Apollo Mighty (@apollo_mighty) Live at the Gazebo in Cooper-Young

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The Cooper-Young Gazebo in front of Strano Sicilian Kitchen has seen a lot more live music activity this summer than in past years, and a great deal of it has been neo-soul, which is a refreshing change. Whereas music at the gazebo last summer was largely restricted to Thursday nights, this summer has seen live music pop up there on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as Thursdays. The other night, when I was enjoying an outdoor deck dinner at the Slider Inn, I saw a tweet that indicated that Memphis neo-sooul singer Apollo Mighty was performing at the gazebo in Cooper-Young, so as soon as I was finished eating, I headed straight over there. I had heard Apollo Mighty once before, at a Memfix party in South Memphis, but there he had been by himself, performing without his band. On this particular night, he had the full band, including his drummer, who recently moved to Memphis from Nashville. They are a first-rate group of musicians, and Apollo is a young but gifted singer with a lot of future potential. I was especially impressed that he didn’t do strictly covers as so many Memphis singers do, but also some of his original compositions as well.

Colorful Mural in Cooper-Young at Midtown Market @PreauXX @gsbmusic

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Memphis rap artist Preauxx and his friends painted this brightly-colored mural on the wall of the Midtown Market in the Cooper-Young neighborhood of Memphis. The mural was used in a video, and the convenience store’s parking lot has actually been the venue for concerts in Memphis.

Hip-Hop, Dub and Funk at @Bristerfest with C-Beyohn, @Tyke__T, Chinese Connection Dub Embassy, @SuavoJ, Otis Logan and S.O.U.L.

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Bristerfest is a Memphis festival of music, art and film that raises money for Grow Memphis, a worthwhile organization that encourages neighborhood gardens in the inner city of Memphis. Formerly held at the Levitt Shell, Bristerfest moved this year to the former church-turned-performance loft called The Abbey at Cooper and Walker in the Cooper-Young neighborhood of Midtown, and featured two indoor stages and an outdoor stage over three days in May the weekend after Beale Street Music Fest. I was especially impressed by the rap and hip-hop line-up on Saturday night May 10, where C-Beyohn performed with the excellent reggae band known as the Chinese Connection Dub Embassy. They were followed by up-and-coming Memphis rap artist Tyke T backed by drummer Otis Logan and trombonist Suavo J of the band 4 Soul, and the young hip-hop duo S.O.U.L. that has been getting some attention locally over the last year. I must add that attendance seemed very good indeed for this year’s Bristerfest, and hopefully a lot of money was raised for Grow Memphis.

“Self Made 3” Listening Party Memphis Sponsored by @MaybachMusicGrp @MMGSelfMade @DJQMemphis

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Last night, September 12, 2013, Memphis’ Young Avenue Sound recording studio was the setting for a clandestine listening party for Maybach Music Group‘s new Self Made 3 album featuring French Montana, Meek Mill, Omarion, Rick Ross, Yo Gotti and more. Despite a rumor that Rick Ross would be present, he didn’t appear, but a lot of other celebrities did, including Hot 107‘s DJ Q, Memphis rap artist Skool Boy, Select-O-Hits’ DJ Bay, Maybach artist Whole Slab AKA Slab McNab AKA Deuce Poppi, Memphis rapper Urban Jones and CEO Miami Mike. In addition there were lots of models, plenty of Belaire Rose to drink, and plenty of wings from Wing Stop.