R&B love and showers at Fair Saint Louis. STL. R&B mainstays Johnny Gill and Keith Sweat served up soggy Stone Soul Picnic realness during the urban night of Fair Saint Louis Friday at Gateway Arch National Park. I was expecting John Legend or India.Arie’s Live on the Levee numbers a…

St. Louis rap history and roll call. Because of some deadline modifications, I had to wait a whole week to hip y’all to the magic that happened at the Missouri History Museum, thanks to DJ G Wiz and his film, “Background Check Vol. 1.” I have been going to events at the Missouri History Muse…

Go Blues!!!!! In the words of rap god Eli Porter (you have to be a truly messy throwback internet content connoisseur to get this name reference) “We da best! We did it!” The St. Louis Blues won their first Stanley Cup and St. Louis is rightfully over the moon. Now there are all types of fol…

Classic(al) Ledisi. As soon as Ledisi did that video saying she was coming to sing with the St. Louis Symphony, I have been patiently waiting with my heels kicked up anticipating the evening that she would be perched in Powell Hall giving us all our whole entire life. I knew when she strutte…

No Jaheim. No Problem. Okay, maybe there was a problem – because folks got all worked up to see him, even though he hasn’t shown up the past three times he was scheduled to come here. And Jaheim stopped exactly short of saying he wasn’t coming to the Spring Music Festival either, but the fol…

RIP to Terrell (Finger) Muhammad. I really hate starting off Partyline on such a somber note but paying my respects to Terrell Muhammad – previously known as Terrell Finger – must be done. Some knew him as a local boxing legend. Others knew him as the kind spirit who worked the Lucas-Hunt an…

A soggy May Day. Of all the years I decide that I’m going to get to the May Day Parade extra early, the rain says “ooh, me too.” I got soaked to the bone – and my stallion parade ponytail was dripping and sloppily slinging to the side. I wrung myself out as best I could and kept it moving un…

RIP to Kirk, Malik and Miss Shirley. I hate to start Partyline on a somber note, but I feel like I must bid farewell to two people I came in contact with regularly as I made my rounds on the entertainment and nightlife scene and one person who was like a mother to me. I felt the shock of  th…

The R&B Brits have arrived. So, sixty something years later, the R&B folks can finally understand how Elvis and ‘nem felt when The Beatles and The Rolling Stones hopped on the scene and shut the music industry down, thanks to Ella Mai. I’m gonna be honest. I thought the “Boo’d Up” so…

A Good girls night at the movies. The weekend began on a Wednesday for me with the girl’s night out sneak preview screening for “The Intruder” organized by my girl Mocha Latte at the Esquire. Now y’all know how I feel about working fresh off of deadline, but this evening was so worth it. Did…

An adopted St. Louis rap son. So, by now y’all know that Jeezy came to town and became the latest sold-out show for RockHouse Ent. I found it funny how folks were lowkey hating saying they don’t know how Jeezy could sell-out the Pageant when he hasn’t had a record out in a minute – implying …

Comedy clutch from a St. Louis cousin. As much as I hated to do it, I had to break my self-imposed hiatus from Helium to check out  comedian and actor Tone Bell’s “Petty for a Purpose” Tour Saturday night. And while the employees (except for Jill Lovings -who always has my back) reminded my …

STL remembers Neighborhood Nip. Before I kick right into my weekly round of disgracefulness, let me start things off with a shout out to Radio One St. Louis and their crew for the candlelight vigil moment of remembrance for fallen hip-hop change agent Nipsey Hussle Friday night outside the O…

Chingy the champ, Regular Ricky and Blah2K. Before y’all get in your feelings and accuse me of crucifying your teen crushes, understand that I am in the business of mostly facts and minimal feelings. I was excited as everyone in their mid-twenties and mid-thirties who body-rolled their way u…

The blues we could all use. I’m not gonna lie, I have the time of my life when I head over to the Chaifetz Arena for the St. Louis Blues Festival – and Friday night was absolutely no different. I have so much fun that I picked Theodus and Pokey Bear and ‘nem over R&B diva Patti LaBelle –…

An unforgettable Memory at 314 Day with Plies. When Shorty Da Prince popped up doing the “Mono” we were cookin’ with grease up in there for the 314 Day celebration going down at The Pageant as folks waited for Plies – who is on the list with Yo Gotti as one of the city’s most-beloved non-nat…

RIP Rod Pratt. I hate to get Partyline started on a somber note, but I wouldn’t feel right if I didn’t offer my condolences to the family, friends, creative community and all those connected to Rod Pratt. An entertainment industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in cities like …

Ladies night to the next level. If you had told me that turn of the millennium two-or-three-hit wonder Sammie would have a bigger crowd when he hit the Pageant Sunday night than Marsha Ambrosius and a show that featured three ‘90s favorites put together, I would have given you the side eye G…

Young Leaders was lit. I tried to tell y’all. Those who came through know that everyone at the Four Seasons last Thursday for the St. Louis American Foundation’s 9th Annual Salute to Young Leaders got their whole entire life. We were inspired to honor our ancestors by my spirit animal Rebecc…

The night of Young Leaders has arrived. The hour is upon us! That’s right – tonight we will celebrate the future (and the present) of the region by giving props to the 2019 cohort at the St. Louis American Foundation’s 9th Annual Salute to Young Leaders Networking Reception and Awards Progra…

A week away from Young Leaders. Y’all already know what it is, the urban professional networking session that highlights the achievements of individuals who have made major moves before the big 4-0 is just a few days away. Well, seven days to be exact. The St. Louis American Foundation’s 9th…

R.I.P. Rev. Demetrius Stewart. My heart aches that I have start off on such a sad note, but it wouldn’t be well with my soul if I didn’t send prayers and condolences to the family, friends, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers, church members and all the lives touched by Rev. Demetrius Stewar…

The AKAs Airport takeover. The ladies of the Omicron Eta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha gave the girls a J15 to remember with their Founder’s Day set Saturday night at Lambert’s Concourse B. It was quite cute – and those sequined tops that a bunch of the pretty girls were prancing around…

Can’t let the snow stop my show. Y’all don’t know how close it was to there not being a Partyline, thanks to Snowmagedden 2019, the biological child of the snow of ’82. I don’t have to remind y’all that the whole city was shut down Friday and Saturday night – and that the highways and street…

Another Partyline time lapse. The bad news is the lag time continues because of the New Year ploppin’ down in the middle of the week and holding me back in order to make deadlines. The good news is you will finally get to hear what was hot in these streets for New Year’s Eve – and we will be…

A look back at 2018: Take 2. As promised, I would bring y’all the highs and lows (but mostly highs) with a rewind of last year. Because the holiday gave us a wonky deadline, you will have to wait until next week to find out who brought the New Year’s Eve party heat, but as a sneak preview, I…

A look back at 2018. As I sat down to sum up 2018, I had convinced myself the year was a lowkey bust as far as the nightlife and entertainment scene goes. But as I got to digging through the crates of my archives, I realized that I was dead wrong. We had plenty of wins; they just came from s…

Baby makin’ music. I knew I was in the right spot when I came through the Pageant to check out the Troop, Silk and Dru Hill show Thursday night when a woman in Jodeci boots shouted out, “I got pregnant offa ‘Freak Me!’” This woman and her man – who I found out was the one who went half on th…

Yes for Yo Gotti. I made my way to the Branded Mogul and RockHouse Ent. presentation of Yo Gotti Sunday night and like most St. Louisans, I have a special place in my heart for him, but even if I were being partial, I would say the concert was a win. I know a few of y’all felt like the show …

Y’all know by now that I typically cover the “who, girl, what and why” out here in these streets in the name of nightlife. But I feel like I need to take a moment to usher in the holiday season by showing love to two women in particular for paying it forward for Thanksgiving. I’ve mentioned …

It’s been a minute since I’ve seen Maxwell on a stage that wasn’t in an arena – and let me tell you how glad I am to have that old thing back. He hit up Stifel Theatre Thursday night with his “50 Intimate Nights Tour” and it was everything I could have hoped for and more. First of all, he ha…

The biggest hip-hop show to hit the STL in a minute made its way to Enterprise Center Saturday night in the form of Aubrey and The Migos. And I must say I got all of my life. Drake’s OVO protégé Roy Woods was first to hit the stage. I must say that I was beaming with STL pride when he went o…

The hair gods knew my freshly flat-ironed, natural hair would not survive a downpour – and allowed the rain to stop Thursday night in time for me to get my eventful weekend started. Timing my arrival perfectly, I arrived at Gentleman Jack’s premiere hip-hop event, Art, Beats & Lyrics jus…

Thursday night I got my weekend started with the folks at DELUX for their Power 100 Reunion Kickback and Game Night Thursday at Brennan’s. As per usual, Keith Griffin and the DELUX people brought out the tastemakers and influencers out – and that’s including the team responsible for the DELU…

My girl Angel Shields’ latest installation of “A Night of Soul Searching” starring Mali Music Saturday night at The Ready Room wasn’t my first stop of the weekend, but it was most definitely my favorite. He was the coolest dude on the planet – and turned The Ready Room into the Ready Room Tr…

If you want to say that she should have at least been on stage by 9:30 p.m., by all means have at it. But claiming Ms. Lauryn Hill was four hours late because the doors opened at 6 p.m. is doing the absolute most. I know some of y’all still feel left out because you can’t share in the 2011 h…

Can we please take a second, okay, a minute – okay, maybe a few minutes, to talk about the abundant life that was gifted to all those who attended the St. Louis American Foundation’s 31st Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala Saturday night at the soon-to-be-ma…

If you don’t know that the St. Louis American Foundation’s 31st Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala is going down this weekend, I don’t know what to say other than something is seriously wrong with you. I’m so excited I can barely see straight! I know my opin…

Can you believe that there is only one more Saturday separating us from the St. Louis American Foundation’s 31st Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala? Of course you can because I keep reminding you. You should be glad that I care enough to hip you to the hotte…

You know it’s true … be mad and jealous that the turnup of the peak MTV generation will not be defeated. The folks proved me right when they braved the storm in crimped hair and stonewashed jeans to holler “Whoomp There It Is” from the lawn seats at Hollywood Casino’s 90s House Party Saturda…

Top notch Neighborhood Flavor. I don’t know what it is about that public commons space by the Nine Network and St. Louis Public Radio, but every event that I’ve been to in that gorgeous open air spot has been epic! Saturday was no different when I made my way to the Neighborhood Flavor St. L…

Friday night I made my way to the Stifel Theatre for the first time since the name change to watch legendary band Earth, Wind and Fire do their thing. After several tours with Chicago, their audience Friday looked like St. Charles, but we still had a ball up in there as we made our way to Bo…

Saturday night, I stopped by the Soul Funk Fest presented by Mathews-Dickey at The Fox Theatre. Let me start with the wonderful news that Mathews-Dickey is still doing phenomenal things as a pillar of hope for young people of color through its services that build scholar athletes who become …

I can’t tell y’all how heavy my heart is about the passing of music legend Aretha Franklin last week. It was made worse by that so-called homage to the Queen of Soul by Madonna, a.k.a. the Queen of Making The Absolute Most of What You’ve Got, at Monday night’s MTV Awards. But I don’t want to…

I am quietly ashamed to say that I had never attended the Annual Saint Louis African American Artifacts Festival and Bazaar before Saturday – and this was the fifth year. After making my way to Crown Square Plaza (across from Crown Candy Kitchen) Saturday afternoon, I will add it to my annua…

I made my way to Café Soul’s third installment of Trap.Soul.Paint Sunday at The House of Soul Sunday evening. Can I ask how are y’all about to twerk and paint at the same time while staying within the lines? I can barely twerk while twerking. But anyway, it was another full house as the folk…

Can I tell y’all how excited I was to check out Amanda Seales’ Smart, Funny and Black event Thursday night at the Delmar Hall? The first show was sold out – and word on the curb is that it was a glorious time. I walked into the late show and saw some of my favorite woke, socially conscious a…