Eric Roberson Hits Memphis May 23rd!!!


Eric Roberson is making it to the Memphis area this week.  I know it’s late notice, but at least he is coming here.  He’s special guest is The Tim Terry Experience.  They will be performing at the New Daisy Theatre on May 23rd. Doors open at 6pm, and the show starts at 7pm.  Tickets start at $25 per person and can be purchased at Memphis Rebirth.

This should be a great show.  You know I’ll be there to soak up all that soul music.  If you are in the Memphis area, and haven’t heard of Eric Roberson, you should check out this and this.  That should convince you to be up in the spot on the 23rd.

Erykah Badu announces “Out My Mind, Just In Time” Tour

You knew it was coming, and I know you’re glad it did.  Erykah Badu has announced the tour dates for her “Out My Mind, Just In Time” tour.  This tour pairs nicely with her well received new album “New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh”.  While she is doing this tour, she will be also crossing paths with other artists and tours.  They are Lollapalooza festival, Lilith Fair, Maxwell’s concert at Phillips Arena in Atlanta on June 11 and Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 26.  Check out the dates below for her tour.  She is even coming here to Memphis. :)

Apr 23  Tobago Jazz Experience
May 22 Baltimore, Maryland
May 23 Boston, Massachusetts
May 25 New York
May 26 Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
May 28 Washington, DC
May 30 Detroit, Michigan
June 2 Chicago, Illinois
June 5 Memphis, Tennessee
June 6 Nashville, Tennessee
June 8 Kansas City, Missouri
June 9 St.Louis, Missouri
June 11 Atlanta, Georgia
June 13 Houston, Texas
June 14 Grand prairie, Texas
June 16 Denver, Colorado
June 18 Oakland, California
June 19 Saratoga, California
June 20 Los Angeles, California
June 26 New York
June 27 Calgary, Alberta
June 28 Edmonton, Alberta
June 30 Vancouver, British Columbia
July 2 Ridgefield, Washington
July 3 George, Washington
Aug 4 Raleigh, North Carolina
Aug 7 Columbia, Maryland
Aug 8 Chicago, Illinois
Aug 11 Tampa, Florida

[Updated] Jazz in the Gardens Brings the Heat to Miami + Win Free Tickets


I just found a reason to squeeze a weekend trip to Miami, and a chance for you to WIN tickets.  Jazz In The Gardens is having their fifth annual concert March 20th and 21st, and the line up has something to offer everyone.  You have Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Melanie Fiona for the soul lovers. Then you have K’Jon, Robin Thicke, Teena Marie and Boyz II Men for the R & B crowd. For the Jazz lovers, the line up is David Sanborn, Cassandra Wilson and Joe Sample.  To make it even better, it’s hosted by Tom Joyner and his crew.  Now tickets are $45 – $70 for a one day pass, and they range from $75 to $125 for the two day pass.  Tickets are available via TicketMaster.

This concert series shows the on going work of the City Of Miami Gardens,  Saunders Entertainment Group and Circle Of One Marketing and Concertz Entertainment to put on a note worthy event.  Here is what Leon Saunders from Saunders Entertainment Group had to say about this endeavor. “Jazz in the Gardens” is the brainchild of Mayor Shirley Gibson, under whose leadership the City of Miami Gardens has experienced tremendous growth and progress. Her motivation for creating the music festival was to help revitalize the city and brand it as a place where people can come and enjoy all the wonderful things that Miami Gardens and South Florida has to offer. We had a four-year plan to establish the event and we are proud of the fact that in that time the Saunders Entertainment Group together with Circle of One Marketing and Concertz Entertainment has grown the event from 1,800 attendees to nearly 40,000. It has been very satisfying to see this event continue to grow in a time when other events like it around the country are being canceled for lack of support. We have a simple formula that has been very successful; we give a lot for a little. We realize that even when times are hard, people still need entertainment and Jazz in the Gardens is a fun party environment.”

Now for the info on winning the tickets.  This is a great concert series in a wonderful part of Florida, so why not give a way (two) Two Day Pass tickets.  It’s real easy to enter the contest. Just post a comment here, on how you would enjoy the weekend in Miami.  The person with the best description of that weekend wins.  Then on February 1st, the winner will be announced.  It’s that easy.  If the airlines act right  you may even see us down there. :)

[Update 2-1-2010] We have a winner. Mia Allen is the winner of the Jazz In The Gardens Contest.  Thank you MiaAllen for for entering, and being a frequent reader of Soulified.  Please email your address, so the we can send out the tickets. Please be on the look out for future contests.

Jaspects, The Polkadotted Stripe, Album Release Party & Contest

Jaspects The Polkadotted Stripe


Something different today. We have the Jaspects. A band from Atlanta that creates a great blend of Funk, Hip-Hop and Techno.  They have recently released their third album “The Polkadotted Stripe” in April, and are promoting it with an album release party.  Their two previous albums “Broadcasting the Definition“(2006) and “Double Consciousness“(2007) has garnered them quite a loyal following.  “The Polkadotted Stripe” will only continue that trend for the band.  One aspect of the band that they are well-known for, is their skill which they blend genres.


To help promote the third album, they are returning to New York City, NY to have a album release party.  The party will be help at SOB’s(Sounds Of Brazil) (directions) on Saturday, December 19th @ 11:45pm.  The event will be hosted by Eric Roberson, and include performances by Lydia Caesar and Jon Bibbs.  Tickets are $10 per person, and you must be 21 or older.  You can purchase tickets here.

Now the best part.  We are giving away two tickets(Winner and guest) to this event.  Only two requirements to enter the random drawing. Just be over 21 and leave a comment on this post.  Boom!! That easy. For all the technical stuff here are the contest rules.


Memphis: The Chocolate Bar @ Zora’s Lounge (with Review)


Just received word about a very interesting event this weekend. The Hattiloo Theatre’s Zora’s Lounge is presenting “The Chocolate Bar” on September 19th @ 9pm. This will be a great chance for them to show off their newly redesigned Zora’s Lounge. They also have “We Two” performing at the event, which is a mostly Jazz with a dash of Neo Soul. The main premise is envisioning a sushi bar, but with chocolate and great wines. The wines include Relax Riesling… Frontera Shiraz… Barefoot Moscato, Sauvigon Blanc, Beringer White Zin, Zonin Baccorosa and Sonoma Merlot. The assortment of chocolate consists of triple chocolate cake, cocoa truffles, tiramisu, German chocolate cake, white Russian truffle, marzipan and fudge.

There is a cover charge of $10 per person. Zora’s Lounge is located at 652 Marshall, Memphis, TN.  Also to get more information please call (901) 525-0009.

UPDATE  With Review 9-26-09

We attended The Chocolate Bar last week, and it was an experience.  There were some good points, and some bad points.  I’m very glad that there are people trying to create quality events, that cater to the “Grown Folks” crowd.  I just think that they need more work on the execution of those events.  Here are my thoughts below.

Good Points

  • 1. Great concept for the event. Fine chocolates and wine to enjoy while enjoying soothing live music, with like minded people.
  • 2. Location and venue were perfect for this event.  The lighting was just right, to almost a fault.  It was a smoke free environment, with nice furniture to accent the mood.
  • 3. Event started on time, and the performers started on time also.  This shouldn’t be a big deal, but it is.
  • 4. Food was good, fresh, and was made to order.
  • 5. Event staff were very helpful when they were made aware of any issues.

Bad Points

  • 1. The flyer was very inviting, but left off basic information that would have helped attendees.
    1. a. There was an option to reserve tables in advance, but wasn’t listed on any communication. This would have helped, since it was a very small venue.
    2. b. There were two areas of the venue. The main lounge which was $10 cover (Music was performed here, but very cramped) or the side lounge $5 cover (music was heard over speakers, but more room).
    3. c. Event started at 9pm, but it didn’t list the time when doors opened.  The doors also opened at 9pm.  I like to arrive early, and enjoy the vibe.
    4. d. The performers started at 10pm, but that wasn’t listed anywhere. Attendees had no clue if the performers were late, until they asked the staff when was the performers starting.
  • 2. Before the performers started at 10pm, they had music playing. based on the crowd’s age and the event’s theme, they did not have the right music at all.  Each song was totally different genre from the previous song, and it was played way too loud for the over 30 crowd.  It was to the point where you couldn’t have a conversation as you at the chocolate and sipped wine.
  • 3. There were no samples for the food items on the menu. So you were ordering blind.  For example the Tiramisu @ $3 a piece, was a 1″ by 1″ swirl of whipped cream with sprinkles of coffee and chocolate. So, the first 8 items on the menu were small pieces of chocolate or miniature inspired creations.  The last four items (Chocolate Cheesecake, Triple Chocolate Cake, German Chocolate Cake, and Chocolate Fondue) all were wonderful looking.  We only found that out when we saw someone in the other $5 lounge with them. No one in the $10 lounge had ordered any of those five items, so no in that lounge had know of the deliciousness they were missing.
  • 4. Lighting was a bit too dark.  There were some accidents, because people couldn’t see in some portions of the lounge.
  • 5. Performers were good, but didn’t perform any Jazz pieces.  They performed mostly R&B, Neo Soul and some Blues.  No jazz at all.

Now after reading all that you, would think that we had a bad time.  We had a good time, but there were the above things that kept getting in our way of having a great time.  We would love more events like this in the Memphis area, but they are few and far between.  So, that is why we expect so much from the few that are here.

International Soul Music Summit Happing Now

Soul Music Summit

Hello. Sorry for the delay in posts or news, but I have some very good things coming this weekend. Until then, if you are in the Atlanta area, you are in for a treat.  They are having the International Soul Music Summit, and everyone is going to be there.  It started yesterday Sept 24th, and carries on until Sunday the 27th.  They will have various topics and speakers, concerts and discussion groups.  For example, one group “The Sexualization of Female in the Music Industry” and the moderator is Joi.  Here  are some of the artists that will be in attendance.  China Blac, Afi, Joi, Sy Smith, Divine Brown, Nikki Gilbert, Kelly Love Jones, Eric Roberson, Vikter Duplaix, Melba Moore, N’dambi, and many more.  I should be ashamed, that I’m not there, but next year I’ll be there.

Memphis: Maxwell’s BLACKSummers’night Concert Oct 20th


Good news for music lovers. Maxwell is returning with his BLACKsummers’night Tour, and he is bringing Common, and Chrisette Michele with him.  The concert is October 20th, @ 7:30pm.  It’s being held at the FedEx Forum.  With him having recently released his BLACKsummers’night album a few months back, he has been on fire.  Tickets go on Pre-Sale tickets can be purchased starting Sept 17th at 10am CST from TicketMaster and Livenation.  The general public can purchase tickets on Sept 19th.  As usual once I get the Pre-Sale passwords, I’ll update the post.

Last Night’s MTV VMA Highlights


Good morning. Watched the MTV VMAs last night, and there was a lot going on.  I know some people didn’t get a chance to catch the whole thing, so here are the highlights of the show.  All I can say is that Kanye West was wrong, but Beyonce made it ok.  Enjoy

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Memphis: Kem Finally Returns



Hey fellow Memphians, Kem is coming back to town.  Mix and Mingle Entertainment Presents their Winter Concert Series, starting off with Kem.  The concert is December 12th, 2009 at the Cannon Center.  To my knowledge he hasn’t performed, since before his second album was released.  This should be a great concert, since he is close to releasing his third album. They haven’t announced ticket prices, or purchase dates.  Once they release the details, I’ll update this post.

Memphis: Najee & Will Downing Coming this October


Good morning.  Wifey just let me know that two of my favorite performers, Najee and Will Downing, are coming to Memphis in October.  The full details have not been released yet, but that should be soon.  The event is being put on by Mix & Mingle, who is no stranger to bringing good music for that Grown Folks vibe. Both artists have new material to entice listeners.  Najee’s releases “Mind Of Matter” on August 25th, 2009.  Also Will Downing released “Classique” on June 16th. I’ll update once more information is available.  Thanks.

Will Downing

Update 8/19/09

Mix & Mingle Entertainment have announced the details for this concert.  It is set for October 24th, 2009 @ 8pm at the Cannon Center.  Tickets go on sale this Friday August 20th, 2009 at 10:00am EST.  You can purchase them TicketMaster or call the Cannon Center Box Office at 901.314.2924. Tickets prices: $69.50, $59, $54, $49, $45 & $39.

Soul Food Festival Coming Near You

Soul Food Memphis

Here is the last event to help fill up your weekends.  The Soul Food Festival.  Bet you didn’t know one of those existed.  I was really taken aback when I saw the size of this event, and the numerous cities that it is taking place.  It has many musical groups for the “Grown Folks” crowd.  From Peabo Bryson, Silk, Ready For the World, O’jays, MC Lyte, and quite a few others.  The artists do vary from city to city, so check the flyer for your location.

There will be a variety of Soul Food vendors, some local and some national.  To become a vendor for your city’s event check here. Also for general rules about the event check here.

Tickets range from $25 – $35 for general admission, and VIP tickets are from $45- $50.  Gates normally open two hours prior to show time, and the show lasts about four to five hours.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at Front Gate Tickets. Below are the upcoming dates and cities for the Soul Food Festival.

July 11th   Nashville, TN

August 1st   Memphis, TN

August 8th   Charlotte, NC

August 15th   Cleveland, OH

August 22nd   Kansas City, MO

August 29th   Cincinnati, OH

September 5th Palm Beach County, FL (Info not released)

Memphis: A Tribute To Prince

Tribute To Prince

The second event to help fill your weekend, is A Tribute To Prince.  It’s being produced by Memphis Rebirth. Here is a snippet from their site, that best describes their  goal. “Memphis Rebirth Entertainment was conceived in 2006 with the dedication to restore music back to its original soul element and create unity among diverse culture through the concert series – Rebirth of Soul, which will be a scholarship benefit that will give assistance to high school students seeking continued education in Music and the Arts in an accredited college or institution.”

They are putting together this event, that features Karen Brown, Thomas Anthony, Preston Shannon and The Flow.  They will be performing classic Prince songs to give tribute to his legacy of great music.  Also they will perform a few songs to give respect to the passing of Michael Jackson.  More info on the artists is available here.

It will be held at the New Daisy Theater on July 11th Saturday at 7pm.  General admission tickets are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door.  VIP tickets include 3 course dinner (catered by DeJa Vu Creole Restaurant), VIP seating and two beverages are $45 per person.  You can purchase tickets at Memphis Rebirth’s site via Paypal. It sounds like a good time.  I am planning on attending.

Jackson, MS: Musiq Soulchild Performing @ Voodoo lounge

Musiq Soulchild

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Good evening.  If you’re in the Memphis, Mississippi area and trying to find something to do this weekend I have some events that should help.  Tomorrow, July 10th Friday, Musiq Soulchild is performing at the Voodoo Lounge (inside Club Mardi Gras) in downtown Jackson, MS.  It starts at 10:00pm, and tickets can still be purchased from Ticketmaster.  General admission tickets are $30 per person, and Meet & Greet passes are $100 per person.

Erykah Badu Performing for Southern Classic

Erykah Badu

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Good news Memphians.  Erykah Badu is coming to town for Southern Classic, on September 10th, 2009.  She will be performing at the Classic R & B Concert, which is being held at the Orphuem Theatre.  Presale tickets go on sale at 10:00am CST today. Tickets for the public go on sale tomorrow, Friday July 10th at 10:00am CST.  You can purchase tickets at Ticketmaster. Ticket prices range from $57 to $87. They haven’t stated if there is anyone else performing with her, but that information should be released shortly.

UPDATE: The password for buying the tickets early, during the pre-sale event is “honey” or “classic20”

Update: Chocolate Water Coming to Memphis (Postponed till October)

Chocolate Water

Well Neo Soul/Soul fans in Memphis.  It’s a happy day.  We finally have a decent show to attend.  Neosoulville has posted information about the show on June 27th, @ Minglewood Hall.  The listed performers are N’Dambi, Anthony David, Julie Dexter, Rhonda Thomas, Tanya Dyson, Tim Terry, Carmen, Valencia Robinson, Wildmann, TamE, Allyson Truly, Inner City South, Sene, Brothera’s Keepa, Naja, FW Love, Still Black See and more.  I’ve already bought my tickets, and got my camera ready. Tickets are $20.99 for general addmission, and $35.99 for VIP admission. You can purchase tickets here.

UPDATE 6-22-09: This show has been postponed, with an October date given.  First word was given by N’Dambi on Twitter and Anthony David on Facebook. This is really a let down.  Anthony David stated that it was “unorganized”.  For Memphis to get the better shows and artists, we have get better promoters.  Don’t know where the break down occurred, but this isn’t rocket science.