Jamming with Memphis Music Legend Barbara Blue at Lafayette’s Music Room


Lafayette’s Music Room is a historical venue in Memphis Tennessee but apparently had gone “dark” for years. Today, it stands strong in Memphis Midtown’s revitalized Overton Square, a fun and funky area that boasts a number of great shops, restaurants and bars. It is also home to some of the best live music in town, seven nights a week.

The original Lafayette’s was a small but influential venue rooted in in the most happening corridor of Memphis, and the venue played host to many stars before they were famous such as Billy Joel and KISS. This is where we were introduced to the ever so electric and intoxicating energy and sound of Barbara Blue, a bit of a music legend in Memphis.

While she mostly plays at a regular venue on Beale Street, she managed to get everyone in Lafayette’s clicking their heals and clapping their hands all night long. Man, what a sound. Man, what an energy!

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Barbara has had the blues since the day she was born. She’s had her own band since 1989 and with them and solo, she is progressing right up blues alley.

More on Barbara can be found at www.barbarablue.com and to get a taste of her style, have a listen to the short video I shot below. Buy one of her CD’s – you won’t be disappointed.

Lafayette’s kitchen was also a real treat thanks to the culinary craftsmanship of Chef Jody Moyt. The menu includes such southern influenced dishes as po-boys, shrimp and grits, baked oysters, wood-fired pizzas and made-from-scratch desserts.  The dishes and the drinks far exceeded our expectations.

A combination of out-of-this-world food and music make Lafayette’s a must-visit venue for your Memphis agenda. Have a peak….



2119 Madison Avenue

Memphis, TN 38104

Disclosure – we were hosted for this event, but I can assure you all opinions are entirely my own. We loved the venue and we absolutely loved the sound of Barbara Blue, so much so that we purchased one of her CD’s on-site.

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