschool in their search last year. The winning photo selected by the judges featured the blue-eyed, blonde-headed baby smiling with his tongue out.
Tate also won a $50,000 college scholarship and recently completed an all-expenses paid trip to New York for a photo shoot.
Chicago native actor/model Richard Gallion’s play “Living Without Love” will be staged June 30  in Chicago at the Harold Washington Culture Center

Oxygen says "Glee" stars Jane Lynch, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer and Darren Criss will be mentors on its U.S. reality show "The Glee Project."

Lynch will talk to contestants about fearlessness July 17, while Riley will discuss determination on the July 31 edition of the show.

Criss will appear on the Aug. 7 episode, while Colfer will drop by Aug. 21.

Now in its second season, "The Glee Project" is a reality series in which aspiring actors and singers compete for a recurring role on the music-themed dramedy "Glee."


The St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012 is headlined by a former KMOX Radio broadcaster who’s went on to big-time success at the national level.
Bob Costas of NBC Sports was among 16 enshrinees announced Sunday at a celebrityauction event. The induction ceremony will be held in November..................

Selections from major league baseball include: Jim Edmonds (PICTURED), Joe Torre, the late Ken Boyer, and Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt, Junior........................


Football honorees include former Big Red head coach and Rams offensive line coach Jim Hanifan, player Orlando Pace (PICTURED), and the late Don Coryell, who coached the Big Red before guiding the NFL’s San Diego Chargers.
From St. Louis hockey past, goalie Glenn Hall was selected for the class.

The St. Louis Rams  started  its Minicamp  Wednesday minicamp at at ContinuityX Training Center. Rams coach Jeff Fisher and Dave McGinnis, the top assistant, are coordinating the plays.
RB Steven Jackson was excused from practice. He was allowed to miss because he was giving a commencement address. ... WR Danario Alexander made two great catches on deep balls thrown by Sam Bradford to highlight the offensive side during the workout. "It was good to see it,'' Fisher said. ... The Rams have eight tight ends on the roster. Fisher said there is "great competition'' there at the position.
    The Rams will also have a Youth Camp June 18 where youngsters workout with the 2012 rookies at the ContinuityX Training Center. Event starts at 10 a.m.

From an report, about 7,000 attendees were at Superjam last Saturday held at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheater (less than half of its past attendances) and from the report, the highlight was old school rapper Master P (PICTURED)performing (and got the crowd the most hyped) and bringing out the event’s  surprise guest, his son, raptor, Romeo. Also performed were headliners Jeezy, Miguel (who from reports were quite subdued) and Wale who was joined on stage by STL based rapper Murphy Lee. Also performing were Diggy Simmons (who, from reports seemed a bit overwhelmed with the big stage) Travis Porter, Elle Varner, OMG Girlz, Ca$h Out and St. Louis rapper Fresco Kane.


Rappers Fresco, and Wale singer Miguel dropped by The City Lounge last Saturday nite after performing at Superjam at the Verizon Wireless Ampitheatre. We hear that it was packed to the raptors and ladies were waving everything but their undergarments trying to get up in the VIP booth with them.

Rap mogul Nelly and his X’Treme Institute’s instructors and music industry professionals will have a Summer Camp through Vatterott College. Campers will get the opportunity to dance, record their own beat, sing, play instruments, photograph, be artistic, be dramatic, and much more.
This performing arts and music summer camp in St. Louis is reportedly  scheduled for six sessions beginning June 18 and continuing through July 26. Camp classes are divided by age. Campers ages 8 –11 may enroll in theKids Camp and campers ages 12 –16 may enroll in the Teens Camp


The hometown of jazz legend Miles Davis is celebrating a stamp in his honor.
East St. Louis officials at City Hall on Tuesday marked the release of the commemorative 45-cent stamp featuring the image of Davis, who grew up in the southwestern Illinois community.
The Belleville News-Democrat ( reports Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. believes the stamp will send the late trumpet player's image around the globe, furthering the city's legacy as home to great artists

A followup on the recent East St Louis federal government raid against clubs and businesses in downtown EasT St Louis, Calling them havens for crime, the Saint Clair County States Attorney is charging the owners of two clubs in East St. Louis. Club Posh owners are charged with Maintaining a Public Nuisance and a security guard at Club 103 is charged with carrying loaded concealed firearms. The State’s Attorney says the charges are part of Operation Last Call, designed to deter violence. Also, the liquor licenses of Crown Royal Food Market and Gas continue to be suspended.

In related club issues, – In an effort to make Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis safer, the St. Louis police department has assigned more officers to patrol the area and even shut down several roads to alleviate traffic congestion.
But when shots rang out last Saturday for the second time in recent weeks, two bouncers questioned the effectiveness of the police presence. According to the bouncers recent problems at the popular destination are the result of clubs in East St. Louis closing earlier.

Before pointing fingers, KMOX decided to talk to the Mayor of East St. Louis, Alvin Parks, to find out if there is any truth to the bouncers claims.
 “I don’t know where that statement comes from,” said Mayor Parks. “But what I do know is that clubs in East St. Louis may not be closing any earlier.”
Parks says most clubs in East St. Louis close at 2 a.m. However there are several clubs on Washington Avenue open until 3 a.m.
Parks says he personally has no idea where people are from who have ever caused problems on Washington Avenue. But what he does know is that his city faces the same dilemma.
Looks like each side of the Sippi are tryin to blame the other for what’s happening with the crime and violence woes with the clubs (Parks seem to lean more on not trying to blame St Louisans traveling to the East Boogie for its current raid).  But our question is, is it really the clubs causing the problems or just the type of people who are already out and about causing problems. We think it’s the type of people who are going out and their intentions are to cause crime and violence when they go out, it just so happens to be at clubs that stay open in the late hours of the weekend. St Louis is using police barricades to curb the problem and East St Louis is giving temp revokes of liquor licenses  until the Feds came in to clean house. But we think its just a problem much bigger than the clubs. 


A life-sized statue of Dred and Harriet Scott will be unveiled Friday in front of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.
The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation has raised more than $150,000 toward the statue’s $250,000 dollar price tag. The foundation will present the statue to the public through the National Park Service    , which oversees the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, including the Old Courthouse.
St. Louis native Harry Weber is the statue's sculptor. His proposal won through a blind selection process. Weber also created the Lewis and Clark statue on the riverfront and the Chuck Berry statue in the Delmar Loop.
The Old Courthouse is the site where the Scotts unsuccessfully petitioned in 1846 for their freedom from slavery. In its pivotal 1857 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld slavery in U.S. territories and denied the legality of black citizenship in America.

According to, The project, however, still faces a financial hurdle. The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation hoped to raise $250,000 but fell $100,000 short.

A fundraising drive launched two years ago at 17 M & I Bank locations and various donations from schools, organizations and families brought in $150,000. To cover the rest of the cost, donations will 
continue to be accepted.


Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith will be the featured guest for the debut of The CBC Sports Conversation. The Wizard will join Channel 2's Martin Kilcoyne on June 21 at CBC high school for an intimate conversation. Seating is limited to only 80 for the 6:30 p.m. event, which will feature great behind-the-scenes stories from Smith's career, plus questions from the audience. For tickets, call 314-985-6037.

FOX 2’s St. Louis Idol competition invites local singers to showcase their singing skills for a chance to win a guaranteed audition in Chicago, IL.   St. Louis Idol invites local singers between the ages of 15 and 28  for a guaranteed audition in front of American Idol producers in Chicago, IL on July 12, 2012.  Up to 300 contestants will have a chance to perform 30 seconds of singing a capella in front of our local judges June 22 at the Chesterfield Mall inside Dillard’s Court Auditions will begin promptly at 9am and will end at 12pm. For more info go to

St Louis based carpet businesswoman Becky Rothman and her brothers, Jules and Arnold, have pulled the plug on Becky's Carpet & Tile stores.  According to reports, The chain's five locations closed on Monday, though employees are still working to fulfill orders and some customers were still picking up items.

Rothman reportedly blamed the chain's demise on the economy that led to a screeching halt of new home building as well as competition from big box stores.

According to the St. Louis and St. Charles counties assessors' websites, Rothman Properties is reportedly delinquent in paying more than $150,000 in property taxes from 2011 at four of its stores.

\Rothman is well-known in St Louis  for her local TV commercials in which she took on the moniker the "queen of carpet." Wearing a crown, she was sometimes seen pretending to fly on a magic carpet.

The family-owned business was started by her father who opened a carpet store in East St. Louis in 1954. After her father died in 1977, she and her brothers took over the two stores.
At its peak, Becky's Carpet & Tile had eight locations in the metro area. But the company began paring back its stores after the recession hit, including a store that closed last year in the Fairview Heights area.
The five remaining locations were in Fairmont City, St. Peters, South County, Hazelwood, and Manchester.
And she said there is still a possibility the company may consolidate and re-open the south county store.


Hardee’s ® in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment,  hosted “The Amazing Spider-Man Web-tacular” fan event in St. Louis Tuesday at the Hardee’s on Hampton Ave., The stop  was on the six-city Web-tacular tour  for the upcoming release of the new Spiderman movie July 3,  featured spectacular, giant spiderwebs encasing the Hardee’s location, complimentary “photo booth” opportunities of fans “caught” in the webs and spins on the Wheel of Awesome prize wheel, featuring Amazing Spider-Man advance movie tickets, t-shirts, hats, posters and other prizes.

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

 St Louis based gospel singer P-DUB aka PRETTY WILLIE will be opening up the stage for JAGGED EDGE on July 1st with his band lat The Ambassador.
St Louis native painter Oliver L. Jackson recenty shown his first solo exhiibit in 20 years with his one man show that was up at  at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis  The show at the Contemporary, which was curated by Assistant Curator Kelly Shindler, featured several of Jackson’s recent large-scale tapestries and monotypes in the museum’s Front Room. 

Mohagany Mascara was signed recently  to Notifi Records after the St Louis based company had an open call auditions to sign an all female band. The group will make its debut at Mickey and Mallory’s CD Release Party at the Inspot this Saturday . (SEE ABOVE)

RFT Music Award winner Kim Massie will perform at Beale on Broadway every Tuesday and Thursday.

SYGU is bringing Teese to Atlanta July 7 at The Backyard

ST Louis based rapper Tef Poe, who is a guest blog columnist for the Riverfront Times, came out with his Top 50 STL Hip Hop Artists to Watch. To see the list go to

St. Louis rapper Stevie Stone released his  CD "Rollin' Stone" this week. It can be downloaded on iTunes,  and purchased in stores,. It is produced by Kansas city native rapper Tech N9ne.

St Louis writer Toriano Porter has published his second novel, “ James Cool “ this week and he will have a book signing Wednesday, July 18 7:00p to 8:30p at St. Louis Public Library - Carpenter Branch, St Louis, MO

Charlie Share, who was the captain of the only St. Louis Hawks team to win an NBA title, died Thursday (June 7, 2012) in Chesterfield after a brief illness. He was 85 and lived in Creve Coeur. He started his NBA career with theFort Wayne Pistons and played nine years in that league for the Pistons, Milwaukee Hawks/St. Louis Hawks, and the Minneapolis Lakers. He was the captain of the 1958 NBA champion St. Louis Hawks team.[1] A visitation and memorial service will be June 19 at Schrader Funeral Home in Ballwin.

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.


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.


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.

Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker and Thompson Square’s will perform June 29 show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.
Will Downing  will perform at the Pageant June 30
Rockhouse Entertainment and Hella Fly present Jagged Edge at the Ambassador July 1

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!

Stevie Stone performs July 5 at Pop's as part of Tech N9ne's Hostile Takeover Tour.


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.

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.

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.

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

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

Summerland 2012 with Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground is at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Family Arena.
 The Smooth Jazz Cruise presents David Sanborn and Brian Culbertson,  Aug. 23 at the Pageant.

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



Who was the sista in white gettin her Carl Thomas on at the Im A Survivior All White Benefit Sunday at the Planetarium?

BLIND DISHZ. Which St Louis person recently bum rushed two recent events involving fashion shows  without permission from the producer to participate?

HINT 1. This person is a male

HINT 2. This person currently has a  weekly local TV show that "blows" in the air in the wee hours of the morning.

HINT 3. This person has the same last name as a famous Emmy Award winning/Oscar nominated actress who starred in a  hit sitcom in the 1990s with a famous comedian who's initials are P.R.

PRO-MO-CIAL-ITES (June 10-16) Which STL mover and shakers got it in this week promoting their events and on the scene?

Staci Static This popular radio personality who can be heard middays at WHHL FM. She also  hosts a Gong Show that takes place at Herbie's on Euclid in the Central West End  every Tuesday  and Thursday nite she will host her bday party at Harrys (SEE EVENHTZ BELOW)

Ola. This fashionista is making noise with here design line Ola Style that is now on racks at Macys South County Mall. Coming off of a fashion show at Macy’s, she also featured her design line Sunday at the I’m A Survivor All White Benefit at the Planetarium and she was seen being interviewed on Show Me St Louis Thursday talking about her designs

The Men of Hella Fly (King Kerry and Dano Johnson). These swagger boyz of promotion continues to bring it on the events helping co-promote the Im a Survivor Benefit with Rockhouse Entertainment that took place Sunday  and on the regular hosting at BSV Lounge with Pour It Up  Tuesdays  Pour it UTwo Dollar Tuesdays and starting this Friday the duo are debuting Relax and Breathe with the help of Phil Assets at Exo (SEE NEW ONGOING BITZ BELOW)

Phil  Assets.. This leading STL promoter and CEO of Liquid Assets continues to get it poppin at Club Amnesia with his themed parties Threesome Thursdays and Ladies Night Saturdays. And this Friday he is helping Hella Fly debbut its new nite on Fridays with Relax and Breathe at Exo.



Why does it seem as though Creflo Dollar's daughter faked about her father abusing her when she called 911? Why did Lance Armstrong get caught up in a drug ring? Why didn't Chris Brown just ignore Drake;s instigating about screwing Rihanna in that NY nightclub? And why did Chris Brown tweet a pic of the injury   he received on his face while in the hospital after the brawl with Drake? And why did Lady gaga tweet the pic of her eye bruises after her concussion from a prop falling on her head during a recent concert?Why doesnt the Golds Gym in Florissant, Mo fix the hot water line for their showers so the water can heat up quicker? Why does Lauryn Hill feel the music industry is out to get her? Why is everybody up in arms about The Basketball wives but the long running Jerry Springer Show is still on the air?Why are police arrested and punishing black families for screaming and cheering at graduations of their loved ones? Why is Morgan Freeman saying that he's God? Why did some ladies go topless at an Alton golf course? And Why didnt Whitney Houston leave anything to her mother, only her daughter? 

HAPPY STL GEMINIans BDAZEs (June 10-16) Actress/playwright Chrys Yvette(PICTURED), singer Deandre Perryman, videographer Peter Foggy, journalist Kenya Vaughn,  music producer Ronnie Nitch, dee-jay Shawn Jackson, fitness trainer/TV personality Robin Cason, dee-jay Marlo White, makeup artist Jessica Dana, dancer Heather Himes,  journalist Shai Clark, and event promoter Reqi McGhee

Black Rep presents INSIDIOUS at Grandel Square Theatre thru June 24 . Tickets and showtimes go to

University City Chamber of Commerce will hold Taste of U City, scheduled to run 4:30-7 p.m. June 14 at the 560 Music Center. .Tickets are $15, or two for $25 if purchased in advance. Children get in for half price. Tickets can be purchased at the U City Public Library or online at the chamber's website at
WHHL radio personality Staci Static will celebrate her bday June 14  at Horizon Boutique Nightclub and Event Space at Harry’s , 2144 Market Street, $5 gets you in. 8 p.m.

Sevens Showcase Semi Finals June 14 starting at 7 p.m. at Casino Queen

The OFFICIAL Pre-Party for the biggest Hip Hop festival to hit
St. Louis, go down the night before The St. Louis Underground Music Festival (S.L.U.M Fest 2012)...

The pre-party goes down
Friday June 15, 2012 at
4243 Manchester Ave
St. Louis, Mo 63110


Doors open at 10:30pm
(GET THERE EARLY BECAUSE WE WILL BE TO CAPACITY, and the show will start exactly at 11pm)....

 The St. Louis Underground Music Festival
(S.L.U.M Fest 2012) goes down Saturday June 16, 2012. The 12 hour event will take place at The Atomic Cowboy. For more info go to . 

Rollin For Backstoppers present Roll of Remembrance hosted by Regulators M.C. Sat June 16 at Skate King, 6100 Natural Bridge. Am.  Registration at 9 a.m. Kickstands up at 10:45am. Info at 314.574.1903
Jewelry maker Mary Collins will have a Grand Opening of her store Vauje Vintage  with Featured clothing designer: J. Marie by J. Marie Ross. There will be refreshments, fun, prizes, and new merchandise displayed.
Sat. June 16, 2012 3:00pm-7:00pm at St. Louis Union Station 1820 Market Street St. Louis, MO 63103
Chrys Yvette will celebrate her 25 anniversary in theater as well as her 40th bday and a Dating Game /cast party/ at  Poor Souls Society Art Factory located at 14th and Montgomerry, south of Crown Candy in Old North St Louis. Free. It will also be an audition for her play A Womans Worth so bring your headshots and resumes. The fun begins at 7 p.m.!

SABAYET Inc  Presents its 6TH ANNUAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATING "UHURU" June 16  at  Sabayet 4000 Maffitt Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63113-3235 11am to 7 p.m.

To secure a Vendor Booth or to purchase Ad Book Space call (314) 800-5841, (314) 535 - 2599 (mention referred by "David A. N. Jackson" if necessary and helpful)




Shock rocker Alice Cooper will perform at the Pageant June 16.

The Dramatics with LJ Reynolds will be headlining  a Fathers Day Concert with Kim Massie Sunday, June 17 at the Ambassador. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:15 p.m.

ADD: Coffee Wright presents the stageplay WHO KILLED The Church? MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM
June 17 
Two shows 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.



MORE INFO PLEASE CALL:  (314) 769-6067


 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 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



Each and EVERY SUNDAY "FLIRT" and his band "No I.D" will be singing all those great R&B songs that we all love. $5 cover, LADIES DRINK FREE FROM 6-8, and the show is from 8:30-11pm. FOOD SPECIALS ALL NIGHT, and YES we still have that the Tilapia special. Call 314-521-junk to book your parties. Sundays are filling up fast.....SEE YALL THERE The JunKyard Bar and Grill
1120 N. Florissant Rd, Ferguson, MO 63135


♛♛♛♛♛tHIS Sunday at the OZ!!♛♛♛♛


NIGHTCLUB DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS. IT HOLDS 1000 + PEOPLE AND WE ARE CREATING THE BIGGEST PARTY ST. LOUIS HAS EVER SEEN. The Oz also has 24hour liquor license so we dont close till we say so. we will be open till at LEAST 4AM!!!

PHIL ASSETS AND Hella Fly Promotions Presents....

@ EXO Hosted By DANO*DA*MANO... 
Doors Open @10pm 
Ladies Are Free Till 11pm 
We Will Have Drink Specials Allnight 
To Book Ur Free Party Call (314)680-2775


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


Midwest Avengers  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!

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.


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