Jimi Jamison’s granddaughter, Lola Poole, is going to perform at the Hard Rock Café in Memphis. It’s the 8th Annual Guitar Drop. A 10-foot guitar will “drop” from 100 feet over Beale Street at midnight to kick off 2016 with Hard Rock’s signature rock ‘n’ roll flair.
It all started at the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2008, as a 10-foot Gibson guitar was dropped from more than 100 feet to a mass of 50,000 cheering fans for the first time. This nationally televised event welcomed in the New Year and marked the beginning of a new Beale Street tradition. Memphis Tennessee: the Home of the Blues, the Birthplace of Rock n’ Roll and now – Ground Zero for the Guitar Drop.
The Annual Guitar Drop event will feature Scott Madaus as emcee and a free encore headline performance outside on the main stage by The Bar-Kays, the Memphis-based powerhouse group known for their chart-topping R&B songs. Additional live performances throughout the evening include DJ Debonair, DJ Tree, Jerred Price performing as “Almost” Elton John, c’beyohn, Matt Stansberry & The Romance, The Andy T-Nick Nixon Band and a special dance performance by G-Force Dance Company. Doors open at 6:30 PM Entertainment starts at 7 PM.
Julien Salley, the General Manager of the Hard Rock Café in Memphis has done some amazing things for Memphis and Memphis music since he arrived at the Hard Rock, including the Jimi Jamison tribute shows for the last two years. Mr. Salley worked with Todd Poole and his wife, Amy Jamison-Poole along with Scott Innes on those tribute shows and have raised money a lot of money for Jimi’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
I spoke with Todd Poole yesterday, most of you will remember Todd from his work with the bands Roxy Blue, Saliva and 714. He is also the son-in-law of Jimi Jamison, one of best voices in rock history and one of Memphis’ favorite sons. Todd and Amy are extremely proud that Lola will be appearing on national TV singing one of the songs her grandfather was known for.
Todd has another reason to be especially proud of the annual Hard Rock Guitar Drop this year. Todd is now managing a group of kids ranging in age between 11 and 13 called Under the Radar. They are amazingly good, and I don’t mean good for their age, but good period. They will be playing four original songs from their forthcoming EP. They will be going into the studio early next year to record it. Under the Radar will be going on right after Lola Poole to open the show. Get your tickets here.
New Year’s Eve Guitar Drop
Hard Rock Café
126 Beale Street
Doors open at 6:30 PM
Entertainment starts at 7 PM