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The Sunset Symphony & The Bar-Kays

It was another great night on the river as this year’s Memphis in May festivities came to an end.
 Myron Mays

It was another great night on the river as this year’s Memphis in May festivities came to an end. The skies lit up with excitement above Tom Lee Park, not only from the fireworks that signaled the night’s big finale, but also from the crowd who came out to see Memphis own Bar-Kays perform with the Memphis Sunset Symphony. It was actually the first time the Bar-Kays has ever performed with the symphony.

Just to think, there was all WATER along Riverside drive last week, and then on Saturday, there were all PEOPLE! They all came out to see one of the funkiest bands in music. Although it would have been nice to hear some of the Bar-Kays hits from the 80’s…you know Traffic Jammer, Sex O Matic and Anticipation? However, that wasn’t why they were there. They were there to pay tribute to Stax and the great music that was produced by the label…and that they did!

As the 35th annual Autozone Sunset Symphony comes to a close, fireworks light up the sky. (Photo by Warren Roseborough)

If youre a fan of such Stax greats as Albert King, Issac Hayes and Otis Redding, you would have been proud of the performance put on by the hometown funkmasters.  Here’s something amazing…every time I hear Soulfinger, I get an indescribable feeling inside. One that you can only feel if you are a true Memphian.

It was an electrifying night on the River this year and I’m looking forward to 2012. Will it get any funkier than this year, I’m not sure. If you wanna know two really cool guys, get to know Larry Dodson and James Alexander. Oh, before I forget, Thanks to my Dr. Menthia P. Clark who is not only my coworker at Soul Classics 103.5, she was also my co-host during the show as we introduced the Symphony, The Barkays performance and the Fireworks at the end of the show.

Sunday, it was time to head back to the gym so that I could work off that Philly Cheese steak sandwich and cheese fries I ate while I was working. Oh, yeah, I forgot about that funnel cake too. Special event food is so great, but you end up paying for it twice.

Sisterhood Showcase

Ladies, make plans to spend time at the Cook Convention Center! This weekend is just for you. This is the weekend of the Annual Sisterhood Showcase and as always, you don’t wanna miss it. Each year the Showcase features live entertainment from such artist as Ginuine, Joe and others. This year’s headliner is none other than Mr. “My My My” himself, Johnny Gill. Aside from Gill, you can enjoy music from other artists such as Bobby V., Glenn Jones and Memphis own King Ellis. Comedian Rickey Smiley will be making an appearance as well. Be sure to get your tickets in advance at all Schnucks locations. They will be only $15. However, the day of the event, tickets will be $20 and will only be available at the Cook Convention Center. It kicks off at noon on this Saturday. So put it on your schedule.

The new website

The What’s Happening Myron Website has a new look as well as new features! And even better news…What’s Happening Radio has returned with lots of great music and more. We really wanted to give you an experience like you have never had before. From great music on the What’s Happening Radio page, entertaining videos on the What’s Happening TV page to great advice on the Hey Myron page, we got a lot to keep you occupied. Also, keep up with everything that’s going on around town by checking out the new events calendar page. By the way, if you got an event that you want to have included, send me the information so that we can help to promote YOU! Check us out at www.whatshappeningmyron.com.

Hey next week, I’ll recap the R. Kelly show, so if you decided to stay in, don’t worry, I got you! Until then, that’s what’s happening.

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