Ok, now I’m gonna be the grouchy old man that I’m always joking about. Can someone tell me why these awards shows can never get the tribute portion right?
During the Soul Train awards I was looking forward to three tributes – one for Gladys Knight, another for Earth, Wind & Fire and the third was for the late great Heavy D.
Unfortunately, all three were disappointing.
As for the Gladys Knight tribute, I only have one question: “Tamar Braxton...really?”
I mean, Mary J. Blige and Jill Scott were in the audience. They were probably thinking to themselves, “Child, I really need to be up there.” It makes me wonder if they were at least asked to participate.
On to the Heavy D tribute...
All of my favorite rappers appear to be old men now. No one on stage seemed able to actually breathe and rap at the same time. And while it was good to see Big Daddy Kane, and even Kurtis Blow, why was the Goodie Mob there? Anyway, although that was not what I expected, I could not think of anyone else that I would have had up there instead. So there you have it. (lol)
The Earth Wind and Fire tribute was somewhat better. I enjoyed seeing Eric Benet and Joe and Robin Thicke performing together. Those guys could actually form a group and do very well.
One final question: Why did they have Earth, Wind & Fire performing during the closing credits?
That was just wrong.
Will Downing & Boney James
Trust me, Will Downing and Boney Jones will be put on a good show at the Cannon Center this Saturday night. I’ve seen them both in concert on two different occasions and enjoyed both shows immensely. I plan to enjoy this weekend’s show too. Call the Cannon Center Box Office to get your tickets. See you Saturday!
Starry Nights at Shelby Farms
Starry Nights has returned to Shelby Farms Park and will be there through Dec. 30. It features dozens of enormous holiday displays illuminated with more than a million environmentally friendly LED lights. Prices are $20 per car, $50 for a minibus, limo, shuttle or oversized van, and $150 for tour buses. Cash only at the gate.
Visit starrynightsmemphis.org, become a fan of Starry Nights on Facebook, or call Jen Andrews at Shelby Farms Park at 901-767-PARK for more information.
John Witherspoon at the Funny Bone
The very funny John Witherspoon will be performing at The Funny Bone at Harrah’s Casino Tunica on December 1st through the 3rd. Showtimes are Thursdays at 8pm, Friday at 8pm and 10:30pm and Saturday at 7:00pm, 9:30pm and midnight. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 the day of show. For tickets and more, please call (662) 357-4242 or purchase online at www.funnybone tunica.com. Special Offer! $5 off Thursday Nights Show! The Funny Bone is located at Harrah’s Casino Tunica on the 2nd Floor next to Paula Deens.
Hattiloo Theatre Presents “If Scrooge Was a Brother”
“If Scrooge was a Brother” is an urban spin of A Christmas Carol. It tells of sour and stingy Eb Scroo’s ideological, ethical, and emotional transformation after the supernatural visitations of Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Yet to Come. This production runs from December 1st through the 24th at the Hattiloo Theatre located at 656 Marshall Avenue. For admission and other Box Office questions, please call (901) 525-0009 or visit them online at www.hattiloo.org.
Keia Johnson Video Premiere
Join us for the premiere of Keia’s new music video for the song “Movin’ On” from her debut CD “T.I.M.E.”! It’s all happening Sunday, December 4, 2011 at the Ice Bar 4202 Hacks Cross Road at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 4. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the cover is $7. Enjoy Ice Bar’s full menu and specialty cocktails and then a performance by Keia and the premiere screening of “Movin’ On” directed by the talented Isaiah Conyers.
As I am writing for this week, Dr. Conrad Murray has been sentenced for the death of Michael Jackson. I will most definitely talk about that one next week. Until then, that’s whats happening.