*B.B. King’s Blues Band featuring Tito Jackson a member of the legendary musical family will be headlining the New Year’s Eve Guitar Drop on Beale Street on the east end stage at Fourth and Beale. This performance will be his first as the lead singer of the late B.B. King’s band.
The world-famous Beale Street draws thousands of party-goers, tourists, and visitors to ring in the New Year.
Memphis and Beale Street are known as the “birthplace of blues” because of musicians such as W.C. Handy, Albert King, Rufus Thomas, B. B. King, and other blues and jazz legends. They all played on the historic Beale Street and helped developed the style known around the world as the blues. Jackson will be added to this exclusive list of musicians as he is set to perform on Beale with B.B. King’s Blues Band.
“I’m excited to have the legendary Tito Jackson perform on Beale Street to ring in the new year in Memphis with B.B. King’s band and we look forward to Mr. Jackson making more great music in our city,” said Mayor Jim Strickland.
Jackson, formerly of the Jackson 5, announced at an October press conference in Memphis that he will be the new lead singer of B.B. King’s band. A lifelong Blues fan, Jackson will help to keep the musical legacy of B.B. King, The Jackson 5, and The Jacksons alive.
For more than a half of a century, the iconic B.B. King and B.B. King’s Blues Band defined the blues for the world averaging over 250 sold out concerts a year, with classics like “The Thrill Is Gone,” “Every Day I Have the Blues,” “How Blues Can You Get,” and “Why I Sing the Blues.” With Tito Jackson as the lead singer, the band has combined more than 100 years of musical talent while representing two legends.
Jackson will also be recording his first album with B.B. King’s Blues Band in Memphis at Ardent Studios, playing his guitar that he affectionately named Katie, in honor of his mother Katherine.
Their album will be released April 2018 and their world tour will also launch in 2018. One of the performing highlights of the remarkable career of Jackson is the unforgettable Jackson 5 reunion performance, on one of the most watched television specials, Motown 25.
The show signaled a pivotal point in his career and focused on arguably the greatest performer to ever grace a stage, Michael Jackson. In 1997, the Jackson 5 were ceremonially honored as inductees of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Jackson’s love of music can be transcended only by his undying love of God, family, and friends. His mark on music history and the rich legacy that he established is one that has stood the test of time and is one that will flourish for as long as there is a song to sing.
The New Year’s Eve concert, which is free and open to anyone 21 years old or older, is part of a nightlong celebration of Memphis music, including sets from multiple Memphis performers and a big fireworks finale. Beale
Street NYE schedule is as follows:
11:00 a.m. – Beale Street Opens
8:45 p.m. – Soul Revue Band
10:35 p.m. – Karma
11:00 p.m. – B.B. King’s Blues Band featuring Tito Jackson
11:59 p.m. – Countdown to 2018
12:00 a.m. – Fireworks
For more information about Tito Jackson, visit www.titojackson.com. For more information about the event, please visit www.bealestreet.com.
About Tito Jackson:
Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Tito Jackson’s poetic lyrics, irrepressible vocals, and evocative musicianship are a faint reflection of the remarkable gifts that characterize Gary, Indiana’s native son. Born Toriano Adaryll Jackson, Tito has spent his entire life enchanting music lovers with soulful harmonies interwoven with curvaceous rhythms as a member of Motown’s greatest discovery, The Jacksons(Jackson 5), and presently as a multi-faceted solo artist.
Tito’s unyielding passion for blues, R&B, pop, and other music forms is the secret to his boundless energy and rare achievements in the ever-changing entertainment spectrum. In 1967, he and his brothers formed a band called The Jackson 5, with Tito as lead guitarist.
They had four No. 1 hits with Motown Records. In 1976, Tito and The Jackson 5 signed with Epic, and changed the band’s name to The Jacksons. The group performed until 1990, after which he managed his son’s group. In 2003, he became a blues musician.
The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.
The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.
“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”
Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”
The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.
“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”
Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”
In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.
“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”
Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.
“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”
Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”
New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’
*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.
“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).
It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.
EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.
Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars. As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.
This year has been a year like no other. “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead. Radio Programmers click here for adds.
“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA. Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita. The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture. “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms. Click here to listen on Spotify.
Celebrate Halloween with ‘Spell’ Starring Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley / WATCH
*Today/TONIGHT is Halloween and what could be a more perfect way to celebrate than with the release of SPELL? Enjoy the clips below to get you in the spooky spirit!
Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All Fears, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star in the terrifying thriller SPELL, coming to Premium Video-On-Demand and Digital today October 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
While flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Omari Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Loretta Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.
DIRECTED BY | Mark Tonderai
SCREENPLAY BY | Kurt Wimmer
STARRING | Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, John Beasley
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS | Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, DirecTV, VUDU, Xfinity, FandangoNOW and more.
Rating | R – violence, disturbing/bloody images, and language
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