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Around The Area
9:48 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Free Outdoor Summer Concerts 2014

Credit file photos

Nothing quite signals that the weather is heating up than the beginning of free outdoor, neighborhood concert series throughout the St. Louis area.

Tonight, April 25, the Ferguson concerts kick off with Samba Bon. Tuesday, April 29, is the beginning of the Twilight Tuesdays series at the Missouri History Museum. The featured group there is FatPocket.

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Good Friday Blues
5:06 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Cathedral's Unique Good Friday Service Merges The Gospel And The Blues

Christ Church Cathedral is a national historic landmark
Credit Mary Delach Leonard|St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

The blues will spill out the open front doors of Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis on Good Friday evening as local performers join in a service that blends religion with music rooted in city tradition.

The Very Rev. Mike Kinman, dean of the Episcopal cathedral, says blues will be incorporated throughout the program. The service will begin with a dramatic reading of gospel accounts of the passion of Jesus Christ and will conclude with a live concert.

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Music Festivals
4:14 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

"Summer Rocks" Bill Rolls To Mayor Slay

Mayor Francis Slay is expected to sign a measure bringing two music festivals the size of Lollapalooza to St. Louis.
Credit (via Flickr/akasped)

Music festivals in downtown St. Louis on the scale of Lollapalooza are about to become a reality.

The city's Board of Aldermen on Monday approved the measure that sets aside Memorial and Labor Day  weekends for the music festivals. Mayor Francis Slay is expected to sign the bill and as soon as he does, Los Angeles-based ICM Partners can start negotiating for talent and financing.

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Fair St. Louis
5:31 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

The Fray, Bonnie Raitt, The Band Perry To Headline Fair St. Louis' Foray Into Forest Park

Bonnie Raitt
Provided by Fair St. Louis

Fair St. Louis gave the area “something to talk about” today with an announcement that Bonnie Raitt is among the top acts for this year’s Fair St. Louis. The Fray and The Band Perry round out the list of headliners for this year’s annual Fourth of July festival.

The Band Perry will play Thursday, July 3 at event, which moves to Forest Park this summer because of construction at the Arch Grounds.

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Arts & Culture
3:44 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Musicians, Take Note: Your Instrument May Be Contraband

Antique bows were often made with a small piece of ivory that clamps the bow hairs onto the wood.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 6:29 pm

New Obama administration rules aimed at protecting African elephants are causing widespread anxiety in the music world. From country to classical, working musicians say the policy will make them think twice about touring abroad.

The proposed regulations would place a near-total ban on anything made with ivory moving in and out of the U.S.

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Cityscape
11:48 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Music Producer Ken Scott On Recording The Greats

Ken Scott

Ken Scott got his start in the music business 50 years ago when he dropped out of school at 16 and got a job at a small London recording studio called EMI. Today that studio is known as Abbey Road, after the album by the famous band which also got its start recording music there.

“It was different over in England at that point. You could leave school at 15,” Scott said. “Education was out in the real world.”

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Summer Festivals
4:22 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

St. Louis Tourism Panel Approves Downtown Music Festival

Steve Stogel, the chair of DFC Group and a major local backer of the proposed festival, speaks just before the committee vote on March 12, 2014.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated with comments from the hearing. Edited at 8:45 a.m. Thursday to correct typos.

After more than two days of debate, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen tourism committee approved plans for Lollapalooza-like festivals to be held in downtown St. Louis on Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends.

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Festivals
9:50 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Metro St. Louisans Weigh In On Relocating Summer Events to Chesterfield

Credit (Brent Jones | St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Bluesweek Festival and the Budweiser Taste of St. Louis are on the move, and people throughout the metro area have been quick to share their reactions.

Taste of St. Louis and Bluesweek left many regulars reeling after organizers announced that this year both will be held in Central Park and the Chesterfield amphitheater.

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Down By The River
10:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Connie Fairchild Talks About Band Reunions, Music Therapy And Cabaret

Connie Fairchild
Credit Provided by The Presenters Dolan

The format for the Songbird Café series — placing four singer-songwriters in the round and having them sing songs in turn — was made famous by the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tenn.

The approach has worked well here over the three years that Steve St. Cyr has presented the Songbird Café series at Focal Point in Maplewood and occasionally at UMSL at Grand Center.

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Downtown Concerts
5:39 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Despite Protests, Non-Compete Clause Likely To Remain In Bill For Downtown Music Festival

Aldermen have delayed a vote on a measure that could bring two Lollapalooza-like festivals to St. Louis a year.
(via Flickr/alaina.buzas)

St. Louis aldermen have temporarily slowed the progress of a measure that would reserve Memorial and Labor Day weekends for a new music festival in downtown St. Louis for at least the next 10 years.

The city's tourism committee heard two hours of testimony on the measure today. Chairman Joe Vollmer delayed the vote by a week to give its members time to digest the bill. A good portion of the 29-member Board of Aldermen sat in for at least part of the hearing.

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