How to Become a Legend: dj, the legendary owner of the Magic Tavern in LA, dies at 88
DJ/entrepreneur/publisher/philanthropist DJ Rashad Evans has been a fixture in the Magic Kingdom since he opened the Magic Cafe in 1980.
He founded the Magic Café in the late 1970s and expanded into more restaurants and other venues, including a live jazz club, in the early 1980s.
He closed his Magic Cafe and Magic Cafe Lounge restaurants in 1990, after a lengthy struggle with pancreatic cancer.
After the Magic Club closed, Evans founded the legendary Magic Tavern and its sister restaurants in the same space in Downtown Disney in 1988.
The Magic Tavern has been owned by Rashad for the last 33 years.
He died Saturday at age 88.
Rashad, who is also a music legend, was born in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in the Los Angeles area.
The Los Angeles Times wrote that he was “a pioneer in the world of entertainment,” and that “he had the best sense of timing for the time when the world needed it most.”
Evans had the following accomplishments: Pioneered the Magic Cafes of the 1950s and 1960s, opening Magic Cafe restaurants in downtown LA and at Disneyland and Disney World.
Pushed the concept of live jazz into the public sphere, and pioneered live jazz concerts in New York City, the heart of the New York music scene.
Opened the Magic House, a venue in Downtown Los Angeles for live music and entertainment in the 1960s and 1970s.
Danced with a legendary group of blues musicians from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, including Willie Nelson, Billy Davis, George Jones, Charlie Daniels, B.B. King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Brought the idea of live performance into a major pop culture context in the 1970s with the release of his landmark debut album, “The Magic of Magic.”
Discoed with live performance, the world went wild with the likes of the R&B group The Fugees and the Rapper, both of whom were born and raised in Southern California.
Launched the “Magic Bar” in the West Village in 1982 as a restaurant offering live jazz performances.
Took a leading role in the development of the “live” world of hip-hop and other forms of electronic music.
Famed for his live performances as the DJ at the Magic Bar and the Magic Lounge, and for introducing the concept to the world.
A key player in the growth of the hip-to-hip hip-hops genre, including the likes Of Mice and Men, The Roots, and Soulja Boy.
The man who gave the Magic of LA its name.
Owned the Magic Park for 25 years.
Born in Memphis and raised there, Evans came to the U.S. at age 13.
At the age of 17, he moved to the Magic City and became an owner of Magic Café, where he would serve as the co-owner of the restaurant and serve as a co-publisher and publisher of the magazine, The Magic Magazine.
He also founded the first-ever “Magic Café Lounge,” which was the premier venue for live jazz, blues, and soul performances in Los Angeles, as well as in other parts of the world and was the first of its kind in the country.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Evans, and three sons, Andrew, Andrew Jr., and Andrew Evans.
Evans was born on July 27, 1934 in Memphis.
His mother, Lisa, was the daughter of African American parents.
His father, a former Memphis police officer, was a native of Memphis, where Evans was raised.
His mother’s mother was a seamstress and a nurse, and his father’s father was a doctor.
Evans and his mother met at a church dance in Memphis where they were raised.
Evans attended Howard University and attended Howard Law School.
He worked as a lawyer in Memphis until he was 18 and was hired by a Memphis law firm.
He was married for 10 years and had four children.
He had a career in entertainment, writing music and performing live.
He played the clarinet and the flute at the jazz concerts he ran at the Jazz Club and at the Black Rock Hotel.
He opened the first Magic Cafe at the age 19.
When Evans left Memphis for L.A., he made his way to the New Orleans Jazz Club.
There, he was a regular performer and had become the Jazz King.
He sold his rights to the Jazz Clubs and opened the Jazz Bar in 1982.
In the 1990s, he opened two new restaurants in Los and Las Vegas.
As a music pioneer, Evans helped establish the concept that live performance could become the “world’s greatest art form.”
He was the head of the music department at the L.O.R.O., a record label that pioneered the