music

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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Taste Of St. Louis
4:37 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Taste Of St. Louis Is Second Festival To Leave Downtown In A Week

Crowds at the 2013 Taste of St. Louis. The festival announced on March 3 that it is moving to Chesterfield.
(via Flickr/pasa47)

Updated at 9:50 a.m. Tuesday to correct a typo.

For the second time in one week, a major festival has unveiled plans to move from downtown St. Louis to Chesterfield.

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Downtown Concerts
5:33 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Two Lollapalooza-Like Concerts A Year Possible In Downtown St. Louis

New legislation from the Board of Aldermen could guarantee two Lollapalooza-like shows in downtown St. Louis a year.
(via Flickr/akasped)

The city of St. Louis took an initial step today toward locking in a decade of music festivals featuring big-name performers in downtown St. Louis.

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Cityscape
3:40 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

New Edition Of Uncle Tupelo Album Showcases Band's Early Work

Uncle Tupelo publicity photo from the time of the original release of "No Depression" in 1990.
courtesy Mike Heidorn

In the late 1980s, Jeff Tweedy, Jay Farrar and Mike Heidorn were students at Belleville High School, playing 60s era cover songs in their parents’ garages. But somewhere around the time they became known as Uncle Tupelo, they transitioned into a new sound. Today it’s called Alt Country, but at the time they just knew it was different.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:38 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

New Mavis Staples Bio Gives Unprecedented Insight Into The Singer And Her Family

Mavis Staples performing at the Chicago Blues Fest in 2012.
Credit Adam Bielawski / via Wikimedia Commons

Despite a musical career that has spanned decades and provided inspiration for the civil rights movement, until recently the only information available about the Staple Singers was from interviews, articles and songs.

A new biography by Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot changes all that by providing the back story of the musical family in book form for the first time. With a nod to two hit songs, the book is titled “I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway.”

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Soul Punk
10:25 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

The Jungle Fire Is Catching On

From left: Matt Berra, James Fields, Justin Haltmar, Kristen Luther, Adam Barr, John Wright, Dan Johanning
Credit Provided by the band

The Jungle Fire is a seven-piece soul group that has been playing the local scene since early 2011. The sound comes from the musical backgrounds of its members: jazz, classical, punk, alt-country and hip-hop.

Those players start with songwriter and guitarist Dan Johanning, who brought the band together. The rest of the group consists of drummer Matt Berra, bassist Justin Haltmar, organist and vocalist Adam Barr, tenor saxophonist John Wright, flutist Kristen Luther and lead vocalist James Fields. 

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The Pulitzer
10:49 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Pulitzer Brings In Breakdancing, Drag And Nail Art To ‘Reset’ Image

Britney Tokyo's nail art will be featured in a Jan. 24 program at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.
Vanity Projects

Using words like “play” and “permissiveness” in its promotional materials, the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts wants to make sure St. Louisans know it's operating on a different frequency in the upcoming “Reset” program.

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Cityscape
4:21 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

A Capella Group Shades Of Yale Tours St. Louis

Shades of Yale

With fifteen a capella groups, including the 100 year-old ensemble the Whiffenpoofs, it’s an understatement to say a capella is big at Yale University.

“It’s fervent at Yale,” Ian Miller said. He’s the music director for one of those fifteen groups, Shades of Yale, and a St. Louisan.

“It’s almost like sports at some other university,” Shades of Yale Tour Manager Hannah Sears added. “It seems like every other person you meet is somehow involved.”

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Holiday Stage Shows
11:46 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Six Holiday Gifts To Yourself On Stage In St. Louis

Credit St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Only 11 more shlepping days ‘til Christmas. But if you need to take a break from the season’s ritualistic mass consumption, upcoming local holiday arts offerings range from ho ho ho to Handel.

“Too Hot to Handel: A Gospel Messiah,” presented by the St. Louis Symphony: 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, Powell Hall, 718 North Grand Blvd., 63103. $30-$65.

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Arts & Culture
3:43 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

'Divided & United': Songs Of The Civil War Re-Imagined

An unidentified Union soldier holds a banjo.
Library of Congress via Flickr

Originally published on Mon November 25, 2013 5:59 pm

Divided & United is the name of a new, two-disc collection of songs from the Civil War. The selections tell tales of fear, loneliness, exhaustion and triumph. All recordings featured on the album, which was produced by Randall Poster, are new takes on old songs; historian Sean Wilentz wrote the liner notes for the record.

The collection features lesser-known songs of the Civil War, some by a songwriter named Henry Clay Work. According to Wilentz, Work was a key member of a group of composers that wrote the history of the era through song.

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