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Just Missed
Jeffrey and The Pacemakers
If you are not a fan of the Beatles, the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, Gerry and the Pacemakers and various other British Invasion groups as well as the Byrds and other 60’s groups (remember when melody was king?) then Jeffrey and The Pacemakers are not for you. Now…if you really dig the aforementioned music, then take a close look and listen to Jeffrey and The Pacemakers.
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Matt Stansbury and the Romance
Oklahoma City's biggest, boldest band makes a lasting impression every time they take the stage. The sheer ambition of the 10-piece throwback soul and retro-rock outfit is monumental, and the payoff keeps heads and feet moving.
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John Paul Keith & Co. (w/ special guests)
John Paul Keith is a rootsy singer/songwriter that leans towards vintage Fender Telecaster-driven pop/rock n' twang. He has 3 critically acclaimed albums plus popular side-project MOTEL MIRRORS. JOHN PAUL KEITH & CO. takes the stage every Monday night, ALWAYS featuring a different local, regional or national special guest artist. Come see what all the buzz is about!
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John Kilzer
For years, most of John Kilzer’s work was gifted out to other people. And though you could call him the Reverend Dr. John Kilzer, what he is at core is a songwriter who believes, as he once noted in an interview, that “All Memphis music is gospel music.” Drawing on the deep traditions of his beloved Bluff City, Kilzer’s songs are rooted in joyful soul, electric blues, and folk storytelling.
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Brian “Breeze” Cayolle and New Orleans
New Orleans native Brian Breeze Cayolle’s rich and soulful saxophone style was born from the traditions of the Jazz, Blues and R&B of his hometown. World renown for his strong and spirited tenor saxophone, he has performed with many of the great artists of his time and many of the legends of New Orleans music.
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Loveland Duren CD Release Party
Memphis powerhouse singer/producer/songwriter VICKI LOVELAND and singer/songwriter/producer/guitarist VAN DUREN began making musical sparks on their debut album, “BLOODY CUPID”, in 2013. They combine rock, jazz, blues, power pop and Americana to make a truly unique and inspiring timeless musical stew.
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Kate Kelly
Nashville songwriter & artist from the Gulf Coast, inspired by emotional songwriting and the mood of artists such as Norah Jones, Feist, First Aid Kit and Laura Marling.
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Brad Birkedahl
Brad Birkedahl is best known for his work with the rockabilly trio, The Dempseys. Today Birkedahl has expanded his rock n' roll repertoire with a powerhouse stage show. In 2015 he was honored with a brass note on historic Beale Street in downtown Memphis. Brad has assembled an all-star lineup of players to carry on his reputation for bringing great music and dazzling guitar work to the stage.
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Forest Fire Gospel Choir
Working in concert with an ensemble of background vocalists, Forest Fire Gospel Choir’s live show is a wall of sound scaled by screaming guitar solos from dual leads Fields and Hunt. The electric live show, described as a “Bro-Fest on stage,” lets it all hang out and can turn any room full of strangers into a crowd of best buds.
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ERIC HUGHES BAND
Memphis native Eric “Scrappie” Hughes is a featured entertainer in the clubs on Beale Street; Living Blues calls him a “guaranteed crowd-pleaser”. Twice awarded “Best Self-Produced CD”, Hughes is an imaginative & original songwriter.The latest recipient of the Muddy Mojo Award, Hughes keeps the pre-war traditional sound alive w/ his solo show & also moves the Blues into the future w/ his full band
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SOUTHERN AVENUE
This new Stax-signed band takes its name from the Memphis street that runs from the eastern-most part of the city limits all the way to Soulsville. It’s a fitting moniker for this diverse four-piece: two powerhouse sisters whose musical education came from the church, a jazz bassist and an Israeli-born guitar virtuoso who grew up a student of the blues and funk.
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Mark “Muleman” Massey
Mark "The Muleman" Massey blues band. This Mississippi band is tearing up the south with their brand of Hill Country, and soulful blues, featuring Mark "The Muleman" Massey on vocals and guitar, and Grammy & Emmy award winner Billy Earheart on piano and organ, with Dave Bennett bass and Walter Pope drums, from the Memphis Blues Society and 40 yrs veterans of the music scene.
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Sons of Mudboy
Mudboy and the Neutrons, the legendary underground band formed by Lee Baker, Jimmy Crosthwait, Jim Dickinson, & Sid Selvidge left an indelible mark on Memphis music. As Sons of Mudboy, Ben Baker, Cody & Luther Dickinson & Steve Selvidge carry on the tradition of song & musical craziness of that band. The surviving Mudboy, Jimmy Crosthwait plays his 100 yr old washboard to keep them on that path.
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Cedric Burnside
Cedric Burnside has developed a relentless, highly rhythmic charged style that takes the blues to another level. This four-time winner of the prestigious Blues Music Award’s Drummer of the Year (2010-2014) is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world and has begun to make a name for himself as a traditional blues guitarist, as well.
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Susan Marshall & Friends
Soulful Tennessee-based singer/songwriter Susan Marshall began her music career as a classical singer before becoming a successful backup vocalist for the likes of Lenny Kravitz, the Afghan Whigs, Cat Power, and Lucinda Williams. Raised in Memphis, Marshall spent her formative years soaking up the region's rich musical legacy, honing her own impressive pipes.
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WAMPUS CATS
The Wampus Cats is a Blues and R & B band started in 1978 by keyboardist Robert "Nighthawk" Tooms. They have played on Beale Street since 1984 and have traveled the world bringing Memphis Music to all.
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LEO BUD WELCH
Leo “Bud” Welch has taken the listening musical world by storm. Leo’s debut album “Sabougla Voices” was released January 7, 2014 just two months before his 82nd birthday and his sophomore album “I Don’t Prefer No Blues” was released on March 24, 2015 just two days after his 83rd birthday.
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WATERMELON SLIM
Bill "Watermelon Slim" Homans has built a remarkable reputation with his raw, impassioned intensity. HARP Magazine wrote "From sizzling slide guitar...to nitty-gritty harp blowing...to a gruff, resonating Okie twang, Slim delivers acutely personal workingman blues with both hands on the wheel of life, a bottle of hooch in his pocket, and the Bible on the passenger seat."
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Tameka “Big Baby” Goodman
Often compared to mainstream soul artists like Jill Scott, Angie Stone, Betty Wright, and Chaka Khan,” Goodman ‘aka’ Big Baby constantly captivates audiences everywhere with her sultry renditions of soul classics and modern R&B radio block busters.
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SUPER CHICKAN
James Johnson's sense of humor is one of the first things you will notice when you walk into a music store and pick up his CD. Now across festival stages, juke joints, and cruises you can hear the "Super Chikan" cackle from his guitar as he plays "Super Chikan Strut".
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The Nightowls
"Sure to get you on your feet" (Southern Living), Austin's "vintage soul" (Allmusic) nine-piece The Nightowls' live show is the sound of a soulful swing dance combined with the non-stop energy of a southern hoedown, encouraging audience participation that will "certainly inspire one to shake a tail feather" (Music Connection).
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The Joe Restivo 4
With over 25 years of professional experience in music, Joe Restivo’s guitar playing strongly reflects his Memphis roots. Heavily influenced and inspired by soul and jazz musicians such as Wes Montgomery, Tal Farlow, Steve Cropper and Reggie Young, Joe has developed into a thoroughly in demand guitarist and composer on the Memphis scene.
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Strange Wave Connection
Strange Wave Connection is a rock band from Memphis, Tennessee. Their style is rooted in their love of late 60's and 70's rock and draws from a wide variety of influences culminating in a mix of style between The Pixies and The Doors. The band has independently produced their newest album which released June 24th.
Up Next
John Paul Keith & Co. (w/ special guests)
John Paul Keith is a rootsy singer/songwriter that leans towards vintage Fender Telecaster-driven pop/rock n' twang. He has 3 critically acclaimed albums plus popular side-project MOTEL MIRRORS. JOHN PAUL KEITH & CO. takes the stage every Monday night, ALWAYS featuring a different local, regional or national special guest artist. Come see what all the buzz is about!
Up Next
TRAVIS ROMAN
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, & raised in Nashville, Travis grew up singing in church. When Travis settled in Memphis several years ago, he brought w/ him his “Raw Mississippi Blues” roots & the fruits of an immersion in Nashville-popular music. His inspirations are “a mixed bag,” ranging from BB King (he had the honor of opening for when he toured with The Grady Champion Review) & Billie Holliday
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John Kilzer
For years, most of John Kilzer’s work was gifted out to other people. And though you could call him the Reverend Dr. John Kilzer, what he is at core is a songwriter who believes, as he once noted in an interview, that “All Memphis music is gospel music.” Drawing on the deep traditions of his beloved Bluff City, Kilzer’s songs are rooted in joyful soul, electric blues, and folk storytelling.
Up Next
Brian “Breeze” Cayolle and New Orleans
New Orleans native Brian Breeze Cayolle’s rich and soulful saxophone style was born from the traditions of the Jazz, Blues and R&B of his hometown. World renown for his strong and spirited tenor saxophone, he has performed with many of the great artists of his time and many of the legends of New Orleans music.
Up Next
Nick Schnebelen
Nick Schnebelen has the blues in his blood. A Kansas City native, he has blazed his trail through the blues world over the past 12 years with family band Trampled Under Foot. In 2008 Nick won the Albert King Award for "Best Guitarist" that year at the International Blues Challenge. Nick continues to bring raw blues energy to many different styles of electric blues- funk/rock/blues.
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Matthew McNeal
The 23-year old songwriter brings a notably unorthodox feel to americana music. Straying away from traditional country arrangements, McNeal brings his songwriting together with unique, dynamic accompaniment- all without losing any southern grit. The latest album 'Compadre' was independently released on June 30th, 2015.
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Robert Finley CD Release Party
Hailing from Louisiana, he mixes a Memphis-to-Texas electric southern grit with Nashville-clever songs. He’s gangly and graceful with an indomitable smile that radiates beneath his black ridge-top hat. “I don’t believe in doing a lot of holding back,” Finley says, “I’m going to give you everything I’ve got.”
The Menu

Southern food with an attitude.

Visit us
2119 Madison Ave Memphis, TN 38104 » directions

Call us: 901-207-5097

Happy Hour: Every Monday through Friday | 3pm-6pm
DRINK SPECIALS:
$3 US PINTS
$5 RUMPLEMINZ
$5 SAVE ME SAN FRANCISCO WINES (SAUVIGNON BLANC AND MERLOT)
$6 VODKA WITH BLUERRRY LEMONADE
$7 PBJ (PABST BLUE RIBBON TALL BOY WITH A SHOT OF JAMESON)

FOOD SPECIALS:
$5 PITA AND HUMMUS
$6 BLACKENED TUNA TACOS
$6 BBQ MEATBALLS
$6 DEVILED EGGS

Hours: Mon 11a - 10p
Tues - Wed 11am - 10:30pm
Thurs is 11a -12a
Fri/Sat is 11a -2a
Sun is 11a - 12a

Reserve a table

Reservations are not required at Lafayette’s, but they are recommended to ensure a table in a timely fashion.

About us

The music lives on… Some 38 years after going dark, the legendary Lafayette’s Music Room returns to the heart of Memphis’ revitalized Overton Square. Once again, Lafayette’s Restaurant and Bar is the spot to enjoy great food, good local conversation, and some of the best live music in town, seven nights a week.

The original Lafayette’s Music Room was short-lived but still vividly remembered. During the 1970s, it was a small but influential venue rooted in the most happening corridor of Memphis. A key stop on the showcase circuit for up-and-coming touring artists, Lafayette’s played a significant role in launching the careers of such music superstars as Billy Joel, Big Star, KISS, Barry Manilow, J.J. Cale and Leon Russell, to name a few.

Today’s Lafayette’s Restaurant and Bar evokes that storied past. It boasts live bands seven nights a week, from local and touring acts playing rock ‘n roll to jazz to blues and everything in between. Lafayette’s Restaurant and Bar once again is a staple for all great music fans, and a place where new legends are being made.

In the South, we are known for great music, but we do some pretty great food here, too. Lafayette’s kitchen, led by Chef Jody Moyt, features a variety of southern-inspired offerings – for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch – like po-boys, shrimp and grits, wood-fired pizzas and made-from-scratch desserts. And you can thank Jody’s grandma for the Grannie’s Chocolate Chess Pie. It’s her treasured family recipe that we serve up with love.

Let us help you plan your next party! Lafayette’s Restaurant is the best party venue in Overton Square with several different venues to host that perfect event. Whether yours is an intimate gathering or large festive party, Lafayette’s Restaurant can accommodate up to 325 persons for a cocktail party or reception and 275 for a seated event. For parties of 12 or more, please contact 901-207-5097 or email sales@lafayettesmusicroom.com and let our team of party planners help you plan your next party!

Here’s your chance to relive a gem of a bygone era with the best live local, delectable Southern dishes, and history entrenched in music and Memphis. Once again, you’ve got to be at Lafayette’s Restaurant and Bar!