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Provided by The May Day Orchestra

A Missouri musician and his band are making music that challenges listeners to confront their own complicity in exploitative labor practices and foreign policy while celebrating those who would change things for the better.

Tim Rakel launched The May Day Orchestra in 2008. The band creates self-described folk operas that aim to honor histories of social change. This month, the band returns with its third album, “Wake,” which melds together the story of a 17th century sultan turned pirate in what is now Kenya and Rakel’s knowledge and experience in modern-day Kenya .

Deep friendship motivates On Fillmore's experimental music

Apr 3, 2015
Darin Gray and Glenn Kotche of On Fillmore
Courtesy of the band

Intense friendship may not be the first thing that springs to mind when hearing the phrase “experimental music.” Yet according to founding member Darin Gray, shared personal connections motivate improvisational duo On Fillmore.

view of studio
Thomas Crone for the Beacon

The move of community radio station KDHX from the former bakery on Magnolia Avenue to the newly rehabbed building in Grand Center was completed Sunday. The "Songwriters Showcase" broadcast from the old station from 10 a.m. to noon.

The old KDHX building was a converted bakery.
Thomas Crone | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Tomorrow at 7 p.m., I’ll wrap up a pledge pitching shift at KDHX, joyfully riding shotgun with Art Dwyer on "Blues in the Night,” a show that has aired on the community radio station since its first week of broadcasting. When discussing the merits of becoming a member of KDHX, Dwyer often rolls far away from the script. He riffs on all types of topics, almost always hitting his high goals, by using what could safely be called a “freewheeling” pitch.

Midwest Mayhem is more than music

May 15, 2013
DJ Needles
Jarred Gastreich | For the St. Louis Beacon

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: At the KDHX Midwest Mayhem bash last week, people and music came together at the City Museum:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The latest Sound Waves collaboration between the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and KDHX Radio, 88.1 FM, takes place Thursday in the Pulitzer galleries and is billed as “An Evening of Opera and Jazz.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: There’s nothing quite like buying art directly from the source of creation. That’s true across all media, but music is probably the easiest to exchange cash for product, as directly and affordably as possible. Usually that purchase would take place after a gig, as musicians on the club level routinely mix-and-mingle with fans at merchandise tables, offering everything from vinyl to (believe or not) baby onesies.

Every now and again, though, you can find a musician-slash-label operative who’ll deliver straight to you, and that brings us to Tim Rakel.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: If age teaches you anything, it’s that it’s important to stretch before engaging in any type of vigorous physical activity. Oh, this lesson, too: You probably shouldn’t do so many drugs -- which makes those natural highs in life all the more important.

A couple times a year, I’m treated to something akin to a good, old-fashioned trip, purely through enjoyable personal interaction and the underlying need to make some cash for a local organization. We’re talking about the KDHX membership drive, the twice-annual effort undertaken by the hosts and volunteers of KDHX to raise funds for another year of broadcasting, along with all the supplemental activities taken on by the station.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Pity the driver at the intersection of Grand and Washington boulevards on a Saturday night. As crowds flock to and from the Fox Theatre’s national acts, Powell Hall’s St. Louis Symphony and other venues and galleries, traffic must yield to the arts, the grand institutions of Midtown.

But a few blocks from that intersection, backstage and on the fringes, the grassroots of independent artists and small organizations are taking hold.