Things To Do: Paula and Raifords Disco

       Have you ever wanted to go out and just let loose and party? I'm not talking about going out to sit, but actually party. I used to be on the club scene in my younger days, but they all felt pretty much the same. People get dressed up to go out and basically sit around. I got the feeling it was more about what I was wearing than anything else. Doesn't sound fun at all. 

      What if I told you there was a place in Memphis where you could avoid that feeling? Would you believe it? Well, there is!! It's Paula and Raifords Disco!! This place is totally not a fashion show. It's just a party, plain and simple. I have zero rhythm and I feel totally comfortable at Paula and Raifords dancing the night away!

Dance floor  

Dance floor  

      This place is electric! You get a mix of pop, rock, 80s, and other dance party essentials served up by eclectic DJ Raiford. There's just something about hearing "Don't Stop Believing" that does something to me. Followed by Prince and Michael Jackson with a sprinkling of Nelly. You get all this in a place that takes you back to the 80's with white leather couches and a dance floor that lights up! Please tell me that's not the epitome of cool! Also there's a drum set that it open for anyone, but please try to stay on beat. There are also stripper poles on the dance floor.....

      A couple tips to maximize your trip to Paula and Raifords.

  1. The best night to go is Saturday. The line to get in can get pretty long. 
  2. Be prepared to be social! The partygoers are usually very friendly and talkative!
  3. The music is insanely loud! Some wear earplugs. 
  4. They serve 32 oz beer bottles....get this! 
  5. Don't hog the drums! Everyone wants to jam out!
  6. It's crowded. Be prepared to have someone bump into you. Chill and enjoy the experience. 

 

One must double cup!!

      Go and check out Paula and Raifords! Say hey to Paula, Raiford, Corey Hollywood and Keisha  for me! 

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

Jookin Wars 20!!!

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I was invited by my good friend, Twoin, to check out the 20th anniversary Jookin Wars at Rumba Room. My first thoughts were how has this gone on 20 years and I've never heard of it and can I get out there and compete!!

For those that don't know, Jookin is a dance. It's actually a dance that was created in Memphis way back when the dancers were the tough guys lol. Boy have times changed!  I've heard it called bucking, tutting, or ticking, but it's always been Jookin to me. It's a dance that takes a lot of skill and bravado. It's definitely not for the meek and mild. It mostly goes along with the beat of a song, so it takes a lot of listening and motion ability. 

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I remember, back when Demin and Diamond was the spot, that I always wanted to be good at Jookin, but I was cursed with very little rhythm. Jookin takes great footwork and even more smoothness to pull off. Two things I sorely lack because I'm awkward and clumsy. 

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Still unsure about what exactly Jooking is? Well, here's a little video that I put together from the Jooking Wars show that might help out a bit. Quick shoutout to my guys at GMC for the intro and outro music!!

While this wasn't my first jooking show, it was definitely one of my favorites. I loved the energy of the crowd and that most of the dancers had these huge entourages and fans! I loved that, even though it was a bit heated on the dance floor, everyone knew it was entertainment and there were plenty laughs and high fives. It's entirely possible for the youth to get together and have a positive event that doesn't end in violence! Also, the crowd was extremely diverse! That's always a good thing. I'm glad that some truly Memphis has blended racial lines! 

So be on the lookout for next years Jookin Wars! I know that I am really anxious to see who takes the championship belt next year!

Life is for Living,

Michael B. 

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