Pokey LaFarge

Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

Earlier this year, local singer-songwriter legend Pokey LaFarge’s sixth studio album, “Something in the Water,” dropped. He’s been going ever since. Recently completing a U.S. and a European tour across three continents, he’s barely had a chance to catch his breath.

“I think I have moved into a new definition of pleasant exhaustion,” LaFarge said on Friday’s “Cityscape.” “I just got in at 3:30 this morning from Nashville.”

Pokey LaFarge
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LouFest will present its sixth lineup of platinum artists and hometown musicians and all those in between on September 12-13, 2015. 

Since 2010, LouFest has been a small-town festival drawing big names; it celebrates St. Louis as much as the musicians that come to play here. It puts local names like Pokey LaFarge and Clockwork next to artists such as Hozier, Ludacris, and Billy Idol. And smaller bands with their own core following get a big stage and enthusiastic crowd in exchange for their travel to the Midwest.

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Wednesday's First Night celebration in Grand Center is the official end of St. Louis' yearlong 250th anniversary celebration, and will showcase St. Louis arts and artists. 

The Palladium Building today
Preservation Research Office

There have been rumors for a couple of years now that the Veterans Administration is interested in obtaining the Palladium building at 3618 Enright in order to expand the John Cochran VA Medical Center. For years, the Palladium was home to The Plantation Club.

In a commentary published by St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon, Pokey LaFarge called for the preservation of the building where jazz greats performed for decades.

When Jeremy Segel-Moss, guitarist with the Bottoms Up Blues Gang, conceived the idea of the Baby Blues Showcase, he probably didn’t think about the fact that his group would one day age out of the annual event. But that’s exactly what happened. The original intent was to give blues musicians under the age of 30 a chance to shine for one night at BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups.

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Miss Pokey LaFarge on A Prairie Home Companion this weekend? Here's a video slice of the band's performance of "Central Time" on the show.

"Being from St. Louis, Mo., being from the Midwest, we realize we're supposed to be humble...'Yeah, I'm from the Midwest,'" LaFarge told the crowd. "But I go around the world and say, 'Yeah, I'm from the Midwest!'"

Want more Pokey? Check out our past coverage of the band.

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St. Louis' own Pokey LaFarge made his national network television debut last night on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Here's a little recap:

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Pokey LaFarge showed up at the Mud House in March for a pop-up concert.
Jarred Gastreich | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In January 2011, The Beacon asked me to pick three St. Louis area musicians to watch in the coming year. One was Pokey LaFarge.

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Arch City Radio presents a live exclusive concert with Pokey LaFarge and his band.

Pokey LaFarge Has Breakout Year In 2012

Jan 3, 2013
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It seems like such a short time ago that you could run into Pokey LaFarge, aka Andrew Heissler, all over St. Louis, playing at the Tower Grove Farmers Market, or Off Broadway.

But, as with most good things, they can’t remain a secret forever, and 2012, was a big year for Pokey LaFarge. Our Adam Allington has more as part of our 'A Good Year 2012' series.

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St. Louis' own Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three was featured on NPR Music's "First Listen" this weekend.

On the "First Listen" blog you can hear LaFarge's new album Middle of Everywhere  in its entirety, which officially drops July 19.

The first time I saw Pokey LaFarge, he was walking around the grounds of the 2010 Newport Folk Festival wearing a suit and tie, with his hair slicked down. To tell the truth, I thought, "Who is this guy?