Featuring some of Memphis' most legendary musicians, Elmo & the Shades will turn any event into a rollicking, classic, rhythm-and-blues party!
Lead singer Elmo Lee Thomas, the big man with the big voice, will take you on a musical tour of the best blues, R&B, and funk favorites of the last 50 years. Elmo's renowned band mates include guys who have played on Stax, Hi, and Sun recordings and have performed in bands with James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, The Bar-Kays, George Clinton, Otis Redding, Al Green, and many, many more. As the Memphis Flyer wrote, "This band has a musical pedigree that will blow your mind."
And when your event needs a little extra sizzle, Elmo often enlists the lovely Trixie, whose credits include The Bouffants and The Venus Mission, to add her sexy, soulful vocals.
With Elmo & the Shades, you'll get a group of entertainment professionals whose reputations and versatility are unmatched in Memphis. They can play soft jazz during dinner and then turn up the heat for all-night dancing to party classics. More than just another tribute to Memphis music, these are the guys who actually created Memphis music — and it's one of the tightest, funkiest, and most crowd-pleasing groups you'll ever hear!
Read this great Memphis Flyer article about Elmo & the Shades.
"Elmo & the Shades were amazing! The music was fantastic, and the performers were personable and responsive to our needs. They had the whole group rocking on the dance floor." -- Michael Constantino, NASPR Conference, Oct. 2013
"Elmo & the Shades features musicians who changed the way we listen to music and buy records." -- Memphis Flyer
"I would like to thank REG and Elmo & the Shades for a delightful event at our daughter’s wedding reception. You and your team are very professional and courteous, and we felt very well taken care of from the beginning to the end. Elmo & the Shades were great. We enjoyed their performance very much." -- Ricky Varela
"Elmo & the Shades performed at my wedding in Mississippi. The band was professional, lively, and really knew how to work a crowd. Great variety of music for young and old alike. Highly recommended for anyone looking to book a wedding band. REG was extremely helpful in assisting us in finding a band on fairly short notice. I'd recommend their services to anyone. Extremely professional and responsive." -- Cameron Massey
"Elmo & the Shades really hit the sweet spot for this group; most stayed through both sets. I would not hesitate to book them again if I am in the area." -- John Lateulere, IMS Solutions
"Elmo & the Shades were tremendous! We danced all night and had the best time with them! Everyone commented on how great the band was, and we were so pleased!" -- Kellie Bell Graddy, bride
"A good band really does make or break a party, and Elmo & the Shades certainly was a key player in making the night absolutely memorable. The dance floor was filled with people who never dance! Please let Elmo & the Shades know that we loved them." -- Kim Kremer
"Elmo & the Shades played a terrific mix of music and had our crowd dancing on the patio." -- Susan Johnson, The Dixon Gallery & Gardens
"When Elmo & the Shades finished playing Saturday night, everybody proclaimed it was the best party we had ever had. Please tell Elmo & the Shades that Integra is their biggest fan club." -- J. Walter Allen, Integra Realty Resources
"We absolutely loved Elmo & the Shades. They were great! We had a great time dancing and enjoying their amazing talent." -- Sandy P., mother of the bride