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.
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!'"
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?