Sunday, August 29, 2010

Rising Star Spotlight: Porcelan Chalet

Courtesy of Regis Lawson Photography

Porcelan Chalet is one of the many talents performing tonight at Rising Star's Amped Up Indie Artist Concert at Minglewood Hall (1555 Madison Avenue).

A modelesque beauty with the talent and personality to match, Porcelan is already generating quite a buzz in the industry. A vocal powerhouse, her songs are R&B/Soul with a hip-hop edge; she’s poised to give many of these starlets a run for their money.

She took some time out to answer a few questions so that we could find out a little more about the girl behind the voice:

What made you decide to pursue a career professionally?
Music kinda runs in my family. Both my parents were performers and would also sing to us. In turn, music became my passion…I honestly can’t see myself doing anything else.

Who influences you?
Aretha Franklin has to be one of my biggest inspirations. She wasn’t afraid to be original. She let her voice use her! I want my music to be hypnotizing and totally captivate my audience, like Ms. Franklin.

How would you describe your "musical" style?
I would say my music is R&B Soul with a chic Hip/Hop edge.

What makes you different from all the other up & coming singers?
Overall, my music makes me different. I like to embody different genres. I especially like to take different elements of Blues and Rock, stir them up in my beats, and make P’Rocker Pie! J (P’Rocker-nickname my manager gave me).

What project(s) are you working on?
Currently I’m working on my first studio album due to drop fall 2011. In addition, my mix tape will be available later this year.

Where can people find out more info on you and your music?
You can check me out on my FACEBOOK fan page @ Porcelan Chalet or at  (coming soon)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sunday Funday: Sunset Lounge x Rising Stars x Fashion Wonderland

While Sunday is a day of rest for many people, for others it's another chance to enjoy friends & have a little fun one last time before the week gets started. If you're looking to get out this Sunday, here are a few options for you:

First we have the 2nd Edition of Sunset Lounge at Café Soul (492 S. Main St) from 3p-8p (there will be complimentary drinks from 3p-5p so get there early). Hosted by BHall, JWhite, and G.L.O. Social Club, Sunset Lounge is a true networking event.

If you’re tired of yelling over music to answer simple questions or having to sift through “socialites” to get to the real movers and shakers of the city, this may be for you.

I spoke with BHall after the first set to find out what his motivation was behind this & he stated that he wanted to offer something that was more than just a club scene. The idea had been brewing for over a year & he finally felt like he was in the position where he could put his all into it.

Café Soul was familiar stomping ground for him (poetry nights and karaoke), so he wanted to familiarize people with the location while also getting more people to migrate downtown. His goal is to help people meet those that they may not regularly come into contact with. Sunset Lounge will be held ever 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. The first edition was Sponsored by Style Junkie; if interested in being a sponsor, click here to contact Mr. Hall.

If you still need more style in your life, Stylus-A Fashion Wonderland will be held at Brinson’s Lounge (341 Madison Avenue).

Benefiting Youth With Senior Citizens, this show will highlight fashion categories from vintage up to falls new trends. You must be 18+ to attend and have to RSVP by Sunday morning to attend so click here for more information.

Cocktails are at 5p, with the fashion unveiling at 6p. Donations are accepted at the door for admission so don’t miss out on seeing some wonderful trends while helping a good cause!

Finally, we have Rising Star's Amped Up Indie Artist Concert at Minglewood Hall (1555 Madison Avenue).

Hosted by Ty Sanders & Whitney Griffen, Amped Up is a showcase highlighting many of Memphis' talented musical artists.

Many have or are scheduled to appear on 106 & Park (Lou Writer, Jessica Ray, and C Cren just to name a few), so now's your chance to catch  a few before they cross over to the big leagues. A few other favorites listed on the performance roster are Ify, YoYo Picasso, & Porcelan Chalet.

Doors open at 6p. 18+, dress code is casual (but no T-Shirts allowed). Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. For more information on tickets or to find out more about the artists that are performing, click here 

So dear readers, how will you be spending your Sunday? Comment below and keep us NDLoop!!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Wknd Update: Maroon 5 x Trolley Night x Fashion

So much is going on this weekend and I have to say, I love it! If you’re like me and always looking for fun things to do outside the norm, you get excited when you have multiple options.

First off, there’s a Maroon 5 Concert at Mud Island Amphitheater (I’ll be in attendance!). Maroon 5 has had SO many hits over the years (I still sing their debut single “Harder to Breathe” at the top of my lungs) so this is a highly anticipated show. There are concerts at the Amphitheater year round but this will be my first time going.

It’s also the last Friday of the month so South Main Street’s Trolley Night will be in effect. If you’ve never been, many of the galleries and boutiques along the trolley line open their doors for everyone to come inside and take a peak at what they have to offer.

Many offer free appetizers and wine to folks who pass through so if you’re looking for a low-key, early evening with friends, this may be for you.

Be sure to stop by Strange Fruit Vintage’s Pop Up Shop at 546 S. Main. At their last event I scored a CUTE oversized clutch and earrings. There are a lot of fashionable vintage pieces from the 80s & 90s so go before it’s gone!

Speaking of Fashion, Revolutionary Runway will be hosting a fashion show Saturday at Sense’s NightClub from 8p-10p.

Revolutionary Runway is a runway show of models who walk the runway with local artists' canvas art pieces. Saturday Night’s event is titled “The Revolution” . They've had  series of fashion shows this year, each one centering around a theme so this will be a change of pace for those use to standard shows. I'm always game for anything that incorporates art and fashion!
Click here for more info about the show.

This weekend is full so stay tuned for part 2!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Let Me Put You On Some Game

Fellas, pull out your hottest gear; ladies, grab your highest heels: this Saturday Memphis Ten welcomes The Game’s Marlon “Pooch” Hall to Level II. The Game is one of my favorite shows so I can’t wait until it returns in 2011. Until then, we can catch The Game in syndication on BET and keep up with  Pooch on Facebook.

Savvy Saturdays will be a little bit sexier as The Game’s Derwin Davis hosts and gets the night poppin. Come and party with one of the hottest up and coming young actors in the game. Drinks will be flowing while the hottest DJs in the city set the floor ablaze so this is a night you DO NOT want to miss!

The dress code will be strictly enforced so be sure to be in your flyest attire. Doors open at 10:00 pm VIP tables are still available (contact CGI ENT at 901.365.0077 to RSVP).

Will you be in the NDLoop?

Friday, August 6, 2010

Weekend Style: SVF Pop Up Shop & Style Junkie Casting Call

Hey peeps, what's on your agenda for this weekend? If you have nothing planned but are looking to get out, here are two options for you:

Strange Fruit Vintage is premiering their pop up shop at tonight from 6p-10p at Odessa (2613 Broad Ave Memphis, TN).

 If you love 80s and 90s apparel  and are looking to expand your collection, this is the place for you to be tonight. There will be live spinning by DJ Homework, and also an 80s inspired photobooth so that you can snap some cool pics with your friends.

 The pics are only $5 bucks, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Odessa's Building Fund.

Tomorrow, Style Junkie is hosting a casting call from 6p-9p at their store to find true fashionistas for an upcoming commercial shoot for their brand. If you feel that you have the look and style that MUST be seen, be sure to go down and show your face.

There will also be an exclusive Meet & Greet with upcoming R&B Artist Porcelan Chalet during the call (I heard her sing a capella the other day and the girl can SING. She has the talent, personality, and look so make sure you watch out for her).

Be sure to dress chic and bring a pic!

So readers, what else is going on this weekend? Will be going to the events listed above? Comment below and keep us NDLoop!