Posted: Mar 13, 2009 3:14 pm
thanks for the props, eric and bruce!
I went to effie's last year with bobby blue bland, the singer from simply red, and a MOJO photographer (OK, that should shoot any credibility I previously had, right?) and we got run off the property for trying to take pictures! about 5 years ago, I tried to regularly frequent the club across the street -- mc-something-or-other grocery store, in a shotgun house -- but we weren't too popular with the locals. that, and no one who was actually FROM memphis would go there with me, only friends from out of town who were too clueless to be scared of the 'hood.
also went to cc's and they were pretty nice, but they just had a dj the nights we went.
big don is now doing sundays at the club superior on ep blvd. total genius set-up, $5 cover gets you free liquor, if you buy set-ups, although you have to pay for beer! don sings, and has someone else on drums -- band is half-white, half-black and very soulful. I've been a few times since new year's.
executive inn is still fun, although a lot of don's crowd (preacher man, etc) has migrated to superior. the club formerly known as blue worm is fun too.
definitely ask tad when you get to town -- it's his business to know what's up, and things on the local juke joint scene seem to be changing pretty quickly these days. also, the center for southern folklore is booking good stuff nights and at noon on weekdays.