Lynx Lair Grand Opening Celebration Includes An Evening of Blues Performances

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Publication Date: 8/27/2007

The Rhodes community will celebrate the renovation of the Lynx Lair located in the Bryan Campus Life Center on Thursday, Sept. 6. The eatery’s new design reflects a pub atmosphere and for the grand opening, patrons can enjoy a night of blues provided by local talent Corey Osborn, Blue Gauge and Eric Hughes. The celebration, hosted by the Rhodes Activities Board and Rhodes Student Government (RSG), begins at 4:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The bands take stage at 6 p.m.

Rhodes students can take ownership of the Lynx Lair renovation that began as a response to their request for a more comfortable and inviting space. During the 2006-2007 academic year, RSG led focus groups and conducted surveys regarding the environment, food options, and activities of the Lynx Lair. The Rhodes administration worked closely with students by assembling a team of architects and designers to explore various options for the improvement of the space.

RSG also presented a “Lair Focus Group Report” to the project’s architects – Hanbury, Evans, Wright, Vlattas + Co. of Norfolk, Va. The contractor – Food Service Renovations Inc. (Lake City, Ga.) – began renovation in May 2007.

Food options have been expanded to include stone oven pizza and individual pizzas made to order; hot paninis; tortilla, hot and sour, and minestrone soups; various grilled items, beef and vegan burgers; chicken wings and tenders; Philly cheese steak; chili cheese fries and spicy fries; Kimchee, Asian, Southwestern, Greek, and Italian cuisines with vegan and vegetarian options; entrée crepes; a noodle bar; and Sushi.

In addition to the different serving stations, provisions have been made for the bar to serve beer, smoothies, and other "pub grub" and for a small convenience store to offer salads and sandwiches, power bars, ice cream bars, and a variety of entrees with vegan and vegetarian choices, just to name a few.

Join in the Lynx Lair Grand Opening Celebration on September 6.

More about the performers . . .

A Memphis native, Corey Osborn first picked up the guitar at age 11 and by age 15 started his first band, Corey Osborn and the Rhythm System. The band entered the 2001 International Blues Competition at Blues City Café in Memphis which led to other performances on Beale Street. Osborn quickly developed a reputation for having one of the best shows in Memphis. He is no stranger to performing at Rhodes. In March he played at the Jam for Sudan benefit concert co-hosted by Central High School.

Eric Hughes is a featured artist in the clubs on Beale Street as well as at nationwide blues festivals. Hughes captivates and entertains audiences with vintage blues favorites as well as his own original songs. As a youth, Hughes spent weekends in Mississippi hunting camps listening to the bluesmen who entertained hunters and guests. It was there that Eric Hughes developed a love for the blues. Hughes delights audiences with songs he has learned from masters such as Son Thomas, Junior Kimbrough, Big Boy Henry, and Blind Mississippi Morris.

Blue Gauge is made up of Nick Dominguez, drums; Chris Hoy, guitar; Emily Wright, lead vocals; and Julian Wong, bass. After playing together for four years on and off Beale Street, the youthful group has accomplished its goal of introducing blues to a new generation. Having recorded three albums in three years and appeared on News Channel 3’s “Live at Nine” on numerous occasions (all before band members reached the age of 21), their style and fresh approach to the blues have earned them the respect of musicians twice their age.